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New Zealand take control in second test

Dec 26,Christchurch:

Sri Lanka 78 for 5 (Sangakkara 33*, Bracewell 3-23) trail New Zealand 221 (Williamson 69, Pradeep 4-63, Lakmal 3-71) by 143 runs

Given that there was not much difference in the colour of the pitch from the adjoining square, it was a "pretty easy decision" for Angelo Mathews to bowl after winning the toss at Basin Reserve. Add to that overcast skies and the conditions appeared tailor-made for seamers. That decision seemed to have backfired as no swing or seam was apparent and New Zealand were untroubled till after lunch, scoring at more than four an over. However, the Sri Lanka seamers, led by Nuwan Pradeep and buoyed by the dismissal of Brendon McCullum for a two-ball duck, came back strongly in the second session as New Zealand lost their last eight wickets for 80 runs to be bowled out soon after tea.