Ail­ing Ki­wis face big de­feat by Sri Lanka

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

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

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