Day 2 review:  The second day was all about Trent Boult. The left-arm pacer picked six wickets in 15 balls, ending with career best figures of 6 for 30. Sri Lanka collapsed from 88 to get bowled out for 104 in response to New Zealand’s first-innings total of 178.Jeet Raval (74), Tom Latham (74*), Kane Williamson (48*) and Ross Taylor (25*) were all among the runs in the second innings as New Zealand ended on 231 for 2. They lead by 305, and look good for more.

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

87.5 L Kumara to Nicholls, 1 run. 262/3

87.4 L Kumara to Nicholls, Length delivery on middle, Nicholls looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. 261/3

87.3 L Kumara to Nicholls, Good length delivery on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 261/3

87.2 L Kumara to Nicholls, Outside off again, Nicholls shoulders his arms to this one. 261/3

87.1 L Kumara to Nicholls, Outside off, Nicholls lets it go. 261/3

86.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, the left-hander pushes it to mid-wicket. 261/3

86.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham tucks it to mid-wicket. 261/3

86.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 261/3

86.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to covers. 261/3

86.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. 261/3

86.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off, Latham leaves it alone. 261/3

85.6 L Kumara to Nicholls, Outside off, Henry lets it go. A good over for New Zealand, 8 runs off it. 261/3

85.5 L Kumara to Nicholls, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Henry Nicholls. Short outside off, Nicholls cuts it through point for a boundary. 261/3

85.4 L Kumara to H Nicholls, FOUR! Short of a length delivery, Nicholls pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 257/3

85.3 L Kumara to Nicholls, Full on off, Nicholls drives it straight back towards the bowler. 253/3

85.2 L Kumara to Nicholls, Good length delivery outside off, Nicholls lets it go. 253/3

85.1 L Kumara to Nicholls, Length delivery on off, Nicholls drives it to mid off. 253/3

84.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, the left-hander does well to duck under it. 253/3

84.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham offers no shot. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly and it goes towards fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. It is signaled as byes. 253/3

84.4 S Lakmal to Tom Latham, FOUR! 250 is up for New Zealand. Good shot. Full on middle, Latham drives it through mid on for a boundary. The lead is 325 now. 251/3

84.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, the left-hander plays it to point. 247/3

84.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. 247/3

84.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off, Latham lets it go. 247/3

83.6 L Kumara to Nicholls, Outside off, Nicholls offers no shot. 247/3

83.5 L Kumara to Nicholls, Length delivery on middle, Henry keeps it out. 247/3

83.4 L Kumara to Nicholls, Good length delivery on off, Nicholls blocks it off the front foot. 247/3

83.3 L Kumara to Nicholls, Good length delivery on off, Nicholls looks to drive but gets a bottom edge on this one. 247/3

83.2 L Kumara to Nicholls, Full on off, Nicholls plays it to covers. 247/3

83.1 L Kumara to Taylor, OUT! Taylor is gone but New Zealand retain their review. Early strike for Sri Lanka, just the start what they would have wanted. Good length delivery on middle and leg, Taylor looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Taylor after a chat with his partner goes for the review. Replays show that it is clipping the leg pole. Taylor has to continue his long walk back. He once again walks back after getting off to a start. 247/3

Review time! This time it is from Ross Taylor as he has been given out LBW. Looks out to the naked eye.

82.6 S Lakmal to Taylor, Length delivery on leg, Ross works it towards the leg side for a single. 247/2

82.5 S Lakmal to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it to mid-wicket. 246/2

82.4 S Lakmal to Taylor, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Taylor is in two minds whether to play or not. He looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. 246/2

82.3 S Lakmal to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor defends off the back foot. 246/2

82.2 S Lakmal to Taylor, Outside off, Taylor shoulders his arms to this one. 246/2

82.1 S Lakmal to Taylor, Full on off, Taylor drives it to mid off. 246/2

81.6 L Kumara to Taylor, Runs again! Three of them. Full and on middle, Taylor strokes it through mid on and takes three. 246/2

81.5 L Kumara to Taylor, Good length around off, the batsman is solid in defense. 243/2

81.4 L Kumara to Taylor, EDGY FOUR! Full marks to the bowler there but runs to the batsman. Kumara lands it on a length around off, it pitches and then straightens. Taylor tries to defend but does so inside the line. The ball takes the outside edge and goes in between the gully and the second slip fielder and down to the third man fence. 243/2

81.3 L Kumara to Taylor, Slightly fuller on off, comes back in just a little. Taylor drives it to mid off. 239/2

81.2 L Kumara to Taylor, Angles this one into the batter, Taylor works it with the angle towards mid-wicket. 239/2

81.1 L Kumara to Taylor, Starts off on a length around off, Taylor guides it towards point. He wanted a run but is sent back by his partner. 239/2

Just the one over for Dilruwan Perera as Lahiru Kumara is brought in.

80.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off, Latham lets it go. Just three runs off the over. 239/2

80.5 S Lakmal to Latham, NOT OUT! Good length delivery on middle, Latham looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it was missing leg. Replays show that it would have clipped the leg pole. 239/2

80.4 S Lakmal to Latham, NOT OUT! It is clipping and remains umpires’ call. Good review though but height was always the factor. Good length delivery on off coming into the batsman, Latham offers no stroke and gets hit high on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. After a long thought the Lankans go for the review. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call is the right one. However, the visitors do not lose their review. 239/2

Howzzat? The answer to that question is not out. The Lankans though have reviewed. Latham is the man in question. The ball seems to have hit him high.

80.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to mid off. 239/2

80.2 S Lakmal to Taylor, 50 partnership between Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. Full on middle, Taylor drives it straight past the bowler. The fielder at long off does a brilliant job to save runs for the team. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. 239/2

80.1 S Lakmal to Taylor, Full on off, Taylor drives it to the off side. 236/2

The second new ball is now available and it has been taken immediately. Suranga Lakmal has the red new cherry in his hand as he will be bowling from the other end.

79.6 D Perera to Latham, Loopy delivery on off, the left-hander keeps it out. 236/2

79.5 D Perera to Latham, Floated on off, Latham blocks it well. 236/2

79.4 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 236/2

79.3 D Perera to Taylor, Short outside off, Taylor makes room and cuts it towards third man. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. 236/2

79.2 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on for a run. 233/2

79.1 D Perera to R Taylor, Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor drives it towards mid on. The fielder at mid-wicket dives to his right and gets a hand to the ball. He deflects it away from the fielder at mid on. The batsmen take a single. First run for today and it has come off the first ball today. 232/2

We are all set to get underway. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor are at the crease. Dilruwan Perera will start the proceedings for Day 3.

