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Sri Lanka rebuild after Southee’s triple strike

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Southee claimed three wickets in his first two overs as the Black Caps’ decision to bowl on a green Basin Reserve wicket after winning the toss paid immediate dividends. (AFP pic)

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s Tim Southee tore through Sri Lanka’s top order in a devastating opening spell before veterans Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews steadied the tourists’ innings on day one of the first Test in Wellington Saturday.

Southee claimed three wickets in his first two overs as the Black Caps’ decision to bowl on a green Basin Reserve wicket after winning the toss paid immediate dividends.

Sri Lanka were reeling at three for nine before Karunaratne and Mathews’ rescue mission sent them into lunch at 73 for three.

Mathews was on 30, and Karunaratne on 36 after being given a life on 33 when Neil Wagner had him caught at mid-wicket, only to have the delivery ruled a no-ball due to a foot fault.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said before the match that he wanted his top order to survive the first hour and see off the new ball but the wickets began to tumble in just the second over….

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