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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Galle International Stadium, Galle,1st Test, Date - 17/11/2012, Toss won by - New Zealand, Day - 3
  • SL /
  • Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

The match is left wide open now as the Kiwis will come in to bat shortly and try to set a good target for the Lankans. The hosts will have other ideas though as they will go all out to dismiss the Kiwis cheaply once again. However, Southee, Jayawardene and Mathews were the stars for the two teams in the last innings. The 2nd innings of the Kiwis will start shortly.

A stunning fact - Both the teams lasted just two balls after the new ball was taken by the captains. What a coincidence! New Zealand will be happy with their effort after every one would have backed the Lankans to have put up a huge total in their first innings.

80.2 T Boult to Eranga, OUT! That is the end of the innings! Herath lifts this full delivery straight to mid on where Doug Bracewell takes a simple catch. Sri Lanka end their innings on 247, just 26 runs ahead of the Kiwis. 247/10

80.1 T Boult to Eranga, Pitched up to the bat on the off side. Eranga tries to dig it out and misses the shot as the ball goes back to the keeper. 247/9

The new ball is due and Taylor opts for it.

79.6 J Patel to Herath, Pushed this one of the front foot to point. 247/9

79.5 J Patel to Herath, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 247/9

79.4 J Patel to Herath, Leaves it alone outside the off stump watchfully. van Wyk whips off the bails in a flash as Herath had lifted his back foot for a fraction of a second. The umpire goes to the third umpire. It is not out as Herath gets back in time. 247/9

79.3 J Patel to Herath, Tossed up on middle stump. Pushed away to the on side calmly. 247/9

79.2 J Patel to Herath, Flighted outside off stump. Herath pushes it to the covers. 247/9

79.1 J Patel to Herath, Angles it on the leg stump. The ball pitches outside the line of the stumps and goes to van Wyk. 247/9

78.6 T Boult to Eranga, On the off stump coming in with the angle. Eranga works it away to mid-wicket. 247/9

78.5 T Boult to Eranga, Strays down the leg side this time. Eranga lets it meet the keeper's gloves. 247/9

78.4 T Boult to Eranga, Boult bowls a length ball just outside the off stump. Eranga shoulders arms to it. 247/9

78.3 T Boult to S Eranga, FOUR! Pounced on it! Short and wide. Eranga leans back and cuts it behind point beating the gully fielder into the third man boundary. 247/9

78.2 T Boult to Eranga, Pushed back to the off side off the back foot. 243/9

78.1 T Boult to Herath, Angles it in. Herath stays back and taps it down to the leg side. He sets of late for the run and the fielder from mid-wicket comes in and throws it at the non-striker's end. He misses but that would have been out had it hit. 243/9

Boult is back on.

77.6 J Patel to Eranga, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 242/9

77.5 J Patel to Eranga, Length on middle and leg, pushed back on to the pitch. 242/9

77.4 J Patel to Eranga, Defends it back to Patel with a straight bat. 242/9

Shaminda Eranga is the last man in.

That wicket is the 50th Test wicket for Kulasekara.

77.3 Patel to Kulasekara, OUT! Caught and bowled! Bowls it quicker and fuller on off stump. Kulasekara pushes it giftingly back to Patel who holds on to it pretty easily. Sri Lanka nine down. 242/9

77.2 J Patel to Kulasekara, Defended back to the bowler off the front foot. 242/8

77.1 J Patel to Kulasekara, Flighted on off. Defended to the on side. 242/8

76.6 D Bracewell to Herath, Pitched up to the bat on off stump. Herath drives it cleanly to mid off. 242/8

76.5 D Bracewell to Herath, FOUR! Up and over! Herath backs away and swings it over mid off for a boundary. 242/8

76.4 D Bracewell to Herath, Hits the pads after taking the inside edge. 238/8

76.3 D Bracewell to Herath, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 238/8

76.2 D Bracewell to Herath, Leaves it alone outside off stump. 238/8

76.1 D Bracewell to Herath, Angles this across the batsman. Herath has a swing at it and misses the ball. 238/8

75.6 J Patel to Herath, Turns this down to mid-wicket for a single. 238/8

75.5 J Patel to Herath, Comes down to meet the pitch of the delivery and pushes it to the off side. 237/8

75.4 J Patel to Herath, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 237/8

75.3 J Patel to Kulasekara, Driven down to long on for a single. 237/8

75.2 J Patel to Herath, Full outside off. Herath goes for a drive and plays it uppishly as the ball falls in no man's land safely. They take a single. 236/8

75.1 J Patel to Herath, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 235/8

74.6 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A good bouncer into the body. Kulasekara sways out of that in time. 235/8

74.5 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Short of a length delivery outside off stump. Left alone. 235/8

74.4 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 235/8

74.3 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Short of a length ball just outside off. Kula punches it away through the in field and collects two runs. 235/8

74.2 D Bracewell to N Kulasekara, Kulasekara plays a good looking drive to mid off, can't beat him. No run at all. 233/8

74.1 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A length ball coming in slightly. Kulasekara defends it to the on side. 233/8

73.6 J Patel to Herath, FOUR! Gets away with a boundary! Flighted up. Patel's confidence has grown. However, Herath gets down and plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 233/8

73.5 J Patel to Herath, A close leave just outside the off stump. 229/8

73.4 J Patel to Herath, Flighted on off stump. Herath pushes it back to the bowler. 229/8

Rangana Herath has walked out to bat now.

73.3 J Patel to J'dena, OUT! Patel gets the most important wicket of the day! Flighted on off stump, Mahela goes for a sweep. The ball hits the pads and then takes the gloves to lob up behind the wicket where van Wyk dives forward right at the boots of Mahela and takes a fine catch. They go up appealing but Mahela walks and that too on 91. 229/8

73.2 J Patel to J'dena, Flicked away to mid-wicket. No run there. 229/7

73.1 J Patel to J'dena, Quick and flat on off stump. Mahela turns it away to the on side politely. 229/7

72.6 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Outside the off stump and left alone by Kulasekara. 229/7

72.5 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, FOUR! Gracious! An attempt to bowl a yorker goes wrong. Bracewell bowls a low full toss instead on the pads. Any batsmen in the subcontinent will put that away to the square leg boundary. Kula does exactly that! 229/7

72.4 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Pitched up on middle and off. Kula drives it fluently to mid on. No run. 225/7

72.3 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A good length ball on off stump. Kula goes back and across and plays it dead on to the off side. 225/7

72.2 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Just short! Full outside off. Kulasekara goes for a drive and the ball takes the edge after which it falls just short of the gully fielder. 225/7

72.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, On the pads and flicked away by the Lankan captain to fine leg for one run. 225/7

Bracewell into the attack.

71.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, Defends it back to Patel from within the crease. 224/7

71.5 J Patel to Kulasekara, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 224/7

71.4 J Patel to J'dena, Plays a conventional sweep this time over short fine leg off the top edge for a single. 224/7

Sri Lanka have gone past the Kiwi total with that boundary.

71.3 J Patel to J'dena, FOUR! Awesome! Plays a well controlled reverse sweep past short third man for a boundary. 223/7

71.2 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 219/7

71.1 J Patel to J'dena, Good length ball on off. Pushed away to the covers by the captain. 219/7

70.6 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Nips it in off a length. Kula stays back and watches it on to the bat as the ball rolls away to the off side. 219/7

70.5 Tim Southee to N Kulasekara, Back of a length delivery outside off. Kulasekara guides it away to point. 219/7

70.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Bangs it short again, this time just outside off stump. Nuwan gets down and sways out of the way at the same time. 219/7

70.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fuller on the pads, whipped away to fine leg for a single. 219/7

70.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A feisty short one which goes just over the batsman's head as he tries to hook it away. Good variation. 218/7

70.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Attempts a slower one. It goes wrong as the ball goes down the leg side through to van Wyk. 218/7

69.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, On the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket. 218/7

69.5 J Patel to Kulasekara, Tossed up on middle and leg. Pushed back to the bowler. 218/7

69.4 J Patel to Kulasekara, Just a little outside off. Pushed away to the off side off the front foot. 218/7

69.3 J Patel to Kulasekara, Full on middle, plays it back to Jeetan Patel. 218/7

69.2 J Patel to Kulasekara, Driven to mid off with a straight bat. 218/7

69.1 J Patel to Kulasekara, Flighted outside off stump. Played back to Patel. 218/7

It will be the last drinks break of the day.

68.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length ball coming in. Mahela gets his front foot out of the way and defends it with a straight bat. 218/7

68.5 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, On the hips, Kula clips it away to fine leg and picks up a single. 218/7

68.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Full delivery coming in to off stump. Pushed away to mid off. 217/7

68.3 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Pitched up just outside off stump. Driven to the cover fielder. Southee won't mind the drive. 217/7

68.2 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Lovely delivery! Kulasekara dishes out such balls to batsmen. Now, he is on the other side of the grass. Comes back in off a length, pushed away to mid on. 217/7

68.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Gets it to nip in sharply as the ball takes the inside edge of the bat and hits the pads on its way to fine leg for a single. Kulasekara comes on strike now. 217/7

Southee comes back on to have a go at the tail.

67.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, Pushed away to the bowler off the front foot. 216/7

67.5 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away for a single. 216/7

67.4 J Patel to J'dena, Back of a length delivery on off, punched away to the point fielder where a good dive saves a single. 215/7

Nuwan Kulasekara comes in to bat now. The tail comes out.

67.3 J Patel to J'dene, OUT! Prasanna Jayawardene throws his wicket away! Goes for a slog sweep and holes out to Doug Bracewell at deep square leg. It can get pretty confusing with two players having similar names at the crease. Prasanna just ended it. Jokes apart, he should have hanged in there to support his captain. Patel, however, gets his first wicket. 215/7

67.2 J Patel to J'dene, Quick outside off, pushed away to the covers. 215/6

67.1 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 215/6

66.6 J Franklin to J'dene, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 214/6

66.5 J Franklin to J'dene, Comes forward and plays it into the ground. 214/6

66.4 J Franklin to J'dene, FOUR! Slashed away! Takes a step or two down the wicket and slaps it away behind point for a boundary. 214/6

66.3 J Franklin to J'dene, Length ball outside off stump. The keeper has work to do again as Prasanna lets it through to him. 210/6

66.2 J Franklin to J'dene, And again. Allows that to be met with the keeper's gloves. 210/6

66.1 J Franklin to J'dene, Angles it across the batsman. Left alone by the batsman. 210/6

65.6 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and pushes it to forward short leg again. 210/6

65.5 J Patel to J'dena, Length turning in to the off stump. Worked down to forward short leg. 210/6

65.4 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away with the wrists to the on side. 210/6

65.3 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and taps it back to Patel. 210/6

65.2 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 210/6

65.1 J Patel to J'dena, FOUR! Cracked! Short and wide. Mahela punches it away to the cover boundary. Very elegant. 210/6

64.6 J Franklin to J'dene, A good delivery just outside off. Prasanna leaves it through. 206/6

64.5 J Franklin to J'dene, Left alone once again as the ball is angled across the batsman. 206/6

64.4 J Franklin to J'dene, Angles it across the batsman as he leaves it alone. 206/6

Prasanna Jayawardene comes to the crease. We now have a Jayawardena and a Jayawardene at the crease. Spot the difference?

64.3 J Franklin to Mathews, OUT! Franklin gets the breakthrough! Length ball from around the wicket and gets Mathews to nick it as he goes to push at it with his feet going nowhere. van Wyk takes a regulation catch behind the stumps. 206/6

64.2 J Franklin to Mathews, Stays in the crease and pats it back to the covers. 206/5

64.1 J Franklin to A Mathews, Length ball just outside off stump. The ball takes a thick outside edge as it goes to gully. 206/5

63.6 J Patel to J'dena, Guptill does well at short mid-wicket as Mahela flicks it to his right. No run conceded. 206/5

63.5 J Patel to J'dena, Outside the off stump. Mahela tries to play a late cut. The ball takes the bottom edge and goes to Taylor at slip. 206/5

63.4 J Patel to Mathews, Comes down the track and drills it down to long on aerially. One run taken. 206/5

63.3 J Patel to Mathews, Slow through the air, pushed to forward short leg. 205/5

63.2 J Patel to Mathews, Outside off, played back to the bowler. 205/5

63.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted on middle. Flicked away to mid-wicket. 205/5

62.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Good length ball outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 205/5

62.5 J Franklin to J'dena, Full delivery on off stump. Driven straight back. Franklin stops it with his boot. 205/5

62.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles this into the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket. No run. 205/5

62.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Back of a length delivery outside off. Jayawardena tries to guide through point and gully again and can't find the gap this time either. 205/5

62.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Tight line just outside off stump. Left alone. 205/5

62.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Short and some width outside off. Mahela does not get enough bat on the cut as Williamson runs to his right and stops the ball. 205/5

James Franklin comes back into the attack.

61.6 J Patel to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 205/5

61.5 J Patel to Mathews, Shout for LBW. Comes around the wicket and gets it to straighten in from the angle. Mathews is struck almost in front. It just did not pitch in line. 205/5

Record partnership! This is now the highest 6th wicket partnership at Galle.

61.4 J Patel to J'dena, Gets better placement on this flick towards square leg for a single. 205/5

61.3 J Patel to J'dena, Tossed up on off stump. Flicked away to short mid-wicket. No run. 204/5

61.2 J Patel to J'dena, Defended to the covers off the front foot. 204/5

61.1 J Patel to J'dena, Comes down the pitch outside the off stump. Can't get to the pitch of the ball and adjusts by defending it back to Patel. 204/5

60.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Drives this well through the covers to get a couple. 204/5

Those extras bring up the 150-run stand between these two. They are just going on and on and on.

60.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Way down the leg side, too wide for the keeper to collect that either. The ball goes for four extras behind the keeper. 202/5

60.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up outside off. Driven to mid off. 198/5

60.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Mathews pats it away to the covers from within the crease. 198/5

60.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Half volley outside off stump. Mahela drives it with good timing but can't beat mid off. They take a single. 198/5

60.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Good length ball just outside off. Mahela opens the face of the bat to help it away to gully. 197/5

59.6 J Patel to Mathews, Same story yet again, pushed back to Patel who hasn't looked dangerous at all today. They could have had a good pace bowler instead of him in the line up. 197/5

59.5 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward again and taps it back to the bowler. 197/5

59.4 J Patel to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 197/5

59.3 J Patel to Mathews, Gets forward and low to defend this back to the bowler. 197/5

59.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flat outside off stump. Punched away to the cover fielder. 197/5

59.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off stump. Blocked back to the bowler. 197/5

Jayawardena gets to 1000 Test runs against the Kiwis.

58.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Angles it into the pads, flicked away past mid-wicket for a couple. 197/5

58.5 D Bracewell to J'dena, FOUR! Brilliant attempt in the deep, well, almost! Width outside off stump. Mahela slashes it backward of point for a good boundary. 195/5

58.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up outside off. Mahela opens the face of the bat and tries to beat gully. Williamson over there doesn't allow it to get through. Good stop. 191/5

58.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up to the bat on off stump. Mahela comes forward and pushes it off the middle to mid on. 191/5

58.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Half volley outside off, Jayawardena drives it to wide mid off. 191/5

58.1 D Bracewell to M J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Drives to mid off. 191/5

57.6 J Patel to Mathews, Around the stumps, quick and flat on middle. Pushed back to the bowler. 191/5

57.5 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, tucked away to square leg for a single to get Mathews on strike. 191/5

57.4 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and leaves it alone. 190/5

57.3 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and blocks it to the off side. 190/5

57.2 J Patel to J'dena, Spins in and hits Jayawardena on his pads after which it lobs to the forward short leg fieldr. They go up in appeal as it was very close to the bat. But, it did not touch the bat. 190/5

57.1 J Patel to J'dena, Short and cut straight to point. 190/5

Welcome back to the final session of today's play. The players are all set to go. The Lankan captain, Jayawardena will take strike against Jeetan Patel.

Jeetan Patel did not seem lethal by any means at all. That remains the difference between the two bowling attacks. The seamers couldn't get the ball to swing as much as it had earlier in the day. Sri Lanka look set to take a lead in the final session. Join us in a while for the third session of day 2.

Sri Lanka consolidated well in this session, resurrecting their innings with a century partnership between the captain and vice-captain. They have scored 85 runs in this session to take the total to 190/5.

56.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Mahela punches it away to deep point for a single. That is Tea on day 2. 190/5

56.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full and swinging in. Mathes flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 189/5

56.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, On the pads, tucked away to fine leg for one. 188/5

56.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Slower one as Southee bowls it from back of the hand. The ball hits the pads of Mahela on leg stump. Southee is confident and appeals. The umpire is in disagreement. 187/5

56.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length delivery on off stump. Pushed away to the covers. 187/5

56.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Back of a length ball outside off. Mahela guides it to gully. That was more of a one day shot where you open the face to play it down to third man. 187/5

55.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Mathews punches it to the cover fielder. 187/5

55.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full and angled in. The ball straightens slightly as Mathews pushes it to mid on. 187/5

55.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pushes this a tad wider outside off. Mathews is not tempted to play at that. 187/5

55.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, A short of a good length ball on off stump. Mathews comes across with his back foot and dabs this to point. 187/5

55.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length ball just outside off stump. Mathews fends it away off the back foot. 187/5

55.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets this length delivery to straighten after coming in with the angle. Mathews watchfully defends it off his front foot. 187/5

54.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Comes in with the arm again and Mahela tucks it away to square leg. No run though. 187/5

54.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitches it up and comes in slightly. Mahela watches it carefully and lets it through to van Wyk. 187/5

54.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fullish delivery on off stump. Mahela defends it to the off side. 187/5

54.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball just outside off. Left alone by Jayawardena. That wasn't far off from the off stump. 187/5

54.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Full on off stump. Mahela pushes this one back to the bowler. 187/5

54.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, A short of a length ball outside off. Jayawardena leans backwards and steers it to gully where Williamson makes another diving stop. 187/5

53.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length delivery outside off. Left alone. 187/5

53.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Stays in the crease and taps this length ball outside off stump to the on side with the inside half of the bat. He is a good candidate for a 'through the gates bowled'. 187/5

53.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Lovely timing! Short and wide again. Mathews stays back and punches it to beat deep cover and roll over the ropes. 187/5

53.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Short of a good length outside off. The ball moves away after pitching and beats Mathews' cut shot to go through to the keeper. 183/5

53.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, A length ball outside off. Mathews pushes it from within the crease to the covers. 183/5

53.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full outside off stump. Driven away to the covers. 183/5

52.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone through to the keeper. 183/5

52.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball comes in after pitching. Mahela defends it off the front foot back into the ground. 183/5

52.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Pitched outside off stump. Mahela drives it to the right of deep cover fielder for a couple. 183/5

52.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, A short length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela cuts it to gully on the bounce. 181/5

52.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball just outside off. Mahela pushes this to point. 181/5

52.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length delivery on off stump. Mahela comes forward as the ball seems to stick in the wicket after pitching. Mahela plays an uppish push back to the bowler. The ball falls just short of Southee. 181/5

Southee back into the attack.

51.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 181/5

51.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pushes it full and wide outside off. Mathews goes nowhere with his feet as he tries to drive it. The ball jars between the bat and the ground going into the off side. 181/5

51.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Mahela pushes it elegantly to the covers for a single. 181/5

51.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Length outside the off stump. Jayawardena lets it through. 180/5

51.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Tries to cut this length ball just outside off and misses it. 180/5

51.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, A full delivery outside off stump. Mahela plays a squarish drive towards point where Kane Williamson dives to his right to stop it from going to the fence. 180/5

Bracewell into the attack now.

50.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flat and quick on the pads. Mathews drops it down to the on side. 180/5

50.5 J Patel to Mathews, Same shot to a similar delivery, back to the bowler. 180/5

50.4 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on off stump. Mathews goes low and comes forward to push it back to the bowler. 180/5

50.3 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker and just outside off. Mathews pats it back to the bowler. 180/5

50.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off. Mahela comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 180/5

50.1 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Class! Short of a length on off stump. Mathews moves back and punches it beautifully between mid off and cover to the boundary. 180/5

49.6 T Boult to J'dena, Gets behind the line and plays it away to the off side. 176/5

49.5 T Boult to A Mathews, Angled in to the pads. Mathews drives it past mid-wicket to wide mid on for a run. 176/5

49.4 T Boult to Mathews, A fuller length delivery just outside off stump. Defended off the front foot. 175/5

49.3 T Boult to J'dena, Back of a length delivery just outside off. Mahela taps it down past point for a single. 175/5

49.2 T Boult to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Mahela drives it crisply to a deepish cover, 30 yards away from the bat. 174/5

49.1 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it in and takes it away. Mahela shoulders arms to that one. 174/5

48.6 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! A limited overs cricketing shot! Mathews gets down on his knee and pulls out a reverse sweep. The ball goes to the point boundary. 174/5

48.5 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted on off stump. Driven away to mid-wicket. 170/5

48.4 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on middle stump. Turned away to forward short leg. 170/5

48.3 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away to deep square leg for a single. 170/5

48.2 J Patel to J'dena, On the stumps. Turned away to the on side. 169/5

48.1 J Patel to J'dena, Flat and quick on off stump. Pushed back to the bowler. 169/5

47.6 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it into the pads. Turned away to mid-wicket. No run. 169/5

47.5 T Boult to Mathews, Again a length ball just outside off. Mathews comes forward and shoulders arms to it. 169/5

47.4 T Boult to Mathews, Some movement away after pitching. Mathews sees it through to the keeper. 169/5

47.3 T Boult to Mathews, Striaghter on the stumps. Mathews blocks it back to Boult. 169/5

47.2 T Boult to Mathews, A good length ball just outside off stump. Mathews stays in his crease, doesn't go across and fends it away to the off side. 169/5

47.1 T Boult to Mathews, Gets it to move in after pitching outside off. Mathews stays in the crease and fishes at it to get beaten. 169/5

46.6 J Patel to J'dena, Short of a length ball, spinning into off stump. Patted back to the bowler off the back foot. 169/5

46.5 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward outside the off stump and gets hit on the pads as he tries to place it to point off the front foot. 169/5

46.4 J Patel to J'dena, Flighted up on off stump. Mahela bends into the line of the ball and flicks it to mid-wicket. 169/5

46.3 J Patel to J'dena, Full and hit straight back to Patel. 169/5

46.2 J Patel to J'dena, Turns it around to short fine leg. No run. 169/5

46.1 J Patel to Mathews, Slow and length on off stump. Punched away to the covers for a single. 169/5

45.6 T Boult to J'dena, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. 168/5

45.5 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it in and Mathews pushes at it tentatively as the ball takes the inside edge and falls down to the on side for a single. 168/5

45.4 T Boult to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it firmly as the cover fielder dives and mis-fields. The batsmen take a single as the ball goes towards mid off. 167/5

45.3 T Boult to J'dena, Stays back and pushes it to the covers. 166/5

45.2 T Boult to J'dena, A length ball just outside off stump. Mahela defends it back to the bowler. 166/5

45.1 T Boult to J'dena, Pushes this outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 166/5

44.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off stump. Defended back to the bowler. 166/5

44.5 J Patel to Mathews, Defended off the back foot to mid off. 166/5

44.4 J Patel to Mathews, A good flat ball on the stumps. Mathews turns it to forward short leg. 166/5

44.3 J Patel to Mathews, On the pads, turned away to mid-wicket. 166/5

44.2 J Patel to Mathews, A length ball spinning in to off stump. Mathews pushes it to point again. 166/5

44.1 J Patel to Mathews, Shortish on off, punched away to point. 166/5

43.6 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Just short of the fielder! Length ball just outside off. Mahela opens the face at the last moment and plays it with soft hands as the ball goes to Guptill at second slip on the bounce and is deflected to the boundary right behind the line of the keeper. 166/5

43.5 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it in from outside off. Left alone by Mahela. 162/5

Around the wicket now.

