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.

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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 4: Karunaratne, Thirimanne leave Sri Lanka 135 runs away from victory

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Dimuth Karunaratne (right) finished on 71 not out, while Lahiru Thirimanne remained unbeaten on 57

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne scored an unbeaten 71 and 57 not out respectively to put their side 135 runs away from victory heading into the final day in Galle.

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Chandimal, Dickwella left out of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad, Karunaratne named captain

Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella left out of Sri Lanka's World Cup squad and Dimuth Karunaratne appointed as captain cricket

Dinesh Chandimal was not picked in Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad

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Batsman Dinesh Chandimal and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella were just two of the high-profile players left out of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad, while Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed as captain.

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