New Zealand levelled Sri Lankan on to tie the series on Monday. The second day of the test was hit by rain; New Zealand batted in the morning. The first innings were closed on 431 for six and Sri Lanka had 244.
Last week, New Zealand lost Test in Galle and now lead 187 with 91 overs. Their bowlers produced early strikes which reduced Sri Lankan 32 for five.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne wasn’t available to open the innings due to an injury. He tore his quadriceps while fielding. He and Niroshan Dickwella while in field, batted for 51 runs and six wickets partnership which motivated Sri Lankan to play harder with hopes of drawing.
Karunaratne fell lbw for 21 to seamer Tim Southee, however, while wicketkeeper Dickwella, who had suffered a finger injury, delayed the inevitable a little longer with a patient 51.
The Sri Lanka skipper blamed his side’s batting in the first innings for defeat. Watling remained unbeaten on 105, his seventh test century.
Rain gave up just 66 overs on the first two days of the match, and 48 overs on the fourth.