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Openers put Sri Lanka in strong position in Galle Test


New Zealand’s Tom Latham dives to stop a ball during the fourth day of the first Test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, on Saturday. – AP/PTI
 GALLE, Aug 17: Sri Lanka rode openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne’s unbeaten half-centuries to reach 133 and are now 135 runs away from a victory against New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series at the Galle International Stadium here on Saturday.

Karunaratne and Thirimanne were batting on 71 and 57 runs respectively when bad light forced an early end to Saturday’s play with the Kiwi bowlers struggling the entire day to get a wicket.

Chasing 268 runs, Karunaratne and Thirimanne put together an unbeaten 133-run partnership for the first wicket and denied the Kiwi bowlers any wickets.

On a challenging surface that continued to deteriorate, the duo was seen mostly defending a challenging opening spell from Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the first session. They shifted gears from the next session to swiftly take their side to over 100 runs in the 39th over.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 267 all out and 133/0 (Dimuth Karunaratne 71, Lahiru Thirimanne 57) vs New Zealand 249 and 285. – IANS

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