Sri Lanka, set New Zealand 427 to win the second test after
New Zealand dismissed the tourists for 348 in their second in-
nings shortly after lunch.
The tourists had reached 341 for eight by lunch on the
fourth day, with debutant Chamara Dunusinghe unbeaten on 88. Sri
Lanka lost only two wickets in the first session. Chamin-
da Vaas was bowled by paceman Kerry Walmsley for 36, while
Pramodya Wickremasinghe fell to Gavin Larsen for 16. Chamara
Dunusinghe was bowled by Danny Morrison for 91, who also picked
up the last wicket.
Only two sides have bettered the 400 mark in the fourth
innings to win a test. India scored 406 for four to defeat the
West Indies in 1975-76 and Australia managed 404 for three to
claim victory over England at Leeds in 1948. New Zealand's best
fourth innings performance to win a test was the 324 for five
they scored against Pakistan in Christchurch last summer.
Rutherford escapes censure as Sri Lanka build big lead
By Sri Krishnamurthi
New Zealand captain Ken Rutherford escaped censure over an in-
cident involving his Sri Lanka counterpart Arjuna Ranatunga on
the third day of the first test on Monday.
Rutherford was reported to match referee Barry Jarman by the
touring team's manager Neil Perera for comments he made to
Ranatunga as Sri Lanka built a 327-run lead. Rutherford was spo-
ken to twice by the umpires during an ill-tempered afternoon
The incident which led to Jarman's involvement came when
Ranatunga ran into seam bowler Kerry Walsmley'w elbow while
attempting a single.
Walmsley, who was reprimanded by Jarman on Sunday for
swearing, stood his ground in mid-pitch as Ranatunga bumped into
Ranatunga and Rutherford then appeared to exchange angry
words. Ranatunga spoke to umpire Doug Cowie at the end of the
over and Perera later charged the New Zealand captain with
breaching the International Cricket Council's code of conduct and
bringing the game into disrepute.
But in a statement following a brief disciplinary hearing, Jar-
man said "common sense prevailed with the charge being
Jarman said Ranatunga had agreed that his brush with
Walmsley had been an accident and both captains had shaken hands
"with a commitment to an incident-free continuation of the
Rutherford, who infringed the code of conduct twice on New
Zealand's recent tour of South Africa has just got through a
two-match suspended sentence which expired after the series
against West Indies last month. He had been fined 75 percent of
his match fee and handed the suspended sentence for showing
dissent to an umpire and a later incident in the pavilion during
the third test at Cape Town in January.
New Zealand coach John Reid said he was pleased with "the pas-
sionate way" his team had played on Monday. But that passion did
little to stem Sri Lanka's patient march towards setting New
Zealand a daunting target.
Thanks :: Reuter
UMass, Mar 14, 1995