Tom Latham (in pic) led New Zealand’s solid response with an unbeaten 111 against Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 244 on the third day of the second and final Test. The touring side reached 196/4 in their first innings, trailing the hosts by 48 runs on a pitch offering sharp turn for the spinners. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka: 244 (D de Silva 109; T Southee 4/63, T Boult 3/75); New Zealand: 196/4 (T Latham 111*; D Perera 2/76).
Malinga to lead SL in NZ T20Is; Thisara, Mathews out
Lasith Malinga, who recently retired from ODIs, will lead Sri Lanka in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand, beginning September 1 in Pallekele. Sri Lanka dropped former captain Angelo Mathews and all-rounder Thisara Perera from the squad. Niroshan Dickwella, the left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, has been named as Malinga’s deputy in the 15-member squad for the home series.
Gokulam stun Bagan 2-1 to win Durand Cup
Trinidadian forward Marcus Joseph led by example with a brace to inspire Gokulam Kerala FC to Durand Cup title in their debut campaign with a 2-1 win over 16-time champions Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium. Joseph converted a penalty in the 45+1st minute and doubled the lead with his menacing left-footer in the 51st minute. — Agencies
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