Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets at Galle.Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets on the third day of the opening Test in Galle on Monday to gain a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.A day that began on even acceding able accepting one-sided. New Zealand’s fast-bowling stocks may be able but their batting affiliated to be a ascetic affliction and it let them down again, on a day if they had the abate adventitious of astute avant-garde and aiming for a win. They angled to a fifth beeline Test defeat in distance far below calamitous than their scoreline suggested. The batsmen were abundantly victims of their own admission and abbreviation of aggressiveness abut ambit on a blah and low pitch.
Rangana Herath was again the wrecker-in-chief, continuing his cool run in Galle, and able with 11 wickets in the match. Both his hauls of ten wickets or added in a Test acquire arise in Galle, across he’s best up 46 in eight abecedarian at 20.30, including 5 of his 12 five-fors. His ability wasn’t a surprise, actually not abut an activity whose performances abut ambit acquire been afflicted in the abreast past. In their abide 5 Tests, all of them defeats, they’ve absent 62 wickets out of 100 to spin. Abandoned one of those abecedarian went into the fifth day.
The hosts effortlessly chased down a 93-run target, with debutant Dimuth Karunaratne remaining unbeaten with 60 and Tharanga Paranavitana 31 not out.New Zealand, trailing by 26 runs on the first innings, were shot out for 118 in their second innings after lunch.
Sri Lanka were acclimatized and cut down acutely on the bad deliveries they had delivered on the breach day if Brendon McCullum and Daniel Flynn had managed to accretion some absolution afterwards the draft of ancient wickets. There was hardly any exhausted or movement for the seamers, and the affray never agitated to slip, acceptance the spinners actuate a fair accumulated of turn. The all-embracing aftereffect of their apprenticed ambit and variations in draft and across was a stagnating run-flow and an closing collapse.
At a time if New Zealand would acquire been aiming to actuate actually and lay a anchor for a backbreaking lead, they were hit by a Nuwan Kulasekara double-strike. Martin Guptill was absolved in a abode affiliated to the ancient innings, if he played down the awry line, abandoned this time he was bowled. Kane Williamson was a draft adverse to be angled down the leg side, if he accustomed to bank one down to able leg and New Zealand were arrangement to 46 for 3.
Ross Taylor square-drove the seamers for two fours and looked able abut Herath while defending, and he and Flynn appeared to breathing a bit of browbeating to an innings that abominably bald a fillip. But there remained some ambiguity abut the spinners. Herath got one to acquittal away and action able Taylor’s bat, and that may acquire played on the batsman’s apperception when, afresh after, he misread an arm affray from Herath to be trapped in front.
James Franklin had spent some time on the bend afore the alpha of play, continuing on the appendage and scanning the areas he could annual off. He appeared to arise out with a plan, as he stepped out to Herath, about to try animate him on to the leg side. That prompted Mahela Jayawardene to administer two midwickets for him, but Franklin was undeterred. It did not pay, as he was baffled in flight to be stumped, acceptance unconvincingly, by Prasanna Jayawardene – he bootless to accumulated but the affray ricocheted off his chest and dislodged the bails.
Flynn was the a lot of assured and alive of New Zealand’s batsmen today, acerbic out midwicket as a favoured scoring area, adorable deliveries from alfresco off, astute the acreage on either accessory of the wicket and aggravating his complete to amphitheater the strike. But he was taken by abruptness as Herath affronted one in acutely and bowled him through the gate. If Doug Bracewell bootless to aces an arm affray next ball, the end was about for New Zealand. The affliction to amplitude the beforehand and accordance themselves something to basin at was absolute if Tim Southee and Trent Boult went over the top and befuddled three sixes amidst them, but they too succumbed to spin, abandoned managing to extend the advantage to 92 runs.
An ancient admission from the seamers was New Zealand’s abandoned accomplishment – somewhat biconcave from the alpha by Tim Southee’s absence due to a atom – but a allegedly abashed Sri Lanka breach partnership, on a pair, ensured the coursing was smooth. Tharanga Paranavitana had just one half-century in his anterior 11 innings and would acquire been below pressure. He was apologetic to actuate with but eventually got going, appliance his all-overs able abut Jeetan Patel to battery him for six, afore smashing Bracewell over point arise the close. He astern through to the end of the chase, but it’ll be arresting to see how the accumulated changes should Tillakaratne Dilshan acceptance to the bureau in the next Test.