Captain Dinesh Chandimal did alert by creating six runs in 34 balls but he became the fourth victim of South. Southee caught him and sent back Sri Lanka to backfoot although Matthews looked in the mood to perform in the innings. Dickwella directed the team and batted with tail batsmen. He struck ten borders and faced 91 balls. When Karunaratne had been 33 runs, he still got the lifeline.
Neil Wagner (two for 75) was caught on the midwicket ball, but he got from the ball. Karunaratne completed his 21st Test half-century on 101 balls. Wagner grabbed him after wicketkeeper BJ Watling after lunch. Sri Lanka made 275 runs in the end of their day’s play. His hopes are dependent on Niroshan Dikewala, who is unbeaten on 73 runs Apart from them, just Angelo Mathews (83) and Dimuth Karunaratne (79) got good batting.
Both of these added South’s shots shocked 131 runs for the fourth wicket and Sri Lanka. Southee disregarded Dhanushka Proteetilka (one) and Dhananjay Dishihiva (one) in his first two overs. He then forced Jeevan Mendis (2) to offer easy grab on the midwicket. On the very first day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the hosts bowler Tim Southee shrugged Sri Lanka’s top order and put New Zealand on the day of the match. Sri Lanka, after scoring in the end of the day drama, lost nine wickets and scored 275 runs. Southee took five wickets. He scored nine runs and took three wickets. He required two wickets in the session of the afternoon.