Dananjaya claims another five-for as Taylor approaches century

By Sports Desk August 14, 2019

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya took a five-for for the fourth time in six Tests only for Ross Taylor to provide some New Zealand resistance on the opening day of a rain-affected first Test in Galle.

New Zealand, back in action for the first time since their thrilling Super Over loss to England in the Cricket World Cup final a month ago, won the toss and looked comfortable on 64 without loss.

However, Tom Latham (30), Kane Williamson (0) and Jeet Raval (33) all fell in quick succession as Dananjaya spun his spell, the 25-year-old then returning before tea to account for Henry Nicholls (42) and BJ Watling (1).

Ross Taylor had moved on to an unbeaten 86 by the time a torrential downpour 7.4 overs into the final session ended the day's play prematurely with New Zealand 203-5.

Dananjaya made the breakthrough when Latham dangled his bat out and nicked behind and he had the prized wicket of Williamson three balls later, the New Zealand captain meekly chipping straight to short midwicket.

The touring side were three down when Raval gave Dhananjaya de Silva a low catch at slip, but Taylor and Nicholls put on a 100-run stand to wrest the initiative back.

It was Dananjaya who broke that partnership by trapping Nicholls lbw, a decision which he frivolously appealed, and Watling went two overs later as he was pinned straight in front when attempting a wild swipe.

The fifth wicket heralded tea and the final session of the day proved brief thanks to an almighty shower, with Mitchell Santner (8 not out) due to return on day two alongside Taylor.

Related items

  • Boult and Southee leave Sri Lanka reeling as rain cancels day two Boult and Southee leave Sri Lanka reeling as rain cancels day two

    Trent Boult and Tim Southee inflicted damage to Sri Lanka's batting order before the second day of the second Test against New Zealand was called off due to rain.

    After resuming on 85-2, Sri Lanka were ticking along nicely when captain Dimuth Karunaratne (65) brought up his fifty.

    But New Zealand's seamers soon came into play – Boult (2-33) claiming his 250th Test wicket as Angelo Mathews edged a pull through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

    Boult moved on to 251 four balls later, with Kusal Perera misreading a delivery that nipped straight back into his pads, departing without scoring to leave Sri Lanka 93-4.

    Karunaratne steadied the ship, while Dhananjaya de Silva (31 not out) had a lucky escape when Boult's day took a turn for the worse.

    The Black Caps bowler waved away other fielders after De Silva looped an edge high into the air, only for Boult to drop what should have been a simple catch.

    Sri Lanka's captain was the next to go, however, as Southee (2-40) drew Karunaratne into a sloppy drive and Watling pouched the edge.

    Not to be outdone by Boult, Southee bettered his team-mate's earlier feat, Niroshan Dickwella giving Watling another catch three balls later.

    Dilruwan Perera and De Silva managed to hold firm until lunch, with the rains that plagued day one returning during the break, ending play for the day with Sri Lanka on 144-6.

  • Ashes 2019: England's top order crumbles in another rotten start Ashes 2019: England's top order crumbles in another rotten start

    England suffered more top-order woe in the third Ashes Test as Jason Roy, Joe Root and Rory Burns were removed inside the opening hour of Friday's play.

    After Australia were dismissed for 179 under gloomy skies at Headingley on Thursday, England started their innings on Friday in far more favourable batting conditions, but Roy (9) failed to take advantage as he loosely drove at a delivery outside off from Josh Hazlewood and gave David Warner a low catch at first slip.

    That brought Root to the crease at his home ground but the England captain, moved up to three prior to this series in a bid to remedy his team's batting frailties, lasted only two balls and fell for a second successive duck for the first time in his Test career.

    Once again it was Hazlewood who struck with a delivery that squared up Root and found his edge, Warner's brilliant take at slip leaving England 10-2 after 5.1 overs.

    Australia thought they had their hosts three down inside the opening 30 minutes when, after a long period of deliberation, umpire Joel Wilson raised his finger to give Joe Denly out lbw to Hazlewood four balls after Root's dismissal.

    Denly - yet to get off the mark at that point - rightly reviewed as the ball was going over his stumps, but the third wicket soon came as Burns (9) looked to hook a shorter delivery from Pat Cummins and gloved it through to Tim Paine behind the stumps, leaving England in all sorts of trouble at 20-3.

  • Cornwall omission could come back to haunt West Indies - Jack Mathew Cornwall omission could come back to haunt West Indies - Jack Mathew
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.