Sri Lanka 275 for 9 (Mathews 83, Karunaratne 79, Dickwella 73*,Southee 5-67) v New Zealand
Wellington: Paceman Tim Southee skittled Sri Lanka's best request with a five-wicket pull to put New Zealand in a telling position on the opening day of the main Test in Wellington on Saturday.
Southee took three scalps in an overwhelming opening spell to decrease the sightseers to nine for three, at that point pursued with a twofold strike to snuff out a promising fightback in the last session.
Sri Lanka were 275 for nine at stumps, with their expectations laying on a rearguard activity from Niroshan Dickwella, who was not out on 73.
Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne were the main other batsman to offer any significant opposition, scoring 83 and 79 individually and producing a 131-run association.
Southee finished the day with five wickets for 67 out of 25 overs, his eighth five-wicket pull in Test cricket and his best figures at the Basin Reserve.
His initial burst guaranteed New Zealand's choice to bowl on a green wicket in the wake of winning the hurl received prompt benefits.
Sri Lanka commander Dinesh Chandimal said before the match that he needed his best request to endure the principal hour and see off the new ball yet the wickets started to tumble in simply the second finished.
Danushka Gunathilaka was Southee's first unfortunate casualty, out lbw for one in the wake of neglecting to manage a late inswinger.
Dhananjaya de Silva at that point edged through to the attendant for a similar score and a plainly shaken Kusal Mendis just figured out how to achieve two preceding hitting a basic catch to Ajaz Patel at mid-wicket.
Karunaratne was given an actual existence on 33 when Neil Wagner had him gotten at mid-wicket, just to have the conveyance governed a no-ball because of a foot blame.
He was likewise blessed not to be gotten in the slips in the wake of scratching a swinging Southee conveyance just before raising his 21st Test 50.
Wagner at long last got his man after lunch when Karunaratne miscued a force shot and gloved a short ball to manager BJ Watling.
Mathews was looking undermining before Southee struck once more, leaving Dickwella to work with the tailenders in quest for a good aggregate.
He carried out the responsibility eminently, disappointing the New Zealand assault to take Sri Lanka's innings into a second day.
Sri Lanka, positioned 6th on the planet, have lost their last five Tests against New Zealand and endured a 3-0 Test arrangement whitewash against England a month ago.
They have confronted change in their training and determination positions as of late and landed in New Zealand low on certainty.
Interestingly, the fourth-positioned Black Caps participated in the two-coordinate challenge floated by their first away Test arrangement prevail upon Pakistan in 49 years a week ago.