43.4 T Boult to J'dena, Drives it beautifully to mid off. Can't find the gap. 162/5

43.3 T Boult to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump, Mahela drives it handsomely to the right of deep point for a couple. 162/5

43.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Full delivery outside off. Driven away to mid off. 160/5

43.1 T Boult to J'dena, Length ball angled across. Mahela goes back and fends it away to point. 160/5

That will be drinks in the second session. Sri Lanka trail by 61 runs with five wickets remaining.

42.6 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Well placed! Sweeps this one outside the leg stump past the short fine leg fielder and into the boundary. 160/5

42.5 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on leg stump again. Mathews blocks it back to the bowler. 156/5

42.4 J Patel to Mathews, Flight on leg stump, flicked straight to forward short leg. 156/5

42.3 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball on the pads. Mathews turns it down to the on side. No run. 156/5

42.2 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on middle. Mathews comes forward and pushes it back to Patel. 156/5

42.1 J Patel to J'dena, Flighted up on leg stump. Mahela flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 156/5

Patel gets a change of ends, replacing Bracewell.

41.6 T Boult to Mathews, Driven through mid-off by the batsman. 155/5

41.5 T Boult to Mathews, A yorker length ball on middle stump. Mathews digs it out back to the bowler. 155/5

41.4 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it across the batsman. Mathews leaves it alone. 155/5

A short mid off in place now.

41.3 T Boult to Mathews, Angled across towards the off side. Mathews comes half forward and defends it to the covers. 155/5

41.2 T Boult to J'dena, Full delivery on off stump. Mahela drives it nicely to the right of mid off to pick up a single. 155/5

41.1 T Boult to J'dena, Donw the leg side. The ball takes the thigh pad and goes through to van Wyk. 154/5

Boult has been brought into the attack.

40.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, And again! Full on off, Mathews can't find the gap on the off side and finds mid off. 154/5

40.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, This time he drives it straight to mid off with a crisp shot. 154/5

40.4 D Bracewell to A Mathews, Pushes this full outside off stump. Mathews doesn't get his foot forward and tries to drive. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls away to mid off. 154/5

40.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full on off stump. Mathews plays it back to the bowler off the front foot. 154/5

40.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Excellent placement! On the pads and Mathews drives it through mid-wicket and mid on for a well timed boundary. 154/5

40.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets it to nip in after pitching on a length outside off. Mathews pushes it to mid off. 150/5

This has been a brilliant partnership between the captain and the vice-captain. They have bailed their side out of trouble after coming together at 50/5. The first 100-run partnership of the match, this one.

39.6 J Patel to A Mathews, Comes forward and pushes it towards point for a single. 150/5

39.5 J Patel to Mathews, Around the wicket now, Patel darts this on the pads. Mathews pads i away. 149/5

39.4 J Patel to Mathews, Back of a length delivery on off stump. Mathews punches it to mid off. 149/5

39.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up outside off. Mathews comes forward and pushes it to the off side. 149/5

39.2 J Patel to Mathews, Way down the leg side. Mathews leaves it alone. 149/5

39.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off stump. Mathews drives it to mid off. 149/5

38.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it straight to mid off. 149/5

38.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, In swinging delivery on leg stump. Mathews flicks it wide of mid-wicket to pick up a single. 149/5

38.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length ball on off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot. 148/5

38.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 148/5

Mathews has got to his 9th Test fifty and his first against the Black Caps.

38.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it in towards the pads and Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket for a boundary. 148/5

38.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitches it up outside off stump. Mahela drives it to deep point for a single. 144/5

Bracewell will come in to bowl from the Fort End now.

Mahela Jayawardena has scored 14 centuries after crossing fifty 22 times as captain.

37.6 J Patel to Mathews, SIX! Mathews has had enough! He gets down on one knee and smashes this over the mid-wicket fence and into the stands for a maximum. 143/5

37.5 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball outside off. Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. 137/5

37.4 J Patel to J'dena, Pitches this one up to the pads and Mahela flicks it backward of square for a single. 137/5

37.3 J Patel to J'dena, Stays back and defends it to forward short leg. 136/5

37.2 J Patel to J'dena, Tucks it away uppishly past the forward short leg fielder to square leg. No run again. 136/5

37.1 J Patel to J'dena, Turns in towards the pads. Mahela turns it away to square leg. No run. 136/5

36.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Stays back to this length ball on off stump and pushes it back to the bowler. 136/5

The Lankan captain has got to his 43rd fifty and his 6th one against the Kiwis. This is just what the doctor ordered for the Lankans.

36.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela turns it down with his wrists to square leg for a single to bring up his half century. 136/5

36.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, And again. This time it is in line with his body. He pulls it away to deep square leg along the ground for a single. 135/5

Mathews is getting these short ones as he was dismissed by one from Southee in the ODI series.

36.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Bludgeoned away! Short and sits up perfectly for Mathews to fetch it from outside the off stump to the mid-wicket boundary. 134/5

36.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fullish and angled in. Mahela turns it down to the on side, towards square leg and takes a single. 130/5

36.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, FOUR! Just away from the fielder! Short and wide. Mahela leans back and cuts it past a diving gully fielder to the third man boundary. He moves on to 48. 129/5

35.6 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward and dabs it into the on side. No run. 125/5

35.5 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls it flat and quick on off stump. Mathews gets behind it and pushes it back to Patel. 125/5

35.4 J Patel to J'dena, Mahela shows Mathews how to sweep. Gets across and on one knee to sweep it to fine leg for a single. 125/5

35.3 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 124/5

35.2 J Patel to Mathews, Mathews goes for a big sweep by getting down outside the off stump. He misses the shot and the ball misses the stumps and is fumbled by van Wyk. They take a bye. 124/5

35.1 J Patel to Mathews, Spins it in by flighting it on off stump. Mathews presents the full face of the bat back to the bowler. 123/5

Patel is back on.

34.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Again, comes well forward and pushes it to mid off. It is a maiden but Mahela has played out this over with rock solid defense except for the one play and miss. Equal credit to Southee as well. 123/5

34.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fuller on off stump. Jayawardena drives it to the cover fielder. He is looking well assured of his footwork out there. He had not looked this comfortable before Lunch. 123/5

34.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Beats the bat this time. Gets the all to land on off and move away. Mahela tries to push it to the off side as he misses the shot. 123/5

Mahela Jayawardena hasn't missed a single Test match since 2002. Extraordinary!

34.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it straight to mid off. 123/5

34.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length delivery on off stump. Mahela pats it towards gully off the back foot. 123/5

34.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitches it up on off stump. Mahela pushes this to the covers easily. 123/5

33.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full delivery on middle and off. Mathews gets behind it and plays it back to the bowler. 123/5

33.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Fires this down the leg side. Mathews misses his flick as the ball goes to van Wyk. 123/5

33.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up on leg stump. Mathews flicks it past mid on for another couple of runs. 123/5

33.3 D Bracewell to A Mathews, A short one outside off stump. Mathews gets on top of the bounce and fetches it from there to square leg for a couple. 121/5

33.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Full on middle stump. Mahela drives it to wide mid on where the dive saves the boundary. But, the batsmen take a single. 119/5

33.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, A full delivery angling in towards the off stick. Mahela gets his front foot outside the line and defends it to the off side. 118/5

32.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Fullish delivery on off stump. Mathews drives it back to the bowler. 118/5

32.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length ball just outside off stump. Mathews defends it off his back foot once again. 118/5

32.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Mathews gets behind the line of this length ball just outside off and turns it around to the on side sedately. 118/5

32.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Almost a yorker on off stump, ends up being a low full toss. Mathews plays it equally well by flicking it past mid-wicket for a couple. 118/5

32.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A tight length ball on off stump. Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. 116/5

32.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length ball outside off. Mathews opens the face of the bat and plays it to point. 116/5

31.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, FOUR! Glorious drive! Mahela romps forward to this full delivery on middle and off and plays one of the most pleasant looking shots in the book, the on drive past mid on. 116/5

31.5 D Bracewell to J'dena, A fullish delivery on off stump. Mahela defends it off his front foot. 112/5

31.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitches outside off stump and moves away. Mahela shoulders arms to it. 112/5

31.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Almost a yorker outside off stump. Mahela calmly gets behind it and digs it out to the off side. 112/5

31.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, A good length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela comes forward and pushes it into the covers. 112/5

31.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it into the pads. Mathews flicks it away through the leg side and picks up a single. 112/5

Bracewell to start from the other end.

30.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls another short one this time. The ball doesn't rise much and Mathews pulls it away to deep square leg for one. 111/5

30.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR! Takes him by surprise! Bangs it short right towards Mathews' head. He goes for the hook. The ball takes the outside edge and goes right over the keeper's head for a boundary. 110/5

30.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good line and length delivery just outside off stump. Mathews comes forward and defends it with the full face of the bat. He is looking precise with his foot work. 106/5

30.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Tries to swing it from leg to off. It is not swinging like it did in the first session. Mathews flicks it easily to mid-wicket. 106/5

30.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Length ball on off stump. Mahela opens the face and plays it into the gap at covers to pick up a nice single. 106/5

30.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Full on off stump. Mahela pushes it to mid on. No run. 105/5

Welcome back to the second session as the players are ready for the post lunch session. Mahela Jayawardena will face Tim Southee.

Bracewell and Franklin could not carry on the good work done by Southee and Boult and let Mathews and Jayawardena off the hook after which they put up a much needed 50-run stand to rescue the Lankans somewhat. With half the side down, it is up to this pair to take them closer to the Kiwi total. The next session should be an interesting one. Do join us back in a while.

New Zealand have bowled exceptionally well this morning, picking up four quick wickets. Southee bowled a gem of a spell picking up four of the five so far. They swung the ball both ways with some venom. Jayawardena survived the mayhem by hanging in there.

29.6 J Patel to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. And that will be Lunch on day 2. 105/5

29.5 J Patel to Mathews, Again flights it outside off stump and Mathew comes forward again, defending it by getting nice and low. 105/5

29.4 J Patel to Mathews, Back over the stumps, Patel flights it outside off stump. Mathews defends it to the off side. 105/5

29.3 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball on middle stump. Mathews gets behind the line and pats it to the off side. 105/5

29.2 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up outside off stump. Blocked to the on side off the front foot. 105/5

29.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted outside off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot. 105/5

28.6 T Boult to J'dena, FOUR! A poor mis-field! Back of a length angling into the pads. Mahela tucks it away to fine leg where Bracewell doesn't stop it cleanly. The ball goes beyond the ropes, conceding three extra runs. 105/5

28.5 T Boult to J'dena, Swings it in towards middle and leg stump. Jayawardena turns it down to mid-wicket. Well played in the end. 101/5

28.4 T Boult to J'dena, Jayawardena marches at the ball outside the off stump and defends it back to the bowler. He is trying to take the LBW out of the equation. 101/5

28.3 T Boult to J'dena, Comes forward to this length delivery and leaves it alone. 101/5

28.2 T Boult to J'dena, Gets some late movement away from Mahela who plays for the angle and is beaten just about marginally. 101/5

28.2 T Boult to J'dena, NO BALL! Bangs it hard into the pitch. The ball rises chest high as it reaches Jayawardena. He stands tall on his back foot and jabs it back into the ground. 101/5

28.1 T Boult to J'dena, A length ball on off stump. Mahela opens the face of the bat and plays it towards point. No run. 100/5

27.6 J Patel to Mathews, Comes around the wicket to Mathews and pushes it towards middle and off stump by flighting it. Mathews blocks it off his front foot. 100/5

27.5 J Patel to Mathews, Comes down low on the ball and pushes it back to the bowler. 100/5

27.4 J Patel to Mathews, Stays back and pushes it to the off side with a straight bat. 100/5

27.3 J Patel to Mathews, A quicker one darted in on leg stump. Mathews shoulders arms to it as the ball hits the pad. There is some excitement among the fielders. 100/5

27.2 J Patel to Mathews, Pitched up on middle stump. Mathews drives the ball to mid on. 100/5

27.1 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball spinning in, Mathews plays it with a straightish bat to the on side. 100/5

26.6 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it into the off stump and Mahela gets right behind the line as he plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 100/5

Boult comes around the wicket now.

26.5 T Boult to J'dena, Gets right behind the line of that one and plays it down into the ground off the back foot. 100/5

The boundary brings up the 50 run stand, a much needed one.

26.4 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Lovely drive! Jayawardena comes forward to this full and wide delivery outside off and drives it handsomely to the cover boundary. 100/5

26.3 T Boult to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Jayawardena comes forward and plays a punchy drive straight to the covers. 96/5

26.2 T Boult to J'dena, Length ball on middle stump. Defended off the back foot back to the bowler. 96/5

26.1 T Boult to Mathews, On the pads and tucked away to fine leg for a single. 96/5

Boult is into the attack now, replacing Franklin.

25.6 J Patel to Mathews, Spins in towards leg stump. Mathews tucks it away to fine leg for a single. 95/5

25.5 J Patel to J'dena, Turns in from a length. Mahela turns it away uppishly past forward short leg to pick up a single. 94/5

25.4 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward to this flighted one and pushes it back to the bowler. 93/5

25.3 J Patel to J'dena, SIX! Hoisted away! Jayawardena comes down the pitch to this loopy delivery. and launches the ball high over the mid-wicket boundary. He is sending a clear message to the spinner very early in his over. 93/5

25.2 J Patel to J'dena, Mahela gets down outside off stump and paddles the ball around, fine past the keeper and picks up a couple. 87/5

25.1 J Patel to J'dena, Turns it in towards leg stump. Mahela turns it down to the on side. 85/5

Jeetan Patel comes into the attack to bowl some spin.

24.6 J Franklin to Mathews, Leaves it alone just outside the off stump. 85/5

24.5 J Franklin to Mathews, Angles this way across the batsman outside the off stump. Mathews leaves it alone. 85/5

24.4 J Franklin to Mathews, Short on middle stump. Mathews goes back and opts for the pull. He doesn't time it well as the ball is pulled back within the ropes at deep mid-wicket. They take two runs. 85/5

24.3 J Franklin to Mathews, Full on off stump. Mathews coms forward and pushes it to mid off with a crisp drive. 83/5

24.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Back of a good length on off stump. The ball gets up tall on Mahela who stays back and tries to push it down into the ground. The ball takes the inside part of the bat and falls down to short fine leg for a single. 83/5

24.1 J Franklin to J'dena, FOUR! A defensive push finds the ropes! Fullish length just outside off. Jayawardena comes forward and pushes it gently towards the cover. The ball races away from the fielders they try to chase hard. 82/5

23.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Stays back to this length delivery on off and defends it into the ground. 78/5

23.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Good length delivery just outside off stump. Punched off the back foot to the covers. 78/5

23.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length just outside off stump. Left alone! 78/5

23.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Just back of a length delivery on off stump. Defended to the off side off the back foot. 78/5

23.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Bowls it on a better length on off stump. Mathews plays it back to Bracewell with a horizontal bat. 78/5

23.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Smashed away! Short and offering a lot of width outside off stump. Mathews stays back and cuts it in front of point to the cover boundary. Lovely shot! 78/5

22.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Length ball on middle and leg. Jayawardena watches it on to the bat and pushes it to the bowler off the back foot. 74/5

22.5 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across off stump. Mahela shoulders arms to that one. 74/5

22.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Defends this off the front foot to the off side. 74/5

22.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Full and on middle stump. Mahela flicks it to mid on. 74/5

22.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela flicks it past mid-wicket towards the boundary. The fielder chases it and pulls it back just before the ropes. The batsmen take a couple. 74/5

22.1 J Franklin to J'dena, Pitched up on off stump. Jayawardena defends it to mid off. 72/5

21.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length ball on off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot back to Bracewell. 72/5

21.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Nearly chopped on! A length ball just outside off. Mathews pushes his bat at it tentatively off his front foot. The ball takes the inside edge and goes past the off stump to the fine leg boundary. 72/5

21.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Shortish and just outside off stump. Mathews punches it to the covers. 68/5

21.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Shortish delivery on middle and leg stump. Mathews goes for a pull shot and misses it to get struck high on his pads. Bracewell thinks it is very close and appeals to the umpire. Not out, as it was going above the stumps. 68/5

21.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Impressive! Pitched up on off stump. Mathews comes forward and drives it past the bowler and into the boundary. 68/5

21.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full outside off stump. Mathews leaves it alone. 64/5

20.6 J Franklin to Mathews, Flicks this length delivery off the stumps to deep square leg to pick up a single and retain strike. 64/5

20.5 J Franklin to Mathews, Full on middle stump and coming in slightly. Mathews comes well forward and pushes it back to Franklin. 63/5

20.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Length on the pads. Mahela, who has missed a few flicks earlier on today manages to get this one on the middle of the bat. The ball goes down to fine leg as Mathews comes on strike. 63/5

20.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across Mahela who shoulders arms to that one without much doubt. 62/5

20.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, Full and outside off. Mahela drives it straight to the cover fielder. 62/5

20.1 J Franklin to J'dena, A tight line on middle and off. Mahela defends it back to the bowler. 62/5

19.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up on middle stump. Angelo flicks it well but straight to mid-wicket. 62/5

19.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it in to the pads. Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket. 62/5

19.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets this one to hold its line just outside off stump. Mathews chooses to leave this one alone as well. 62/5

19.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, He is getting some swing now. Pitches it up outside off and takes it further away. Mathews houlders arms to it. 62/5

19.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitches it up on off stump. Mathews drives it straight to mid off. 62/5

19.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Nice shot! Back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Mathews stays back and punches it past mid off for a boundary. 62/5

Bracewell gets a change of ends.

18.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Jayawardena goes forward and drops it down towards the covers. 58/5

18.5 J Franklin to J'dena, This one holds its angle and Jayawardena pushes it down towards point by going back and across. 58/5

18.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Gets it to come in off a fuller length just outside off. Mahela comes forward and defends it back to Franklin. 58/5

18.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Gets some bounce off a length and hits Jayawardena on his gloves as he tries to drop it down to the on side. 58/5

18.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across this time on a length. Jayawardena defends it to the off side by staying on his back foot. 58/5

18.1 J Franklin to Mathews, Angles it into the pads Franklin. He is getting movement too. Mathews tucks it away towards wide mid on and picks up a single. He will be happy to stay off strike. 58/5

James Franklin comes into the attack.

17.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Gets off the mark much to his relief as he flicks this leg stump delivery to square leg for a single. 57/5

17.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, This is as good a display of swing bowling as you could ever see. Angles it in on leg stump and shapes it away. Mathews is squared up again in his crease as he defends it awkwardly to Southee. 56/5

17.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Squared him up! Angles it in and gets it to straighten. Mathews has to play at it as he gets his back foot across to pelt it down. The ball takes a thick outside edge and goes to the slips. Mathews is not looking comfortable at all. 56/5

17.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off. The ball tails away late and Mathews opens the face of the bat to push it away towards point. 56/5

17.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Pitches it up just outside off stump. Mathews comes forward and leaves it alone. 56/5

17.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Gets it to straighten off the angle into the batsman. Mathews pats it back to Southee. 56/5

16.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Tries to cut this one too. But, can't get the timing right as it is too close to his body, just outside off stump. 56/5

16.5 D Bracewell to M J'dena, FOUR! Punished hard! Short and wide and Mahela cuts it hard through point for a relieving boundary. 56/5

16.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela flicks it away to the square leg for a couple. 52/5

16.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Shoulders arms to this delivery as it is way outside the off stump. 50/5

16.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Bowls a back of a length ball just outside off. Jayawardena leaves that one alone too. 50/5

16.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. Not much swing yet. 50/5

Doug Bracewell into the attack. Will he get swing too?

Drinks break.

Angelo Mathews comes in to the crease as his team faces a major landslide at the hands of the Kiwi quicks.

15.6 Southee to Samaraweera, OUT! Samaraweera is not as lucky as Jayawardena who was in Southee's previous delivery. Southee gets it to move in sharply from outside off to off stump from a length as Samaraweera raises his bat in the air to shoulder arms to it. He is hit on the pads and appeals with vigour. The umpire raises his finger. 50/5

15.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Southee has no mercy as he brings it back in. Samaraweera gets his bat down in time as the ball takes a thickish inside edge on this length delivery on off stump, rolling away to the on side. 50/4

15.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good out swinging delivery just outside off stump. Samaraweera leaves it alone this time. He will be hoping that Southee bowls it outside the off stump. 50/4

15.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! He throws his frustration finally! Short on middle. He rocks back and pulls it to the square leg boundary. 50/4

15.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Awesome delivery! Gets it to swing from leg stump to off stump. Samaraweera is definitely not happy with the swing as he gets his feet all over the place and finally defends it off his back foot to the off side. 46/4

15.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, On the pads and flicked away past mid on for a single. 46/4

14.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Closer to the off stump but not swinging in enough. Samaraweera chooses to shoulder arms to it. 45/4

14.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Length ball outside off. Samaraweera watches it pass through as it is collected by van Wyk behind the stumps. 45/4

14.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera is showing good balance at the crease. Back of a length delivery just outside off. He walks across and taps it towards mid off with a straight bat. 45/4

14.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Angles this in to the pads and Samaraweera flicks it past mid-wicket and runs for a couple. 45/4

14.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Angles this across the batsman. Thilan leaves it alone. 43/4

14.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Four leg byes! On the hips and Samaraweera doesn't get any bat on it. The ball, however, takes the thigh pad and goes to the fine leg boudnary evading the diving keeper. 43/4

13.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Mahela living dangerously too! This one holds the angle and the line and keeps coming in as Mahela expects it to go away. He shoulders arms and the ball flicks the flaps of the pads and goes to van Wyk. The Kiwis appeal hard but the ball was seemingly high and wouldn't have hit the off stump. 39/4

13.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Length ball moving away, Mahela stays back and gets right behind the line of it to push the ball away to the covers. 39/4

13.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Well outside off stump. Mahela is not interested to play at it. 39/4

13.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Angles it in this time and Samaraweera is hit on the pads as the ball rolls away to the on side for a leg bye. 39/4

13.2 Tim Southee to T Samaraweera, FOUR! Missed opportunity! Drops it short just outside off stump. Samaraweera cuts and finds the outside edge. The ball goes to the right of Ross Taylor who reacts very late to the ball as it takes his pinky and goes to the third man boundary. 38/4

13.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good swing away from Samaraweera. He stays in the crease and moves slightly across to defend it by covering the swing very nicely. 34/4

Mahela has scored over 2000 runs at this venue. It is indeed a happy hunting ground for him.

