Short, but not quite: Jayawardene’s missed ton helps Sri Lanka nose ahead
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Herath who picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings was struck for a six by McCullum in his first over. McCullum tried another pull shot on the next delivery and Nuwan Kulasekara took a good running catch. At stumps, opener Martin Guptill (13 not out) was batting with Kane Williamson (9).
Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews shared 156 runs for the sixth wicket after Sri Lanka collapsed to 50 for five in the morning facing some aggressive seam bowling by Tim Southee. The hosts also lost their last five wickets for just 41 runs.
Jayawardene's 91 runs included a six and 11 boundaries off 176 deliveries. He spent more than four hours at the crease. His partnership with Mathews took 48 overs, making the Kiwis toil hard without success in the second session with the ball worn out and the pitch no longer helping swing bowling.
However, James Franklin eventually had Mathews caught behind by Kruger van Wyk to give the visitors a much needed breakthrough. Jayawardene then tried to sweep off spin bowler Jeetan Patel and was caught by van Wyk. Southee returned best bowling figures for New Zealand with four for 46, three of those wickets in the morning session. It left the hosts fighting to avoid a rout.
Resuming at nine for 1, the Lankans were tested by the Kiwi seamers — Southee and Trent Boult, who used the early moisture on the pitch and the new ball to good effect. Southee dismissed overnight batsmen Tharanga Paranavitana (0) and nightwatchman Suraj Randiv (9) inside three overs of the morning session and later had Thilan Samaraweera (17) lbw. New Zealand was dismissed for 221 in its first innings with McCullum top scoring with 68.
Brief scores: NZ 225 and 35/1 (M Guptil 13*; R Herath 1/13) versus SL 247 (M Jayawardene 91, A Mathews 79; T Southee 4/64, S Patel 3/55)