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Mathews-Mendis epic stand helps Lanka draw first Test

PTI
Published Dec 20, 2018, 6:12 am IST
Updated Dec 20, 2018, 6:12 am IST
The emphatic performance should have given the New Zealand bowlers two full days to attack.
Sri Lanka batsmen Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews walk off the field as rain stops play. 	— AP
 Sri Lanka batsmen Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews walk off the field as rain stops play. — AP

Wellington: Sri Lanka battled to a rain-affected draw in the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday after the Black Caps were unable to break an epic stand by Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews.

The tourists were 287 for three in their second innings — still nine runs away from an innings defeat — when the umpires called time with only 13 overs bowled on the final day.

 

Mendis was unbeaten on 141 and Mathews 120 not out at stumps after a 274-run stand that, along with the weather, allowed Sri Lanka to salvage a draw.

New Zealand will view the draw as a missed opportunity after they took control of the Test with a mammoth 578 in the first innings, anchored by Tom Latham’s unbeaten 264.

Latham’s epic effort overhauled former England captain Alastair Cook’s 244 as the highest score by an opener carrying their bat in Test history.

The emphatic performance should have given the New Zealand bowlers two full days to attack a Sri Lanka line-up that showed little fight in the first innings.   

 

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 282 & 287/3 in 115 overs (Mendis 141, Mathews 120) vs New Zealand 587.

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