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Wicket fest at Wellington as 15 fall on Day One of NZ vs SL Test

Wellington: Fifteen wickets fell in a bowlers' blitz Saturday as Sri Lanka ended the first day of the second Test in Wellington at 78-5 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 221.

New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham (centre) takes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's P Jayawardene as teammates Mark Craig (left) and Ross Taylor celebrate on Day One of the second Test at Wellington. Pic/AFP
New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham (centre) takes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's P Jayawardene as teammates Mark Craig (left) and Ross Taylor celebrate on Day One of the second Test at Wellington. Pic/AFP 

Sri Lanka's response in their attempt to level the series has been highlighted by Kumar Sangakkara becoming just the fifth player in cricket history to post 12,000 career runs. New Zealand's innings was rocked by batting hero Brendon McCullum's second-ball duck.

At stumps Sangakkara was 33 not out while recalled New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell had three for 23. With conditions ripe for bowlers, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews had no hesitation in making New Zealand bat first on a green strip with overcast skies and a blustery wind.

Pitching it up
New ball bowlers Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal wasted the advantage in the first session, bowling short and wide, but still managed to remove New Zealand openers Tom Latham for six and Hamish Rutherford for 37.

But the game changed as they pitched the ball up more in the middle session when five New Zealand wickets fell, while the last three New Zealand wickets and five top Sri Lankans were removed after tea.

First Test centurion Dimuth Karunaratne (16) was first to go for Sri Lanka when he was lured into chasing a ball that moved off the seam and edged a comfortable catch to Jimmy Neesham in the slips.

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