12.6 T Boult to J'dena, FOUR! Impeccable placement! Short and outside off. Jayawardena gets on top of the bounce and plays it all along the ground piercing the gap between gully and fourth slip to perfection. 34/4

12.5 T Boult to J'dena, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/4

12.4 T Boult to J'dena, Yes there it is. But, it is not directed well as he sprays it on the pads. Mahela turns it away past mid-wicket. 30/4

12.3 T Boult to J'dena, Full and angled across this time. Jayawardena opens the face of the bat at the last moment as the ball goes to the gully fielder. There should be the in swinger around the corner now. 30/4

12.2 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it across the off stump. Jayawardena shoulders arms to it. 30/4

12.1 T Boult to J'dena, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Jayawardena stays back and pats it back on to the wicket. 30/4

11.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A lovely yorker moving away. Samaraweera somehow gets it away by putting the bat down in time. 30/4

11.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good length on off stump. Samaraweera gets behind the line and pushes it off the back foot. 30/4

11.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Oh my! Southee is getting awesome swing. Gets it to tail away after pitching on middle stump. Thilan gets his legs out of the way and hits it back to Southee. 30/4

11.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length outside off stump again. Samaraweera lets it through to the keeper. 30/4

11.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball just outside off stump. Leaves it alone. 30/4

11.1 Southee to Samaraweera, Southee now gets it back in. Samaraweera was expecting the out swing delivery. He flicks it at the last moment but is unable to get it on the middle. The ball lobs up towards mid-wicket, safely though. 30/4

10.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera is connecting everything that is bowled on the pads. Flicks it to fine leg for one. 30/4

10.5 T Boult to J'dena, Jayawardena knows not what he is doing out there. Strikes him on his pads again and the ball rolls away down the leg side as the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 29/4

10.4 T Boult to M J'dena, Again has Mahela in some discomfort there! Swings it in off a length and strikes him high on his pads. Very late to play at it once again. 28/4

10.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, This is swing bowling at its highest class. Pitched up outside off and comes back in towards off. Samaraweera drives it to mid off for a single. 28/4

10.2 T Boult to J'dena, In swing again on off stump. This time it is fuller and Mahela drives it towards mid on to pick up a single. 27/4

10.1 T Boult to J'dena, Struck on the pads and a huge appeal for an LBW! Turned down. That came in after pitching in line with the stumps. Mahela was very late to get the bat down and gets hit high on the pads which is the reason that saved him. 26/4

9.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball just outside off. Samaraweera leaves it alone again. 26/4

9.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Pushes this just outside off stump and takes it away. The batsman leaves it alone. 26/4

9.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Bouncer on middle and off stump. Samaraweera ducks under it. 26/4

9.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! Poor delivery and punished adequately! Angled down the pads, Samaraweera stays in the crease and clips it to the square leg boundary. 26/4

9.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Pitches it full just outside off and gets it to move away. Samaraweera comes forward and shoulders arms to it. 22/4

9.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball on off stump moving away. Thilan stays back and defends it to the off side. 22/4

Four slips for Samaraweera too now.

8.6 T Boult to J'dena, Pitches it on the leg stump and straightens as Jayawardena misses his nudge to the leg side. The ball hits the pad and rolls down to the on side. 22/4

8.6 T Boult to J'dena, NO BALL! Oversteps and that is a sin when you are bowling well. Angled across the batsman. Mahela leaves it alone. 22/4

8.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Gets it to swing on to Samaraweera's pads. He flicks it away to fine leg. No run. Mahela will take strike for the first time now. 21/4

Thilan Samaraweera comes in to bat with the Lankans in deep waters.

8.4 T Boult to Sangakkara, OUT! Boult gets one now! McCullum compensates by picking up an even better batsman's catch at third slip. A beautifully out swinging delivery just outside off enticing Sangakkara to play at it. He does and the ball takes an outside edge and flies to McCullum at third slip. This time he takes it comfortably. Four down now Sri Lanka. 20/4

8.3 T Boult to Sangakkara, Boult gets it to swing away from off to outside off. Sangakkara plays a drive as the ball takes a thickish outside edge towards point. 20/3

8.2 T Boult to Sangakkara, Sangakkara comes well forward and covers the swing to drive it past shortish mid off for a couple. 20/3

8.1 T Boult to Sangakkara, Lands it on a length on off and takes it away, enough to beat Sangakkara's defensive stroke. Lovely display of swing bowling by the black caps. 18/3

Mahela Jayawardena comes out to the middle. Two of the finest in the game now at the crease and they have been a part of some wonderful partnerships in the past.

7.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, OUT! The drop doesn't cost the Kiwis dearly! Randiv never looked like he would last more than a few deliveries. Pitched up just outside off and Randiv responds with a drive which takes the edge and goes to Martin Guptill at second slip. He takes it easily. 18/3

7.5 Tim Southee to S Randiv, DROPPED by McCullum at third slip. Randiv has a lucky reprieve. Pitched up on off stump and gets the away movement. The ball flies to Brendon McCullum at a good height but he spills it. 18/2

7.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, A classic out swinger! Pitched on middle and off stump and shapes it away outside the off stump. Randiv is caught in no man's land as he plays a drive and misses. Southee is on a roll. 18/2

7.3 Tim Southee to S Randiv, Fullish and just outside off. Randiv opens the face of it as the ball swings away from the bat and the ball goes past the fourth slip towards third man for a couple. He is living dangerously out there. 18/2

Four slips now for Randiv.

7.2 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Angles it in to the pads again. This time Sangakkara waits for the movement and flicks it away nicely to fine leg for a single. 16/2

7.1 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Lovely shape in to the batsman off a good length on middle and leg. Sangakkara drives it to mid on. 15/2

6.6 T Boult to S Randiv, FOUR! Finds the gap with lots of luck! Pitched up and angled across Randiv. He comes forward and plays a tentative drive as the ball takes the edge and flies between third slip and gully to the third man boundary. 15/2

6.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes forward and defends it well off the front foot to mid off. 11/2

6.4 T Boult to Sangakkara, Short of a length ball outside off. Sangakkara guides it to point and picks up a quick single. 11/2

6.3 T Boult to Sangakkara, Prodigious swing there! Pitched just outside off on a fuller length. Sanga lets it through as it swings away quite a bit to the keeper who takes it in front of first slip. 10/2

6.2 T Boult to Sangakkara, Leaves this one alone outside the off stump. 10/2

6.1 T Boult to Sangakkara, Length ball pitching just outside off and moves further away. Sangakkara pushes his bat at it and misses the ball. 10/2

Trent Boult will start from the other end.

5.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pitches it up outside off stump and gets it to swing away. Randiv plays a half hearted drive and edges it down to second slip. 10/2

5.5 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Gets it to swing in from middle to leg stump. Sangakkara tucks it down to fine leg for a single to get off the mark. 10/2

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at no. 4. Sri Lanka in some trouble now and they have got one of their best players out there to take them out of it.

5.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, OUT! A wicket in the first over! Pitches it up on a better line just outside off stump. The ball nips in and takes the inside edge as Paranavitana tries to play a cover drive and shatters the stumps. A good start by the Kiwis. The Kiwis have got a genuine batsman out as the night watchman is still there at the crease. 9/2

5.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Again on the pads, Paranavitana doesn't get bat to it and takes the bat out of the way. The ball hits the thigh pad and goes to the fine leg boundary. Dead ball signaled as the batsman was not offering any shot. 9/1

5.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitches it up on leg stump and the ball moves further down the leg side. The batsman leaves it alone. 9/1

5.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Length ball just outside off. Paranavitana stays back and taps it down to the off side. 9/1

The Kiwis are out in the field as the Sri Lankan openers walk out to the centre. Paranavitana will face Tim Southee.

Pitch - It is nice and dry on day 2 and should be easy paced for the batsmen. There is a rough outside the leg stump for right handers. Jeetan Patel could be in business. The Lankan batsmen will have to watch off the first hour of play as the ball is still new, just 5 overs old.

In spite of the early wicket, the Lankans will back themselves to come out and put the runs on the board and take a lead by the end of the day. The Kiwi seamers will try to get as much swing as they can in the first hour of play as there wouldn't be much in the wicket later on.

Good morning and welcome to a bright and sunny second day of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Lankan bowlers took the honours on day 1 after dismissing the Kiwis for just 221 runs. The Kiwis managed to pick up an early wicket, that of debutant Karunaratne for 0.

Do join us for the second day's play tomorrow. Rain has stayed away today and we hope for the same tomorrow as well. Good bye until then.

The Kiwis will try to continue in the same manner tomorrow morning when they come out to have a go at the Lankan batsmen. The night watchman survived the Kiwi onslaught and will try to score a few more tomorrow. Their senior players are still to bat and they will get their opportunity tomorrow.

Sri Lanka did well to dismiss the entire Kiwi team cheaply for just 221. They came out to bat for 5 overs and looked tentative losing the debutant, Karunaratne for a duck. The Kiwis looked in high spirits as their pace bowlers extracted some swing and bowled with their tails up.

4.6 T Boult to Randiv, Angled way down the leg side yet again. Boult has wasted the last two deliveries of the day by spraying it to the keeper. And that will be Stumps on day 1. 9/1

4.5 T Boult to Randiv, Wayward as Boult drags this down the leg side from around the wicket. Waste of a delivery. 9/1

4.4 T Boult to S Randiv, Late movement into the batsman. Randiv manages to get bat on to it as the ball goes past mid on for a couple of runs. 9/1

4.3 T Boult to Randiv, Don't know what ideas Randiv has! He comes a step or two forward and Boult bangs it short and hits Randiv on his right shoulder as he tries to move out of the way. 7/1

4.2 T Boult to Randiv, New Zealand are striving hard to get one more. Pitches outside leg and straightens. Hits Randiv's pads again. Boult can get him if he gets the line and length right. 7/1

4.1 T Boult to Randiv, Lands on the leg stump and gets the ball to go straight after pitching. Randiv misses his flick and is hit high on his pads. 7/1

3.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Swings it outwards from off to outside off, Randiv comes forward and pushes it to the off side to pick up a single. 7/1

3.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, This time Randiv gets right behind the line of the ball and defends it to the off side. 6/1

3.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, Play and miss this time. Gets it to land closer to the stumps and moves away. Randiv misses his push outside the off stump. 6/1

3.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Another one swinging outside the off stump. Randiv is not interested yet again. Is there a ball coming in suddenly in the next ball? 6/1

3.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pushes it wider outside off stump. There is no reason for Randiv to play at that and he shoulders arms. 6/1

3.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Randiv gets his foot forward as Southee bowls a regulation out swinger outside off stump. Randiv finally leaves it alone. 6/1

2.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Angles it in towards the stumps from outside off stump. Paranavitana leaves it alone outside the off stump. 6/1

2.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Poor delivery! Strays way down the leg side. Even van Wyk can't get a hand to it and the ball goes to the boundary for four byes. 6/1

2.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, A tight line on middle and off. Paranavitana stays in the crease and defends it off his back foot. 2/1

2.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Leaves this one alone outside the off stumop as Boult swings it away from the batsman. 2/1

2.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, This time Paranavitana gets behind the line of the ball and pushes it away towards point. 2/1

2.1 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Boult gets this length delivery to come in sharply. Paranavitana gets across and gets an inside edge on to his pads. Good attacking bowling by the Kiwis. 2/1

1.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Another out swinger outside off stump. Randiv has a poke at it and misses yet again. 2/1

1.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Swings this one away from the batsman. Randiv tries to drive and is beaten. 2/1

1.4 Southee to Randiv, The night watchman would not have watched much today. That was close! Swinging away from leg to almost middle. The ball takes the inside edge and thuds into Randiv's pads. Southee is confident that he is caught in front but the umpire is even more confident that it is not out. 2/1

Suraj Randiv comes in as night watchman.

1.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, OUT! Plumb in front! Not a memorable outing in his first innings as he lasts just three balls and did not get off the mark. Southee gets it to nip back in off a length from just outside off towards the stumps. Karunaratne is late on it and gets his front foot across only to get struck in front. No doubt for the umpire there as the Kiwis go up in a massive appeal. Good early wicket for them 2/1

1.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Down the leg side and the ball takes the thigh pad towards the fine leg boundary. Boult puts in a good dive to keep them down to two. He still hasn't got his first Test runs. 2/0

1.1 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Lovely shape in towards the middle stump. Karunaratne defends it watchfully off his front foot back to the bowler. 0/0

Dinuth karunaratne will play the first ball of his Test career, to face Tim Southee.

0.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, A beauty! Pitching on off stump, the ball jags away sharply leaving Paranavitana stunned as the ball shoots through to the keeper. 0/0

0.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, On the pads and flicked away towards square leg calmly. No run. 0/0

0.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Hits it hard on the pitch as the ball angles in and goes down the leg side. 0/0

0.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Beaten once again! Good delivery angling in and moving away. Paranavitana pulls out of the shot in the last moment. 0/0

0.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Gets it to shape away after pitching just outside off. Paranavitana is beaten as he fishes at it outside the off stick. 0/0

0.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Boult bowls a good line and length first up on the off stump. Paranavitana defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 0/0

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

The Kiwi quicks will hope to extract some swing as the Lankan openers come out for a nervous period of 6 overs before Stumps. The game plan for Sri Lanka will be simple. Bat, bat and bat, score big and try to root out the Kiwis in their second innings. Herath picked up a five-for. Eranga and Kulasekara chipped in with the wickets too early in the innings to push the Kiwis back early. Now, it all depends on the Lankan batsmen to get them off to a good start.

That is a disappointing performance by the Kiwis after winning the toss and electing to bat. Sri Lanka never allowed them to get away, picking up wickets at regular intervals. McCullum and Flynn played good knocks getting respectable half centuries to take the score to at least a paltry total if not a worse one.

82.5 Kulasekara to T Boult, OUT! The new ball will remain new as it is required for just two balls! I think the Kiwis should go for this very ball. Pitches outside off and nips back in sharply. Boult is late on it as it hits the off stump, smack on its head. New Zealand end their innings on 221. 221/10

82.4 N Kulasekara to Boult, Gets it to swing in immediately. Boult watches it on to the bat as he defends it back on to the wicket off the back foot. 221/9

The Lankans have gone for the new ball.

82.3 N Kulasekara to Boult, Good length ball just outside off. Boult punches it to mid off. 221/9

82.2 N Kulasekara to Patel, Pushes it down towards mid on off the front foot and Patel calls Boult through for a quick single. The fielder has a wild shy at the stumps. 221/9

82.1 N Kulasekara to Patel, Angles it into the pads. Patel flicks it to mid-wicket. 220/9

Kulasekara comes in to bowl as we approach the end of day's play. 8 more overs to go for that.

81.6 R Herath to Boult, Driven back straight to the bowler with a straight bat. 220/9

81.5 R Herath to Patel, Comes down the pitch and drives the ball to long off for a single. 220/9

81.4 R Herath to Patel, Tries to turn it down to the on side with his wrists but the ball hits the pads. 219/9

81.3 R Herath to Patel, Flighted up outside off. Defended back to Herath off the back foot. 219/9

81.2 R Herath to Patel, Full and quick on middle. Pushed back to the bowler. 219/9

81.1 R Herath to Patel, Angles it into the pads and Patel just gently turns it to the on side. No run. 219/9

The match is left wide open now as the Kiwis will come in to bat shortly and try to set a good target for the Lankans. The hosts will have other ideas though as they will go all out to dismiss the Kiwis cheaply once again. However, Southee, Jayawardene and Mathews were the stars for the two teams in the last innings. The 2nd innings of the Kiwis will start shortly.

A stunning fact - Both the teams lasted just two balls after the new ball was taken by the captains. What a coincidence! New Zealand will be happy with their effort after every one would have backed the Lankans to have put up a huge total in their first innings.

80.2 T Boult to Eranga, OUT! That is the end of the innings! Herath lifts this full delivery straight to mid on where Doug Bracewell takes a simple catch. Sri Lanka end their innings on 247, just 26 runs ahead of the Kiwis. 247/10

80.1 T Boult to Eranga, Pitched up to the bat on the off side. Eranga tries to dig it out and misses the shot as the ball goes back to the keeper. 247/9

80.6 S Eranga to Boult, Pushes it wider outside off stump and Boult slashes at it to get the ball through the covers for a couple. 219/9

80.5 S Eranga to T Boult, FOUR! Sweet! A good length ball just outside off stump. Boult punches it as if he is a top order batsman through the covers. 217/9

80.4 S Eranga to Patel, The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 213/9

80.3 S Eranga to Boult, Shortish ball on the leg stump. Boult pulls it awkwardly down to fine leg to pick up a single and get something on the scoreboard. 212/9

80.2 S Eranga to Patel, Angles it in to the pads. Patel turns it to the on side for a single. 211/9

80.1 S Eranga to Patel, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 210/9

The Kiwi openers walk out to the middle. They will want to put up a formidable first wicket stand to lay the foundation for the following batsmen. Martin Guptill has come back after being rested for the ODIs. He will be partnered by Brendon McCullum. Guptill will face Nuwan Kulasekara.

Sri Lanka have chosen Shaminda Eranga over Chanaka Welededara. Dimuth Karunaratne will surely receive his Test cap today. They go in with Kulasekara, Mathews and Eranga as the three seamers with Randiv and Herath being the two spinners. Mahela Jayawardena doesn't look too disappointed after losing the toss all though he would have batted too. He is very confident that his spinners can peg them back on day 1 itself.

Toss - New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat. They will look to put up a huge total, provided they survive the spinners. Doug Bracewell is the lucky one as he joins Southee and Boult in the pace attack. Patel will be the sole member of the spin department. Ross Taylor has said that the Kiwi batsmen will play positively today.

Pitch - We have a nice and hard wicket for this Test. The captain winning the toss will surely bat first as there is a high likelihood for the pitch to turn on the 4th and 5th days.

Weather - It looks warm and pleasant out there in the middle. Rain has been forecast over the course of the five days of this Test. All we can do is pray for it to stay away from the cricket. For now, the players will be happy as we will have a scheduled start.

Sri Lanka will be without the services of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dimuth Karunaratne will debut today, replacing the ace batsman. New Zealand have roped in five specialist bowlers from home. It will be interesting to see which of them get their chances.

The first Test in Galle, way back in 1998 was played between these two very sides. Sri Lanka had won by an innings and 16 runs back then. The last Test on this ground in June '12 was also won by the Lankans against Pakistan by a huge margin of 206 runs.

Before I left home for work today, I told my folks that I would be covering the first Test between New Zealand v Sri Lanka, at Galle. They seemed very happy and I had to get the cat out of the bag. So, I asked them why. All they said was that there was a higher probability of me getting home early after rain played a major part in most of the matches of the ODI series, washing out two of the five games. Good morning and a warm welcome to Galle as the Test series between the two nations gets underway.

The new ball is due and Taylor opts for it.

79.6 J Patel to Herath, Pushed this one of the front foot to point. 247/9

79.5 J Patel to Herath, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 247/9

79.4 J Patel to Herath, Leaves it alone outside the off stump watchfully. van Wyk whips off the bails in a flash as Herath had lifted his back foot for a fraction of a second. The umpire goes to the third umpire. It is not out as Herath gets back in time. 247/9

79.3 J Patel to Herath, Tossed up on middle stump. Pushed away to the on side calmly. 247/9

79.2 J Patel to Herath, Flighted outside off stump. Herath pushes it to the covers. 247/9

79.1 J Patel to Herath, Angles it on the leg stump. The ball pitches outside the line of the stumps and goes to van Wyk. 247/9

New ball is available now.

79.6 R Herath to J Patel, Good length ball on off stump, punched away to the cover boundary where an excellent piece of fielding keeps them to three runs. 210/9

79.5 R Herath to Patel, Short of a good length on off. Defended to the bowler off the back foot. 207/9

79.4 R Herath to Patel, Pushed away to the off side off the back foot again. 207/9

79.3 R Herath to Patel, Stays in the crease and pats it back to Herath off the back foot. 207/9

79.2 R Herath to Patel, Flighted on leg stump now. Pushed to the mid on region. 207/9

79.1 R Herath to Patel, Herath flights it up on off stump. Patel pushes it back to the bowler off the front foot. 207/9

78.6 T Boult to Eranga, On the off stump coming in with the angle. Eranga works it away to mid-wicket. 247/9

78.5 T Boult to Eranga, Strays down the leg side this time. Eranga lets it meet the keeper's gloves. 247/9

78.4 T Boult to Eranga, Boult bowls a length ball just outside the off stump. Eranga shoulders arms to it. 247/9

78.3 T Boult to S Eranga, FOUR! Pounced on it! Short and wide. Eranga leans back and cuts it behind point beating the gully fielder into the third man boundary. 247/9

78.2 T Boult to Eranga, Pushed back to the off side off the back foot. 243/9

78.1 T Boult to Herath, Angles it in. Herath stays back and taps it down to the leg side. He sets of late for the run and the fielder from mid-wicket comes in and throws it at the non-striker's end. He misses but that would have been out had it hit. 243/9

78.6 S Eranga to Boult, A lovely yorker on middle stump, well dug out by Boult. 207/9

78.5 S Eranga to Boult, A tight line on off and middle. Defended off the back foot back to the bowler. 207/9

Last man, Trent Boult comes in.

78.4 S Eranga to Southee, OUT! Southee's interesting stay at the crease ends. Length ball outside off. Southee slashes at it and the ball flies to the left of deep gully where Mathews takes a very good low catch to dismiss the pacer. 207/9

78.3 Eranga to Southee, A yorker on off stump. Southee digs it out in time. The ball goes to the slips. 207/8

78.2 S Eranga to Southee, Short ball on middle and leg. Southee tries to pull and is late on it. The ball lobs over the bowler's head safely in front of mid on. 207/8

78.1 S Eranga to Southee, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball, but fails outside the off stump as it is quick and full. 207/8

Boult is back on.

77.6 J Patel to Eranga, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 242/9

77.5 J Patel to Eranga, Length on middle and leg, pushed back on to the pitch. 242/9

77.4 J Patel to Eranga, Defends it back to Patel with a straight bat. 242/9

Shaminda Eranga is the last man in.

That wicket is the 50th Test wicket for Kulasekara.

77.3 Patel to Kulasekara, OUT! Caught and bowled! Bowls it quicker and fuller on off stump. Kulasekara pushes it giftingly back to Patel who holds on to it pretty easily. Sri Lanka nine down. 242/9

77.2 J Patel to Kulasekara, Defended back to the bowler off the front foot. 242/8

77.1 J Patel to Kulasekara, Flighted on off. Defended to the on side. 242/8

Herath is the second highest wicket taking bowler at Galle. He has picked up 40 wickets. The person on the no. 1 position is none other than Muralitharan, on 111 wickets.

77.6 R Herath to Patel, Comes forward and blocks this back to the bowler. 207/8

77.5 R Herath to Southee, Drops it short and Southee pulls it hard, but straight to deep mid-wicket for a single. 207/8

77.4 R Herath to Southee, Angles it into the pads. Southee stays put and taps it back on to the wicket. 206/8

77.3 R Herath to Southee, NOT OUT! Southee had a wild swing at this one and appears to have lifted his back leg as the ball reached the keeper. However, just before the bails were taken off he landed his foot back inside the crease. Good keeping by Jayawardene though. 206/8

Appeal for a stumping. The umpire goes upstairs.

