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New Zealand closing on Sri Lanka triumph

29th December 2018, 14:23 by Neil Foster

New Zealand need to take four more Sri Lanka wickets on the final day of the second Test to win the series.

Set a mammoth 660 to win, the Asians began day four on 24-2 and have managed to prolong the contest into a fifth day in Christchurch.

It was a valiant rearguard action by the tourists who were 231-6 at stumps and will need a miracle on Sunday to stave off defeat and earn a share of the series after the first Test was drawn.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal lasted 228 deliveries before falling for 56, while Kusal Mendis' 67 spanned 147 balls, but once their 117-run partnership had been broken by fast bowler Neil Wagner (3-47) there was only token resistance down the order.

Roshen Silva made 18 and Niroshan Dickwella scored 19 as Angelo Mathews retired hurt on 22 to further dampen the Sri Lankan spirits.

Dilruwan Perera (22) and Suranga Lakmal (16) are the not out batsmen and it will take something extra special for the tail to survive all of day five.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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