Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 5: Karunaratne’s 122 helps Sri Lanka ace record chase in Galle

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Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates after scoring his ninth Test century

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne led from the front as he struck a magnificent 122 to lead his side to a six-wicket win over New Zealand on the final day of the first Test in Galle.

Sri Lanka successfully chased down 268, which is the highest successful run chase in Test history in Galle as it eclipsed the previous highest chase of 99.

Furthermore, the hosts claimed the full 60 points in their first World Test Championship match.

Starting off the day on 133/0, Sri Lanka added 28 runs to their overnight score before Lahiru Thirimanne was trapped lbw off the bowling of William Somerville for 64, which came off 163 balls and included four boundaries.

Kusal Mendis only scored 10 runs before he was dismissed by Ajaz Patel, while Karunaratne went on to make 122, which came off 243 deliveries and included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee.

Despite Trent Boult removing Kusal Perera shortly after, Sri Lanka still managed to cruise to victory behind Angelo Mathews’ 28 not out and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 14.

Somerville, Patel, Southee and Boult picked up one wicket apiece.

Karunaratne was named Man of the Match.

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