Sri Lanka fightback after shaky start in New Zealand
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Karunaratne patiently brought up his 21st Test half century off 101 balls before finally falling on 79. (AFP pic)
WELLINGTON: Battling half-centuries to Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews rescued Sri Lanka’s innings following a dismal start in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
The veteran batsmen came together with Sri Lanka reeling on nine for three after a devastating opening spell from Black Caps’ paceman Tim Southee at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.
With the tourists teetering on the brink of disaster on the opening day of the two-Test series, they forged a 131-run partnership to frustrate the New Zealand attack.
Karunaratne patiently brought up his 21st Test half century off 101 balls before finally falling on 79, while Mathews was not out on 71 at tea with Sri Lanka at four for 167.
Their stand came after Southee claimed three wickets in his first two overs, reaping immediate rewards from New Zealand’s decision to bowl on a green Basin Reserve wicket after winning the toss….