New Delhi. Angelo Mathews has kept Sri Lanka’s hopes of reaching the final of the World Test Championship alive by scoring a brilliant century. Mathews scored 115 runs. Due to this, the Sri Lankan team was able to score 302 runs in the second innings of the first test. He had scored 355 runs in the first innings. At the same time, the host New Zealand scored a respectable score of 373 runs in the first innings. In this way, the Kiwi team got the target of 285 runs. He has to score 257 more runs to win on the last day on Monday. At the same time, the Sri Lankan team is 9 wickets away from victory. Sri Lanka has to win both the matches of the series to make it to the final of the World Test Championship. On the other hand, he also has to pray that the fourth Test being played between India and Australia is at least a draw.
Talking about the point table of the World Test Championship, Australia’s team is currently at number-1. He has also qualified for the finals. The Indian team is second with 60.29 percent marks and the Sri Lankan team is at number four with 53.33 percent marks. If the Indian team defeats Australia in the fourth test, then it will reach the final and the Sri Lankan team will be eliminated. In such a situation, the hope of Sri Lanka will be maintained only when Australia wins or the match is drawn.
Mathews-Chandimal made a century partnership
On the fourth day of the match, Sri Lanka started playing ahead of 83 runs for 3 wickets in the second innings. Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 20 and Prabhath Jayasuriya on 2 runs. Jayasuriya got out after scoring 6 runs. After this, Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal shared a century partnership for the 5th wicket to bring the score to 200 runs. Chandimal got out after scoring 42 runs. Dhananjay D’Silva scored 47 not out. The whole team returned to the pavilion after scoring 302 runs in 105.3 overs. Blair Tickner got 4 wickets.
Messed with the board 2 years ago, was about to retire, now bent on getting India out of WTC Final by scoring a century!
New Zealand’s start to chase the target was not good. Left-handed batsman Devon Conway became the victim of fast bowler Kasun Rajitha after scoring 5 runs. After the first wicket fell for 9 runs, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson did not allow the team to suffer any further setbacks. After 17 overs the score was 28 runs for one wicket. The team has to score 257 more runs on the last day. That is, the result of the match is believed to be certain. Latham playing 11 and Williamson scoring 7 runs.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 12, 2023, 11:06 AM