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch. The lead is already 305 runs for the hosts and the question is, how many more will they like to add? Tom Latham is already set and he would like to score big for his side nonce again. On the other hand, the visitors, have a lot to ponder about. They need to pick wickets in clusters to make a comeback in this match. Lakmal has been very short with his lengths and he needs to come good. A lot will rely on him as he was the hero for Sri Lanka in the previous innings. The first session will be very crucial for both the sides. What is in store for us? Stay tuned to find out.

… DAY 3, SESSION 1 …

The lead is already a huge one and with a lot of time left, the Kiwis won’t be in any hurry to declare. They will bat for as long as possible and probably bat the Lankans out of the game. For Sri Lanka, they need wickets and quite a few of them quickly if they are to have some sort of a chance. Will we see the hosts continue the domination on Day 3 or will the visitors show some character and fightback? Join us to find out at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous night). Till then, take care and goodbye!

The Lankan bowlers tried their all. There was absolutely no assistance for either of the pacers or the spinner. Dilruwan Perera and Lahiru Kumara picked a wicket each but the visitors’ bowlers never looked threatening.

Then, with a lead of 74, the Kiwi openers provided them the ideal start. The two added 121-runs for the opening wicket with both scoring half tons. Jeet Raval departed but Latham continued with his skipper and added another 50-plus run stand. Williamson too was dismissed 2 short of a fifty but Taylor then, along with Latham ensured there were no more wickets to fall and the two ended the day with a lead of above 300.

New Zealand’s day and they are in firm control of this game. Everything went according to plan for them. The day began with the Kiwis picking the last 6 wickets of the Lankans for only 16 runs. Trent Boult was the tormentor-in-chief as he finished with a 6-fer.

78.6 L Kumara to Latham, FOUR! Classic straight drive! What a way to end the day. Full toss on middle, Latham drives it straight past the bowler for a boundary. THAT IS STUMPS ON DAY 2. NEW ZEALAND LEAD BY 305 RUNS. 231/2

78.5 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to duck under it. 227/2

78.4 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 227/2

78.3 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Tom ducks underneath it. 227/2

78.2 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to covers. 227/2

78.2 L Kumara to Latham, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to duck under it. Umpire gives it wide for height. 227/2

78.1 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham taps it to point. 226/2

77.6 D Perera to Taylor, Floated on middle, Taylor blocks it off his front foot. 226/2

77.5 D Perera to R Taylor, Full on off, Taylor drives it to covers. 226/2

77.4 D Perera to Taylor, Full again on off, Ross drives it to mid off. 226/2

77.3 D Perera to Latham, Full on middle, Latham drives it through mid on for a single. The lead is 300 now. Big lead for New Zealand. 226/2

77.2 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham blocks it off his front foot. 225/2

77.1 D Perera to Latham, Gives a bit of air, Latham drives it to covers. 225/2

Dilruwan Perera is back on.

76.6 L Kumara to Taylor, Good length delivery on middle, the batsman easily keeps it out. The lead is one short of 300. 225/2

76.5 L Kumara to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor flicks it to short mid-wicket. 225/2

76.4 L Kumara to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor blocks it off his front foot. 225/2

76.3 L Kumara to Taylor, Bowls a bouncer, Ross does well to duck under it. 225/2

76.2 L Kumara to Taylor, Bowls a yorker on off, Taylor does well to dig it out. 225/2

76.1 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on leg, Latham nudges it towards the leg side for a single. 225/2

75.6 S Lakmal to Taylor, Full outside off, Taylor offers no shot. Big over for New Zealand. 16 runs came off it. 224/2

75.5 S Lakmal to Taylor, FOUR! Fourth consecutive boundary for Taylor. Short outside off, Ross cuts it through point for a boundary. 224/2

75.4 S Lakmal to R Taylor, FOUR! Easy pickings for Ross Taylor. Full on off, Taylor drives it through covers for a boundary. 220/2

75.3 S Lakmal to R Taylor, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Suranga Lakmal. Short outside off, Taylor again cuts it through point for a boundary. 216/2

75.2 S Lakmal to Taylor, FOUR! Poor delivery by Lakmal. Very wayward bowling. Short outside off, Taylor cuts it through point for a boundary. 212/2

75.1 S Lakmal to Taylor, Length delivery on off, Taylor drives it to mid off. 208/2

74.6 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, the left-hander drives it straight back towards the bowler.
The lead is 282 now. 208/2

74.5 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to evade it. 208/2

74.4 L Kumara to Latham, FOUR! EXQUISITE! Full on middle, Latham drives it through mid on for a boundary. 208/2

74.3 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 204/2

74.2 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bumper, Latham ducks underneath it. 204/2

74.1 L Kumara to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single. 204/2

73.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 203/2

73.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off, Latham leaves it alone. 203/2

73.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham blocks it off his back foot. 203/2

73.3 S Lakmal to Taylor, Length delivery on middle, Taylor pushes it towards square leg for a single. 203/2

73.2 S Lakmal to Taylor, Good length delivery on middle, Ross defends off the back foot. 202/2

73.1 S Lakmal to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor defends off the front foot. 202/2

72.6 L Kumara to Taylor, Length delivery on off, Taylor drives it towards covers for a single. 202/2

72.5 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on leg, Latham flicks it towards square leg for a run. The lead is 275 now. 201/2

72.4 L Kumara to Tom Latham, FOUR! Tom Latham at his best. Full on off, Latham drives it through mid off for a boundary. 200/2

72.3 L Kumara to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham offers no shot. 196/2

72.2 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to duck under it. 196/2

72.1 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham blocks it off his back foot. 196/2

71.6 Lakmal to Taylor, Muted appeal but not given. Good length delivery on middle, Taylor looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably height was the issue there. 196/2

71.5 S Lakmal to Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor defends off the back foot. 196/2

71.4 S Lakmal to Taylor, Good length delivery on middle, Taylor nudges it to the leg side. 196/2

71.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham flicks it towards square leg for a single. 196/2

71.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham defends off the front foot. 195/2

71.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham taps it to point. 195/2

Suranga Lakmal is back on.

70.6 L Kumara to Taylor, A couple to end the over! Angles it on the pads, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a couple. 195/2

70.5 L Kumara to Taylor, Fuller on off, Taylor strokes it to mid off. 193/2

70.4 L Kumara to Taylor, On middle, it is kept out. 193/2

70.3 L Kumara to R Taylor, FOUR! off the mark in style! Short and wide outside off, Taylor loves it there. He cuts it through point and the ball races away. 193/2

70.2 Kumara to Taylor, A yorker to welcome the new batsman, Taylor jams it out. 189/2

Ross Taylor is the new batsman in.

