Tim Southee was at his best on the opening day against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve, the veteran quick claiming 5-67 - his eighth five wicket bag in Tests.
Southee, along with the rest of the BLACKCAPS seam attack put the Sri Lankan top order under early pressure in the first session, the visitors heading to lunch at 73/3.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne (79) and Angelo Mathews (83) managed a century stand in the middle session, however both fell either side of tea to give the BLACKCAPS the afternoon ascendancy.
Southee, along with Neil Wagner used the short ball effectively after tea to dismiss the Sri Lankan lower order.
Niroshan Dickwella (73*) played a fighting knock at number seven, batting well with the tail against the second new ball.
After a day of toil with the ball, Trent Boult was finally rewarded on the last ball of the day, dismissing Kasun Rajitha meaning Sri Lanka will resume on 275/9 on day two.
As it happened…
Tim Southee strikes in his first and second over!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 14, 2018
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