28 Aug 2009

All uphill again for Black Caps

7:45 am on 28 August 2009

It's an uphill struggle again for the New Zealand cricketers who ended day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka on 159 for five, chasing Sri Lanka's first innings of 416.

The second day highlight was another century by Thilan Samaraweera, his 143 bringing up 1,000 runs for the year.

The 32-year-old Samaraweera is lucky to be playing cricket after being shot in the leg when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in March. He spent two months on the sidelines and needed three operations on his injured leg.

The Black Caps bowlers did well to wrap up Sri Lanka's first innings, taking the last five wickets for 27 runs, and the spinners Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori took seven wickets between them.

Ross Taylor held New Zealand's first innings together with an unbeaten 70, opener Martin Guptil made 35, and the other not out batsman Brendon McCullum is on five.