Karunaratne sparkles for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

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Sri Lanka 85 for two (Karunaratne forty nine*, de Grandhomme 1-14) v New Zealand

Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka’s sluggish however regular progress on a rain-hit first day at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. The Sri Lanka captain blunted the brand new ball and grew extra fluent towards the old one, making an unbeaten forty nine off 100 balls, on a truncated day that saw most effective 36.three overs. This, simply three days after he had broken into the highest ten within the test batting rankings.

About Karunaratne
Karunaratne is a surname. impressive individuals with the surname include:

Asoka Karunaratne (1916–1988), Sri Lankan politician and philanthropist
Dimuth Karunaratne (born 1988), Sri Lankan cricketer
Kuruppu Karunaratne (1960–2008), Sri Lankan lengthy-distance runner who specialized in the marathon adventure
Kusuma Karunaratne (born 1940), Sri Lankan educational, college administrator, Professor and pupil of Sinhalese language and literature
Louis Karunaratne, Sri Lankan cricketer
M. D. Namal Karunaratne, Sri Lankan politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Nayana Karunaratne, Sri Lankan beautician and a manner clothier
Niluka Karunaratne (born 1985), Sri Lankan Olympic athlete
Sam Karunaratne (born 1937), emeritus professor of engineering and the founding and current chancellor of the Sri Lanka Institute of data technology
Vikramabahu Karunaratne, Sri Lankan baby-kisser and contestant for the Sri Lankan presidential election
W. S. Karunaratne (1928–1986), Buddhist student and a fiercely unbiased thinker
Karunaratne Abeysekera (1930–1983), one of Sri Lanka’s most famed Sinhala broadcasters

Karunaratne glints for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

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A power drizzle had wiped out your entire morning session earlier than returning to prolong the beginning of the final session of the day. despite the fact that it relented, fading light resulted in early stumps on the opening day.

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Karunaratne glints for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

After Sri Lanka had opted to bat, both Tim Southee and Trent Boult discovered swing and seam motion on a grassy track, but their lengths weren’t full sufficient. It was once offspinner Will Somerville who provided New Zealand with the step forward, when he extracted flip and leap to have Lahiru Thrimanne, the other opener, spooning a seize to brief quilt for a skittish 2 off 35 balls.

Karunaratne, much like Thirimanne, had been unsure when the ball was pitched up, and threaded the cordon twice when he reached out out of doors off within the early exchanges. then again, when Boult erred quick, Karunaratne rose on prime of the bounce and crunched him between level and canopy for a brace of fours.

Karunaratne’s protective technique was tighter towards Somerville and Ajaz Patel even though he faced best eight balls of spin. Somerville’s tussle with Thirimanne was once extra intriguing as the offspinner challenged both the sides with fuller lengths. Somerville may have had Thirmanne together with his third ball when he drew an outdoor area, but wicketkeeper BJ Watling wasn’t quick enough to close his gloves across the ball.

Moments after being dropped, Thirimanne cracked below power and loosely drove Somerville to Williamson in the fifteenth over. Kusal Mendis then played a few vigorous pictures and upset Somerville’s lengths, but he was once mostly circumspect in opposition to the seamers. He contributed 32 to a 50-run 2d-wicket stand with Karunaratne ahead of Colin de Grandhomme landed the ball on the seam and had him nicking off in the put up-tea session.

New Zealand had broken up their three-man spin assault and picked seam-bowling allrounder Colin de Grandhomme in place of Mitchell Santner, who not too way back was their No.1 spinner. Sri Lanka, in the meantime, recalled a match-once more Dilruwan Perera rather than Akila Dananjaya, who dangers suspension after being said for suspect motion for a 2nd time in ten months.