X

Wednesday 16
January

Cricket

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.

More Cricket

Cricket

Bravo back for Windies

15th January 2019, 17:49

Darren Bravo is back in the West Indies Test squad for the upcoming series against England for the first time in over two years.

Cricket

Kohli century helps India square series

15th January 2019, 15:37

Virat Kohli hit a century to help India win the second one-day international with Australia and leave the series 1-1 with one to play.

Cricket

Gibson to hand youngsters a chance

15th January 2019, 14:29

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says he has no problems turning to the younger players during the team's current injury crisis.

Cricket

England must get the balance right - Buttler

14th January 2019, 19:45

Jos Buttler has admitted that England's players will need to keep themselves fit during a busy cricketing year.

Cricket

Wade unhappy to miss out

14th January 2019, 13:14

Matthew Wade has hit out at his omission from the Australia Test squad to face Sri Lanka, saying it makes no sense to leave him out.

Cricket

Proteas complete whitewash

14th January 2019, 12:32

South Africa thrashed Pakistan on the fourth day of their third test to complete a whitewash 3-0 win in the series.

Recent Sport Headlines

Tottenham Hotspur

Kane makes injury pledge

16th January 2019, 01:50

Harry Kane will do all he can to return to full fitness as soon as possible after being ruled out until March with an ankle injury.

Newcastle United

Rafa hails character as Toon go through

16th January 2019, 01:41

Rafael Benitez hailed the character of his Newcastle players after their 4-2 extra-time victory over Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Rugby League

Widdop pens Wire deal

16th January 2019, 01:11

Warrington believe they have pulled off the biggest signing in the club's history by luring Gareth Widdop back to Super League.

Rugby Union

Gatland eyes Six Nations success

16th January 2019, 01:04

Wales coach Warren Gatland believes they have what it takes to win the Six Nations but need to get off to a good start against France.

Tennis

Djokovic sees of Krueger

16th January 2019, 00:58

Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over American Mitchell Krueger.

Match Reports

Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Newcastle United

15th January 2019, 22:54

Joselu and Ayoze Perez scored in extra time as Newcastle advanced to the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Formula 1

Ferrari tipped to hand deal to Schumacher Jr

15th January 2019, 18:43

Mick Schumacher, son of racing legend Michael, is reportedly set to join Ferrari’s driver academy.

Fulham

Babel backs Fulham to stay up

15th January 2019, 18:40

Ryan Babel has faith in Fulham’s ability to avoid relegation from the Premier League after joining until the end of season.