Samaraweera leads Sri Lankan fightback against New Zealand on Day 3

Updated: Nov 27, 2012, 10:02 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau


SRI LANKA (AT STUMPS) Over: 86.2 II Score: 225/6 (Thilan Samaraweera 76*, Suraj Randiv 34*)

The third day’s play has ended early due to bad light. This seventh wicket partnership between Samarweera and Randiv is now worth 97. Samarweera has completed a fifty and is on 76 while Randiv is batting on 36.

SRI LANKA Over: 60 II Score: 150/6

Sri Lanka have reached 150 runs after losing six wickets. The sixth wicket to fall was of Prasanna Jayawardene who was caught by Williamson off Jeetan Patel. He scored 12 (25b, 4X1). The home team is trailing Kiwis by 262 runs with four wickets in hand.

SRI LANKA (AT LUNCH) Over: 43 II Score: 107/5

Tim Southee picked two wickets in the morning session of the third day’s play to help his side tighten their grip over the Test. Opening batsman Tharanga Paranavitana , who was unbeaten after second day’s play was caught by keeper vs Wyk off Southee. He scored 40 (112b, 4X3). The next to depart was Angelo Mathews, caught by Guptill at the score of 47 (111b, 4X5, 6X1).

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson struck centuries to help New Zealand post 412/10 in their first innings of the Colombo Test on Monday. Afterwards, their seam bowlers picked three quick Sri Lankan wickets to give them an edge over the hosts by the time stumps were drawn. Tim Southee gave the Kiwis the first wicket in Tillakaratne Dilshan who was bowled at the score of 5. Two balls later he removed veteran Kumara Sangakkara for nought. Trent Boult gave Lankans the third blow by having their captain Mahela Jayawardene caught by Williamson to leave them 43/3 by the end of second day’s play.