Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1: Dananjaya’s five-for puts Sri Lanka in charge on rain-affected day

Akila Dananjaya five wickets Sri Lanka New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 Galle cricket

Akila Dananjaya finished with figures of 5-57 off 22 overs

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Akila Dananjaya took all five wickets that fell on the first day in Galle to give Sri Lanka the upper hand over New Zealand before rain ended play earlier than expected.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a good start as Jeet Raval and Tom Latham amassed a 64-run partnership before Latham was caught behind off the bowling of Dananjaya for 30.

Dananjaya struck again three balls later as he removed New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for a duck.

Raval went on to score 33 before he was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at slip off the bowling of Dananjaya.

Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls stabilised the innings with a 100-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his half-century, before Nicholls was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dananjaya for 42.

BJ Watling only made one run before he suffered the same fate as Nicholls.

Taylor and Mitchell Santner added 24 runs to the score before the rain came and ended things for the day.

Taylor finished on 86, which came off 131 balls and included six boundaries, while Santner remained undefeated on eight, which came off 21 deliveries and included a boundary.

Dananjaya was the only bowler to take any wickets.

New Zealand ended day one on 203/5 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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