HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.
Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nabong on ejection: ‘I’m here to protect my players’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It’s painful if you look at it in the short term, it was a costly turnover but I think we’re not going to look at the game because of that turnover,” said Tenorio in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’re going to look at the whole game and there were also a lot of missed chances.”Tenorio’s turnover wasn’t the first miscue a Ginebra point guard committed late with Scottie Thompson making a similar passing error just 25 seconds earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCuriously, both passes had one intended recipient in Joe Devance.Tenorio and Thompson, however, weren’t the only Gin Kings who committed late-game blunders. Forward Japeth Aguilar turned from hero to goat when his game-tying triple in regulation became a mere footnote later in the match after he muffed two crucial layups.Aguilar’s first miss happened with five seconds left in the first overtime that would’ve broken the 92-92 tie, and the second came in the last 19 seconds of the game when he air balled an attempt that would’ve cut the deficit to a point.“It happens, I missed,” said Aguilar, who had 25 points and nine boards, in Filipino. “But that’s not the issue, because we had chances in the second overtime. I thought we had some good looks but we didn’t convert and had some crucial turnovers.”Tenorio, whose team climbed back from a 46-30 hole at the half, said the team is still adjusting to a new system that will cater three big men—Greg Slaughter, Aguilar, and import Charles Garcia—in a five-man lineup.“We didn’t start well especially us in the starting five and we’re still adjusting with what we’re doing especially we now have three bigs so we have to be patient,” said Tenorio. “We’re there, we actually made adjustments and we just have to be consistent.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere were several factors that led to Ginebra’s 103-98 double overtime loss to Phoenix, but it was the turnovers in the crucial moments that dealt the biggest blows.And one such incident was LA Tenorio’s costly error with 2:19 left in the second overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award