Karunaratne And Mathews Created History In The First Test Against New Zealand

The first match of the two-Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand is being played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Batting on the first day, Sri Lanka scored 305 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. All-rounder Angelo Mathews scored 47 runs for Sri Lanka. This inning has been very special for Angelo Mathews.

He breaks a record of Sri Lankan great batsman Sanath Jayasuriya during this inning. Angelo Mathews has become the third-highest run scorer in Test matches for Sri Lanka. Mathews, who came out to bat at number-4 in the match against New Zealand, touched the figure of 7000 runs in this innings.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne also surpassed Sanath Jayasuriya’s record for most runs as a Sri Lankan Test opener. Dimuth Karunaratne surpassed Sanath Jayasuriya’s mark of 5932 runs as an opener for Sri Lanka.

Mathews, who made his Test debut in 2009, broke Jayasuriya’s record of 6,973 runs in 110 Tests. The 35-year-old all-rounder is now behind only Kumar Sangakkara (12,400 runs) and Mahela Jayawardene (11,814 runs) in the list of Sri Lanka’s highest run-getters in Test cricket.

Regarding Sri Lanka and New Zealand match, the visitors scored 355 runs in the first innings. For Sri Lanka, every batter contributed Fernando 13, Karunaratne 50, Mendis 87, Matthews 47, de Silva 46, Dickwella 7, Rajitha 22, Prabath 13, Kumara 13, and Asitha 10. From New Zealand, Fast bowler Southee took 5 wicket haul, Matt Henry grabbed 4 wickets, and Bracewell took 1 wicket. Proceeding the chase, the New Zealand team scored 162/5 with the help of Latham 67 and Convay 40. Mitchell, on 40, and Bracewell, on 9, are still standing on the crease at the second-day stump.

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