Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten half-century to stay New Zealand afloat after Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed 5 wickets on a rain-hit day one of the most first Check on Wednesday. New Zealand had been 203 for 5, having recovered from 71-Three at lunch, when rain stopped play for the day within the ultimate consultation in Galle with Taylor batting on 86. Dananjaya, bowling with a remodelled motion after being reported for a suspect motion remaining 12 months, stood out together with his fourth five-wicket haul.
The thriller spinner took 3 early wickets together with skipper Kane Williamson for nought earlier than Taylor placed on 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.
Dananjaya, who was once overpassed for Checks in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, trapped Nicholls for 42 to wreck the century stand after which were given BJ Watling for one to make New Zealand slip additional.
Taylor treated tempo and spin with aplomb as he registered his 31st Check fifty and had no issues choosing up Dananjaya, who blended up his deliveries to outfox the batsmen.
Taylor registered the very best rating by way of a Kiwi batsman in a Check fit at Galle, surpassing the 69 by way of Tim McIntosh. New Zealand have struggled at this venue having misplaced all 3 earlier Checks.
Previous, openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham placed on 64 runs earlier than Dananjaya struck on a pitch this is already providing giant flip.
Latham was once the primary to move after being stuck at the back of for 30 as Dananjaya were given the left-handed batsman to poke at a supply that was once turning away.
Williamson fell 3 balls later when he flicked one immediately into the fingers of his reverse quantity Dimuth Karunaratne at brief midwicket.
Within the remaining over earlier than lunch, Raval failed to select a googly and was once stuck to start with slip by way of Dhananjaya de Silva for 33.
Each Sri Lanka and New Zealand are enjoying their first fit of the International Check Championship, which has 9 most sensible groups competing for supremacy within the five-day structure.
Play was once stopped at Three.42 pm (10.12 GMT) native time because of rain and half of an hour later was once known as off with 22 overs misplaced within the day. Play will resume early on Thursday.