Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field, although Mathews decision to bowl first goes completely wrong as their bowlers derived no assistance from the pitch and didn’t help themselves by pitching too full. However, they stuck to the task and made some late gains when Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling to the first delivery of the new ball trooped off in quick succession. Stay with us we will keep you update about 1st Test Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Today Match Live Score Ball By Ball.
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Guptill’s 156 from 234 balls anchored New Zealand’s 409-8 – meaning another lost toss by McCullum was immaterial, although the loss of six wickets in the final session, including 5-65 in 14 overs gave Sri Lanka some heart.
McCullum, who is playing his record-equalling 98th consecutive test and the last of his career in his hometown, was measured when inevitably asked to discuss his role in the Chris Cairns perjury trial on Wednesday – but more expressive in friendlier surroundings. 1st Test Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Today Match Live Score Ball By Ball
The Black Caps captain started peppering the boundaries with disdain as he pierced a defensive field with typical panache until went aerial once too often to spike a 53-ball, 13 boundary, 75 that lasted less than an hour.
Guptill’s third test century – and first since he made 109 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in late 2011 – eased some pressure on the 29-year-old opener after he averaged just 13.66 in the recent three test series in Australia. 1st Test Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Today Match Live Score Ball By Ball
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It wasn’t ideal (losing six wickets in the final session) but the second new ball on a fresh wicket is always going to be pretty tough to get through. Doug Bracewell resumes on 32 on Friday, alongside Neil Wagner who is yet to score though most of their damage will be required with the ball. You can drift when there’s a partnership going so it’s pretty key for our bowlers if they do get a partnership to stick to our game plan and our areas, Guptill said.
Martin Guptill answered critics in muted tones and Brendon McCullum issued a definitive statement as New Zealand assumed control of the first test against Sri Lanka at University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday. 1st Test Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Today Match Live Score Ball By Ball