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Mahela Jayawardena drives on his way to reaching a maiden Test century on the fourth day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand at Galle International Stadium yesterday. - Photo by Anuruddha Lokuhapauarchchi REUTERS
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Kiwis tottering

Niroshan Bandarathilleke has the visitors dancing to his tune...

Marlon Fernandopulle Reporting from Galle

Sri Lanka's spinners spearheaded by their new find Niroshan Bandarathilleke had the Kiwis dancing to their tune at 94 for 5 wkts. in their second innings at the end of the fourth day's play in the second Test at the Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Trailing by 130 runs on the first innings the visitors were battling for survival on a wicket that was helping the slow bowlers.

Once again it was Tamil Union's Niroshan Bandarathilleke, who drew first blood for Sri Lanka. The left arm legspinner trapped opener Mathew Horne lbw with the visitor's total on 18 and triggered a New Zealand collapse.

In his first ball after tea, Bandaratilleke removed Brian Young for 11 to plunge the visitors to 21 for 2.

Skipper Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle stemmed the rot for a short period before both batsmen departed in the space of two runs.

Fleming was trapped lbw in Muralitharan's first over while Aravinda De Silva came back in his second spell to bowl Nathan Astle for 13 and have the Kiwis precariously placed at 41 for 4.

With skipper Arjuna Ranatunge using his spinners in short spells, the Kiwis were never given a chance of having a good look at the Lankan bowlers.

Wicket keeper Adam Parore batted confidently to add 28 runs with the first Test centurion Craig McMillan before McMillan became Bandarathilleke's second victim.

At this stage Cairns joined Parore and saw through the rest of the day to help the Kiwis live to fight another day.

Earlier in the day, 21-year-old Mahela Jayawardena completed his maiden Test century to anchor the Sri Lankan innings and help his team to take a crucial 130 run first innings lead.

Jayawardena playing only his fourth Test, displayed tremendous skill, intelligence and courage, to stroke a monumental 167 in 335 minutes. Unruffled by the fall of wickets on the other side, Jayawardena hit 18 boundaries before being ruled out lbw to Harris.

Hashan Tillekeratne, who was recalled to the side, failed to answer the selector's prayers, when he laboured for over an hour for just 10 runs.

Romesh Kaluwitharana and Kumar Dharmasena were undone by a brilliant piece of fielding by Chris Harris, off his own bowling as SriLanka's tailenders folded up without much resistance, to be bowled out for 323. For the visitors Daniel Vettori was the most successful bowler with 4 for 88.

The Sunday Times Scoreboard

New Zealand first innings 193

Sri Lanka first innings 197 for 3 overnight.

S.Jayasuriya c Harris b Vettori 21 (Attempted hit over mid wicket, ct. in the deep)

M.Attapattu c Vettori b Wiseman 35 (Top edged a sweep, ct. at sht. fine leg)

M.Jayawardena lbw Harris 167 (Playing forward, wrapped on the pad) lbw b Vettori 10 (Playing back, wrapped on the pad)

A.Ranatunge c O'Connor b Vettori 36 (Stepped out and drove, ct. at mid wkt.)

H.Tillekeratne b Wiseman 10 (Attempted sweep. Bowled around his legs)

R.Kaluwitharane run out 3 (Attempted run after pushing to silly mid-off)

K.Dharmasena run out 12 (Responded to a single, beaten by throw from Harris).

P.Wickremasinghe c Harri b Vettori 12 (Attempted hit over mid-w t, ct. at mid-off)

N.Bandarathilleke run out 4 (Attempted second run, beaten at the non-strikers end)

M.Muralitharan not out 2

Extras (LB-9, NB-2) 11

Total (All out in 106.4 overs) 323

Fall: 1-44, 2-106, 3-137, 4-211, 5-262, 6-271, 7-301, 8-315, 9-319.

Bowling: S.O'Connor 4-0-13-0; C.Cairns 5-0-20-0; P.Wiseman 30-3-95-2; D.Vettori 26-4-88-4; C.Harris 25.4-6-56-1; C.McMillan 11-3-30-0; N.Astle 5-3-12-0.

