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NZ batters fight back for 18 run lead , SL lose 3 before stumps in 1st test

The New Zealand team has given double happiness to the Indian team in a single day.  New Zealand is making way for the final of the World Test Championship for the Indian team.  In fact, Sri Lanka can make it difficult for India to make it to the final of the World Test Championship.  Even if India suffers a setback in the Ahmedabad Test against Australia, Sri Lanka’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand will give it a ticket to the final.  The first Test match is being played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch.


 At one time Sri Lanka was looking strong. They had put pressure on New Zealand, but on Saturday first, Darrell Mitchell gave New Zealand the lead by scoring a sublime century and pulled them out of the pressure. Then Matt Henry (72) and Neil Wagner (27) batted aggressively and  courageously to get the Kiwis past the Sri Lankan score and take a 18 run first innings lead . After this, till the end of the third day’s play, Blair Tickner gave Sri Lanka 3 major setbacks in the second innings.

 By the end of the third day’s play, Sri Lanka lost their 3 wickets for 83 runs.  Sri Lanka suffered setbacks at the end of the third day in the form of Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis.  Sri Lanka has achieved a lead of 65 runs till stumps.  Fernando scored 28 runs, Karunaratne scored 17 and Mendis scored 14 runs and Tickner got all the 3 wickets with good seam bowling 

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 Earlier, New Zealand started the day playing ahead of 162/5.  At the beginning of the day, the Kiwi team was seen under pressure, but then Darrell Mitchell did wonders.  He completed his half-century in 124 balls to Nahle.  After this, he took New Zealand out of trouble by converting his half-century into a century.  At one time, where New Zealand lost their 6 wickets for 188 runs, on the basis of Mitchell’s century, the Kiwi team scored 373 in the first innings.

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