77.2 R Herath to Tim Southee, Drives this flighted delivery towards mid on. 206/8

77.1 R Herath to Southee, Loops it outside off. Blocked off the front foot, very close to hitting the pad though. 206/8

76.6 D Bracewell to Herath, Pitched up to the bat on off stump. Herath drives it cleanly to mid off. 242/8

76.5 D Bracewell to Herath, FOUR! Up and over! Herath backs away and swings it over mid off for a boundary. 242/8

76.4 D Bracewell to Herath, Hits the pads after taking the inside edge. 238/8

76.3 D Bracewell to Herath, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 238/8

76.2 D Bracewell to Herath, Leaves it alone outside off stump. 238/8

76.1 D Bracewell to Herath, Angles this across the batsman. Herath has a swing at it and misses the ball. 238/8

Herath comes back on to bowl.

That will be the last drinks break of the day.

76.6 S Eranga to Patel, Opens the face of the bat outside the off stump and guides it to point. 206/8

76.5 S Eranga to Southee, A good length ball on middle and leg, Southee turns it down to the on side for a single. 206/8

76.4 S Eranga to Tim Southee, Good length ball just outside off. Southee tries to punch it and finds the edge of the bat as the ball dies down to second slip. 205/8

76.3 S Eranga to Patel, Back of a length outside off. Patel punches it to deep cover point to get off strike. 205/8

76.2 S Eranga to Patel, Length ball on off stump. Patel stays in his crease and pushes it to point. 204/8

76.1 S Eranga to Patel, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 204/8

75.6 J Patel to Herath, Turns this down to mid-wicket for a single. 238/8

75.5 J Patel to Herath, Comes down to meet the pitch of the delivery and pushes it to the off side. 237/8

75.4 J Patel to Herath, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 237/8

75.3 J Patel to Kulasekara, Driven down to long on for a single. 237/8

75.2 J Patel to Herath, Full outside off. Herath goes for a drive and plays it uppishly as the ball falls in no man's land safely. They take a single. 236/8

75.1 J Patel to Herath, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 235/8

Shaminda Eranga comes in to bowl now. 13-4-40-2 so far.

75.6 S Randiv to Southee, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 204/8

75.5 Randiv to Southee, DROPPED! Flighted up outside off. Southee goes for a swing and hits it straight at Randiv who spills the chance after getting both hands to it. He just lost the opportunity to pick up his first wicket of the day. 204/8

75.4 S Randiv to Southee, Stays in the crease, Southee, and pushes it to the on side. 204/8

75.3 S Randiv to Patel, Drives it to long off for yet another single. 204/8

75.2 S Randiv to Southee, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 203/8

75.1 S Randiv to Patel, Comes forward and defends. The ball takes the inside edge, evades the forward short leg fielder to the leg side for a single. 202/8

74.6 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A good bouncer into the body. Kulasekara sways out of that in time. 235/8

74.5 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Short of a length delivery outside off stump. Left alone. 235/8

74.4 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 235/8

74.3 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Short of a length ball just outside off. Kula punches it away through the in field and collects two runs. 235/8

74.2 D Bracewell to N Kulasekara, Kulasekara plays a good looking drive to mid off, can't beat him. No run at all. 233/8

74.1 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A length ball coming in slightly. Kulasekara defends it to the on side. 233/8

74.6 R Herath to Southee, Tossed up outside off, driven away to the covers. No run. 201/8

74.5 R Herath to Patel, Flicks this one away to deep square leg for a single. 201/8

74.4 R Herath to Patel, Patel leaves that one alone inches outside the off stump. He nearly got his sixth there, Herath! 200/8

74.3 R Herath to Patel, Full on the pads. Patel turns it towards mid-wicket. 200/8

74.2 R Herath to Patel, Patel comes forward and pushes it back to Herath. Can he get his sixth here? 200/8

74.1 R Herath to Southee, Full and angled into the pads. Southee flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 200/8

73.6 J Patel to Herath, FOUR! Gets away with a boundary! Flighted up. Patel's confidence has grown. However, Herath gets down and plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 233/8

73.5 J Patel to Herath, A close leave just outside the off stump. 229/8

73.4 J Patel to Herath, Flighted on off stump. Herath pushes it back to the bowler. 229/8

Rangana Herath has walked out to bat now.

73.3 J Patel to J'dena, OUT! Patel gets the most important wicket of the day! Flighted on off stump, Mahela goes for a sweep. The ball hits the pads and then takes the gloves to lob up behind the wicket where van Wyk dives forward right at the boots of Mahela and takes a fine catch. They go up appealing but Mahela walks and that too on 91. 229/8

73.2 J Patel to J'dena, Flicked away to mid-wicket. No run there. 229/7

73.1 J Patel to J'dena, Quick and flat on off stump. Mahela turns it away to the on side politely. 229/7

73.6 S Randiv to Patel, Full on off stump, drives to the covers. 199/8

73.5 S Randiv to Patel, Lobbed up on off stump and Patel turns it to mid-wicket. 199/8

73.4 S Randiv to Tim Southee, Shortish outside off and turning in. Southee punches it towards point for another single. 199/8

73.3 S Randiv to Southee, Tries to flick that one. But, the ball hits the pads and lobs up to forward short leg. 198/8

73.2 S Randiv to Patel, On the pads and tucked away to square leg for a single. Patel is off the mark. 198/8

73.1 S Randiv to Tim Southee, Tossed up on off stump. Southee drives it to mid off for a single. 197/8

72.6 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Outside the off stump and left alone by Kulasekara. 229/7

72.5 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, FOUR! Gracious! An attempt to bowl a yorker goes wrong. Bracewell bowls a low full toss instead on the pads. Any batsmen in the subcontinent will put that away to the square leg boundary. Kula does exactly that! 229/7

72.4 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Pitched up on middle and off. Kula drives it fluently to mid on. No run. 225/7

72.3 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, A good length ball on off stump. Kula goes back and across and plays it dead on to the off side. 225/7

72.2 D Bracewell to Kulasekara, Just short! Full outside off. Kulasekara goes for a drive and the ball takes the edge after which it falls just short of the gully fielder. 225/7

72.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, On the pads and flicked away by the Lankan captain to fine leg for one run. 225/7

72.6 R Herath to Patel, Spins away from the stumps outside the off stump. Left alone. 196/8

72.5 R Herath to Patel, Gets behind the line and defends it off the back foot. 196/8

That is the 11th five wicket haul for Rangana Herath. He has bowled exceptionally well today.

Jeetan Patel comes in at no. 10 now. This innings shouldn't last long I guess.

72.4 R Herath to Wyk, OUT! Plumb in front! Fires that one in on off, almost a yorker. van Wyk tries to play his favourite shot, the sweep and is late on it as well. The ball thuds into the back leg and he is found right in front of the off stick. Kruger van Wyk hanged in there for some time to score 28 runs. 196/8

72.3 R Herath to Southee, Turned away towards deep square leg for a single. 196/7

72.2 R Herath to Southee, Flighted on off stump. Defended back to the bowler. Most of the fielders on the leg side are in the deep for Southee. 195/7

72.1 R Herath to Southee, Gets him to come forward outside off stump. Defended to the cover region. 195/7

Bracewell into the attack.

71.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, Defends it back to Patel from within the crease. 224/7

71.5 J Patel to Kulasekara, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 224/7

71.4 J Patel to J'dena, Plays a conventional sweep this time over short fine leg off the top edge for a single. 224/7

Sri Lanka have gone past the Kiwi total with that boundary.

71.3 J Patel to J'dena, FOUR! Awesome! Plays a well controlled reverse sweep past short third man for a boundary. 223/7

71.2 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 219/7

71.1 J Patel to J'dena, Good length ball on off. Pushed away to the covers by the captain. 219/7

71.6 S Randiv to Wyk, This one is nudged straight to forward short leg. Dot off the last ball. 195/7

71.5 S Randiv to Southee, Southee punches it into the gap in the covers for the fourth single of the over. 195/7

71.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Another one down the leg side. van Wyk turns it down to the fine leg fielder for a single. Randiv is trying to get the forward short leg and the leg slip fielder in play here. 194/7

71.3 S Randiv to Southee, On the pads, turned away past a diving forward short leg on the bounce for a single. 193/7

71.2 S Randiv to Wyk, Pushes this angled delivery across off stump to the point region to pick up a single. 192/7

71.1 S Randiv to Wyk, Tossed up on middle and leg. van Wyk defends it half confidently off the front foot to the on side. 191/7

70.6 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Nips it in off a length. Kula stays back and watches it on to the bat as the ball rolls away to the off side. 219/7

70.5 Tim Southee to N Kulasekara, Back of a length delivery outside off. Kulasekara guides it away to point. 219/7

70.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Bangs it short again, this time just outside off stump. Nuwan gets down and sways out of the way at the same time. 219/7

70.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fuller on the pads, whipped away to fine leg for a single. 219/7

70.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A feisty short one which goes just over the batsman's head as he tries to hook it away. Good variation. 218/7

70.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Attempts a slower one. It goes wrong as the ball goes down the leg side through to van Wyk. 218/7

70.6 R Herath to Southee, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 191/7

70.5 R Herath to Southee, FOUR! Up and over! Southee stays in the crease as this one is tossed up to the bat. He swings hard and gets the ball to go over the ropes on the bounce beyond mid-wicket. 191/7

70.4 R Herath to Southee, On middle and leg. Southee stays in the crease and defends it to the on side. 187/7

70.3 R Herath to Wyk, Swept away to deep square leg for one. 187/7

70.2 R Herath to Tim Southee, Southee doens't want to hang in there! Steps out and has a swing at it. The ball takes the edge on its way to Jayawardena very quickly as he drops it. They sneak through for a single. 186/7

70.1 R Herath to Southee, What a peach! Flat, landing in line with the stumps and prodigiously spins away to beat Southee's bat. 185/7

69.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, On the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket. 218/7

69.5 J Patel to Kulasekara, Tossed up on middle and leg. Pushed back to the bowler. 218/7

69.4 J Patel to Kulasekara, Just a little outside off. Pushed away to the off side off the front foot. 218/7

69.3 J Patel to Kulasekara, Full on middle, plays it back to Jeetan Patel. 218/7

69.2 J Patel to Kulasekara, Driven to mid off with a straight bat. 218/7

69.1 J Patel to Kulasekara, Flighted outside off stump. Played back to Patel. 218/7

69.6 S Randiv to Southee, On the pads, Southee flicks it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 185/7

69.5 S Randiv to Wyk, Full and quicker outside off. van Wyk drives it tentatively towards deep mid off and picks up a single. They thought of a couple but turned down the idea. 184/7

69.4 S Randiv to Southee, Southee steps out and lifts this pass a diving short mid-wicket to long on for a single, thus getting off the mark. 183/7

69.3 S Randiv to Southee, Tossed up on middle and off. Southee gets down and pushes it back to the ground. 182/7

69.2 S Randiv to Wyk, Comes forward and pushes it to the covers for a single. 182/7

69.1 S Randiv to van Wyk, Nearly a wicket! Angles it towards off stump and the ball takes the edge of van Wyk's bat and falls just short of Jayawardena at first slip. 181/7

It will be the last drinks break of the day.

68.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length ball coming in. Mahela gets his front foot out of the way and defends it with a straight bat. 218/7

68.5 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, On the hips, Kula clips it away to fine leg and picks up a single. 218/7

68.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Full delivery coming in to off stump. Pushed away to mid off. 217/7

68.3 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Pitched up just outside off stump. Driven to the cover fielder. Southee won't mind the drive. 217/7

68.2 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Lovely delivery! Kulasekara dishes out such balls to batsmen. Now, he is on the other side of the grass. Comes back in off a length, pushed away to mid on. 217/7

68.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Gets it to nip in sharply as the ball takes the inside edge of the bat and hits the pads on its way to fine leg for a single. Kulasekara comes on strike now. 217/7

68.6 R Herath to Southee, This time he defends it cleanly off the front foot. 181/7

68.5 R Herath to Southee, Nearly finds that edge. The ball is tossed up outside off and Southee pushes it to the off side with a thickish outside edge. 181/7

68.4 R Herath to Southee, The batsman has played it to the point region. 181/7

68.3 R Herath to Southee, Flighted in towards off stump. Herath tries a repeat of the previous ball. But, it doens't turn a lot. Southee taps it down to the on side. 181/7

Tim Southee comes in to bat. We could be in for some entertainment if he stays at the crease for a while.

68.2 R Herath to D Bracewell, OUT! Sharp catch there! The ball lands on middle after being flighted and turns squarishly towards off stump. Bracewell gets down to defend it, only to get an edge on to the ball which goes dying down towards first slip. Mahela Jayawardena gets low down to his right and takes a fine catch. 181/7

68.1 R Herath to Bracewell, Slow through the air outside off. Bracewell defends it back to the bowler. 181/6

Southee comes back on to have a go at the tail.

67.6 J Patel to Kulasekara, Pushed away to the bowler off the front foot. 216/7

67.5 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away for a single. 216/7

67.4 J Patel to J'dena, Back of a length delivery on off, punched away to the point fielder where a good dive saves a single. 215/7

Nuwan Kulasekara comes in to bat now. The tail comes out.

67.3 J Patel to J'dene, OUT! Prasanna Jayawardene throws his wicket away! Goes for a slog sweep and holes out to Doug Bracewell at deep square leg. It can get pretty confusing with two players having similar names at the crease. Prasanna just ended it. Jokes apart, he should have hanged in there to support his captain. Patel, however, gets his first wicket. 215/7

67.2 J Patel to J'dene, Quick outside off, pushed away to the covers. 215/6

67.1 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 215/6

67.6 S Randiv to Wyk, Sweeps hard and finds the forward short leg fielder in the way of the shot. 181/6

67.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, Stays back to this fullish delivery outside off and pushes it to point for a run. 181/6

67.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Gets bat on that one and works it down towards fine leg for a single. 180/6

67.3 S Randiv to Wyk, That bounces steeply on the leg stump. Tries to flick it away but the ball finds the pads and not the bat. 179/6

67.2 S Randiv to Bracewell, Angled into the pads. Tucked away fine towards fine leg for a single. 179/6

67.1 S Randiv to Bracewell, Flighted up on middle and leg. Bracewell flicks it to mid-wicket. 178/6

66.6 J Franklin to J'dene, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 214/6

66.5 J Franklin to J'dene, Comes forward and plays it into the ground. 214/6

66.4 J Franklin to J'dene, FOUR! Slashed away! Takes a step or two down the wicket and slaps it away behind point for a boundary. 214/6

66.3 J Franklin to J'dene, Length ball outside off stump. The keeper has work to do again as Prasanna lets it through to him. 210/6

66.2 J Franklin to J'dene, And again. Allows that to be met with the keeper's gloves. 210/6

66.1 J Franklin to J'dene, Angles it across the batsman. Left alone by the batsman. 210/6

66.6 R Herath to Wyk, And again, defended off the front foot to the cover region. 178/6

66.5 R Herath to Wyk, Defends this into the ground off the front foot. 178/6

66.4 R Herath to Wyk, Comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 178/6

66.3 R Herath to van Wyk, Drives this full delivery to wide mid on and picks up a couple. 178/6

66.2 R Herath to Wyk, FOUR! Finally finds the boundary! Full outside off and van Wyk smashes this down to the square leg boundary. 176/6

66.1 R Herath to Wyk, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 172/6

65.6 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and pushes it to forward short leg again. 210/6

65.5 J Patel to J'dena, Length turning in to the off stump. Worked down to forward short leg. 210/6

65.4 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away with the wrists to the on side. 210/6

65.3 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and taps it back to Patel. 210/6

65.2 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 210/6

65.1 J Patel to J'dena, FOUR! Cracked! Short and wide. Mahela punches it away to the cover boundary. Very elegant. 210/6

65.6 S Randiv to Bracewell, This one spins in sharply as Bracewell pushes it back on to the pitch. 172/6

65.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, FOUR! Risk taken that paid off! Lobbed up on off. Bracewell comes down the track and lifts it over the umpire and into the straight boundary. 172/6

65.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Length outside off. van Wyk sweeps it once again to deep square leg for a run. 168/6

65.3 S Randiv to Wyk, Good delivery spinning in sharply. van Wyk plays from within the crease. 167/6

65.2 S Randiv to Bracewell, Darted in on the leg stump. Nudged away towards fine leg for one. 167/6

65.1 S Randiv to Wyk, Flighted on middle and off. Swept away to deep square leg for a single. 166/6

64.6 J Franklin to J'dene, A good delivery just outside off. Prasanna leaves it through. 206/6

64.5 J Franklin to J'dene, Left alone once again as the ball is angled across the batsman. 206/6

64.4 J Franklin to J'dene, Angles it across the batsman as he leaves it alone. 206/6

Prasanna Jayawardene comes to the crease. We now have a Jayawardena and a Jayawardene at the crease. Spot the difference?

64.3 J Franklin to Mathews, OUT! Franklin gets the breakthrough! Length ball from around the wicket and gets Mathews to nick it as he goes to push at it with his feet going nowhere. van Wyk takes a regulation catch behind the stumps. 206/6

64.2 J Franklin to Mathews, Stays in the crease and pats it back to the covers. 206/5

64.1 J Franklin to A Mathews, Length ball just outside off stump. The ball takes a thick outside edge as it goes to gully. 206/5

64.6 R Herath to Bracewell, On the pads and turned away to the on side sedately. No run. 165/6

64.5 R Herath to Bracewell, Shortish outside off stump. Cut away to the cover fielder. 165/6

64.4 R Herath to Bracewell, Angles it in on off stump and straightens. Bracewell pushes it back to the bowler. 165/6

64.3 R Herath to Wyk, Goes for a sweep shot and the ball takes the bottom half of the bat and goes down to fine leg for a single. 165/6

64.2 R Herath to Bracewell, On the pads and worked away to square leg for a single. 164/6

64.1 R Herath to Bracewell, Flighted outside off. Defended back to the bowler off the front foot. 163/6

63.6 J Patel to J'dena, Guptill does well at short mid-wicket as Mahela flicks it to his right. No run conceded. 206/5

63.5 J Patel to J'dena, Outside the off stump. Mahela tries to play a late cut. The ball takes the bottom edge and goes to Taylor at slip. 206/5

63.4 J Patel to Mathews, Comes down the track and drills it down to long on aerially. One run taken. 206/5

63.3 J Patel to Mathews, Slow through the air, pushed to forward short leg. 205/5

63.2 J Patel to Mathews, Outside off, played back to the bowler. 205/5

63.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted on middle. Flicked away to mid-wicket. 205/5

63.6 S Randiv to Wyk, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 163/6

63.5 S Randiv to Wyk, Short and wide. van Wyk cuts it to point. 163/6

63.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Comes forward and pats it back to the bowler. 163/6

63.3 S Randiv to Bracewell, Fullish length on middle, Bracewell goes back and punches it to the covers for a single. 163/6

63.2 S Randiv to Bracewell, Flighted outside off stump. Pushed to the covers calmly. 162/6

63.1 S Randiv to Bracewell, Tossed up on middle and leg. Turned down to the on side. 162/6

62.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Good length ball outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 205/5

62.5 J Franklin to J'dena, Full delivery on off stump. Driven straight back. Franklin stops it with his boot. 205/5

62.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles this into the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket. No run. 205/5

62.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Back of a length delivery outside off. Jayawardena tries to guide through point and gully again and can't find the gap this time either. 205/5

62.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Tight line just outside off stump. Left alone. 205/5

62.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Short and some width outside off. Mahela does not get enough bat on the cut as Williamson runs to his right and stops the ball. 205/5

62.6 R Herath to Wyk, Turns into the pads as van Wyk tucks it away to the left of fine leg for a couple. 162/6

62.5 R Herath to Wyk, Gives it more air on middle and off. van Wyk goes for the sweep but the ball takes the inside edge and hits his boot. No harm done. 160/6

62.4 R Herath to Wyk, Defended off the front foot back to Herath. 160/6

62.3 R Herath to Bracewell, Angles it to the leg stump. Bracewell turns it around to fine leg to get off strike. 160/6

62.2 R Herath to Bracewell, On middle and leg. Turned away to the on side, only to hit the forward short leg fielder. 159/6

62.1 R Herath to Bracewell, Flighted up on off. Bracewell pushes it back to the bowler. 159/6

James Franklin comes back into the attack.

61.6 J Patel to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 205/5

61.5 J Patel to Mathews, Shout for LBW. Comes around the wicket and gets it to straighten in from the angle. Mathews is struck almost in front. It just did not pitch in line. 205/5

Record partnership! This is now the highest 6th wicket partnership at Galle.

61.4 J Patel to J'dena, Gets better placement on this flick towards square leg for a single. 205/5

61.3 J Patel to J'dena, Tossed up on off stump. Flicked away to short mid-wicket. No run. 204/5

61.2 J Patel to J'dena, Defended to the covers off the front foot. 204/5

61.1 J Patel to J'dena, Comes down the pitch outside the off stump. Can't get to the pitch of the ball and adjusts by defending it back to Patel. 204/5

61.6 S Randiv to Bracewell, On the pads yet again. Tucked away to fine leg for a single. 159/6

61.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, The turn takes this one way down the leg side to be collected by the keeper. 158/6

61.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Tossed up on off, van Wyk sweeps it to fine leg for one. 158/6

61.3 S Randiv to Wyk, Flighted outside off. van Wyk comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 157/6

61.2 S Randiv to Bracewell, On the pads and turned away to square leg for a single. Bracewell is off the mark. 157/6

61.1 S Randiv to Wyk, Walks across the stumps as Randiv bowls a genuine off spinner which turns in. van Wyk has to nudge it from the stumps to the on side and gets a single. 156/6

60.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Drives this well through the covers to get a couple. 204/5

Those extras bring up the 150-run stand between these two. They are just going on and on and on.

60.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Way down the leg side, too wide for the keeper to collect that either. The ball goes for four extras behind the keeper. 202/5

60.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up outside off. Driven to mid off. 198/5

60.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Mathews pats it away to the covers from within the crease. 198/5

60.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Half volley outside off stump. Mahela drives it with good timing but can't beat mid off. They take a single. 198/5

60.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Good length ball just outside off. Mahela opens the face of the bat to help it away to gully. 197/5

60.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Comes forward yet again and dabs it to the off side. 155/6

60.5 R Herath to Bracewell, Defends this off the front foot back to Herath. 155/6

60.4 R Herath to Bracewell, Tossed up on middle and off. The carrom ball by Herath. Bracewell comes forward and defends it back on to the pitch. 155/6

The players are ready after Tea and Doug Bracewell will replace Daniel Flynn who lost his wicket on the last ball before Tea. Herath has three more balls left in this over.

The Kiwis will come out with after the session with their tail exposed and in danger of getting all out within 200. Will they put up a late fight after Flynn and McCullum failed to carry on after scoring good half centuries? We will find out when play resumes. Do join us in a while for the final session of day 1.

This session was another good one for the Sri Lankans as they picked up three crucial wickets conceding just 75 runs to peg the Kiwis further back on day one. The Kiwis are on 155/6 which won't suit them well at all as this is just the first day of the Test on a good batting wicket.

