Out of these 34 matches, New Zealand won 15 games while Sri Lanka came out with only eight victories.
Sri Lanka winning the toss under overcast skies took the bold decision to bat first and reached 71 for one at the tea break as the New Zealand fast bowlers didn't find much assistance despite from the pitch despite the rain and the overhead conditions.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with this two-match Test series, have commenced their Test Championship campaign and Taylor feels this is not the best start to the championship.
"I think it was just being patient and sticking to the area for a bit longer, then waiting for him to make a mistake on a surface like that", de Grandhomme said of his late scalp. "Sometimes they stick and sometimes they don't", Watling said.
The hosts drafted in off-spinner Dilruwan Perera for Akila Dananjaya, who was reported by the umpires for a suspect bowling action after his six-wicket match haul in Galle.
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Dananjaya, who claimed a five-wicket haul in the opening game, was forced to remodel his action after it was first reported in November a year ago.
The development, if true, will disappoint the fans of the five-day format in Pakistan who have been deprived of true Test cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka in Lahore.
The last 25 tests in Sri Lanka, stretching back to July 2014, have produced results so it would take significant rain interference for a draw.
More importantly, it will give them a strong start in the World Test Championship. "It's going to be a different game here and fast bowlers will come into play a lot", he said. Well, the weather was still frustrating, but their performance less so, as a key wicket put the visitors back into a reasonable position, with Sri Lanka at 85-2 when play was called off for bad light.
The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand have also made one change in their bid to level the series, with Mitchell Santner making way for Colin de Grandhomme.