Second day report
Left Shoulder Ayaz Patel became the first New Zealander to claim a five-catch in Galle as tourists restricted Sri Lanka to 7-227 stumps on the second day of Thursday's first Test.
In response to New Zealand's first 249 submission, Sri Lanka was 2-143 as Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis laid the groundwork for a large sum.
However, with the expiration of concentration, Mendis threw his wicket into the penultimate ball before tea and they collapsed, losing five wickets to add 18 runs.
From its early position of power, Sri Lanka slipped to 7-161, before an unfinished 66th stand for the eighth wicket between Niroshan Dikevela and Suranga Lakmal stopped the rot. Sri Lanka followed New Zealand with 22 runs at the end of the game.
It was the second hacking of five wickets in a Test cricket for the Bombay Patel native, which was arranged along its length on a track that offered a lot of help for spinners.
Patel was not afraid to throw the ball, even after Mendis had completed his 10th Test in half a century with a boundary from him.
For the next delivery, the penultimate ball before tea, Mendis tried to play expansive driving without much footwork and was caught on the first slip by Ross Taylor.
The slide continued after tea with Kusal Perera (1) and Dahanjaya de Silva (5) who added to the misery.
Mathews was fired shortly after half a century later, becoming Patel's fifth victim.
"I think with surfaces like this they offer you something, you have to be patient and ask good questions to the batsman," Patel told reporters.
"We know that Sri Lanka is a good back player, so you have to keep that in mind and make sure you put the balls in good areas for a long time. I think you should keep hanging around and playing long game. Yes, there is a turn, but it's a slow turn. "
Offensive lineman William Somerville joined the coupon, releasing Akila Danaeana for a six-ball duck.
Lakmal, who had claimed four wickets earlier in the day, then gave solid support to Dikwela as Sri Lanka fought back. Lakmal was brought out when he was nine, but successfully reviewed the decision.
"We had lost too many wickets when I went in and someone had to hang in there with Dickwell, who was our last recognized batsman," Lakmal said.
"I just told him that he would hold one end and he would make the scoring. It worked well for us and when the loose ball was offered, I scored it. It was important for us to get closer to their total." "
There were a few cheeky shots, played by Divewell, who is under pressure to save his place, neglected for the World Cup.
Lakmal's contribution was welcomed, and Sri Lanka knows that chasing something over 150 on this track is boring.
Based on the overnight result of 5-203, New Zealand were knocked out for 249 losing their last five wickets for 46 runs.
Lakmal said the four wickets were falling on the second day while Tim Southey was running out.
Akila Danaeana finished with five wickets, all his wickets coming on the first day.