60.3 R Herath to Flynn, OUT! End of Flynn! Shortish outside off stump. Flynn's eyes light up and he goes for a cut. The ball takes a faint edge and Prasanna Jayawardene makes no mistake behind the stumps. Herath gets his third wicket. A well set Flynn throws away the opportunity on the stroke of Tea. The remaining three balls of this over will be bowled after Tea on day 1. 155/6

60.2 R Herath to Flynn, Stays back and defends it off the back foot. 155/5

60.1 R Herath to Flynn, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 155/5

59.6 J Patel to Mathews, Same story yet again, pushed back to Patel who hasn't looked dangerous at all today. They could have had a good pace bowler instead of him in the line up. 197/5

59.5 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward again and taps it back to the bowler. 197/5

59.4 J Patel to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 197/5

59.3 J Patel to Mathews, Gets forward and low to defend this back to the bowler. 197/5

59.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flat outside off stump. Punched away to the cover fielder. 197/5

59.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off stump. Blocked back to the bowler. 197/5

59.6 S Randiv to Wyk, Flighted up outside off stump. van Wyk defends it to the off side to end this session. 155/5

59.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Similar delivery. This time Flynn tucks it away backward of square for a single. 155/5

59.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Doesn't spin as prodigiously as the last three balls. Holds its line and hits Flynn on his pads. 154/5

59.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Angled in and spinning away. Flynn leaves it alone. 154/5

59.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Pitched outside off stump. Left alone. 154/5

59.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed high up on off stump. Flynn comes forward and defends it to silly point. 154/5

Jayawardena gets to 1000 Test runs against the Kiwis.

58.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Angles it into the pads, flicked away past mid-wicket for a couple. 197/5

58.5 D Bracewell to J'dena, FOUR! Brilliant attempt in the deep, well, almost! Width outside off stump. Mahela slashes it backward of point for a good boundary. 195/5

58.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up outside off. Mahela opens the face of the bat and tries to beat gully. Williamson over there doesn't allow it to get through. Good stop. 191/5

58.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up to the bat on off stump. Mahela comes forward and pushes it off the middle to mid on. 191/5

58.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Half volley outside off, Jayawardena drives it to wide mid off. 191/5

58.1 D Bracewell to M J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Drives to mid off. 191/5

This could be the penultimate over before Tea.

58.6 R Herath to Wyk, Loopy ball on off stump. Wyk gets low and plays it straight to silly point. 154/5

58.5 R Herath to Wyk, Angles it in on leg stump and spins towards off. Wyk negates the spin well and defends it on to the ground. 154/5

58.4 R Herath to Wyk, Tossed up outside off. van Wyk taps it to the covers. 154/5

58.3 R Herath to Wyk, On the stumps, flighted up. Wyk taps it back to the bowler. 154/5

58.2 R Herath to Wyk, Comes forward and defends it back on to the wicket. 154/5

58.1 R Herath to van Wyk, FOUR! Good placement! Short and with some width outside off. Wyk stays low and back to cut it very late beating backward point to the third man boundary. 154/5

57.6 J Patel to Mathews, Around the stumps, quick and flat on middle. Pushed back to the bowler. 191/5

57.5 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, tucked away to square leg for a single to get Mathews on strike. 191/5

57.4 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and leaves it alone. 190/5

57.3 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward and blocks it to the off side. 190/5

57.2 J Patel to J'dena, Spins in and hits Jayawardena on his pads after which it lobs to the forward short leg fieldr. They go up in appeal as it was very close to the bat. But, it did not touch the bat. 190/5

57.1 J Patel to J'dena, Short and cut straight to point. 190/5

57.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes in with the arm, doens't spin away at all. Flynn turns it towards forward short leg. 150/5

57.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Angled in outside off stump and spinning away, Flynn shoulders arms to it. 150/5

57.4 S Randiv to Wyk, Gets it to come in off a length. van Wyk stays back and drops it past the slip fielder safely to take a single. That single brings up the 150 of the innings. 150/5

57.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted and angled further in to the stumps. Flynn drives it to wide mid on to get van Wyk on strike now. 149/5

57.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Pitched beside Flynn's toes outside off stump. He spots the revolutions and lets it through to the keeper. 148/5

57.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Pitched up outside off stump. Flynn leaves it alone as the ball spins away. 148/5

Welcome back to the final session of today's play. The players are all set to go. The Lankan captain, Jayawardena will take strike against Jeetan Patel.

Jeetan Patel did not seem lethal by any means at all. That remains the difference between the two bowling attacks. The seamers couldn't get the ball to swing as much as it had earlier in the day. Sri Lanka look set to take a lead in the final session. Join us in a while for the third session of day 2.

Sri Lanka consolidated well in this session, resurrecting their innings with a century partnership between the captain and vice-captain. They have scored 85 runs in this session to take the total to 190/5.

56.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Mahela punches it away to deep point for a single. That is Tea on day 2. 190/5

56.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full and swinging in. Mathes flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 189/5

56.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, On the pads, tucked away to fine leg for one. 188/5

56.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Slower one as Southee bowls it from back of the hand. The ball hits the pads of Mahela on leg stump. Southee is confident and appeals. The umpire is in disagreement. 187/5

56.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length delivery on off stump. Pushed away to the covers. 187/5

56.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Back of a length ball outside off. Mahela guides it to gully. That was more of a one day shot where you open the face to play it down to third man. 187/5

56.6 R Herath to Wyk, Leaves it just outside the off stump. That wasn't far away from hitting the pads. 148/5

56.5 R Herath to Wyk, Comes well forward to the pitch of the delivery and pushes it back to Herath. 148/5

56.4 R Herath to Wyk, The ball stays low on middle stump. Wyk stays back and defends it watchfully. 148/5

56.3 R Herath to Wyk, Angles it into the leg stump. Wyk turns it away to the on side. 148/5

56.2 R Herath to Wyk, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 148/5

56.1 R Herath to Wyk, Comes forward and pushes it to the covers with an angled bat. 148/5

55.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Mathews punches it to the cover fielder. 187/5

55.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full and angled in. The ball straightens slightly as Mathews pushes it to mid on. 187/5

55.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pushes this a tad wider outside off. Mathews is not tempted to play at that. 187/5

55.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, A short of a good length ball on off stump. Mathews comes across with his back foot and dabs this to point. 187/5

55.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length ball just outside off stump. Mathews fends it away off the back foot. 187/5

55.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets this length delivery to straighten after coming in with the angle. Mathews watchfully defends it off his front foot. 187/5

55.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes forward to this full delivery outside off and leaves it alone. 148/5

55.5 S Randiv to Flynn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 148/5

55.4 S Randiv to D Flynn, The ball takes the outside edge and falls short of the slip fielder. 148/5

55.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Gets behind the line and hits it back to the bowler. 148/5

Daniel Flynn gets to his 5th Test fifty and his first against the Lankans. He has looked good at the crease since his arrival.

55.2 S Randiv to D Flynn, Short and wide, cuts away with a thickish outside edge towards third man for a couple. 148/5

55.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted on off stump. Pushed back to the bowler. 146/5

54.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Comes in with the arm again and Mahela tucks it away to square leg. No run though. 187/5

54.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitches it up and comes in slightly. Mahela watches it carefully and lets it through to van Wyk. 187/5

54.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fullish delivery on off stump. Mahela defends it to the off side. 187/5

54.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball just outside off. Left alone by Jayawardena. That wasn't far off from the off stump. 187/5

54.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Full on off stump. Mahela pushes this one back to the bowler. 187/5

54.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, A short of a length ball outside off. Jayawardena leans backwards and steers it to gully where Williamson makes another diving stop. 187/5

54.6 R Herath to Wyk, Left alone outside the off stump. 146/5

54.5 R Herath to Wyk, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 146/5

54.4 R Herath to Wyk, FOUR! Cheeky! Get on one knee and plays a lap sweep to get off the mark with a good boundary there, van Wyk. 146/5

54.3 R Herath to Wyk, Angles it way down the leg side. The batsman lets it go and the keeper tries to act smart by throwing it back to the stumps. 142/5

Kruger van Wyk comes in to bat.

54.2 Herath to Franklin, OUT! Franklin's struggle comes to and end! Pitches on middle and straightens. Franklin comes half forward and gets struck on the pads. The Lankans appeal successfully as the umpire agrees that it would have hit the stumps. 142/5

54.1 R Herath to Flynn, Turns it down the leg side for a single. 142/4

53.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length delivery outside off. Left alone. 187/5

53.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Stays in the crease and taps this length ball outside off stump to the on side with the inside half of the bat. He is a good candidate for a 'through the gates bowled'. 187/5

53.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Lovely timing! Short and wide again. Mathews stays back and punches it to beat deep cover and roll over the ropes. 187/5

53.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Short of a good length outside off. The ball moves away after pitching and beats Mathews' cut shot to go through to the keeper. 183/5

53.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, A length ball outside off. Mathews pushes it from within the crease to the covers. 183/5

53.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full outside off stump. Driven away to the covers. 183/5

53.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Against the plan! Drops it short after the cover fielder is taken off. Flynn rocks back and cuts it in front of square through the covers for a single to deep cover point. 141/4

53.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Cover comes in to a silly point position. 140/4

53.4 S Randiv to Flynn, That drifts in towards the off stump and straightens at the last moment. Beats the bat, very close to the edge that one. 140/4

53.3 S Randiv to Flynn, This time it is Flynn who leaves it outside the off stump. 140/4

53.2 S Randiv to Flynn, FLighted up closer to the stumps. Defended off the front foot to the on side. The ball took more of the inside half of the bat. 140/4

53.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Full outside off. Flynn comes forward and defends it well. 140/4

52.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone through to the keeper. 183/5

52.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball comes in after pitching. Mahela defends it off the front foot back into the ground. 183/5

52.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Pitched outside off stump. Mahela drives it to the right of deep cover fielder for a couple. 183/5

52.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, A short length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela cuts it to gully on the bounce. 181/5

52.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length ball just outside off. Mahela pushes this to point. 181/5

52.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Good length delivery on off stump. Mahela comes forward as the ball seems to stick in the wicket after pitching. Mahela plays an uppish push back to the bowler. The ball falls just short of Southee. 181/5

52.6 R Herath to Franklin, Comes forward and pushes this back to the bowler. 140/4

52.5 R Herath to Flynn, Some bounce on the pads. Flynn controls it well and nudges it down to fine leg for one. 140/4

52.4 R Herath to Flynn, Comes forward to this flighted delivery outside off and defends it besides his pads to the covers. 139/4

52.3 R Herath to Flynn, Punched off the back foot back to the bowler with the full face of the bat. 139/4

52.2 R Herath to Flynn, Good length ball on off stump. Stays back and pats it back to the bowler. 139/4

52.1 R Herath to Flynn, Around the wicket to Flynn, he flights it up outside off stump. Defended to the covers. 139/4

Southee back into the attack.

51.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 181/5

51.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pushes it full and wide outside off. Mathews goes nowhere with his feet as he tries to drive it. The ball jars between the bat and the ground going into the off side. 181/5

51.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Mahela pushes it elegantly to the covers for a single. 181/5

51.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Length outside the off stump. Jayawardena lets it through. 180/5

51.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Tries to cut this length ball just outside off and misses it. 180/5

51.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, A full delivery outside off stump. Mahela plays a squarish drive towards point where Kane Williamson dives to his right to stop it from going to the fence. 180/5

We just witnessed one of the shortest ad after the last over. Around 5 seconds. Herath comes in to bowl now.

51.6 S Randiv to Franklin, Comes forward and leaves the ball confidently as it spins further away from the stumps. 139/4

51.5 S Randiv to Franklin, Pitches it on the stumps and Franklin is forced to defend it off the front foot. 139/4

51.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Low again on the front foot. He turns it away to the on side for a single. 139/4

51.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Gets low to meet the ball on the front foot. Pushes it to the off side. 138/4

51.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Covers the spin this time and pushes it to the off side off the front foot. 138/4

51.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted up outside off stump. Flynn goes forward and tries to defend. The ball spins and bounces away from the bat viciously. 138/4

Bracewell into the attack now.

50.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flat and quick on the pads. Mathews drops it down to the on side. 180/5

50.5 J Patel to Mathews, Same shot to a similar delivery, back to the bowler. 180/5

50.4 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on off stump. Mathews goes low and comes forward to push it back to the bowler. 180/5

50.3 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker and just outside off. Mathews pats it back to the bowler. 180/5

50.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off. Mahela comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 180/5

50.1 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Class! Short of a length on off stump. Mathews moves back and punches it beautifully between mid off and cover to the boundary. 180/5

50.6 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Kula is trying to get the ball to shape in but it hardly does. Franklin shoulders his arms to it. 138/4

50.5 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Full delivery outside off stump. Left alone. 138/4

50.5 N Kulasekara to Franklin, NO BALL! As Kula tries to bowl a bouncer by putting in some extra effort, he over steps. 138/4

50.4 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Length ball outside the off stump. Franklin walks across and pushes it to the off side. 137/4

50.3 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Angled into middle and off. Defended off the back foot. 137/4

50.2 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Comes from around the wicket and bowls it just outside off stump. Franklin continues what he was doing in the previous over. 137/4

50.1 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Length ball outside off. Dropped towards point for a single. 137/4

49.6 T Boult to J'dena, Gets behind the line and plays it away to the off side. 176/5

49.5 T Boult to A Mathews, Angled in to the pads. Mathews drives it past mid-wicket to wide mid on for a run. 176/5

49.4 T Boult to Mathews, A fuller length delivery just outside off stump. Defended off the front foot. 175/5

49.3 T Boult to J'dena, Back of a length delivery just outside off. Mahela taps it down past point for a single. 175/5

49.2 T Boult to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Mahela drives it crisply to a deepish cover, 30 yards away from the bat. 174/5

49.1 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it in and takes it away. Mahela shoulders arms to that one. 174/5

49.6 S Randiv to Franklin, Ditto! Nothing left to write in this over! Pitched outside off. The fifth leave outside off. 136/4

49.5 S Randiv to Franklin, A carbon copy of the last ball outside the off stump. 136/4

49.4 S Randiv to Franklin, Pitched up in a similar area. Spins away again allowing Franklin to leave it alone. 136/4

49.3 S Randiv to Franklin, Pitches just outside off and spins sharply away from the batsman. Franklin leaves it alone. 136/4

49.2 S Randiv to Franklin, Left alone as it is bowled way outside off. 136/4

49.1 S Randiv to Franklin, On the pads. Tucked away to the on side. 136/4

48.6 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! A limited overs cricketing shot! Mathews gets down on his knee and pulls out a reverse sweep. The ball goes to the point boundary. 174/5

48.5 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted on off stump. Driven away to mid-wicket. 170/5

48.4 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on middle stump. Turned away to forward short leg. 170/5

48.3 J Patel to J'dena, On the pads, turned away to deep square leg for a single. 170/5

48.2 J Patel to J'dena, On the stumps. Turned away to the on side. 169/5

48.1 J Patel to J'dena, Flat and quick on off stump. Pushed back to the bowler. 169/5

48.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Pitched up on off stump. Pushed back to the bowler. 136/4

48.5 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Short on middle and off. Pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 136/4

48.4 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Bangs it in short on off, fended away off the back foot. 135/4

48.3 N Kulasekara to D Flynn, Pitched up outside off stump. Flynn gets forward and drives it wide of mid off to take a single. 135/4

48.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Length ball just outside off. Flynn prods at it pretty late after the ball passes through. 134/4

48.1 N Kulasekara to D Flynn, Full and on off stump. Flynn drives it with the full face of the bat to mid off. 134/4

47.6 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it into the pads. Turned away to mid-wicket. No run. 169/5

47.5 T Boult to Mathews, Again a length ball just outside off. Mathews comes forward and shoulders arms to it. 169/5

47.4 T Boult to Mathews, Some movement away after pitching. Mathews sees it through to the keeper. 169/5

47.3 T Boult to Mathews, Striaghter on the stumps. Mathews blocks it back to Boult. 169/5

47.2 T Boult to Mathews, A good length ball just outside off stump. Mathews stays in his crease, doesn't go across and fends it away to the off side. 169/5

47.1 T Boult to Mathews, Gets it to move in after pitching outside off. Mathews stays in the crease and fishes at it to get beaten. 169/5

47.6 S Randiv to Franklin, Flighted on middle and off. Pushed back to the bowler off the front foot. 134/4

47.5 S Randiv to Franklin, Flighted outside off stump. Defended off the front foot. 134/4

47.4 S Randiv to Franklin, Gets behind the line and taps it back to the wicket. 134/4

47.3 S Randiv to Franklin, Angled in and straightening. The ball takes the inside edge and hits the pads. Saves Franklin as they appeal for an LBW. 134/4

47.2 S Randiv to Franklin, Goes for a flick and misses. The ball hits the pads. 134/4

47.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Slow and on the off stump. Turned away to the on side for a quick single. 134/4

46.6 J Patel to J'dena, Short of a length ball, spinning into off stump. Patted back to the bowler off the back foot. 169/5

46.5 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward outside the off stump and gets hit on the pads as he tries to place it to point off the front foot. 169/5

46.4 J Patel to J'dena, Flighted up on off stump. Mahela bends into the line of the ball and flicks it to mid-wicket. 169/5

46.3 J Patel to J'dena, Full and hit straight back to Patel. 169/5

46.2 J Patel to J'dena, Turns it around to short fine leg. No run. 169/5

46.1 J Patel to Mathews, Slow and length on off stump. Punched away to the covers for a single. 169/5

Randiv comes into the attack.

46.6 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Angled across on a length. Franklin chooses to let it meet the keepers' gloves. 133/4

46.5 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Pitched in a similar region as on the last one. Left alone this time. 133/4

46.4 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Full just outside off. This time Franklin drives it to mid off with a straight bat. 133/4

46.3 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Full on middle and off. Franklin drives it back to Kulasekara. 133/4

46.2 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Angled across and way outside the off stump. Left alone. 133/4

46.1 N Kulasekara to Franklin, Pitches it full on off stump. Defended back to Kulasekara. 133/4

45.6 T Boult to J'dena, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. 168/5

45.5 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it in and Mathews pushes at it tentatively as the ball takes the inside edge and falls down to the on side for a single. 168/5

45.4 T Boult to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it firmly as the cover fielder dives and mis-fields. The batsmen take a single as the ball goes towards mid off. 167/5

45.3 T Boult to J'dena, Stays back and pushes it to the covers. 166/5

45.2 T Boult to J'dena, A length ball just outside off stump. Mahela defends it back to the bowler. 166/5

45.1 T Boult to J'dena, Pushes this outside off stump. Mahela leaves it alone. 166/5

45.6 R Herath to Flynn, Good length ball on the middle and leg stump. Flynn flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 133/4

45.5 R Herath to Flynn, Nudged away off the pads. Can't beat forward short leg again. 133/4

45.4 R Herath to Flynn, The ball takes the inside half of the bat and falls in front of forward short leg. 133/4

45.3 R Herath to Franklin, Quicker and flatter, Franklin goes back and turns it around the leg side for one. 133/4

45.2 R Herath to Franklin, Stays back and defends it to point. 132/4

45.1 R Herath to Franklin, Around the wicket to Franklin. He defends it off the front foot back to the bowler. 132/4

44.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off stump. Defended back to the bowler. 166/5

44.5 J Patel to Mathews, Defended off the back foot to mid off. 166/5

44.4 J Patel to Mathews, A good flat ball on the stumps. Mathews turns it to forward short leg. 166/5

44.3 J Patel to Mathews, On the pads, turned away to mid-wicket. 166/5

44.2 J Patel to Mathews, A length ball spinning in to off stump. Mathews pushes it to point again. 166/5

44.1 J Patel to Mathews, Shortish on off, punched away to point. 166/5

The umpires have called for a drinks break.

44.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Short of a good length ball on off. Flynn tries to punch it but can't get enough timing on it as the ball goes to the fielder at cover. 132/4

44.5 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Good length delivery moving across. Flynn pushes it back to the bowler. 132/4

44.4 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Full and just outside off. Flynn shoulders arms to that one as well. 132/4

44.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Angled across the off stump. Flynn allows the ball to meet the keeper. 132/4

44.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Full on off stump. Flynn defends it to mid off. 132/4

44.1 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Bowls it full and swings it away towards off stump. Flynn stays in the crease and pushes it to the off side. 132/4

43.6 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Just short of the fielder! Length ball just outside off. Mahela opens the face at the last moment and plays it with soft hands as the ball goes to Guptill at second slip on the bounce and is deflected to the boundary right behind the line of the keeper. 166/5

43.5 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it in from outside off. Left alone by Mahela. 162/5

Around the wicket now.

43.4 T Boult to J'dena, Drives it beautifully to mid off. Can't find the gap. 162/5

43.3 T Boult to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump, Mahela drives it handsomely to the right of deep point for a couple. 162/5

43.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Full delivery outside off. Driven away to mid off. 160/5

43.1 T Boult to J'dena, Length ball angled across. Mahela goes back and fends it away to point. 160/5

Kulasekara comes into the attack.

43.6 R Herath to Franklin, Pushes this back to the bowler off the back foot. 132/4

43.5 R Herath to Flynn, Angled across the batsman. Flynn stays back even though it is full. The ball takes the edge and goes down to third man. The fielder throws it to the keeper after which it gets deflected on to the stumps off his gloves. The umpires are asked to go to the third umpire. Franklin was safely in. 132/4

43.4 R Herath to Flynn, Stays back and tucks it away to mid-wicket. Can't find the gap. 131/4

43.3 R Herath to Flynn, Pushes it quicker and flatter on off. Flynn stays back and pushes it back into the ground. 131/4

43.2 R Herath to Flynn, Flighted up on off. Flynn pushes it back to the bowler. 131/4

43.1 R Herath to Flynn, Stays back on off stump and pushes it down towards point. 131/4

That will be drinks in the second session. Sri Lanka trail by 61 runs with five wickets remaining.

42.6 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Well placed! Sweeps this one outside the leg stump past the short fine leg fielder and into the boundary. 160/5

42.5 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on leg stump again. Mathews blocks it back to the bowler. 156/5

42.4 J Patel to Mathews, Flight on leg stump, flicked straight to forward short leg. 156/5

42.3 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball on the pads. Mathews turns it down to the on side. No run. 156/5

42.2 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on middle. Mathews comes forward and pushes it back to Patel. 156/5

42.1 J Patel to J'dena, Flighted up on leg stump. Mahela flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 156/5

42.6 S Eranga to Franklin, Good ball nipping away off a length on off. Franklin gets across and defends it to the cover region. 131/4

42.5 S Eranga to Franklin, Pitches it up on middle and leg. Franklin drives it to mid on. 131/4

42.4 S Eranga to Franklin, Pitches it further up just outside off stump. Franklin shoulders arms to that one. 131/4

42.3 S Eranga to Franklin, Angles it across the batsman as he lets it through to the keeper. 131/4

42.2 S Eranga to Franklin, Back of a length outside off. Franklin gets behind it and defends it off the back foot to the covers. 131/4

42.1 S Eranga to Franklin, Pitches it on off stump and gets it to move away. Franklin leaves it alone. 131/4

Patel gets a change of ends, replacing Bracewell.

