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Cricket round-up: New Zealand on brink but Sri Lanka win

BJ Watling

New Zealand managed a rearguard action to halt the advance of South Africa in the second Test match in Port Elizabeth.

However, with two days left to play, the cavalry are still some way over the horizon.

New Zealand resumed play on the third day at 47-6 leaving them nowhere near the 326 needed to avoid the follow-on after South Africa had posted a first-innings score of 525-8 declared and seemingly doomed to a similar result to the first match of this two-Test series which they lost by an innings and 27 runs.

They were bowled out for 121 before lunch with Dale Steyn taking three more wickets, to add to his two from the second day, to finish with figures of 5-17. BJ Watling was the only New Zealand batsman who offered any significant resistance with 63, including a stand of 59 for the final wicket with Trent Boult (17 not out).

New Zealand reached stumps on 157-4 with Dean Brownlie (44 not out) and Watling (41 not out) facing the mountainous task of mustering the second half of the batting in an attempt to score the 248 runs needed to avoid a second inning defeat.

Sri Lanka had been on the wrong end of an equally one-sided Test series against Australia, which they lost 3-0 without ever really being in the contest.

However, they proved capable of being more competitive in the one-day international segment of the tour as they won the second match in Adelaide by eight wickets, to go 1-1 in the series.

After Australia scored 170 all out, Lahiru Thirimanne (102 not out) scored his first international century with the winning shot with a boundary as Sri Lanka reached the target of 172-2 in 40.1 overs.

Paul Wheeler

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