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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kane Williamson shake hands, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, August 18, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates his Test century, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, August 18, 2019 AFP (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates his fifty, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne shake hands, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Kumara roars after picking up a wicket, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4thday, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)

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* Dhanajaya de Silva inches towards ton as rain ruins third day

Dec 13 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka 282 for 6 (de Silva 87*) v Pakistan Thirty-two deliveries. That's all the cricket Rawalpindi saw on yet another frustrating, weather-affected day. Overnight rain and a delay in removing the covers wiped out the entire first session of play - the one-hour lunch break for Friday prayers unfortunately falling during exactly the brightest, most cricket-conducive period of the day.
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* 'We need 300 to give our bowlers a chance' - Karunaratne

Dec 12 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka had sailed through the first session in Rawalpindi, a century opening stand in sight, but at the end of the day were left ruing the post-lunch session in which they lost four wickets for 31 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando had seemed settled,
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* Rain, bad light wipe out most of day two

Dec 12 (ESPNCI) Only 18.2 overs were possible on a dark, wet day two at Rawalpindi. During the 82 minutes of play - split across the morning and afternoon sessions - Dhanajaya de Silva moved to 72 not out, Sri Lanka added 61 to their day one score and lost just the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella.
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* Never-give-up New Zealand provide the contest we all hoped for

Dec 13 (ESPNCI) New Zealand's greatest Test side ever (maybe). Ranked three spots ahead of Australia. A tour billed as their best chance for a series win here since 1985-86. Trent Boult, the premier bowler and one of their best ever, is ruled out on the morning of the game. He averages 12.50 with the pink ball.
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* 'Don't worry about the lines - you say you're Sri Lankan'

Dec 12 (ESPNCI) Mohammad Abbas broke a Pakistan Test drought that had lasted 10 years, nine months and nine days when he shuffled in to bowl at 9.45am, but for me the wait was slightly longer. The plan had been to be parked behind press box glass, ideally with a coffee at arm's reach, to witness the historic occasion.
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