70.1 L Kumara to K Williamson, OUT! The bowling change has worked wonders! A lapse in concentration there for Williamson. You do not often see him play such a loose shot. The ball is short and outside off, Willaimson goes for the cut. However, it is not wide enough to play that shot. The ball takes the edge and goes quickly towards widish first slip. Mendis there takes it. Williamson is disappointed and rightly so. He falls two short of a half ton. However, the skipper along with Latham surged another important stand. New Zealand are effectively 263 for 2. 189/2

Lahiru Kumara is back.

69.6 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 189/1

69.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Full on off, the skipper drives it through mid off for a run. 189/1

69.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham pushes it towards point for a single. 188/1

69.3 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Full toss on leg, Williamson drives it through mid on for a single. 187/1

69.2 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 186/1

69.1 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Flatter and on off, Williamson goes back and keeps it out. 186/1

68.6 D Perera to Williamson, Full on off, Williamson drives it towards mid off for a single. 186/1

68.5 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham comes down the track and hits it towards mid-wicket for a run. 185/1

68.4 D Perera to Williamson, Floated on middle, the skipper flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 184/1

68.3 D Perera to Williamson, Tossed up on middle, Williamson defends it out. 183/1

68.2 D Perera to Latham, Short on off, Latham cuts it towards point for a single. 183/1

68.1 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham comes down the track and blocks it. 182/1

67.6 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Floated on off, the captain defends off the front foot. 182/1

67.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Full on off, Williamson drives it towards covers. The batsmen get two runs. 182/1

67.4 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Full on middle, Williamson drives it to mid on. 180/1

67.3 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Flighted delivery on off, the skipper keeps it out. 180/1

67.2 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Tossed up on middle, Williamson flicks it to mid-wicket. 180/1

67.1 D Gunathilaka to K Williamson, Short on middle, Williamson pulls it to square leg. 180/1

66.6 D Perera to Williamson, Full on middle, Williamson drives it towards mid on for a single. The fielder fires a throw at the bowler’s end but the batsman was well in. 180/1

66.5 D Perera to Williamson, Floated on off, Williamson defends off the front foot. 179/1

66.4 D Perera to Latham, Short on off, the left-hander cuts it towards point for a single. 179/1

66.3 D Perera to Tom Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to mid off. 178/1

66.2 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 178/1

66.1 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 178/1

Dilruwan Perera is back now.

65.6 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, A low full toss on the pads, Williamson flicks it mid-wicket. 178/1

65.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Full and outside off, Williamson reaches out to it and strokes it to covers. 178/1

65.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, On the off stump, Latham pushes it to covers for a run. 178/1

65.3 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, On the pads, it is worked around the corner for a run. 177/1

65.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Uses his feet and plays it down to long on for a run. 176/1

65.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flatter on off, Latham blocks it out. 175/1

64.6 D Chameera to Williamson, On middle, the batsman keeps it out. 175/1

64.5 D Chameera to Williamson, On a length again around off, it is kept out. 175/1

64.4 D Chameera to Williamson, Back of a length on off, it is guided to point. 175/1

64.3 D Chameera to Latham, On the shorter side, Latham pulls it fine on the leg side for a single. 175/1

64.2 D Chameera to Latham, Crisply driven but finds the man at covers. Over pitched on off, Latham strokes it off the middle but to the fielder. 174/1

64.1 D Chameera to Williamson, Short and outside off, it is cut through point for a single. 174/1

64.1 D Chameera to Williamson, On a length and around off, it is blocked. The bowler has overstepped by a long margin that too. 173/1

63.6 D Gunathilaka to Latham, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 172/1

63.5 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. Blocks it. 172/1

63.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, On the stumps, it is kept. 172/1

63.3 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Fired on middle, Latham works it with the angle to mid-wicket. 172/1

63.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Nicely bowled! Latham comes down the track, Gunathilaka shortens the length and also slows it up. The ball pitches and turns. Latham tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the slip fielder. 172/1

63.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, On the stumps, Latham defends it out. 172/1

62.6 D Chameera to Williamson, Back of a length on middle, Williamson defends it. 172/1

62.5 D Chameera to Williamson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 172/1

62.4 D Chameera to Williamson, On the leg side, Williamson flicks it through square leg and the batsmen run two. 172/1

62.3 D Chameera to Williamson, On a length and around off, it is kept out. 170/1

62.2 D Chameera to Williamson, Fuller and tailing back in on middle, Williamson works it to mid-wicket. 170/1

62.1 D Chameera to Williamson, On a length and around off, the batter keeps it out. 170/1

DRINKS!

61.6 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Works it with the angle to mid-wicket. 170/1

61.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, This is eased down to long on for a run. 170/1

61.4 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, It’s been driven superbly through the covers. 169/1

61.3 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, FOUR! ALMOST! That flew off the edge. This was slightly short and outside off, Williamson tries to cut but the ball takes the outside edge due to the extra bounce. The fielder at slip stretches his hand up but the ball passes him by then and into the third man fence. 169/1

61.2 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, On the off stump, Williamson blocks it out off the back foot. 165/1

61.1 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket. 165/1

60.6 D Chameera to Latham, Another half-tracker, Latham ducks under it. 165/1

60.5 D Chameera to Latham, Goes short now and it is slightly outside off, Latham first thinks of dragging the pull but then ends up flat-batting it to mid on. 165/1

60.4 D Chameera to Latham, On the off pole, it is kept out. 165/1

60.3 D Chameera to Latham, A bumper now and the batsman ducks under it. 165/1

60.2 D Chameera to Tom Latham, Length ball around off, it maybe the slower ball. Latham tries to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid on. 165/1

60.1 D Chameera to Latham, Very full and wide outside off, Latham lets it be. 165/1

59.6 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Floated on off, the skipper keeps it out. 165/1

59.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, Short again on off, Williamson makes room and cuts it towards point. Two runs taken. 165/1

59.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Short on off, Latham cuts it towards point for a run. 163/1

59.3 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham comes down the track and defends it. 162/1

59.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham blocks it well. 162/1

59.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 162/1

58.6 D Chameera to Williamson, FOUR! Length delivery on off, Williamson looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards slip. There is no fielder there and the ball races away to the boundary. 8 runs off it. 162/1

58.5 D Chameera to Williamson, Bowls it down the leg side, Williamson lets it go. The keeper gets a hand to it and it goes past him. Umpire gives it as byes. The batsmen pick up a couple. 158/1

58.4 D Chameera to Williamson, Good length delivery on off, the skipper blocks it off his front foot. 156/1

58.3 Chameera to Williamson, Good length delivery on middle, Williamson looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. 156/1

58.2 D Chameera to Williamson, Full on middle and leg, Williamson flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. 156/1

58.1 D Chameera to Williamson, Full on middle, Williamson flicks it to mid on. 154/1

57.6 D Gunathilaka to Latham, On the stumps, it is blocked. 154/1

57.5 D Gunathilaka to Williamson, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 154/1

57.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tom Latham brings up his fifty now! Both the openers have scored half tons. It is the southpaw’s 16th in this format. Another impressive knock by him. It is slower through the air outside off, Latham goes back and slaps it through covers. He calls for two immediately but Williamson slips and hence the duo opt against it. 153/1

57.3 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Fires it on the stumps, Latham blocks it out. 152/1

57.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, TL walks down the wicket but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it. 152/1

57.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flatter and on off, Latham lunges and keeps it out. 152/1

Danushka Gunathilaka is back into the attack.

