Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 to lead Sri Lanka to first Test win over New Zealand

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne made his first century in 23 innings to help his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test.

Karunaratne scored 122 from 243 balls and put on an opening partnership of 161 with Lahiru Thirimanne to give the hosts the ideal platform in their pursuit of 268 to win, well beyond the previous record chase in Galle of 99.

Thirimanne was the first man out after being trapped lbw by Will Somerville and Kusal Mendis made just 10 before being caught at midwicket, but by the time Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee his side needed just 50 to win.

Veteran Angelo Mathews made 28 not out from 73 balls and Kusal Perera struck five boundaries in a quickfire 23 as the home side tried to wrap up the win before lunch, something they achieved with the aid of two extensions from the umpires.

The second Test takes place from August 22-26 in Colombo.

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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (r) with Lahiru Thirimanne.

Sri Lanka were closing in on victory in the first Test against New Zealand at the end of the fourth day in Galle.

Opening batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne shared an unbroken partnership of 133 in 50 overs, just under halfway to Sri Lanka’s victory target of 268.

Skipper Karunaratne was unbeaten on 71 and Thirimanne 57 as the pair went past Sri Lanka’s previous best fourth-innings partnership, 124 against Pakistan in 2014.

Spinners Ajaz Patel, William Somerville and Mitchell Santner bowled extended spells, but the trio could not take advantage of a turning track before bad light stopped play prematurely.

New Zealand had resumed on 195-7, 177 runs in front, after a 35-minute morning delay for rain.

BJ Watling (77), Somerville (40) and Trent Boult (26) extended that advantage before New Zealand were finally dismissed for 285 in their second innings.

Lasith Embuldeniya finished with four wickets while Dhananjaya de Silva picked up three.

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