41.6 T Boult to Mathews, Driven through mid-off by the batsman. 155/5

41.5 T Boult to Mathews, A yorker length ball on middle stump. Mathews digs it out back to the bowler. 155/5

41.4 T Boult to Mathews, Angles it across the batsman. Mathews leaves it alone. 155/5

A short mid off in place now.

41.3 T Boult to Mathews, Angled across towards the off side. Mathews comes half forward and defends it to the covers. 155/5

41.2 T Boult to J'dena, Full delivery on off stump. Mahela drives it nicely to the right of mid off to pick up a single. 155/5

41.1 T Boult to J'dena, Donw the leg side. The ball takes the thigh pad and goes through to van Wyk. 154/5

41.6 R Herath to J Franklin, Long on for a new batsman! Mahela, this is not T20 cricket! Franklin chips down the track and drives it down to long on for a single to get off the mark. 131/4

41.5 R Herath to Franklin, Comes half forward and gets struck on the pads again. He is outside the line once again. 130/4

41.4 R Herath to Franklin, Comes well forward after last ball's mishap and pushes it back to the bowler. 130/4

41.3 Herath to Franklin, Huge shout for an LBW! Gets that to spin in from outside off to the off stick. Franklin stays back and is hit low on his pads. He is just outside the line of the stumps which saves him or else it would have been plumb. 130/4

James Franklin comes in to bat at no. 6. Two left handers at the crease now.

41.2 R Herath to McCullum, OUT! What a comeback by Herath! Angles it in towards McCullum who plays inside the line as the ball straightens and misses the bat to fine the wood work behind McCullum. He did play a wonderful knock and will be very disappointed by that dismissal. He probably dropped his guard when it came to concentration after hitting the six. 130/4

41.1 R Herath to McCullum, SIX! Fantastic blow! Tossed up on off stump. McCullum comes down and backs away to slam it over the long on boundary for a big blow. 130/3

Boult has been brought into the attack.

40.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, And again! Full on off, Mathews can't find the gap on the off side and finds mid off. 154/5

40.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, This time he drives it straight to mid off with a crisp shot. 154/5

40.4 D Bracewell to A Mathews, Pushes this full outside off stump. Mathews doesn't get his foot forward and tries to drive. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls away to mid off. 154/5

40.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full on off stump. Mathews plays it back to the bowler off the front foot. 154/5

40.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Excellent placement! On the pads and Mathews drives it through mid-wicket and mid on for a well timed boundary. 154/5

40.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets it to nip in after pitching on a length outside off. Mathews pushes it to mid off. 150/5

40.6 S Eranga to McCullum, Full on the pads. Baz flicks it away to deep square leg for a single. 124/3

40.5 S Eranga to McCullum, Shapes this one in off a length. McCullum is already across and outside the line off the stumps to defend it back to the bowler. Well played! 123/3

40.4 S Eranga to McCullum, Length ball outside off, doesn't shape in by any means. McCullum shoulders arms to that. 123/3

40.3 S Eranga to McCullum, FOUR! Whipped! On the pads, nipping in, McCullum comes forward and flicks it to the square leg boundary beating the fine leg fielder comfortable. 123/3

40.2 S Eranga to Flynn, Full outside off stump, Flynn opens the face of the bat and drives square to point for one. 119/3

40.1 S Eranga to Flynn, Length ball angled across. Left alone outside off stump. 118/3

This has been a brilliant partnership between the captain and the vice-captain. They have bailed their side out of trouble after coming together at 50/5. The first 100-run partnership of the match, this one.

39.6 J Patel to A Mathews, Comes forward and pushes it towards point for a single. 150/5

39.5 J Patel to Mathews, Around the wicket now, Patel darts this on the pads. Mathews pads i away. 149/5

39.4 J Patel to Mathews, Back of a length delivery on off stump. Mathews punches it to mid off. 149/5

39.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up outside off. Mathews comes forward and pushes it to the off side. 149/5

39.2 J Patel to Mathews, Way down the leg side. Mathews leaves it alone. 149/5

39.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off stump. Mathews drives it to mid off. 149/5

39.6 R Herath to McCullum, Gets McCullum to reach forward to this one outside off. The ball hits the inside edge of the bat and then goes on to the pad to roll away back on to the pitch. 118/3

39.5 R Herath to Flynn, Strays on the pads and Flynn flicks it away to deep square leg for a single. 118/3

39.4 R Herath to Flynn, Comes forward and plays it into the pitch. 117/3

39.3 R Herath to Flynn, Length ball pitching on off and coming in with the turn. The ball strikes high on Flynn's pads. It would have gone over the wickets as Herath appeals optimistically. 117/3

39.2 R Herath to Flynn, Full length delivery on middle. Pushed back to the bowler. 117/3

39.1 R Herath to Flynn, Full outside off, driven to extra cover. 117/3

38.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it straight to mid off. 149/5

38.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, In swinging delivery on leg stump. Mathews flicks it wide of mid-wicket to pick up a single. 149/5

38.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length ball on off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot. 148/5

38.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 148/5

Mathews has got to his 9th Test fifty and his first against the Black Caps.

38.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it in towards the pads and Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket for a boundary. 148/5

38.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitches it up outside off stump. Mahela drives it to deep point for a single. 144/5

38.6 S Eranga to McCullum, A good length ball on off, doesn't rise much. McCullum stays low on his back foot and pushes it back on to the wicket. 117/3

38.5 S Eranga to McCullum, And again, the ball dips in and Baz flicks it to the same fielder. 117/3

38.4 S Eranga to McCullum, Gets it to come in to the batsman with some swing in the air. McCullum flicks it to mid-wicket. Eranga is getting some reverse now. 117/3

38.3 S Eranga to McCullum, Shout for an LBW! Not out! Gets it to nip back in off a length. McCullum is late on it and gets struck on the knee roll of his back leg. Nigel Llong turns the appeal down citing the height. 117/3

38.2 S Eranga to Flynn, On the pads again, turned away down to fine leg for a single. 117/3

38.1 S Eranga to Flynn, Strays in line on the pads. Flynn flicks it away past mid-wicket for an easy couple of runs. 116/3

Bracewell will come in to bowl from the Fort End now.

Mahela Jayawardena has scored 14 centuries after crossing fifty 22 times as captain.

37.6 J Patel to Mathews, SIX! Mathews has had enough! He gets down on one knee and smashes this over the mid-wicket fence and into the stands for a maximum. 143/5

37.5 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball outside off. Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. 137/5

37.4 J Patel to J'dena, Pitches this one up to the pads and Mahela flicks it backward of square for a single. 137/5

37.3 J Patel to J'dena, Stays back and defends it to forward short leg. 136/5

37.2 J Patel to J'dena, Tucks it away uppishly past the forward short leg fielder to square leg. No run again. 136/5

37.1 J Patel to J'dena, Turns in towards the pads. Mahela turns it away to square leg. No run. 136/5

37.6 R Herath to McCullum, Stays back and taps it back on to the wicket off the back foot. 114/3

37.5 R Herath to McCullum, Flat again, this time Baz goes back and pushes it to mid on. 114/3

37.4 R Herath to McCullum, Flat and quicker on off, punched away to the covers. 114/3

37.3 R Herath to McCullum, Pushes it full outside off. McCullum ends up reaching for it and plays it a bit uppishly towards point. A silly point fielder would have been interested had he been placed. 114/3

37.2 R Herath to McCullum, Pitches it close to the bat on off stump. Baz comes forward and pushes this to the on side. 114/3

37.1 R Herath to B McCullum, Tossed up to the bat on middle. McCullum drives that to mid off. 114/3

36.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Stays back to this length ball on off stump and pushes it back to the bowler. 136/5

The Lankan captain has got to his 43rd fifty and his 6th one against the Kiwis. This is just what the doctor ordered for the Lankans.

36.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela turns it down with his wrists to square leg for a single to bring up his half century. 136/5

36.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, And again. This time it is in line with his body. He pulls it away to deep square leg along the ground for a single. 135/5

Mathews is getting these short ones as he was dismissed by one from Southee in the ODI series.

36.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Bludgeoned away! Short and sits up perfectly for Mathews to fetch it from outside the off stump to the mid-wicket boundary. 134/5

36.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fullish and angled in. Mahela turns it down to the on side, towards square leg and takes a single. 130/5

36.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, FOUR! Just away from the fielder! Short and wide. Mahela leans back and cuts it past a diving gully fielder to the third man boundary. He moves on to 48. 129/5

36.6 S Eranga to Flynn, Gives respect to that one. Full outside off, defended off the front foot back to Eranga. 114/3

36.5 S Eranga to Flynn, FOUR! Good pick up shot! A fraction short just outside off. Flynn stays back and plays a short arm pull uppishly behind square for a boundary. 114/3

36.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Similar delivery, similar short offered by the batsman. Eranga is hitting a good length. 110/3

36.3 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length delivery just outside off stump. Flynn gets well forward and pushes it to mid off. 110/3

36.2 S Eranga to Flynn, Outside the off stump with the angle, left alone by Flynn. 110/3

36.1 S Eranga to Flynn, Length ball on the hips. Flyn whips it away to square leg. 110/3

35.6 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward and dabs it into the on side. No run. 125/5

35.5 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls it flat and quick on off stump. Mathews gets behind it and pushes it back to Patel. 125/5

35.4 J Patel to J'dena, Mahela shows Mathews how to sweep. Gets across and on one knee to sweep it to fine leg for a single. 125/5

35.3 J Patel to J'dena, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 124/5

35.2 J Patel to Mathews, Mathews goes for a big sweep by getting down outside the off stump. He misses the shot and the ball misses the stumps and is fumbled by van Wyk. They take a bye. 124/5

35.1 J Patel to Mathews, Spins it in by flighting it on off stump. Mathews presents the full face of the bat back to the bowler. 123/5

35.6 R Herath to McCullum, Comes low and forward and kills the ball into the pitch. 110/3

35.5 R Herath to McCullum, Flights it on off stump, Baz pushes it back to Herath with the full face of the bat. 110/3

35.4 R Herath to McCullum, A tad short of a good length. McCullum goes back and plays a half pull, half punch to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 110/3

35.3 R Herath to McCullum, Comes forward and pushes the ball into the covers. 108/3

35.2 R Herath to McCullum, On the pads, worked away straight to square leg. 108/3

35.1 R Herath to McCullum, Pitches it on off stump and gets it to straighten. The ball takes the inside edge and hits the pads after which it falls just short of the forward short leg fielder. 108/3

Patel is back on.

34.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Again, comes well forward and pushes it to mid off. It is a maiden but Mahela has played out this over with rock solid defense except for the one play and miss. Equal credit to Southee as well. 123/5

34.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Fuller on off stump. Jayawardena drives it to the cover fielder. He is looking well assured of his footwork out there. He had not looked this comfortable before Lunch. 123/5

34.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Beats the bat this time. Gets the all to land on off and move away. Mahela tries to push it to the off side as he misses the shot. 123/5

Mahela Jayawardena hasn't missed a single Test match since 2002. Extraordinary!

34.3 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Mahela drives it straight to mid off. 123/5

34.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, A good length delivery on off stump. Mahela pats it towards gully off the back foot. 123/5

34.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Pitches it up on off stump. Mahela pushes this to the covers easily. 123/5

34.6 S Eranga to Flynn, Back of a length delivery on off stump. Flynn stays back and pushes it back to the bowler. 108/3

34.5 S Eranga to Flynn, Fullish outside off stump and Flynn defends it off the front foot. 108/3

34.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Fullish outside off. Flynn drives and finds the cover fielder. 108/3

34.3 S Eranga to McCullum, On the pads and flicked away towards fine leg for one run. 108/3

34.2 Eranga to McCullum, A dangerous leave as the ball thuds into the pads and the Lankans put in a massive appeal. The ball pitches outside off and comes back in. McCullum is struck on his knee roll as he shoulders arms. It just did not do enough. That is the second time he has done that in this innings. 107/3

34.1 S Eranga to B McCullum, FOUR! Stupendous! Pitched up to the bat outside the off stump. McCullum lets the weight go into the shot and drives it through the covers. Lovely to watch! 107/3

33.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full delivery on middle and off. Mathews gets behind it and plays it back to the bowler. 123/5

33.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Fires this down the leg side. Mathews misses his flick as the ball goes to van Wyk. 123/5

33.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up on leg stump. Mathews flicks it past mid on for another couple of runs. 123/5

33.3 D Bracewell to A Mathews, A short one outside off stump. Mathews gets on top of the bounce and fetches it from there to square leg for a couple. 121/5

33.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Full on middle stump. Mahela drives it to wide mid on where the dive saves the boundary. But, the batsmen take a single. 119/5

33.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, A full delivery angling in towards the off stick. Mahela gets his front foot outside the line and defends it to the off side. 118/5

Eranga comes back into the attack.

33.6 R Herath to Flynn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 103/3

33.5 R Herath to Flynn, Defends this watchfully off the back foot. 103/3

33.4 R Herath to Flynn, Short and pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 103/3

33.3 R Herath to Flynn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 101/3

McCullum gets to his 24th Test fifty and second against the Lankans. This has been an important knock by Baz. He should carry on and see the Kiwis reach a good position. His last and only other fifty against the hosts was a 99 at Napier, way back in 2005.

33.2 R Herath to McCullum, On the pads, tucked away to fine leg for a single to bring up his fifty. 101/3

33.1 R Herath to McCullum, Angles it in with the arm. Baz taps it down in front of forward short leg. 100/3

32.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Fullish delivery on off stump. Mathews drives it back to the bowler. 118/5

32.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length ball just outside off stump. Mathews defends it off his back foot once again. 118/5

32.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Mathews gets behind the line of this length ball just outside off and turns it around to the on side sedately. 118/5

32.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Almost a yorker on off stump, ends up being a low full toss. Mathews plays it equally well by flicking it past mid-wicket for a couple. 118/5

32.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A tight length ball on off stump. Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. 116/5

32.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length ball outside off. Mathews opens the face of the bat and plays it to point. 116/5

32.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes forward and pushes it back to Randiv. Better over by the bowler this time around. 100/3

32.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Lands it on a good length on off stump. Flyn stays back and fends it to the off side. 100/3

32.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Flights it on off and turns it away. Flynn comes well forward and defends it dead back on to the pitch. 100/3

32.3 S Randiv to McCullum, Full and angled into the pads. McCullum flicks it to deep mid-wicket to pick up a single and bring up the 100 for the Kiwis. 100/3

32.2 S Randiv to McCullum, Comes forward and opens the face of the bat to play it to point. 99/3

32.1 S Randiv to McCullum, Flighted up slowly outside off. Baz comes forward and across and drops it down to the on side. 99/3

31.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, FOUR! Glorious drive! Mahela romps forward to this full delivery on middle and off and plays one of the most pleasant looking shots in the book, the on drive past mid on. 116/5

31.5 D Bracewell to J'dena, A fullish delivery on off stump. Mahela defends it off his front foot. 112/5

31.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Pitches outside off stump and moves away. Mahela shoulders arms to it. 112/5

31.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Almost a yorker outside off stump. Mahela calmly gets behind it and digs it out to the off side. 112/5

31.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, A good length delivery just outside off stump. Mahela comes forward and pushes it into the covers. 112/5

31.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it into the pads. Mathews flicks it away through the leg side and picks up a single. 112/5

31.6 R Herath to Flynn, Stays on the back foot and dabs it towards point. No run. 99/3

31.5 R Herath to Flynn, Length angled into off stump from around the wicket. Flynn turns it down to short mid-wicket. 99/3

31.4 R Herath to McCullum, Pitched up on off stump. Baz drives it to mid off who is a bit deep. The batsmen pick up a single. 99/3

31.3 R Herath to McCullum, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 98/3

31.2 R Herath to McCullum, Stays in the crease and pushes it back to Herath. 98/3

31.1 R Herath to McCullum, Tossed up and defended by Baz off the front foot. 98/3

Bracewell to start from the other end.

30.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls another short one this time. The ball doesn't rise much and Mathews pulls it away to deep square leg for one. 111/5

30.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR! Takes him by surprise! Bangs it short right towards Mathews' head. He goes for the hook. The ball takes the outside edge and goes right over the keeper's head for a boundary. 110/5

30.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good line and length delivery just outside off stump. Mathews comes forward and defends it with the full face of the bat. He is looking precise with his foot work. 106/5

30.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Tries to swing it from leg to off. It is not swinging like it did in the first session. Mathews flicks it easily to mid-wicket. 106/5

30.2 Tim Southee to J'dena, Length ball on off stump. Mahela opens the face and plays it into the gap at covers to pick up a nice single. 106/5

30.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, Full on off stump. Mahela pushes it to mid on. No run. 105/5

30.6 S Randiv to McCullum, Flights and drifts it onto the pads. McCullum flicks it to deep square leg for one to complete a good over. 98/3

30.5 S Randiv to McCullum, Lunges forward and pushes this flighted delivery back to Randiv. 97/3

30.4 S Randiv to McCullum, SIX! Gets the treatment! Short and on the pads. McCullum rocks back and lifts this over the square leg boundary for the first six of the match. Randiv has bowled one poor ball every over. 97/3

30.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Full on the pads, swept away to deep square leg to pick up a run. 91/3

30.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Defended off the front foot back to Randiv. 90/3

That is the 50-run stand between the pair. Good resurrection by the two.

30.1 S Randiv to McCullum, Flighted up on leg stump. Flicked away to fine leg for a single. 90/3

Welcome back to the second session as the players are ready for the post lunch session. Mahela Jayawardena will face Tim Southee.

Bracewell and Franklin could not carry on the good work done by Southee and Boult and let Mathews and Jayawardena off the hook after which they put up a much needed 50-run stand to rescue the Lankans somewhat. With half the side down, it is up to this pair to take them closer to the Kiwi total. The next session should be an interesting one. Do join us back in a while.

New Zealand have bowled exceptionally well this morning, picking up four quick wickets. Southee bowled a gem of a spell picking up four of the five so far. They swung the ball both ways with some venom. Jayawardena survived the mayhem by hanging in there.

29.6 J Patel to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. And that will be Lunch on day 2. 105/5

29.5 J Patel to Mathews, Again flights it outside off stump and Mathew comes forward again, defending it by getting nice and low. 105/5

29.4 J Patel to Mathews, Back over the stumps, Patel flights it outside off stump. Mathews defends it to the off side. 105/5

29.3 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball on middle stump. Mathews gets behind the line and pats it to the off side. 105/5

29.2 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up outside off stump. Blocked to the on side off the front foot. 105/5

29.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted outside off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot. 105/5

29.6 R Herath to McCullum, Gently tucks it away to square leg and picks up a quick single. Flynn is safely in as the throw comes in to the keeper's end. 89/3

29.5 R Herath to McCullum, Lunges forward to push it back to Herath. 88/3

29.4 R Herath to McCullum, Gets well forward to negate the spin on middle stump. Defends it back to the bowler. 88/3

29.3 R Herath to McCullum, Played away towards the on side by closing the face of the bat at the last moment. 88/3

29.2 R Herath to McCullum, Angled into the pads. Patted away to the on side this time. 88/3

29.1 R Herath to McCullum, Bowls it full on off stump. Defended to the off side. 88/3

28.6 T Boult to J'dena, FOUR! A poor mis-field! Back of a length angling into the pads. Mahela tucks it away to fine leg where Bracewell doesn't stop it cleanly. The ball goes beyond the ropes, conceding three extra runs. 105/5

28.5 T Boult to J'dena, Swings it in towards middle and leg stump. Jayawardena turns it down to mid-wicket. Well played in the end. 101/5

28.4 T Boult to J'dena, Jayawardena marches at the ball outside the off stump and defends it back to the bowler. He is trying to take the LBW out of the equation. 101/5

28.3 T Boult to J'dena, Comes forward to this length delivery and leaves it alone. 101/5

28.2 T Boult to J'dena, Gets some late movement away from Mahela who plays for the angle and is beaten just about marginally. 101/5

28.2 T Boult to J'dena, NO BALL! Bangs it hard into the pitch. The ball rises chest high as it reaches Jayawardena. He stands tall on his back foot and jabs it back into the ground. 101/5

28.1 T Boult to J'dena, A length ball on off stump. Mahela opens the face of the bat and plays it towards point. No run. 100/5

28.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Pitches on off and spins away sharply, shouldered arms to. 88/3

28.5 S Randiv to Flynn, This one is outside off stump. Left alone. 88/3

28.4 S Randiv to Flynn, FOUR! Nothng edgy about that! Short and wide, cut away in front of point for a second boundary in this over. 88/3

28.3 S Randiv to Flynn, FOUR! Bottom edge! Flynn gets down to sweep this full delivery outside leg stump. The ball takes the bottom edge of the bat and rolls away to the fine leg boundary. 84/3

28.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Defended back to Randiv off the front foot. 80/3

28.1 S Randiv to Flynn, And immediately some turn. Pitched up on off, the ball spins away sharply beating Flynn's bat. 80/3

27.6 J Patel to Mathews, Comes around the wicket to Mathews and pushes it towards middle and off stump by flighting it. Mathews blocks it off his front foot. 100/5

27.5 J Patel to Mathews, Comes down low on the ball and pushes it back to the bowler. 100/5

27.4 J Patel to Mathews, Stays back and pushes it to the off side with a straight bat. 100/5

27.3 J Patel to Mathews, A quicker one darted in on leg stump. Mathews shoulders arms to it as the ball hits the pad. There is some excitement among the fielders. 100/5

27.2 J Patel to Mathews, Pitched up on middle stump. Mathews drives the ball to mid on. 100/5

27.1 J Patel to Mathews, Length ball spinning in, Mathews plays it with a straightish bat to the on side. 100/5

McCullum and Flynn have made their way out to the middle as the Sri Lankan fielders take their positions in the field. Flynn will face Randiv in the first over after Lunch.

McCullum chose to show the other side of the coin as he defended and attacked with good sense and calculation. He showed some good technique too which we hardly get to witness from him. Flynn who came in after the three quick wickets looked well composed too. Hopefully, they can string in a big partnership to help their team to get to a respectable total. Join us for the post lunch session after a little over half an hour.

It has been a fantastic session for the Lankans as they picked up three early wickets in the first hour of play. It was not their spinners, but their seam bowlers who got into the Kiwi top order. In 28 overs in the session, the Kiwis have put up 80 runs on the board losing three wickets.

27.6 R Herath to McCullum, The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one back to the bowler as the ball bounces a bit on off stump off a length. And that will be Lunch on day 1. 80/3

27.5 R Herath to McCullum, Flighted outside off stump. McCullum gets low and defends it to the covers. 80/3

27.4 R Herath to McCullum, Angled into leg stump. Doesn't spin as much as it did in the last ball. Baz turns it towards mid-wicket. 80/3

27.3 R Herath to McCullum, Angled in and pitching on off, the ball spins away as McCullum watches the turn closely and pushes it to the covers off the back foot. 80/3

27.2 R Herath to Flynn, On a length outside off and spinning in, Flynn turns his wrists to play it to the on side towards square leg for a single. 80/3

27.1 R Herath to Flynn, Flatter delivery on off stump. Flynn comes half forward and defends it to the leg side. 79/3

26.6 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it into the off stump and Mahela gets right behind the line as he plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 100/5

Boult comes around the wicket now.

26.5 T Boult to J'dena, Gets right behind the line of that one and plays it down into the ground off the back foot. 100/5

The boundary brings up the 50 run stand, a much needed one.

