Ailing Kiwis face big defeat by Sri Lanka
BAD weather appears the main hurdle to Sri Lanka’s bid to win the first Test as illness-hit New Zealand find themselves on the defensive.
The tourists, set a target of 413 following an unbeaten century by Tillakaratne Dilshan, plodded to 301 in 13 overs by stumps on the fourth day at the Galle International Stadium. Dilshan had made 123 not out as Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 259-4 at tea.
New Zealand lost the wicket of Daniel Flynn before stumps, caught in the slips off Nuwan Kulasekara.
Martin Guptill was unbeaten on 17 and Ross Taylor was on eight when bad light stopped play with 14 overs remaining in the day. Rain is forecast for today’s final day’s play in which Sri Lanka have three sessions to bowl out the tourists and take the lead in the two-Test series.
New Zealand may be without influential batsman Jesse Ryder and wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum in their second knock as the duo suffered a stomach bug and were confined to their hotel rooms yesterday.
“They are sick, very sick, but we hope they will be able to bat if required,” said coach Andy Moles.
“It’s been a difficult day, 13 of our 15 players have been hit by the bug. We are only looking to save this match and I am confident it can be done if the batsman show the application and determination they are capable of.” – Sapa-AFP