56.6 D Chameera to Williamson, Length and around off, KW plays it very late and onto the ground. 12 runs from the over, a good one for the Kiwis. 152/1

56.5 D Chameera to K Williamson, EDGY FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Not convincing but Williamson won’t care. It is on a length and around off, it straightens a touch. Williamson tries to defend but gets an outside edge down to the third man fence. Also, the 150 is up for the Kiwis. 152/1

56.4 D Chameera to Williamson, FOUR! Exquisite! Lovely! Full and on middle, Williamson with a very straight bat drives it back past the bowler, it is straight as an arrow and you do not need to run for those. 148/1

56.3 D Chameera to Williamson, Back of a length around off, Williamson pushes it to covers. 144/1

56.2 D Chameera to Latham, Fifty for Latham! No, no, the umpire signals it as a leg bye. On the pads, Latham tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the thigh pad. The ball rolls beside the pitch on the leg side. The batsmen cross. The crowd start applauding but their excitement is cut short as the umpire signals a leg bye. 144/1

56.1 D Chameera to Williamson, Goes full, trying to hit the pads of Williamson as he shuffles across. The Kiwi skipper though gets his bat down in time, flicks it towards wide mid on. Chandimal there dives over the ball and the batsmen take three. 143/1

55.6 D Perera to Latham, On the pads, Latham works it to short leg. He stays on 49. 140/1

55.5 D Perera to Latham, Nicely tossed up ball on off, Latham is solid in defense. 140/1

55.4 D Perera to Latham, Fires it shorter and quicker outside off, Latham transfers the weight onto the back foot and then guides it to point. 140/1

55.3 D Perera to K Williamson, Gives it air around off, the batter strokes it towards mid off for a run. 140/1

55.2 D Perera to Williamson, Slightly shorter in length on middle, Williamson goes back and works it through square leg for a couple. 139/1

55.1 D Perera to Latham, Tosses it up but ends up bowling a little too full. Latham uses his feet and then strokes it towards mid off. The fielder there makes a good stop diving to his right but can’t stop the single. 137/1

54.6 D Chameera to Williamson, Length delivery on off, the skipper guides it to third man. 136/1

54.5 D Chameera to Williamson, Wide outside off, Williamson lets it go. 136/1

54.4 D Chameera to Williamson, Short outside off, Williamson again cuts it to point. 136/1

54.3 D Chameera to Williamson, Short outside off, Williamson cuts it to point. 136/1

54.2 D Chameera to Williamson, Length delivery on middle, Williamson blocks it well. 136/1

54.1 D Chameera to Williamson, Length delivery on off, Williamson defends off the back foot. 136/1

Dushmantha Chameera is back on.

53.6 D Perera to Williamson, Full on middle, Williamson drives it towards mid on for a single. 136/1

53.5 D Perera to Williamson, Tossed up on off, the captain keeps it out. 135/1

53.4 D Perera to Williamson, Flighted delivery on off, Williamson cuts it to point. 135/1

53.3 D Perera to Williamson, Floated on middle, the skipper flicks it to mid-wicket. 135/1

53.2 D Perera to Williamson, Tossed up on middle, Williamson defends off the back foot. 135/1

53.1 D Perera to Williamson, FOUR! Short on off, Williamson cuts it through point for a boundary. 135/1

52.6 L Kumara to Latham, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 131/1

52.5 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off, Latham offers no shot. 131/1

52.4 L Kumara to Latham, FOUR! Easy pickings for Tom Latham. Short outside off, Latham cuts it through point for a boundary. 131/1

52.3 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham blocks it well. 127/1

52.2 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 127/1

52.1 L Kumara to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham shoulders his arms to this one. 127/1

51.6 D Perera to Williamson, Full on middle, Williamson drives it to mid on. 127/1

51.5 D Perera to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 127/1

51.4 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham nudges it towards the leg side for a single. 127/1

51.3 D Perera to Latham, Loopy delivery on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 126/1

51.2 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham comes down the track and blocks it. 126/1

51.1 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 126/1

50.6 L Kumara to Williamson, Length delivery on off, Williamson cuts it to point. 126/1

50.5 L Kumara to Williamson, Good length delivery on off, the captain defends off the back foot. 126/1

50.4 L Kumara to Williamson, Length delivery on off, Williamson taps it to point. 126/1

50.3 L Kumara to Williamson, Length delivery on off, the skipper defends off the front foot. 126/1

50.2 L Kumara to Williamson, Good length delivery on middle, Willaimson keeps it out. 126/1

50.1 L Kumara to Williamson, Good length delivery on off, Williamson defends off the back foot. 126/1

49.6 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 126/1

49.5 D Perera to Williamson, Short on off, the skipper cuts it through point. The batsmen get three runs. 126/1

49.4 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on for a single. 123/1

49.3 D Perera to Williamson, Tossed up on middle, the skipper flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 122/1

49.2 D Perera to Williamson, Floated on off, Williamson cuts it to point. 121/1

49.1 D Perera to Williamson, Tossed up on middle, Williamson tucks it to mid-wicket. 121/1

48.6 L Kumara to Latham, On the stumps and the batsman keeps it out. A tight over, exactly what you want after picking a wicket. 121/1

48.5 L Kumara to Latham, Wide outside off, left alone. 121/1

48.4 L Kumara to Latham, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 121/1

48.3 L Kumara to Latham, A bouncer this time by Kumara, Latham does well to evade it. 121/1

48.2 L Kumara to Latham, Good stop! Very full and outside off, Latham jams it towards gully. The fielder there runs to his right and makes a good stop. 121/1

48.1 L Kumara to Latham, Back of a length around off, Latham blocks it off the back foot. 121/1

Kane Williamson is the new man in.