New Zealand second innings

B.Young c Tillekeratne b Bandarathilleke 11 (Playing fwd. Ct. at silly mid-on)

M.Horne lbw Bandarathilleke 3 (Playing back, wrapped on the pad)

S.Fleming lbw Muralitharan 10 (Playing back to a ball that straightened up)

N.Astle b Silva 13 (Attempted square cut to a ball that cut back)

C.McMillan c Jayasuriya Bandarathilleke 1 (Playing fwd. outside edge to first slip)

A.Parore not out 25

C.Cairns not out 16

Extras - (B-4,LB-8, W-1, NB-2) 15

Total (For 5 wkts) 94

Fall: 1-18, 2-21, 3-40, 4-41,5-69.

Bowling: P.Wickremasinghe 2-0-6-0; N.Bandarathilleke 18-8-27-3; 7-1-18-1; K.Dharmasena 6-0-16-0; M.Muralitharan 7-1-18-1.

Havelocks crash to Kandy SC

By Shane Seneviratne

Kandy SC ended high-riding Havelocks SC 's hitherto unbeaten run when they scored a dazzling 38 points (six tries and one penalty) to 8 (one try and one penalty) in their Carlsberg rugby league encounter played for the Clifford Cup at Nittawela yesterday. The hill capital club led 13-3 at half time.

For Kandy SC Michael Collins scored two tries,while a try each was scored by Rajika Hettiarachchi, Imthie Marikar, Priyantha Ekakanayake, Asoka Jayasena with Collins putting over the penalty.

For Havelocks Suranga Jayasinghe scored their solitary and Onatula putting over the penalty.

Referee - Aruna Jayasekera

Thomians down Trinity

Trinity tasted their third defeat in-a-row when they were thrashed 24-5 by S.Thomas'in the Inter-School rugby game at Pallekelle yesterday. The Thomian points were made up of two goals, two tries to 5 (a try). The Thomians led 5-nil at half time.

For the Thomians K.Gunawardena scored three tries with Van Twest scoring the fourth try. He also goaled two of them.

For Trinity, Ravi Wickremasuriya scored the try with skipper Prasanna Jayawardena failing to goal it.

Referee Orville Fernando

In the junior game, Trinity beat S.Thomas' 26-12. (SS)

Dilip, Lanka's rugby representative.

Dilip Kumar the former old Trinitian sportsman, who is doing much for the promotion of Sri Lanka's rugby image in Australia has been nominated to be the Rugby Union's representative Down Under.

This was revealed to The Sunday Times, by the president of the SLRFU, Dr. Maiya Gunasekera. According to Dr. Gunasekera, the Council unanimously agreed to Kumar's appointment. Kumar has done much for the promotion of this sport and the Northern Territories inaugural contest last year played here was his brain-child. This is an annual contest played for the Carlsberg Trophy. Sri Lanka will leave for Australia on Sept. 28, for the two-match series in Sydney and for a match in Melbourne on their return, organsied by the Sri Lankan rugby expatriates residing in Victoria.

Kumar is also the Australian Rugby Union's rep. to help develop the sport in the South East Asian region. He is doing much to the Hill Capital school, which paved the way to go places off the field.

Dilip, one of the leading entrepreneurs in Australia, is a close friend of former president of the Rugby Union, Malik Samara-wickrema. During his tenure he did much to help develop the sport. B.W.

Two swim records lowered

Two long standing records were shattered at the 22nd Age Group Swimming and Diving Championships at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium pool.

The first belonged to SriLanka's swimming captain G. Dulapandan in the men's 100 metres Dolphin stroke where he bettered the existing record held by Suresh Kumar of India, which was set up at the 1991 SAF Games. Dulapandan clocked 1 minute 21 seconds while the old record stood at 1 minute 32 seconds.

The second record was broken by N. Kodituwakku of St. Bridget's.

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