Sunday, 18 November 2012

2 M's gave a new hope to Sri Lanka

Mahela at 68* and Methews 76*,Sri Lanka 190/5:

Tim Southee and Trent Boult took four wickets for cheap through accurate swing and seam bowling during the first hour on the second day, but Sri Lanka restored parity in the next three, with their captain and vice-captain making brisk half-centuries. From 40 for 5, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews added an unbeaten 140 for the sixth wicket, giving their team the edge in the battle for the first-innings lead.

 They came together when the pressure was beginning to ease: the ball was older, and Southee and Bolt were being eased out of the attack after their opening spells. New Zealand's support cast wasn't as threatening, and Sri Lanka scored more comfortably in the lead-up to lunch.

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