The BLACKCAPS stayed patient and bowled 12 maidens out of 36 overs to hold Sri Lanka to 85-2 at stumps on a weather affected opening day.
Off-spinner Will Somerville and recalled all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme claimed a wicket each in cool and gloomy conditions at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo.
Standing in their way on day two will be in-form Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne (49*) and his deputy Angelo Matthews who is yet to get off the mark in his first 14 balls.
Early breakthroughs will be the key, along with the weather.
As it happened
The rain seems to have set in at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo. Forecast is not great either, but fingers crossed for some play at some stage on a delayed day one of the second Test #SLvNZ #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/j6AR6pqjP9— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 22, 2019
Sri Lanka have won the toss & elected to bat on a delayed day one in Colombo. One change for each side. CDG in for Santner, and Dilruwan Perera in for Akila Dananjaya #SLvNZ #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/tfirjp0ONq— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 22, 2019
Thirimanne falls!— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 22, 2019
Just as the openers were looking set to consolidate after a good start, Somerville gets Thirimanne playing a loose shot for a catch at short cover https://t.co/B8Ze9Axkgg | #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/3zLUFWNHjf
Yes Colin!!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 22, 2019
De Grandhomme struck in the 2nd session to remove Mendis (32), but bad light has brought the players from the field with Sri Lanka 85-2 in the 37th over. Card | https://t.co/DLGWrdzjUu #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/vPk8JYcaPE