47.6 D Perera to Raval, OUT! Sri Lanka have managed to breakthrough the 121-run stand. Dilruwan Perera strikes. This is bowled flatter and on the pads, Raval goes back and tries to flick, the ball seems to have taken a faint inside edge, hits the pads and lobs towards short leg. Mendis there takes an easy catch. Nevertheless, a good innings by Raval comes to an end, his partnership along with Latham has taken New Zealand into a healthy position. They are effectively 195 for 1. 121/1

47.5 D Perera to Tom Latham, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on for a run. 121/0

47.4 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval cuts it towards point for a single. 120/0

47.3 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval blocks it off his front foot. 119/0

47.2 D Perera to Tom Latham, Full on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on for a single. 119/0

47.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval flicks it towards square leg for a single. 118/0

Dilruwan Perera to continue from the other end.

46.6 L Kumara to Latham, Full on middle, Latham drives it to mid on. 117/0

46.5 L Kumara to Latham, Wide outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 117/0

46.4 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham flicks it to mid-wicket. 117/0

46.3 L Kumara to Latham, Short outside off, Latham cuts it to point. 117/0

46.2 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to mid off. 117/0

46.1 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to covers. 117/0

We are back after Tea. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval are at the crease. Lahiru Kumara will start the proceedings after Tea.

… DAY 2, SESSION 3 …

The Lankans on the other hand, have tried everything possible but just can’t find the breakthrough. They need to come out with a different plan, break this partnership first and then take a few more if they are to get back in the game. A daunting task lies ahead of them. Stay tuned to find out what is in store in the last session.

A wicket-less session is what we have witnessed in a Test match where 20 wickets have fallen in almost 4 sessions. The Kiwi openers have continued from where they left off before the Lunch break. The two are amidst an 118-run stand and the lead has swelled to 190. The wicket seems to have eased out and the batsmen are enjoying batting on it. Williamson will ask for more of the same after the break.

45.6 D Perera to Raval, On the stumps, it is blocked. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 2! 117/0

45.5 D Perera to Latham, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 117/0

45.4 D Perera to Tom Latham, This is flighted on off, Latham strokes it to mid off. 116/0

45.3 D Perera to Latham, On the stumps, Latham keeps it out. 116/0

45.2 D Perera to Latham, Fired it on off, Latham drives it towards covers. 116/0

45.1 D Perera to Latham, Flatter on middle, Latham keeps it out. 116/0

44.6 D Gunathilaka to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it off his front foot. 116/0

44.5 D Gunathilaka to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 116/0

44.4 D Gunathilaka to Tom Latham, Full on middle, Latham drives it towards mid on for a single. 116/0

44.3 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Floated on off, Latham blocks it off his back foot. 115/0

44.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 115/0

44.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham keeps it out. 115/0

Gunathilaka is back on.

43.6 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, the left-hander keeps it out. 115/0

43.5 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval defends off the front foot. 115/0

43.4 D Perera to Latham, Short on off, Latham cuts it towards point for a single. 115/0

43.3 D Perera to Latham, Floated on off, Latham comes down the track and defends it. 114/0

43.2 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 114/0

43.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval drives it towards point for a single. 114/0

42.6 S Lakmal to J Raval, A bouncer to end! JR pulls it towards deep square leg for a single. 113/0

42.5 S Lakmal to Raval, On the pads, Raval misses the flick and is hit high on the pads. 112/0

42.4 S Lakmal to Tom Latham, Another bumper, Latham this time keeps it all along the ground towards deep square leg for a run. 112/0

42.3 S Lakmal to Latham, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 111/0

42.2 Lakmal to Latham, An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. This is angled into the batsman and it lands on a length. Latham tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Going down with the angle. 111/0

42.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham lets it go. 111/0

41.6 D Perera to Raval, Darts it on the stumps, Raval keeps it out. 111/0

41.5 D Perera to Raval, FOUR! Innovation and it has come off good! Brings out the paddle sweep does Raval, uses the pace of Dilruwan and paddles it through short fine leg for a boundary. 111/0

41.4 D Perera to Latham, Dances down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 107/0

41.4 D Perera to Latham, NO BALL! Perera has overstepped! Another one added to the extras. This is on off, Latham is solid in defense. 106/0

41.3 D Perera to Latham, Slows it up outside off, Latham comes forward and defends it. 105/0

41.2 D Perera to Latham, Fires it on the stumps, Latham blocks it out. 105/0

41.1 D Perera to Latham, Flatter and on off, the batsman lunges and blocks it out. 105/0

40.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham nudges it towards fine leg for a single. 105/0

40.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham lets it go. 104/0

40.4 S Lakmal to Latham, IN THE AIR… DROPPED! A good attempt but one can say. Not an easy chance that. Lakmal bowls the surprise delivery, the bouncer. Latham is taken by surprise as he goes for the pull. The bounce does him in, it takes the top edge and flies towards deep backward square leg. Chameera in the deep runs to his right, dives and gets two hands to it but can’t hang on. The batsmen run two. Sri Lanka need to take these half chances if they are to get back into the game. 104/0

40.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. 102/0

40.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 102/0

40.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 102/0

39.6 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on middle, the southpaw blocks it well. 102/0

39.5 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 102/0

39.4 D Perera to Raval, Floated on off, the left-hander blocks it off his front foot. 102/0

39.3 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 102/0

39.2 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 102/0

39.1 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham drives it to mid off. 101/0

38.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Full on middle, Raval drives it to mid on. 101/0

38.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham plays it towards point for a single. 101/0

38.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 100/0

38.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Wide outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 100/0

38.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 100/0

38.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham offers no shot. 100/0

Suranga Lakmal is back.

37.6 D Perera to Raval, Floats it up on off, the batsman keeps it out. 100/0

37.5 D Perera to Tom Latham, 100-run partnership up for the Kiwis. This stand is probably taking the game away from the Lankans. Latham eases it down to long on and takes a single to complete the milestone. 100/0

37.4 D Perera to Latham, Uses his feet and takes it on the full. Latham works it to mid-wicket. 99/0

37.3 D Perera to Raval, Flatter and on the pads, the batsman works it towards square leg. 99/0

37.2 D Perera to Raval, Loopy ball on off, the batter strokes it to covers. 98/0

37.1 D Perera to Raval, FOUR! DEFT! Flatter and shorter outside off, Raval waits for it and then guides it late through backward point. The ball races away to the fence. The lead now is 172. 98/0

36.6 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham flicks it to the leg side. 94/0

36.5 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tossed up on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 94/0

36.4 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham pushes it to mid-wicket. 94/0

36.3 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Floated on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 94/0

36.2 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Flighted delivery on off, Latham keeps it out. 94/0

36.1 D Gunathilaka to Latham, Tossed up on middle, Latham defends off the front foot. 94/0

Danushka Gunathilaka to bowl now.