26.4 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Lovely drive! Jayawardena comes forward to this full and wide delivery outside off and drives it handsomely to the cover boundary. 100/5

26.3 T Boult to J'dena, Fullish outside off stump. Jayawardena comes forward and plays a punchy drive straight to the covers. 96/5

26.2 T Boult to J'dena, Length ball on middle stump. Defended off the back foot back to the bowler. 96/5

26.1 T Boult to Mathews, On the pads and tucked away to fine leg for a single. 96/5

26.6 S Randiv to McCullum, Comes forward and defends it off the back foot back to Randiv. 79/3

26.5 S Randiv to McCullum, Turns it towards mid-wicket. No run. 79/3

26.4 S Randiv to B McCullum, FOUR! Cracked away! A long hop on middle and leg. McCullum has done this throughout the day, waited for the poor deliveries. He rocks back and lifts it towards the mid-wicket boundary for a four. 79/3

26.3 S Randiv to McCullum, Stays in the crease and pats it back to Randiv. 75/3

26.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Full on leg stump again. Flynn opts to sweep it to deep square leg for a single this time. Randiv was trying to make him play against the turn. 75/3

26.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Randiv comes over the wicket to Flynn now and flights it on leg stump. Defended back to the bowler. 74/3

Boult is into the attack now, replacing Franklin.

25.6 J Patel to Mathews, Spins in towards leg stump. Mathews tucks it away to fine leg for a single. 95/5

25.5 J Patel to J'dena, Turns in from a length. Mahela turns it away uppishly past forward short leg to pick up a single. 94/5

25.4 J Patel to J'dena, Comes forward to this flighted one and pushes it back to the bowler. 93/5

25.3 J Patel to J'dena, SIX! Hoisted away! Jayawardena comes down the pitch to this loopy delivery. and launches the ball high over the mid-wicket boundary. He is sending a clear message to the spinner very early in his over. 93/5

25.2 J Patel to J'dena, Mahela gets down outside off stump and paddles the ball around, fine past the keeper and picks up a couple. 87/5

25.1 J Patel to J'dena, Turns it in towards leg stump. Mahela turns it down to the on side. 85/5

25.6 R Herath to McCullum, Pitched up on off stump, Baz drives it straight back to the bowler. 74/3

25.5 R Herath to McCullum, Some turn away from Baz as the ball pitches on leg and turns to off. McCullum adjusts well on his back foot and pushes it to the cover region. 74/3

25.4 R Herath to McCullum, Fired in on leg stump. McCullum misses his nudge towards the leg side as the ball hits the pads. 74/3

25.3 R Herath to Flynn, Slow and on a length. Flynn rocks back and punches it to cover and sets off for a good quick run. 74/3

25.2 R Herath to Flynn, Flighted up outside off, defended to the covers. 73/3

25.1 R Herath to McCullum, Length ball on middle and off. McCullum pushes it down to long on for one. Why is there a long on now? 73/3

Jeetan Patel comes into the attack to bowl some spin.

24.6 J Franklin to Mathews, Leaves it alone just outside the off stump. 85/5

24.5 J Franklin to Mathews, Angles this way across the batsman outside the off stump. Mathews leaves it alone. 85/5

24.4 J Franklin to Mathews, Short on middle stump. Mathews goes back and opts for the pull. He doesn't time it well as the ball is pulled back within the ropes at deep mid-wicket. They take two runs. 85/5

24.3 J Franklin to Mathews, Full on off stump. Mathews coms forward and pushes it to mid off with a crisp drive. 83/5

24.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Back of a good length on off stump. The ball gets up tall on Mahela who stays back and tries to push it down into the ground. The ball takes the inside part of the bat and falls down to short fine leg for a single. 83/5

24.1 J Franklin to J'dena, FOUR! A defensive push finds the ropes! Fullish length just outside off. Jayawardena comes forward and pushes it gently towards the cover. The ball races away from the fielders they try to chase hard. 82/5

24.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes forward to this flighted delivery and taps it to the left of the bowler. Good over by Randiv. 72/3

24.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Shortens the length on middle and off. Flynn stays back and pushes it back to Randiv. 72/3

24.4 S Randiv to Flynn, This time flights it in line with the stumps. Flynn defends again off his front foot. 72/3

24.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Inviting him to drive. Flynn doesn't take the bait and defends it by coming forward. 72/3

24.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted outside off. Flynn defends off his front foot. 72/3

24.1 S Randiv to McCullum, Pushes it outside off and gets it to turn in. Baz gets across and pats it away towards point. Good delivery and a good shot too for a well run single. 72/3

23.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Stays back to this length delivery on off and defends it into the ground. 78/5

23.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Good length delivery just outside off stump. Punched off the back foot to the covers. 78/5

23.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Back of a length just outside off stump. Left alone! 78/5

23.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Just back of a length delivery on off stump. Defended to the off side off the back foot. 78/5

23.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Bowls it on a better length on off stump. Mathews plays it back to Bracewell with a horizontal bat. 78/5

23.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Smashed away! Short and offering a lot of width outside off stump. Mathews stays back and cuts it in front of point to the cover boundary. Lovely shot! 78/5

23.6 R Herath to Flynn, Gives it some air outside the off stump. The ball turns in and hits Flynn's pads and falls down in front of first slip. No bat involved as the Lankans get excited. 71/3

23.5 R Herath to Flynn, Good flighted delivery on middle and off. Flynn stays back and defends it back to Herath with a straight bat. 71/3

23.4 R Herath to McCullum, Drops it short on leg stump. Baz moves back and tucks it away to square leg for a single. 71/3

23.3 R Herath to McCullum, Pushes it quicker outside off stump. McCullum leaves it alone spotting very little turn there. 70/3

23.2 R Herath to McCullum, Slower through the air on leg stump. Baz defends it off his front foot. 70/3

23.1 R Herath to McCullum, Angled in on off stump. Baz comes well forward and defends it back to Herath. 70/3

22.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Length ball on middle and leg. Jayawardena watches it on to the bat and pushes it to the bowler off the back foot. 74/5

22.5 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across off stump. Mahela shoulders arms to that one. 74/5

22.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Defends this off the front foot to the off side. 74/5

22.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Full and on middle stump. Mahela flicks it to mid on. 74/5

22.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela flicks it past mid-wicket towards the boundary. The fielder chases it and pulls it back just before the ropes. The batsmen take a couple. 74/5

22.1 J Franklin to J'dena, Pitched up on off stump. Jayawardena defends it to mid off. 72/5

22.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Full again, pushed away back to the bowler off the front foot. 70/3

22.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Tempting him to drive again outside off. Flynn doesn't buy that and defends it with an angled bat to the off side. 70/3

22.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Pitched up again outside off drawing Flynn forward. He defends it well towards point. 70/3

22.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted up outside off. Flynn comes forward and defends it to the covers. 70/3

22.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Just short of a good length outside off. Flynn pats it back to the bowler. 70/3

22.1 S Randiv to McCullum, Pitches it outside off and doesn't turn in much. McCullum punches it to the gap in the covers to pick up a single. 70/3

21.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length ball on off stump. Mathews defends it off his front foot back to Bracewell. 72/5

21.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Nearly chopped on! A length ball just outside off. Mathews pushes his bat at it tentatively off his front foot. The ball takes the inside edge and goes past the off stump to the fine leg boundary. 72/5

21.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Shortish and just outside off stump. Mathews punches it to the covers. 68/5

21.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Shortish delivery on middle and leg stump. Mathews goes for a pull shot and misses it to get struck high on his pads. Bracewell thinks it is very close and appeals to the umpire. Not out, as it was going above the stumps. 68/5

21.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Impressive! Pitched up on off stump. Mathews comes forward and drives it past the bowler and into the boundary. 68/5

21.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full outside off stump. Mathews leaves it alone. 64/5

Suraj Randiv will bowl his first over now from the Fort end.

21.6 R Herath to Flynn, Comes well forward to this tossed up delivery and defends it with a straight bat. 69/3

21.5 R Herath to Flynn, Comes over the wicket to Flynn and pitches it outside off. He leaves it alone. This is the first ball Flynn has faced from Herath. 69/3

21.4 R Herath to McCullum, Flighted on middle and leg. Baz defends it to the on side and picks up a single. 69/3

21.3 R Herath to McCullum, FOUR! Beautiful! A tad short and McCullum seizes the opportunity by pulling it to the square leg boundary. 68/3

21.2 R Herath to McCullum, On the pads and Baz pushes it back to the bowler. 64/3

21.1 R Herath to McCullum, Pitched up on off stump. Baz pushes it back to Herath. 64/3

20.6 J Franklin to Mathews, Flicks this length delivery off the stumps to deep square leg to pick up a single and retain strike. 64/5

20.5 J Franklin to Mathews, Full on middle stump and coming in slightly. Mathews comes well forward and pushes it back to Franklin. 63/5

20.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Length on the pads. Mahela, who has missed a few flicks earlier on today manages to get this one on the middle of the bat. The ball goes down to fine leg as Mathews comes on strike. 63/5

20.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across Mahela who shoulders arms to that one without much doubt. 62/5

20.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, Full and outside off. Mahela drives it straight to the cover fielder. 62/5

20.1 J Franklin to J'dena, A tight line on middle and off. Mahela defends it back to the bowler. 62/5

Rangana Herath has taken 35 wickets already on this ground as he continues with a silly point in place now.

20.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, FOUR! Classy! Short and wide and Flyn makes no mistake this time as he smashes this in front of point for a boundary. He had played a similar shot a few overs back too. He seems to be strong on the back foot. 64/3

20.5 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Defends this full ball off the front foot to mid on. 60/3

20.4 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A length ball just outside off. Flynn goes for a cut. But, the ball is too close to his body and he seems to be cramped for room as the ball goes past the outside edge to the keeper. 60/3

20.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A good full length delivery on off stump. Flynn comes forward confidently and pushes it to the covers. He is taking a lot of leaves out of Baz's book. 60/3

20.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Gets forward and hits it into the ground on the off side. 60/3

20.1 N Kulasekara to D Flynn, Back of a length delivery outside off. Flynn punches it to the left of point where it is well stopped. 60/3

19.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up on middle stump. Angelo flicks it well but straight to mid-wicket. 62/5

19.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Angles it in to the pads. Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket. 62/5

19.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Gets this one to hold its line just outside off stump. Mathews chooses to leave this one alone as well. 62/5

19.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, He is getting some swing now. Pitches it up outside off and takes it further away. Mathews houlders arms to it. 62/5

19.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitches it up on off stump. Mathews drives it straight to mid off. 62/5

19.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! Nice shot! Back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Mathews stays back and punches it past mid off for a boundary. 62/5

19.6 R Herath to McCullum, Stays in the crease this time and plays it back on to the wicket. 60/3

19.5 R Herath to McCullum, Flighted up on off stump. McCullum props forward and pushes this one to the covers. 60/3

19.4 R Herath to McCullum, Comes forward and pushes it back to Herath. 60/3

19.3 R Herath to McCullum, Defends this good length ball off the back foot. 60/3

Brendon McCullum has reached 4000 runs in Test cricket from 70 matches. He is looking good with the bat today.

19.2 R Herath to McCullum, FOUR! Short on middle and leg. McCullum doesn't miss out as he goes back and pulls it aerially over mid-wicket and into the fence. 60/3

19.1 R Herath to McCullum, Angles it in and straightens it after pitching on middle and leg. McCullum plays it back to Herath. 56/3

Bracewell gets a change of ends.

18.6 J Franklin to J'dena, Pitched up outside off stump. Jayawardena goes forward and drops it down towards the covers. 58/5

18.5 J Franklin to J'dena, This one holds its angle and Jayawardena pushes it down towards point by going back and across. 58/5

18.4 J Franklin to J'dena, Gets it to come in off a fuller length just outside off. Mahela comes forward and defends it back to Franklin. 58/5

18.3 J Franklin to J'dena, Gets some bounce off a length and hits Jayawardena on his gloves as he tries to drop it down to the on side. 58/5

18.2 J Franklin to J'dena, Angles it across this time on a length. Jayawardena defends it to the off side by staying on his back foot. 58/5

18.1 J Franklin to Mathews, Angles it into the pads Franklin. He is getting movement too. Mathews tucks it away towards wide mid on and picks up a single. He will be happy to stay off strike. 58/5

18.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, On a length on off stump. Flynn comes across and tries to play a subcontinental flick. It goes on the bounce to the mid-wicket fielder. 56/3

18.5 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Brings it in with the angle. Flynn resorts to his front foot defense back to Kula. 56/3

Kula comes around the wicket now.

18.4 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Good length ball just outside off. Flynn gets behind the line and plays it down to the off side. 56/3

18.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A length ball just outside off. Flynn gets well forward and defends it to the cover region. 56/3

18.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Back of a length and just outside off. Flynn pushes it off his back foot to mid off. 56/3

18.1 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Angled across Flynn as he gets forward and pushes it to the covers. 56/3

James Franklin comes into the attack.

17.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Gets off the mark much to his relief as he flicks this leg stump delivery to square leg for a single. 57/5

17.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, This is as good a display of swing bowling as you could ever see. Angles it in on leg stump and shapes it away. Mathews is squared up again in his crease as he defends it awkwardly to Southee. 56/5

17.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Squared him up! Angles it in and gets it to straighten. Mathews has to play at it as he gets his back foot across to pelt it down. The ball takes a thick outside edge and goes to the slips. Mathews is not looking comfortable at all. 56/5

17.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off. The ball tails away late and Mathews opens the face of the bat to push it away towards point. 56/5

17.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Pitches it up just outside off stump. Mathews comes forward and leaves it alone. 56/5

17.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Gets it to straighten off the angle into the batsman. Mathews pats it back to Southee. 56/5

Kulasekara replaces Mathews now.

17.6 R Herath to McCullum, Full outside off, Baz pushes it back to Herath. 56/3

17.5 R Herath to McCullum, Just a little shorter than the previous one, defended off the back foot this time. 56/3

17.4 R Herath to McCullum, Good ball pitching on middle and turning away. Baz covers the spin and plays it back to Herath. 56/3

17.3 R Herath to McCullum, On the pads and turned away to short fine leg. No run. 56/3

17.2 R Herath to McCullum, Some bite off the wicket. Pitches on off and straightens considerably. Baz is beaten as he comes forward and tries to defend. 56/3

17.1 R Herath to McCullum, Angles it in on leg stump. McCullum plays it down in front of forward short leg. 56/3

16.6 D Bracewell to J'dena, Tries to cut this one too. But, can't get the timing right as it is too close to his body, just outside off stump. 56/5

16.5 D Bracewell to M J'dena, FOUR! Punished hard! Short and wide and Mahela cuts it hard through point for a relieving boundary. 56/5

16.4 D Bracewell to J'dena, Angles it into the pads. Mahela flicks it away to the square leg for a couple. 52/5

16.3 D Bracewell to J'dena, Shoulders arms to this delivery as it is way outside the off stump. 50/5

16.2 D Bracewell to J'dena, Bowls a back of a length ball just outside off. Jayawardena leaves that one alone too. 50/5

16.1 D Bracewell to J'dena, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. Not much swing yet. 50/5

Rangana Herath has been introduced into the attack now. First over of spin then!

16.6 A Mathews to Flynn, Fuller length just outside off. Flynn gets well forward ala McCullum style to defend it on to the off side. 56/3

16.5 A Mathews to Flynn, Good length ball pitching on off and moving away. Flynn covers the movement and plays it down to the off side with an open face of the bat. No run. 56/3

16.4 A Mathews to McCullum, Angled in off a length. McCullum tucks it away towards mid-wicket and sets off for a quick run. 56/3

16.3 A Mathews to McCullum, Length further outside off stump. Baz pushes it to the covers again. 55/3

16.2 A Mathews to McCullum, Comes forward to a full delivery outside off and gets his bat and pad close together to push it to the covers. 55/3

16.1 A Mathews to McCullum, Back of a length delivery on off stump. McCullum comes across with his back foot to get on top of the bounce as he taps it back on to the wicket. 55/3

Doug Bracewell into the attack. Will he get swing too?

Drinks break.

Angelo Mathews comes in to the crease as his team faces a major landslide at the hands of the Kiwi quicks.

15.6 Southee to Samaraweera, OUT! Samaraweera is not as lucky as Jayawardena who was in Southee's previous delivery. Southee gets it to move in sharply from outside off to off stump from a length as Samaraweera raises his bat in the air to shoulder arms to it. He is hit on the pads and appeals with vigour. The umpire raises his finger. 50/5

15.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Southee has no mercy as he brings it back in. Samaraweera gets his bat down in time as the ball takes a thickish inside edge on this length delivery on off stump, rolling away to the on side. 50/4

15.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good out swinging delivery just outside off stump. Samaraweera leaves it alone this time. He will be hoping that Southee bowls it outside the off stump. 50/4

15.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! He throws his frustration finally! Short on middle. He rocks back and pulls it to the square leg boundary. 50/4

15.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Awesome delivery! Gets it to swing from leg stump to off stump. Samaraweera is definitely not happy with the swing as he gets his feet all over the place and finally defends it off his back foot to the off side. 46/4

15.1 Tim Southee to J'dena, On the pads and flicked away past mid on for a single. 46/4

15.6 S Eranga to Flynn, Angles it across outside off stump. Flynn leaves it alone. 55/3

Back over the wicket now.

15.5 S Eranga to Flynn, Fullish outside off. Flynn drives it crisply to the cover fielder. 55/3

15.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Pitches it just outside off stump. Flynn comes forward and defends it to mid off. 55/3

15.3 S Eranga to Flynn, Angles it into middle stump. Flynn negotiates the angle well by hitting it with a straight bat back to the bowler. 55/3

15.2 S Eranga to Flynn, Defends this length delivery by getting behind the line. 55/3

15.1 S Eranga to D Flynn, Angles it in towards off stump. Flynn drives it to wide mid off. No run. 55/3

14.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Closer to the off stump but not swinging in enough. Samaraweera chooses to shoulder arms to it. 45/4

14.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Length ball outside off. Samaraweera watches it pass through as it is collected by van Wyk behind the stumps. 45/4

14.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera is showing good balance at the crease. Back of a length delivery just outside off. He walks across and taps it towards mid off with a straight bat. 45/4

14.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Angles this in to the pads and Samaraweera flicks it past mid-wicket and runs for a couple. 45/4

14.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Angles this across the batsman. Thilan leaves it alone. 43/4

14.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Four leg byes! On the hips and Samaraweera doesn't get any bat on it. The ball, however, takes the thigh pad and goes to the fine leg boudnary evading the diving keeper. 43/4

Around the wicket now, Eranga.

14.6 A Mathews to McCullum, A length ball on middle. McCullum turns it down to the on side. 55/3

14.5 A Mathews to Flynn, Gets across and taps it into the gap on the leg side to pick up a good single. Flynn has played 21 Tests before this and hasn't managed to attract many eye balls. This could be a good opportunity. He looks well composed. 55/3

14.4 A Mathews to Flynn, Gets behind the line of the delivery and plays it to mid off with the full face of the bat. 54/3

14.3 A Mathews to D Flynn, FOUR! Positive blow! A tad short, back of a length on middle. Flynn picks up the length early and plays an uppish pull over mid-wicket to find the ropes. 54/3

14.2 A Mathews to Flynn, Nicely pitched on off and seaming away. Flynn looks circumspect as he leaves that one alone too. 50/3

14.1 A Mathews to Flynn, Angles it across Flynn. He watches it closely and lets it through. 50/3

13.6 Tim Southee to J'dena, Mahela living dangerously too! This one holds the angle and the line and keeps coming in as Mahela expects it to go away. He shoulders arms and the ball flicks the flaps of the pads and goes to van Wyk. The Kiwis appeal hard but the ball was seemingly high and wouldn't have hit the off stump. 39/4

13.5 Tim Southee to J'dena, Length ball moving away, Mahela stays back and gets right behind the line of it to push the ball away to the covers. 39/4

13.4 Tim Southee to J'dena, Well outside off stump. Mahela is not interested to play at it. 39/4

13.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Angles it in this time and Samaraweera is hit on the pads as the ball rolls away to the on side for a leg bye. 39/4

13.2 Tim Southee to T Samaraweera, FOUR! Missed opportunity! Drops it short just outside off stump. Samaraweera cuts and finds the outside edge. The ball goes to the right of Ross Taylor who reacts very late to the ball as it takes his pinky and goes to the third man boundary. 38/4

13.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good swing away from Samaraweera. He stays in the crease and moves slightly across to defend it by covering the swing very nicely. 34/4

13.6 S Eranga to McCullum, A good length ball just outside off. McCullum comes half forward and defends it to the covers with a slanted bat. 50/3

13.5 S Eranga to McCullum, A tad slower length delivery outside off. McCullum plays it back to the bowler. 50/3

13.4 S Eranga to McCullum, An ill-directed bouncer there. Digs it short on middle stump as the ball flies way over the batsman down the leg side. 50/3

13.3 S Eranga to McCullum, A good length ball seaming in from well outside off to just outside off. Brendon shoulders arms to that one. 50/3

13.2 S Eranga to McCullum, Gets it to come in late. McCullum has to hurry into the shot as he jumps and plays it down to the on side. 50/3

13.1 S Eranga to McCullum, Back of a length ball outside off. McCullum goes high on his toes and taps it back to the off side. 50/3

Mahela has scored over 2000 runs at this venue. It is indeed a happy hunting ground for him.

12.6 T Boult to J'dena, FOUR! Impeccable placement! Short and outside off. Jayawardena gets on top of the bounce and plays it all along the ground piercing the gap between gully and fourth slip to perfection. 34/4

12.5 T Boult to J'dena, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/4

12.4 T Boult to J'dena, Yes there it is. But, it is not directed well as he sprays it on the pads. Mahela turns it away past mid-wicket. 30/4

12.3 T Boult to J'dena, Full and angled across this time. Jayawardena opens the face of the bat at the last moment as the ball goes to the gully fielder. There should be the in swinger around the corner now. 30/4

12.2 T Boult to J'dena, Angles it across the off stump. Jayawardena shoulders arms to it. 30/4

12.1 T Boult to J'dena, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Jayawardena stays back and pats it back on to the wicket. 30/4

12.6 A Mathews to Flynn, Good response by Mathews. Gets Flynn to come forward and takes the ball away after pitching it on a length. Flynn is beaten. 50/3

12.5 A Mathews to Flynn, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Short and a little bit of width outside off. Flynn rocks and leans back to cut it in front of square on the off side into the point boundary. The 50 of the Kiwi innings is up. 50/3

12.4 A Mathews to Flynn, Angled across Flynn who leaves it alone outside the off stump. 46/3

12.3 A Mathews to Flynn, At his pace Mathews tries a bouncer. Not a bad one! Flynn stays out of it by ducking under it. 46/3

12.2 A Mathews to McCullum, Good length delivery on middle. McCullum stays back and jabs it into the leg side to pick up a quick single. 46/3

12.1 A Mathews to McCullum, Mathews gets some shape in now. McCullum does well to get bat on to it as the ball rolls away to the on side. 45/3

11.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A lovely yorker moving away. Samaraweera somehow gets it away by putting the bat down in time. 30/4

11.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good length on off stump. Samaraweera gets behind the line and pushes it off the back foot. 30/4

11.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Oh my! Southee is getting awesome swing. Gets it to tail away after pitching on middle stump. Thilan gets his legs out of the way and hits it back to Southee. 30/4

11.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length outside off stump again. Samaraweera lets it through to the keeper. 30/4

11.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball just outside off stump. Leaves it alone. 30/4

11.1 Southee to Samaraweera, Southee now gets it back in. Samaraweera was expecting the out swing delivery. He flicks it at the last moment but is unable to get it on the middle. The ball lobs up towards mid-wicket, safely though. 30/4

Angelo Mathews will replace Kulasekara now. The sight screen doesn't seem to be happy with Mathews' introduction into the attack. The advertising curtains aren't giving way to the white ones. How stubborn! A slight hold up in play meanwhile. The umpires have called for drinks as the problem is being looked into.

