Black Caps look to exploit Sri Lanka's Oval weakness

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2019

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando.

Persistent early morning rain delayed the scheduled 10:00 am (0430 GMT) start in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo on Thursday.

Sri Lanka will put its best in order to seal the series with a clinical 2-0 win over New Zealand at P Sara Oval, Colombo. The latter fell for 32, with Colin de Grandhomme getting his wicket.

New Zealand's seamers had no joy with the new ball and it was left to off-spinner William Somerville to strike the first blow when he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for two. Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan has held many of its home series.

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Dananjaya's bowling action was reported by the umpires as suspect after he took six wickets in the match in Galle.

Talking about the series so far, Sri Lanka won the first match by 6 wickets and lead the series 1-0. As the rain stopped and the toss took place, play began in the afternoon session.

New Zealand (From): Kane Williamson (Captain), Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, William Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, B.J. Watling, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and Neil Wagner. A brief burst of rain cleared to allow 7.3 overs before bad light stopped proceedings, but de Grandhomme claimed the valuable wicket of Mendis in that spell, with nagging line and length and a touch of away seam movement enough to draw Mendis forward, and provide a thin edge through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Play will resume on day two 15 minutes before schedule at 9:45 am (0415 GMT).

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