Spinners put Lanka in total control

Spinners put Lanka in total control

Cricket: Test series: Sangakkaras unbeaten 64 helps hosts to 339-run lead

ACROBATIC: Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera takes a diving catch to dismiss New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori on day three of the second Test in Colombo in Friday. AP

The hosts, who led by 182 runs in the first innings, were 157 for two in their second knock when heavy rain ended play 12.4 overs early on the third day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Sangakkara followed his 50 in the first innings with a fluent unbeaten 64, having shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 68 with former captain Mahela Jayawardene (23 not out).

Sri Lanka will resume on the fourth day with an overall lead of 339 runs with eight wickets in hand, looking for quick runs before giving their bowlers enough time to dismiss New Zealand a second time.

Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 202 runs last week and a 2-0 sweep of the series will make them number two in the official Test rankings behind South Africa.

Sangakkara’s men currently share the second spot with India. Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana gave Sri Lanka a flying start with a stand of 56 runs.

Dilshan, hero of the first Test win with knocks of 92 and 123 not out, made 33 before holing out in the deep off Jeetan Patel.

Paranavitana fell in the penultimate over before tea, caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum off Daniel Vettori for 34.

Sangakkara hit seven fours and a six despite a defensive leg-side field set by Vettori to contain the runs.

Earlier, Sri Lanka spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath shared six wickets as New Zealand were bowled out for 234 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 416.

Off-spinner Muralitharan finished with three for 71 runs to take his record tally to 780 wickets.

Left-arm spinner Herath chipped in with three for 70, while seamer Thilan Thushara claimed two for 37.

New Zealand added 24 runs to their overnight score of 159 for five when the overnight pair of Ross Taylor and McCullum were dismissed in successive overs.


SRI LANKA (I Innings): 416

NEW ZEALAND (I Innings, O/n: 159/5):
McIntosh lbw Prasad    5
Guptill c M’tharan b Thushara    35
Flynn c P J’dene b Thushara    13
Taylor c P J’dene b Herath    81
Ryder c Paranavitana b Herath    23
Patel c  M J’dene b M’tharan    1
McCullum c M J’dene b M’tharan    18
Oram c Kapugedera b Herath    24
Vettori c Kapugedera b Dilshan    23
O’Brien lbw Muralitharan    4
Martin (not out)    0

Extras: (LB-3, W-2, NB-2)    7
Total (all out; 77.4 overs)    234

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-49, 3-63, 4-148, 5-149, 6-183, 7-183, 8-226, 9-234,
Bowling: Dilshan 3-0-12-1, Thushara 9-2-37-2, Prasad 6-0-41-1, Herath 34-11-70-3, Muralitharan 25.4-2-71-3.

SRI LANKA (II Innings):

Dilshan c Guptill b Patel    33
P’vitana  c McCullum b Vettori    34
Sangakkara (batting)    64
Jayawardene (batting)    23

Extras (W-1, NB-2)    3     
Total (for 2 wkts, 45.2 overs)    157
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-89.

Bowling: Vettori 14-2-36-1, O'Brien 8-1-41-0, Martin 5-0-13-0, Patel 18.2-2-67-1.