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Tim Southee gave New Zealand a slim advantage on the opening day in Wellington as he tore through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul.
Choosing to bowl first, New Zealand got the early breakthrough they were looking for on the 12th ball of the match as Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka was trapped lbw off the bowling of Southee for one run.
Southee then took out Dhananjaya de Silva for one run before removing Kusal Mendis four balls later.
With Sri Lanka struggling at 9/3, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews came to the rescue with a 133-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.
Karunaratne ended up making 79, which came off 144 balls and included 11 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal became Southee’s fourth victim, while Mathews went on to score a 153-ball 83, which included nine boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.
Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha fell in fairly quick succession, but Niroshan Dickwella stood tall for Sri Lanka.
Since Rajitha was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult on the final ball of the day, Dickwella remained undefeated on 73, which came off 91 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Southee was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Wagner snapped up two, and Boult and Colin de Grandhomme claimed one wicket each.
Sri Lanka ended day one on 275/9 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT.