GALLE – Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya spun a web around New Zealand’s batsmen, picking up all five wickets on a rain-shortened opening day of the first Test in Galle on Wednesday.
Experienced batsman Ross Taylor held firm with an unbeaten 86 against the guile of Dananjaya to take the touring side to 203/5 when rain forced early stumps. Mitchell Santner was the other unbeaten batsman at the crease on eight.
Both sides selected three spinners for the Galle pitch, and the 25-year-old Dananjaya, who in the past has been suspended from bowling in international cricket for an illegal bowling action, made a quick impact.
After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat, the opening pair added 64 before Dananjaya struck twice in the space of four deliveries to send back Tom Latham (30) and Williamson, who was dismissed without scoring.