Sri Lanka to bat in second test against New Zealand

Sri Lanka to bat in second test against New Zealand

New Zealand's BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped the Black Caps to a lead of 138 runs on day four of the second and final Test match against Sri Lanka that is being held at Colombo. One team flies in, plays a warm-up (or not in New Zealand's case), gets rolled over in the opening Test - surprise, surprise, after not acclimatising - and departs after the second.

The New Zealanders batted for 25 minutes earlier Monday before declaring at 431-6, having added 49 to their overnight total. Sri Lanka lead 1-0 the two-Test series which is part of the ICC Test Championship. 60 points to be exact which sees them join India and Sri Lanka as the early leaders. Angelo Mathews is the stand-in-captain and substitute Dinesh Chandimal is keeping wicket in the absence of Dickwella, who sustained a cut on the little finger of his left-hand on day three. Soon, Southee also sent Niroshan Dickwella back to the pavilion on a duck.

Williamson, who just scored four runs in both innings of the first test, showed promise with 20 but edged fast bowler Lahiru Kumara to Kusal Mendis at slip.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne batted for about an hour before being dismissed by off-spinner William Somerville, for two.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his batsmen should have been more patient.

Watling was unbeaten on 81 while de Grandhomme was 83 not out after a blistering knock with his side needing quick runs to set Sri Lanka a target on the final day. Latham, who started the day on 111, completed 150 runs and stitched a 143-run partnership with Watling, who went on to score his half-century. Southee hit two sixes and two boundaries to reach 24 in a 10-ball cameo.

New Zealand's Tom Latham (left) celebrates after scoring a century as BJ Watling looks on during day three of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday. His career-best 264 not out also came against Sri Lanka in Wellington past year. Latham and Ross Taylor, who made 23, tried to steady the innings by putting together 50 runs before left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya broke the partnership.

Perera, a fill-in at the top of the order due to Dimuth Karunaratne's quad injury, had been playing wild shots all series, and sure enough, flew the bat at a wide delivery from Boult and was caught behind. It all came to a swift end as Dickwella fell for 51 in the 70th over after blunting out 161 deliveries.



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