Karunaratne steady for Sri Lanka before rain spoiled the day
In the first day of the second Tests, only 36.3 overs were possible to bowl as rain spoiled the day in Colombo.
Sri Lanka lost an early wicket, but skipper Dimuth Karunaratne helped his side to stay firm and end day with 85/2. He remained unbeaten at 49, only one short of a well-deserved fifty while Angelo Mathews is yet to open his account after facing 14 balls.
Kusal Mendis (30) was the last man to go courtesy of a great delivery from Grandhomme. Karunaratne hit six boundaries during his 100-ball stay in overcast conditions.
Grandhomme, who got the wicket of Mendis believes the match was evenly poised.
“There’s a bit of more bounce on this track than what we encountered in Galle and that’s nice,” he said after play ended. “If we can get a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning that will be nice..”
“I was just trying to be patient and stay for a longer period operating in the same line until he made a mistake and he did that, and we were glad to claim that wicket just before close of play,” he said.
Sri Lanka only need a draw to clinch the two-match series. Both teams made one change from the first match. Sri Lanka included veteran spinner Dilruwan Perera in place of Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling action.
Sri Lanka 85/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 49*, Kusal Mendis 32; Colin de Grandhomme 1-14) v New Zealand