Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tim Southee equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most sixes in Test matches

Tim Southee equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most sixes in Test matches

Ross Taylor, who composed an aggressive 86 in the first essay, was the next one to fall. Keep reading to find out Dream 11 fantasy cricket tips and SL vs NZ Dream 11 team for the 1st Test. It was his 31st half-century in test cricket. If that is the case, Sri Lanka's batting order, which should be strengthened by the return of Angelo Mathews, after he missed the South Africa Tests with injury, will be called upon to put up a substantial first-innings score. The conditions are suited perfectly for Sri Lanka and I see New Zealand struggling against spin. However, in the other two of the last three series that New Zealand have played, he has not been able to leave a mark.

Sri Lanka will look to avenge their World Cup 2019 defeat, when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets.

A few hours earlier it was bleak for New Zealand.

Dananjaya (5-57) first broke Jeet Raval and Tom Latham's stubborn opening stand of 64 in the 27th over, getting the latter caught behind, before grabbing the key wicket of Kiwi captain Kane Williamson for a duck three balls later.

After the huge pressure of a remarkable World Cup Williamson could certainly be excused a blemish or two, such is the burden he carries.

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With another Test remaining in the series, Southee has a chance to go past former Pakistan captain Younis Khan (70), former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (70) and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting (73). He has a career-best Test inning of 77 off 40 balls came in only his second innings of Test career in 2008, which was laced with as many as nine sixes. This time Embuldeniya was wise to it as Williamson telegraphed his intentions.

The Sri Lankans leaped and celebrated, and were even happier in Embuldeniya's next over when Taylor (3) charged, the left-armer pushed it wider and the veteran batsman's swipe edged it to slip. Similarly, Mitchell Santner's worth increases when the pitch offers turn.

In the New Zealand side, Ajaz Patel is expected to be part of the playing XI due to spectacular six wicket-haul in the practice match.

Earlier, Dickwella had compiled a vital hand of 61 to help his side eke out a slender lead.

Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella is caught by New Zealand's Kane Williamson after the hosts had claimed a first innings lead.

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