35.6 D Perera to Raval, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. 94/0

35.5 D Perera to Raval, Very full, almost a yorker. Raval jams it out towards covers. 94/0

35.4 D Perera to Raval, Tosses it up on off, the batsman is solid in defense. 94/0

35.3 D Perera to Raval, On the off pole, Raval rocks back and keeps it out. 94/0

35.2 D Perera to Raval, This is fired on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 94/0

35.1 D Perera to Latham, Flatter and outside off, Latham goes back and punches it through covers for a run. 94/0

34.6 D Chameera to Raval, FOUR! Fortune favours the brave. Short of a length delivery, Raval looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes over the keeper for a boundary. 93/0

34.5 D Chameera to Raval, Outside off, Raval leaves it alone. 89/0

34.5 D Chameera to Raval, NO BALL! Chameera oversteps. Bowls a bouncer, Raval does well to duck under it. 89/0

34.4 D Chameera to Raval, Good length delivery on middle, the left-hander keeps it out. 88/0

34.3 D Chameera to Raval, Short delivery on middle, Raval pulls it to mid-wicket. 88/0

34.2 D Chameera to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. 88/0

34.1 D Chameera to Raval, Short of a length delivery, Raval pulls it towards square leg where the fielder dives but it goes through him. The batsmen pick up a couple. 88/0

33.6 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on middle, the left-hander blocks it off his back foot. 86/0

33.5 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 86/0

33.4 D Perera to Tom Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham drives it to mid off. 86/0

33.3 D Perera to Raval, Floated on leg, Raval flicks it towards square leg for a run. 86/0

33.2 D Perera to Latham, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 85/0

33.1 D Perera to Latham, Tossed up on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 84/0

32.6 D Chameera to J Raval, FOUR! Top class! It is just a pleasure to watch a left-hander play the cover drive. Full and around off, Raval leans into it and then strokes it through covers for a boundary. 84/0

32.6 D Chameera to Raval, Another bumper but this one bounces over the batsman’s head. It has been signaled as a wide. 80/0

32.5 D Chameera to Raval, Wide outside off, it is left alone. 79/0

32.4 D Chameera to Raval, A bumper now on middle, Raval ducks under it. 79/0

32.3 D Chameera to Raval, Down the leg side, Raval tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Dickwella does really well to dive to his right and stop it. 79/0

32.2 D Chameera to Raval, Fifty for Jeet Raval, his 7th in this format! A good innings by the opener. He though will want to continue and make it big this time. He gets a full delivery around off to get to that milestone. Raval goes for the drive but gets and outside edge through the slip cordon and into the third man fence. 79/0

32.1 D Chameera to Tom Latham, Nicely timed! Full and outside off, Latham gently strokes it through covers and the batsmen run three. 75/0

31.6 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, the southpaw blocks it off his front foot. 72/0

31.5 D Perera to Raval, Short on off, Raval cuts it to point. 72/0

31.4 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 72/0

31.3 D Perera to Raval, Floated on middle, Raval nudges it to the leg side. 72/0

31.2 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval blocks it off his front foot. 72/0

31.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval defends off the front foot. 72/0

DRINKS!

30.6 D Chameera to Latham, A little too wide outside off, it is left alone. The lead has increased to 146 runs. 72/0

30.5 D Chameera to Latham, Shortish this time around off, Latham stands tall and guides it to point. 72/0

30.4 D Chameera to Latham, Down the leg side, Latham tries to flick but misses. The ball brushes his pads and goes towards the keeper. 72/0

30.3 D Chameera to Latham, From around the wicket it is angled into the batter. Latham tries to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket. 72/0

30.2 D Chameera to J Raval, Short delivery, it hurries Raval into the shot. He still manages to keep it along the turn towards deep square leg for a run. 72/0

30.1 D Chameera to Raval, On a length and around off, the batsman is solid in defense. 71/0

29.6 D Perera to Raval, Short on off, Raval makes room and guides it towards third man. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. 71/0

29.5 D Perera to Raval, Floated on off, Raval blocks it off his front foot. 68/0

29.4 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 68/0

29.3 D Perera to J Raval, Full on off, Raval drives it to mid off. 68/0

29.2 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on middle, Raval dances down the track and defends it. 68/0

29.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval comes down the track and gets it of the inner half of the bat. It goes towards mid on. The batsmen pick up a couple. 68/0

28.6 D Chameera to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to mid on who does a good job to save runs for his team.
66/0

28.5 D Chameera to Latham, Length delivery on middle, the left-hander tucks it to mid-wicket. 66/0

28.4 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 66/0

28.3 D Chameera to Latham, Outside off, Latham leaves it alone. 66/0

28.2 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the southpaw defends off the back foot. 66/0

28.1 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery on leg, Latham blocks it well. 66/0

Dushmantha Chameera is back.

27.6 D Perera to J Raval, Full on middle, Raval drives it to mid on. 66/0

27.5 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Jeet defends off the front foot. 66/0

27.4 D Perera to Raval, Floated on off, Raval blocks it well. 66/0

27.3 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Raval keeps it out. 66/0

27.2 D Perera to Raval, Floated on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 66/0

27.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 66/0

26.6 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 66/0

26.5 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham ducks underneath it. 66/0

26.4 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 66/0

26.3 L Kumara to Latham, FOUR! Latham is too good to miss out on this one. Half volley on middle, Latham flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 66/0

26.2 L Kumara to Raval, Short delivery, Raval pulls it towards square leg for a single. 62/0

26.1 L Kumara to Raval, On a length and around off, it slants away. Raval shoulders arms to it. He has really left the ball well here. 61/0

25.6 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham dances down the track and defends it. 61/0

25.5 D Perera to Latham, Short on off, Latham cuts it to point. 61/0

25.4 D Perera to Latham, Floated on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 61/0

25.3 D Perera to Raval, Full on off, Raval drives it through point. The batsmen get three runs. 61/0

25.2 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 58/0

25.1 D Perera to J Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval drives it to covers. 58/0

Dilruwan Perera is on.

