New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 1: Southee rescues New Zealand with all-round performance

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Tim Southee carved through Sri Lanka’s top order with a three-wicket haul after scoring a quickfire 68

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New Zealand seamer Tim Southee smashed a 65-ball 68 and followed it up with three wickets to help his side fight back against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test in Christchurch.

Electing to bowl first, Sri Lanka got an early breakthrough as New Zealand opener Jeet Raval was caught by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at mid-off off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for six runs.

Lakmal struck again in his next over as Tom Latham was caught by Kusal Mendis at second slip for 10 runs.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Lakmal for two runs.

Lakmal continued to run rampant as he proceeded to clean up Henry Nicholls for one run.

Things went from bad to worse for the Black Caps as Ross Taylor was run out by Lahiru Kumara for 27, while Colin de Grandhomme was caught by Dushmantha Chameera at midwicket off the bowling of Kumara for one run.

With New Zealand struggling at 64/6, Southee and wicketkeeper BJ Watling kept Sri Lanka at bay with a 108-run partnership, during which Southee surpassed his fifty.

He ended up making 68, which came off 65 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes, before he was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera.

Lakmal completed his five-for by removing Neil Wagner, while Kumara sent Watling packing for 46.

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Suranga Lakmal finished with career-best figures of 5-54 off 19 overs

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New Zealand were eventually bowled out for 178 when Ajaz Patel was removed by Kumara for two runs.

Southee was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Kumara snapped up three and Dilruwan chipped in with one.

Trailing by 178 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a dismal start as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Williamson at gully off the bowling of Southee for seven runs.

Chandimal mustered six runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.

Danushka Gunathilaka, who opened the batting with Karunaratne, scored eight runs before he became Southee’s third victim.

De Grandhomme joined the party after that as he had Mendis caught behind for 15.

Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva ensured Sri Lanka didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten 37-run partnership before stumps was called.

Mathews finished on 27, which came off 64 balls and included two boundaries, while Silva remained undefeated on 15, which came off 47 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Southee was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while De Grandhomme claimed one.

Sri Lanka ended day one on 88/4 and will continue batting on Thursday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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