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Sri Lanka's first innings constrained to 138 runs

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva headed Sri Lanka's fightback on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Day 2, as it emulated on 303 pursues behind the Kiwis being rejected for 138 in its first innings.

New Zealand continued its first innings at 429-7 today and Sri Lanka required just 26 minutes and 5.2 overs to catch its last three wickets for 12 runs. That set the stage for a first session in which six wickets succumbed to 50 runs as Sri Lanka's decay set in.

Sri Lanka's first innings was constrained to 138 runs with just Skipper Angelo Matthews playing a solitary innings of 50. Sri Lanka's first innings was fixed by extraordinary swing rocking the bowling alley by Trent Boult, who stowed 3 for 25 and Tim Southee 2 for 17, Neil Wagner 3 for 60 and Jimmy Neesham 2 for 28 wrapping up Sri Lanka's innings in under 3-1/2 hours.

Compelled to take after on, Karunaratne and Silva disregarded their disappointments in the first innings, in which they were released for 0 and 4 inside the initial five overs, and headed Sri Lanka to 84 without misfortune at stumps, still 219 behind New Zealand's first innings of 441.
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