24.6 L Kumara to Latham, Needless shot! This is short and outside off, Latham tries to punch it through covers but does not connect. That is a difficult shot to play and a needless one. 58/0

24.5 L Kumara to Latham, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 58/0

24.4 L Kumara to Raval, On the shorter side, Raval goes back and pulls it towards deep square leg for a run. 58/0

24.3 L Kumara to Raval, Length delivery and slanting away, Raval does what he has done really well in this innings. Left it. 57/0

24.2 L Kumara to Raval, FOUR! Easy-peasy! Full and on off, Raval plants his front foot forward and with a straight bat strokes it through mid off for a boundary. 57/0

24.1 L Kumara to Raval, Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 53/0

23.6 S Lakmal to Tom Latham, FOUR! 50 up for New Zealand. Full on off, Latham drives it through mid off for a boundary. It has been good batting by both the openers. 53/0

23.5 S Lakmal to Latham, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Latham looks to drive but gets beaten on this one. 49/0

23.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on off, Jeet plays it towards point for a single. 49/0

23.3 S Lakmal to J Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval gets a bottom edge on this one. 48/0

23.2 S Lakmal to Raval, EDGE BUT FALLS SHORT! Sri Lanka could have had their first wicket but luck is on their side. Good length delivery on off, Raval looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards first slip where it falls short of the fielder. 48/0

23.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, Raval offers no shot. 48/0

22.6 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham offers a forward defense on this one.
5 runs off the over. 48/0

22.5 L Kumara to Latham, FOUR! Poor delivery and it has been put away. Short and wide outside off, Latham cuts it over point for a boundary. 48/0

22.4 L Kumara to Raval, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander nudges it towards the leg side for a single. 44/0

22.3 L Kumara to Raval, Bowls a bumper, Raval does well to duck under it. 43/0

22.2 L Kumara to Raval, Good length delivery on middle, Raval keeps it out. 43/0

22.1 L Kumara to Raval, Outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 43/0

21.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on off, the left-hander defends and sets off. The batsmen take a quick run. 43/0

21.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on middle, Raval keeps it out. 42/0

21.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval blocks it off his back foot. 42/0

21.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 42/0

21.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 42/0

21.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Full on off, Raval looks to drive but gets a leading edge towards covers. 42/0

20.6 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to covers. 42/0

20.5 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham looks to drive but misses it. Very loose shot from Tom Latham. 42/0

20.4 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 42/0

20.3 Kumara to J Raval, Short of a length delivery, Raval pulls it towards square leg for a run. 42/0

20.2 L Kumara to Raval, Wide outside off, Raval offers no shot. 41/0

20.1 L Kumara to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 41/0

19.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 41/0

19.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham keeps it out. 41/0

19.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Short delivery, Jeet pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single. 41/0

19.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Wide outside off, Raval offers no shot. 40/0

19.2 S Lakmal to J Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 40/0

19.1 S Lakmal to J Raval, Full on off, Raval drives it towards covers. The batsmen pick up a couple. 40/0

18.6 Kumara to J Raval, Short of a length delivery, Raval pulls it towards square leg for a run. 38/0

18.5 L Kumara to Latham, Full on off, the left-hander drives it towards covers for a single. 37/0

18.4 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham keeps it out. 36/0

18.3 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 36/0

18.2 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off, no swing, Latham leaves it alone. 36/0

18.1 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham defends off the back foot. 36/0

Lahiru Kumara to bowl from the other end.

17.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Full on off, Jeet plays it to point. 36/0

17.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 36/0

17.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, the left-hander leaves it alone. 36/0

17.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on leg, Raval nudges it to mid-wicket. 36/0

17.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 36/0

17.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval lets it go. 36/0

We are back after Lunch. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval are at the crease. Suranga Lakmal will start the proceedings after Lunch.

… DAY 2, SESSION 2 …

New Zealand’s session easily. They are now in a very strong position in this Test match. First, they took a lead of 74 as Boult made quick work of the Lankan batsman earlier in the day. Then, their openers are amidst a decent stand and have now taken the lead to above 100. The Kiwis would hope the two can continue in the same manner. Lanka on the other hand, need wickets that too in heaps. The pitch however, seems to have eased out and with the sun shinning, batting seems to have gotten easier. Everything at the moment is going the hosts’ way, can the visitors though produce some magic? Join us to find out after the break.

16.6 D Chameera to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it to mid off. THAT IS LUNCH ON DAY 2. 36/0

16.5 D Chameera to Tom Latham, Full on off, the left-hander drives it to covers. 36/0

16.4 D Chameera to Latham, FOUR! Good shot from Latham. Full on off, Latham drives it through mid off for a boundary. 36/0

16.3 D Chameera to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham does well to duck under it. 32/0

16.2 D Chameera to Latham, Length delivery on leg, Latham looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. 32/0

16.1 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 32/0

15.6 D Perera to Raval, Loopy delivery on off, Jeet keeps it out. 32/0

15.5 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 32/0

15.4 D Perera to Raval, Floated on middle, the left-hander blocks it off his back foot. 32/0

15.3 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, Jeet keeps it out. 32/0

15.2 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 32/0

15.1 D Perera to Raval, FOUR! Short outside off, Raval makes room and cuts it through third man for a boundary. 32/0

Dilruwan Perera is on.

14.6 D Chameera to Latham, Wide outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 28/0

14.5 D Chameera to Latham, Full on middle, Latham drives it to mid on. 28/0

14.4 D Chameera to Latham, Wayward bowling from Sri Lanka. Good length delivery outside off, Latham offers no shot. 28/0

14.3 D Chameera to Latham, Outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 28/0

14.2 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 28/0

14.1 D Chameera to Latham, Full outside off, Latham lets it go. 28/0

13.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off again, the left-hander offers no shot. 28/0

13.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 28/0

13.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval flicks it to mid-wicket. 28/0

13.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 28/0

13.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval lets it go. 28/0

13.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Full on middle, Raval drives it to mid on. 28/0

12.6 D Chameera to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham shoulders his arms to this one. 28/0

12.5 D Chameera to Raval, Short of a length delivery, Raval pulls it towards square leg for a single. 28/0

12.4 D Chameera to Raval, Outside off, Raval lets it go. 27/0

12.4 D Chameera to J Raval, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Raval does well to duck under it. Umpire gave it wide because of the height. 27/0

12.3 D Chameera to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 26/0

12.2 D Chameera to Raval, Full on off, Raval defends off the front foot. 26/0

12.1 D Chameera to Raval, Full outside off, Raval offers no shot. 26/0

11.6 S Lakmal to J Raval, Goes short, Lakmal though is not quick enough to trouble the batter. Raval pulls it through square leg for a run. 26/0

11.5 S Lakmal to Raval, BEAUTY! Lakmal lands it around off, Raval tries to play it with the angle but the ball straightens. Squares Jeet up as he tries to defend. He gets beaten. 25/0

11.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Another shot which has not been timed by Raval. Short and on the body, Jeet pulls it through mid-wicket and collects two. The lead is now one short of 100. 25/0

11.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Attacks the stumps this time, Raval guides it to point. 23/0

11.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Better this time! Closer to the off pole but not close enough to make the batsman play. 23/0

11.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Wide outside off, Lakmal is trying to curl it back in but there is no swing available. It is left alone. 23/0

Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack.

