Sri Lanka 33-5; New Zealand closes in on victory in 2nd test

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand is closing in on a series-leveling victory in the second cricket test after Sri Lanka slumped to 33 for five at lunch on the last day.

The Sri Lankans needed 154 more runs to avoid an innings defeat, with two sessions remaining on Monday.

Kusal Perera opened the batting with Lahiru Thirimanne because of Dimuth Karunaratne's extended stay off the field with an injury during New Zealand's innings.

Thirimanne was run out before Sri Lanka had scored and Kusal Perera (0) was caught behind by BJ Watling off fast bowler Trent Boult, leaving Sri Lanka two down for four.

Sri Lanka lost its third wicket with the total 11 when Angelo Mathews (7) fended an outswinger from seam bowler Colin de Grandhomme to Ross Taylor at slip.

Dhananjaya de Silva (1), who scored a century for Sri Lanka in the first innings, stepped out against left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel to drive on the on side but only managed to give a catch to Tim Southee at slip.

William Somerville bowled Kusal Mendis, the highest scorer so far for 20 runs, with an impeccable off spinner. The well-flighted delivery drew the right-hander forward outside off stump to defend and the ball turned sharply after pitching, sneaked through bat and pad to hit off stump.

Niroshan Dickwella was not out on five at the interval.

The New Zealanders batted for 25 minutes earlier Monday before declaring at 431-5, having added 49 to their overnight total to extend the lead to 187.

De Grandhomme was out for 83 on the second delivery of day five, without adding to his overnight score, when he was caught off left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya's bowling.

He faced just 77 deliveries and smashed five sixes and five boundaries to give New Zealand the advantage.

Watling posted his seventh test century and remained unbeaten on 105, including nine boundaries. Tim Southee hit two sixes and two boundaries to reach 24 in a 10-ball cameo.

Off spinner Dilruwan Perera returned 3-114 and Embuldeniya had 2-156.

Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in Galle. A win here for New Zealand will draw the two-test series.


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