Sri Lanka 235 runs behind NZ on 1st innings

Thilan Samaraweera’s fighting knock of 48 brought Sri Lanka close to avoiding the follow on, though it was still 235 behind New Zealand at tea on the third day Tuesday of the second test.

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Published: Tue 27 Nov 2012, 5:31 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:25 AM

Sri Lanka was 177-6 and needing 35 more runs to avoid the follow on at P. Sara Oval.

Middle-order batsman Samaraweera, who split the webbing between his middle and ring fingers of the right hand while fielding the previous day, showed no signs of discomfort during his knock. He faced 112 balls and hit three fours.

Sri Lanka lost wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene for 12 during the afternoon session as the batsman top edged a sweep shot to deep square leg off the bowling of Jeetan Patel.

Samaraweera was steady and added an unfinished 49-run stand for the seventh wicket with Suraj Randiv, 14 not out, off 138 balls.

Tim Southee has caused the most damage in the Sri Lanka innings. The seamer, who picked up two early wickets on day two, dismissed overnight batsmen Angelo Mathews (47) and Tharanga Paranavithana (40) to claim four wickets in the innings.

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