11.6 S Eranga to Flynn, Too wide outside the off stump. Flynn leaves it all alone in isolation till the ball finds the keeper. 45/3

11.5 S Eranga to Flynn, Lets it through to the keeper as it is angled way outside off stump. 45/3

11.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Back of a length delivery on off stump. Flynn stays back and defends it to point with an angled bat. 45/3

11.3 S Eranga to Flynn, Pushes this across the batsman outside the off stump. Left alone. 45/3

11.2 S Eranga to Flynn, In the corridor of uncertainty on off stump. Flynn is unsure whether to come forward or stay back and is squared up as he fishes at it just outside the off stump to get beaten. 45/3

11.1 S Eranga to Flynn, FOUR! Slashed away! Angled across and pitched up outside the off stump. Flynn goes for a squarish drive and hits it past gully to the third man boundary. 45/3

10.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera is connecting everything that is bowled on the pads. Flicks it to fine leg for one. 30/4

10.5 T Boult to J'dena, Jayawardena knows not what he is doing out there. Strikes him on his pads again and the ball rolls away down the leg side as the batsmen pick up a leg bye. 29/4

10.4 T Boult to M J'dena, Again has Mahela in some discomfort there! Swings it in off a length and strikes him high on his pads. Very late to play at it once again. 28/4

10.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, This is swing bowling at its highest class. Pitched up outside off and comes back in towards off. Samaraweera drives it to mid off for a single. 28/4

10.2 T Boult to J'dena, In swing again on off stump. This time it is fuller and Mahela drives it towards mid on to pick up a single. 27/4

10.1 T Boult to J'dena, Struck on the pads and a huge appeal for an LBW! Turned down. That came in after pitching in line with the stumps. Mahela was very late to get the bat down and gets hit high on the pads which is the reason that saved him. 26/4

10.6 N Kulasekara to McCullum, And again! Outside the off stump on a fullish length. McCullum comes forward, stays low and dabs it to the covers. Even if McCullum doesn't perform, one will have to give credit to the way he has changed his usual style of batting. 41/3

10.5 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Gets forward as he has been doing so well since morning and pushes the ball to the cover fielder. 41/3

10.4 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Pushes this outside the off stump. McCullum quietly leaves it alone for the keeper to collect it. 41/3

10.3 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Drops the length shorter, McCullum stays on the back foot and drops it down to the on side with his wrists. 41/3

10.2 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Lovely technique! Comes forward to this in swinging ball and defends it to mid off. Very solid! 41/3

10.1 N Kulasekara to McCullum, That, I think is the first bouncer of the day. Yes, it is! Banged in short. McCullum ducks under it. 41/3

9.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball just outside off. Samaraweera leaves it alone again. 26/4

9.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Pushes this just outside off stump and takes it away. The batsman leaves it alone. 26/4

9.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Bouncer on middle and off stump. Samaraweera ducks under it. 26/4

9.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! Poor delivery and punished adequately! Angled down the pads, Samaraweera stays in the crease and clips it to the square leg boundary. 26/4

9.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Pitches it full just outside off and gets it to move away. Samaraweera comes forward and shoulders arms to it. 22/4

9.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Length ball on off stump moving away. Thilan stays back and defends it to the off side. 22/4

9.6 S Eranga to Flynn, Better line and length on off stump. Flynn comes forward and pats it to the off side. 41/3

9.5 S Eranga to Flynn, Pitched well up outside the off stump. Flynn decides to drive and the ball bumps into the ground after hitting the bat before it goes to the slips where Samaraweera mis-fields slightly. No run conceded though. 41/3

9.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Angled across again. Flynn ensures that the ball meets thin air as it passes his bat. 41/3

9.3 S Eranga to Flynn, And again, well outside the off stump. Flynn hangs his bat and his hands high in the air as the ball passes by. 41/3

9.2 S Eranga to Flynn, Good length ball angled across again. Flynn goes back and across and shoulders arms to the ball. 41/3

9.1 S Eranga to Flynn, Pitches this on off stump and takes it away from the left hander with the angle. Flynn chooses to let it through. 41/3

Four slips for Samaraweera too now.

8.6 T Boult to J'dena, Pitches it on the leg stump and straightens as Jayawardena misses his nudge to the leg side. The ball hits the pad and rolls down to the on side. 22/4

8.6 T Boult to J'dena, NO BALL! Oversteps and that is a sin when you are bowling well. Angled across the batsman. Mahela leaves it alone. 22/4

8.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Gets it to swing on to Samaraweera's pads. He flicks it away to fine leg. No run. Mahela will take strike for the first time now. 21/4

Thilan Samaraweera comes in to bat with the Lankans in deep waters.

8.4 T Boult to Sangakkara, OUT! Boult gets one now! McCullum compensates by picking up an even better batsman's catch at third slip. A beautifully out swinging delivery just outside off enticing Sangakkara to play at it. He does and the ball takes an outside edge and flies to McCullum at third slip. This time he takes it comfortably. Four down now Sri Lanka. 20/4

8.3 T Boult to Sangakkara, Boult gets it to swing away from off to outside off. Sangakkara plays a drive as the ball takes a thickish outside edge towards point. 20/3

8.2 T Boult to Sangakkara, Sangakkara comes well forward and covers the swing to drive it past shortish mid off for a couple. 20/3

8.1 T Boult to Sangakkara, Lands it on a length on off and takes it away, enough to beat Sangakkara's defensive stroke. Lovely display of swing bowling by the black caps. 18/3

8.6 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Defends this again by coming well forward outside the off stump. 41/3

8.5 N Kulasekara to McCullum, This one is well outside off to tempt McCullum to get across to play at it. Left alone. 41/3

8.4 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Brendon McCullum is not known for great technique. But, he is getting his front foot well outside to meet the line of the ball to defend this length ball to the off side. 41/3

8.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, On the pads first up. Flynn tucks it away to fine leg to get off the mark with a single. 41/3

The first left handed batsman of the day, Daniel Flynn comes to the crease now.

8.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, OUT! Through the gates! He finally finds that gap between bat and pad, not neatly though, but enough to bowl the Kiwi captain. Pitched it up outside off and got it to seam in. Taylor went for the cover drive but the ball took the inside edge and shattered the off stump, cartwheeling it towards the keeper. 40/3

8.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Comes forward and taps it to the covers quietly. 40/2

Mahela Jayawardena comes out to the middle. Two of the finest in the game now at the crease and they have been a part of some wonderful partnerships in the past.

7.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, OUT! The drop doesn't cost the Kiwis dearly! Randiv never looked like he would last more than a few deliveries. Pitched up just outside off and Randiv responds with a drive which takes the edge and goes to Martin Guptill at second slip. He takes it easily. 18/3

7.5 Tim Southee to S Randiv, DROPPED by McCullum at third slip. Randiv has a lucky reprieve. Pitched up on off stump and gets the away movement. The ball flies to Brendon McCullum at a good height but he spills it. 18/2

7.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, A classic out swinger! Pitched on middle and off stump and shapes it away outside the off stump. Randiv is caught in no man's land as he plays a drive and misses. Southee is on a roll. 18/2

7.3 Tim Southee to S Randiv, Fullish and just outside off. Randiv opens the face of it as the ball swings away from the bat and the ball goes past the fourth slip towards third man for a couple. He is living dangerously out there. 18/2

Four slips now for Randiv.

7.2 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Angles it in to the pads again. This time Sangakkara waits for the movement and flicks it away nicely to fine leg for a single. 16/2

7.1 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Lovely shape in to the batsman off a good length on middle and leg. Sangakkara drives it to mid on. 15/2

7.6 S Eranga to McCullum, Comes supremely forward to this in swinging delivery to defend it back down the pitch. Eranga had bowled this way slower than his previous deliveries. Good variation! 40/2

7.5 S Eranga to McCullum, Full outside off with some movement back into the batsman. McCullum tries to drive it stylishly through the covers off his front foot but the ball hits the inside edge and then goes on to the pads to roll away to the on side. 40/2

7.4 S Eranga to McCullum, Worked away to the mid-wicket fielder off the pads. 40/2

7.3 S Eranga to Taylor, Gets into the line of the ball and pushes it to the right of the cover fielder. The batsmen scamper through for a good quick single as the fielder hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Good cricket overall! 40/2

7.2 S Eranga to R Taylor, FOUR! Outside edge! Angles it in towards off stump and gets the ball to straighten. Taylor comes forward and pushes at it. The ball hits the outside edge and flies between slips and gully to the third man boundary. 39/2

7.1 S Eranga to Taylor, A full delivery outside off, coming in. But, not enough movement to make Taylor play at it. Left alone. 35/2

6.6 T Boult to S Randiv, FOUR! Finds the gap with lots of luck! Pitched up and angled across Randiv. He comes forward and plays a tentative drive as the ball takes the edge and flies between third slip and gully to the third man boundary. 15/2

6.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes forward and defends it well off the front foot to mid off. 11/2

6.4 T Boult to Sangakkara, Short of a length ball outside off. Sangakkara guides it to point and picks up a quick single. 11/2

6.3 T Boult to Sangakkara, Prodigious swing there! Pitched just outside off on a fuller length. Sanga lets it through as it swings away quite a bit to the keeper who takes it in front of first slip. 10/2

6.2 T Boult to Sangakkara, Leaves this one alone outside the off stump. 10/2

6.1 T Boult to Sangakkara, Length ball pitching just outside off and moves further away. Sangakkara pushes his bat at it and misses the ball. 10/2

6.6 N Kulasekara to McCullum, A back of a length delivery, not much movement in it. He stays back and punches it to the covers for a couple. I wonder why McCullum did not portray such technique in the ODI series. 35/2

6.5 N Kulasekara to McCullum, As McCullum is unsure which way Kula is swinging it, he gets his front foot well forward and outside the line of off stump to drive it to the cover fielder. 33/2

6.4 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Straightish line on off stump. Brendon comes well forward and flicks it to mid-wicket. He is looking good with his footwork so far. 33/2

6.3 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Outside the off stump on a length. McCullum leaves it alone. 33/2

6.2 N Kulasekara to McCullum, On the pads and flicked away crisply towards mid-wicket. 33/2

6.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Pitches it up outside off and gets it to nip back in. Taylor plays a half forward defensive stroke as the ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls away to the on side for a single. 33/2

Trent Boult will start from the other end.

5.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pitches it up outside off stump and gets it to swing away. Randiv plays a half hearted drive and edges it down to second slip. 10/2

5.5 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Gets it to swing in from middle to leg stump. Sangakkara tucks it down to fine leg for a single to get off the mark. 10/2

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at no. 4. Sri Lanka in some trouble now and they have got one of their best players out there to take them out of it.

5.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, OUT! A wicket in the first over! Pitches it up on a better line just outside off stump. The ball nips in and takes the inside edge as Paranavitana tries to play a cover drive and shatters the stumps. A good start by the Kiwis. The Kiwis have got a genuine batsman out as the night watchman is still there at the crease. 9/2

5.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Again on the pads, Paranavitana doesn't get bat to it and takes the bat out of the way. The ball hits the thigh pad and goes to the fine leg boundary. Dead ball signaled as the batsman was not offering any shot. 9/1

5.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitches it up on leg stump and the ball moves further down the leg side. The batsman leaves it alone. 9/1

5.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Length ball just outside off. Paranavitana stays back and taps it down to the off side. 9/1

5.6 S Eranga to McCullum, A tight line and length on middle and leg. McCullum gets behind the line and taps it down to the on side. 32/2

5.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Strays down on the pads this time. Taylor gets inside the line and flicks it past mid-wicket for a triple to get off the mark. 32/2

5.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Gets it to seam in this time. Taylor spots the movement and defends it by getting his front foot across. He needs to be careful with his feet as that could have been a close LBW shout had he missed it. 29/2

Captain Ross Taylor comes out at no. 4. He will need to steady the ship for the Kiwis now.

5.3 S Eranga to K Williamson, OUT! Williamson is back in the hut without scoring! Back of a length just outside off and moving away slightly. Williamson stays back and fends at it as the ball takes the edge high on his bat and goes to Tharanga Paranavitana at first slip. The ball hits his palms and lobs up. Tharana, however, follows it and dives to take it on the second attempt. Well grasped in the end! 29/2

5.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Pitches it up on outside off and Williamson leaves it alone. 29/1

Kane Williamson comes one down to the crease.

5.1 S Eranga to Guptill, OUT! First blow for the Kiwis! The ball is bowled on a length on off stump. Guptill tries to drive it through the covers. But, the ball takes the edge of the bat and goes low to third slip where Mathews pouches a good low catch. 29/1

The Kiwis are out in the field as the Sri Lankan openers walk out to the centre. Paranavitana will face Tim Southee.

Pitch - It is nice and dry on day 2 and should be easy paced for the batsmen. There is a rough outside the leg stump for right handers. Jeetan Patel could be in business. The Lankan batsmen will have to watch off the first hour of play as the ball is still new, just 5 overs old.

In spite of the early wicket, the Lankans will back themselves to come out and put the runs on the board and take a lead by the end of the day. The Kiwi seamers will try to get as much swing as they can in the first hour of play as there wouldn't be much in the wicket later on.

Good morning and welcome to a bright and sunny second day of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Lankan bowlers took the honours on day 1 after dismissing the Kiwis for just 221 runs. The Kiwis managed to pick up an early wicket, that of debutant Karunaratne for 0.

Do join us for the second day's play tomorrow. Rain has stayed away today and we hope for the same tomorrow as well. Good bye until then.

The Kiwis will try to continue in the same manner tomorrow morning when they come out to have a go at the Lankan batsmen. The night watchman survived the Kiwi onslaught and will try to score a few more tomorrow. Their senior players are still to bat and they will get their opportunity tomorrow.

Sri Lanka did well to dismiss the entire Kiwi team cheaply for just 221. They came out to bat for 5 overs and looked tentative losing the debutant, Karunaratne for a duck. The Kiwis looked in high spirits as their pace bowlers extracted some swing and bowled with their tails up.

4.6 T Boult to Randiv, Angled way down the leg side yet again. Boult has wasted the last two deliveries of the day by spraying it to the keeper. And that will be Stumps on day 1. 9/1

4.5 T Boult to Randiv, Wayward as Boult drags this down the leg side from around the wicket. Waste of a delivery. 9/1

4.4 T Boult to S Randiv, Late movement into the batsman. Randiv manages to get bat on to it as the ball goes past mid on for a couple of runs. 9/1

4.3 T Boult to Randiv, Don't know what ideas Randiv has! He comes a step or two forward and Boult bangs it short and hits Randiv on his right shoulder as he tries to move out of the way. 7/1

4.2 T Boult to Randiv, New Zealand are striving hard to get one more. Pitches outside leg and straightens. Hits Randiv's pads again. Boult can get him if he gets the line and length right. 7/1

4.1 T Boult to Randiv, Lands on the leg stump and gets the ball to go straight after pitching. Randiv misses his flick and is hit high on his pads. 7/1

4.6 N Kulasekara to McCullum, FOUR! Uppish and safe! Length ball moving away outside the off stump. McCullum tries to punch it and finds the outside edge of the bat as the ball flies between the slips and gully. 29/0

4.5 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Easy pickings! On the pads and Guptill helps it through mid-wicket, a well hit shot for three. 25/0

4.4 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Pitched up on off stump. Kula gets it to come in trying to find the gap between bat and pad. Guptill drives it straight to Kula. 22/0

4.3 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Fuller outside off. McCullum gets his front foot to the line of the delivery very well and pushes it past point for a single. 22/0

4.2 N Kulasekara to McCullum, On the pads again. This time McCullum flicks it past shortish square leg for an easy couple. 21/0

4.1 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Angles an in swinger way down the leg side. The ball misses the flick of the bat and hits the thigh pad. P Jayawardene fumbles as the batsmen take a bye. And now, this is the first time the two batsmen have swapped ends. 19/0

3.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Swings it outwards from off to outside off, Randiv comes forward and pushes it to the off side to pick up a single. 7/1

3.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, This time Randiv gets right behind the line of the ball and defends it to the off side. 6/1

3.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, Play and miss this time. Gets it to land closer to the stumps and moves away. Randiv misses his push outside the off stump. 6/1

3.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Another one swinging outside the off stump. Randiv is not interested yet again. Is there a ball coming in suddenly in the next ball? 6/1

3.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pushes it wider outside off stump. There is no reason for Randiv to play at that and he shoulders arms. 6/1

3.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Randiv gets his foot forward as Southee bowls a regulation out swinger outside off stump. Randiv finally leaves it alone. 6/1

3.6 S Eranga to McCullum, A good line and length ball just outside off. McCullum walks to the direction of the ball and decides to leave it alone in the end. 18/0

3.5 S Eranga to McCullum, Out swinger, way outside the off stump. It would have been a wide in the limited formats of the game. Left alone. 18/0

3.4 S Eranga to McCullum, On off and middle on a length. He tucks it away to mid-wicket by closing the face of the bat at the last moment. 18/0

3.3 S Eranga to McCullum, This is better. Back of a length just outside off. The ball takes off after pitching and McCullum leaves it well. 18/0

3.2 S Eranga to McCullum, FOUR! You can't bowl there to anyone in the world, not even the tailenders! Strays down on the pads. McCullum helps it away to the fine leg boundary for back to back boundaries. 18/0

3.1 S Eranga to McCullum, FOUR! Width to McCullum is like giving candy to a kid! Bowls this wide outside the off stump and McCullum rocks back to cut it past point and into the fence. 14/0

2.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Angles it in towards the stumps from outside off stump. Paranavitana leaves it alone outside the off stump. 6/1

2.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Poor delivery! Strays way down the leg side. Even van Wyk can't get a hand to it and the ball goes to the boundary for four byes. 6/1

2.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, A tight line on middle and off. Paranavitana stays in the crease and defends it off his back foot. 2/1

2.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Leaves this one alone outside the off stumop as Boult swings it away from the batsman. 2/1

2.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, This time Paranavitana gets behind the line of the ball and pushes it away towards point. 2/1

2.1 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Boult gets this length delivery to come in sharply. Paranavitana gets across and gets an inside edge on to his pads. Good attacking bowling by the Kiwis. 2/1

2.6 N Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR! Edgy! Pitched up outside off and moving in. Guptill tries to drive it to mid off. The ball takes the outside edge and goes all along the ground past gully to the third man boundary. 10/0

2.5 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Struck high on the pads as Kula gets it to nip in again, this time on a better line. Guptill is slightly outside the line of off stump and is playing a shot. So, he is safe. 6/0

2.4 N Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR! Pitched up to the bat and moving in. Guptill comes forward and drives it through the covers for the first boundary of the match. That was well placed in the gap as Guptill opened the face to find it. 6/0

2.3 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Gets it to come back off a length. Guptill stays back and defends it to mid off. 2/0

2.2 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Guptill leaves that one as it is dragged outside the off stump. 2/0

2.1 Kulasekara to Guptill, A good in-swinging delivery on middle and leg. Guptill tries to play it towards mid on and is stuck on the pads. Kula appeals but the ball appears to be going down the leg side. He had bowled that with an excellent seam position, very upright. 2/0

1.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Another out swinger outside off stump. Randiv has a poke at it and misses yet again. 2/1

1.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Swings this one away from the batsman. Randiv tries to drive and is beaten. 2/1

1.4 Southee to Randiv, The night watchman would not have watched much today. That was close! Swinging away from leg to almost middle. The ball takes the inside edge and thuds into Randiv's pads. Southee is confident that he is caught in front but the umpire is even more confident that it is not out. 2/1

Suraj Randiv comes in as night watchman.

1.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, OUT! Plumb in front! Not a memorable outing in his first innings as he lasts just three balls and did not get off the mark. Southee gets it to nip back in off a length from just outside off towards the stumps. Karunaratne is late on it and gets his front foot across only to get struck in front. No doubt for the umpire there as the Kiwis go up in a massive appeal. Good early wicket for them 2/1

1.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Down the leg side and the ball takes the thigh pad towards the fine leg boundary. Boult puts in a good dive to keep them down to two. He still hasn't got his first Test runs. 2/0

1.1 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Lovely shape in towards the middle stump. Karunaratne defends it watchfully off his front foot back to the bowler. 0/0

1.6 S Eranga to McCullum, A back of a length ball outside off. McCullum lets it through. 2/0

1.5 S Eranga to McCullum, Punched away straight to the fielder at cover off the back foot. 2/0

1.4 S Eranga to McCullum, McCullum shoulders arms to that one and gets struck on the knee roll as the ball comes back in. The Lankans go up in appeal but the umpire turns it down. 2/0

1.3 S Eranga to McCullum, On the pads again, McCullum flicks it away to mid-wicket. 2/0

1.2 S Eranga to McCullum, Hits McCullum on his pads as he tries to flick this leg side delivery. 2/0

1.1 S Eranga to McCullum, Back of a length outside off. McCullum stays back and punches it sweetly through the covers for a couple. 2/0

Dinuth karunaratne will play the first ball of his Test career, to face Tim Southee.

0.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, A beauty! Pitching on off stump, the ball jags away sharply leaving Paranavitana stunned as the ball shoots through to the keeper. 0/0

0.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, On the pads and flicked away towards square leg calmly. No run. 0/0

0.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Hits it hard on the pitch as the ball angles in and goes down the leg side. 0/0

0.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Beaten once again! Good delivery angling in and moving away. Paranavitana pulls out of the shot in the last moment. 0/0

0.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Gets it to shape away after pitching just outside off. Paranavitana is beaten as he fishes at it outside the off stick. 0/0

0.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Boult bowls a good line and length first up on the off stump. Paranavitana defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 0/0

Shaminda Eranga will bowl from the other end. He has played 2 Tests so far and picked up 5 wickets, one of which was in the first over on his debut. He is the only bowler to have picked up a wicket in the first over of all the three formats of the game on debut.

0.6 N Kulasekara to Guptill, A maiden to start off proceedings with. Left alone outside the off stump. 0/0

0.5 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Pushes it wider outside off stump allowing Guptill to shoulder arms to the delivery. 0/0

0.4 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Gets right behind the line of that one and defends it with a straight bat. 0/0

0.3 N Kulasekara to Guptill, On middle and off stump, driven down to mid on by Guptill off the front foot. 0/0

0.2 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Brings it in on a length this time. Guptill comes forward and defends it back to the bowler. 0/0

0.1 N Kulasekara to Guptill, The first ball is pitched outside the off stump and moves away. Left alone by the batsman. 0/0