10.6 D Chameera to J Raval, Nicely pulled but once again it does not get to the fence. Short and on middle, Raval gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for three. 23/0

10.5 D Chameera to Raval, Another ball outside off, another leave. Seen the Lankan bowlers bowling too many deliveries outside off. 20/0

10.4 D Chameera to Raval, On the shorter side on middle, the batsman pulls it through square leg for a couple. 20/0

10.3 D Chameera to Raval, Even wider this time outside off, tempting the batsman to go for a loose shot. Raval is not tempted and he makes another leave. 18/0

10.2 D Chameera to Raval, Once again it is outside off, Raval is in no hurry to get the scoreboard moving. He shoulders arms to this one. 18/0

10.1 D Chameera to Raval, Another good leave! Length just outside off, Raval keeps his eyes on the ball and then lets it through to the keeper. 18/0

9.6 L Kumara to Latham, Fuller in length on off, Latham drives it crisply towards mid off. 18/0

9.5 L Kumara to Latham, Well bowled! Pitches around off and then moves away. Latham plays for the original trajectory but is beaten. 18/0

9.4 L Kumara to Raval, Three runs! Good shot but it is not off the middle. Driven nicely through covers, the ball stops as it nears the ropes and the batsmen run three. 18/0

9.3 L Kumara to Raval, On the pads again, Raval fails to flick and it hits him on the pads. 15/0

9.2 L Kumara to Latham, Down the leg side, it is flicked towards fine leg for a run. 15/0

9.1 L Kumara to Latham, Right line and right length! On off and just behind the driving length. Latham defends it. 14/0

8.6 D Chameera to Raval, Angles it away from the off pole, the batsman shoulders arms to it. 14/0

8.5 D Chameera to Raval, Attacks the off pole, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 14/0

8.4 D Chameera to Raval, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 14/0

8.3 D Chameera to Raval, On the shorter side, Raval pulls it towards mid on. 14/0

8.2 D Chameera to Raval, Good length around off, Raval makes a watchful leave. 14/0

8.1 D Chameera to Raval, Errs in line first up, bowls it down the leg side. Raval tries to flick but misses. 14/0

Dushmantha Chameera is on.

7.6 L Kumara to Raval, Wide outside off, Raval lets it go and the keeper does not collect it cleanly. It goes towards fine leg for a bye. The batsmen take a single. 14/0

7.5 L Kumara to Raval, FOUR! First boundary for Jeet Raval. Length delivery on leg, Raval flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 13/0

7.4 L Kumara to Raval, Length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 9/0

7.3 L Kumara to Raval, Bowls yorker on off, Raval digs it out in time. 9/0

7.2 L Kumara to Raval, Good length delivery again outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 9/0

7.1 L Kumara to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval offers no shot. 9/0

6.6 S Lakmal to Latham, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Latham looks to drive but misses it and it goes past the outside edge. 9/0

6.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off again, Latham lets it go. 9/0

6.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, the southpaw shoulders his arms to this one. 9/0

6.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off, the left-hander leaves it alone. 9/0

6.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham offers no shot. 9/0

6.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the front foot. 9/0

5.6 L Kumara to Raval, Length again outside off, the batsman has no interest in playing it. 9/0

5.5 L Kumara to Raval, A bouncer on middle, Raval evades it. 9/0

5.4 L Kumara to Latham, Nice shot! Full and on middle, Latham times it through mid on and the batsmen run three. 9/0

5.3 L Kumara to Raval, Angles it into the batsman, Raval works it to fine leg for a run. 6/0

5.2 L Kumara to Latham, Leading edge but a run! Full and angling away from middle, Latham tries to play it through the on side but gets a leading edge through covers for a run. 5/0

5.1 L Kumara to Latham, On a length and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it. 4/0

4.6 S Lakmal to Raval, On the fuller side outside off, Raval mistimes his drive to mid off. 4/0

4.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, the batsman need not play at those. 4/0

4.4 S Lakmal to Raval, A bumper this time! Raval swivels and pulls it all along the ground towards deep backward square leg for a couple. 4/0

4.3 S Lakmal to Raval, That has gone over the stumps! Is that a good leave or a bad one? A good one in the end! On a length and around off, Raval shoulders arms to it. The ball jags back in and goes over the off pole. 2/0

4.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Once again it is outside off, Raval need not play at those. 2/0

4.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Lakmal has not been at his best here. He bowls it very wide outside off, Raval makes a leave. 2/0

3.6 L Kumara to Latham, A beauty to end the over! On a length and around off, it takes off after pitching. Also moves away. Latham plays inside the line and gets beaten. The last two deliveries is what the Lankan bowlers need to bowl a lot more. 2/0

3.5 L Kumara to Latham, Good bowling! Good use of the angle there. Back of a length around off, it slants away. Latham tries to play at it but gets beaten. 2/0

3.4 L Kumara to Latham, A bumper this time on middle, Latham ducks under it. 2/0

3.3 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery and it is outside off, Tom need not play at those. 2/0

3.2 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off again, the batsman makes another leave. 2/0

3.1 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off, left alone. 2/0

2.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Shorter this time on off, Raval pulls it towards mid on. A maiden by Lakmal. 2/0

2.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length on off, the batsman keeps it out. 2/0

2.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Again it is outside off, the batsman does not play at it. There is not much movement seen for the Lankan bowlers at the moment. 2/0

2.3 S Lakmal to Raval, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 2/0

2.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Better! On off, Raval defends it onto the ground. 2/0

2.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms. 2/0

1.6 L Kumara to Latham, Back of a length around off, Latham stands tall and blocks it out. 2/0

1.5 L Kumara to Latham, Trademark Latham! This is slightly full and around off, Latham leans into it and strokes it through covers for a brace. New Zealand are underway. 2/0

1.4 L Kumara to Latham, Good leave! Goes wide of the crease and angles it towards the off pole. Latham leaves it on length and the ball bounces over the off pole. 0/0

1.3 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off again, Latham does not play at it. 0/0

1.2 L Kumara to Latham, Once again it is outside off, Latham makes a leave. 0/0

1.1 L Kumara to Latham, Outside off, left alone. That came back in quite late but not enough though. Good delivery to start with. 0/0

Lahiru Kumara to bowl from the other end.

0.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, Raval lets it go. A maiden to start with for Suranga Lakmal. No seam and swing for him. 0/0

0.5 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval offers no shot. 0/0

0.4 S Lakmal to Raval, Fourth consecutive leave for Jeet Raval. Again outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 0/0

0.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Outside off, the left-hander leaves it alone. 0/0

0.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery again outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to this one. 0/0

0.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval lets it go. 0/0

First Published: December 28, 2018, 3:56 AM IST