Mahela Jayawardena helps Sri Lanka gain slender lead against New Zealand

New Zealand struck back in the final session to clean-up the Sri Lankan line-up after a good partnership from Mahela Jayawardena and Angelo Mathews on Sunday at Galle.

updated: November 18, 2012 20:44 IST
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Galle: Mahela Jayawardena cracked an impressive 91 to lead Sri Lanka's fightback on an absorbing second day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Galle on Sunday.

Sri Lanka were in deep trouble at 50-5 following fast bowler Tim Southee's three-wicket burst in the morning before posting 247 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 221.

The tourists reached 35-1 in their second innings at stumps after losing hard-hitting opener Brendon McCullum, caught by Nuwan Kulasekara off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who was pressed into the attack after three overs.

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