New Zealand rack up 308 run lead against S.L

New Zealand rack up 308 run lead against S.L

New Zealand rack up 308 run lead against S.L

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Dec, 2015 | 7:41 pm

Kiwi Batsman Kane Williamson became the second New Zealander to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year as the hosts built an imposing 308-run lead over Sri Lanka at the close of the third day’s play of the first Test in Dunedin.

Sri Lanka began the day on 197-4 and while they lost two quick wickets in the first session, Milinda Siriwardana and Rangana Herath guided Sri Lanka past the follow-on target and then frustrated New Zealand’s bowlers with the way they were able to occupy the crease.

Dushmantha Chameera, who had been on six at lunch, was the ninth wicket to fall when he was caught by Ross Taylor at slip off Boult for 14, before Nuwan Pradeep became wicketkeeper BJ Watling’s sixth catch of the innings for three.

Martin Guptill was the only batsman to be dismissed in the hosts’ second innings when a delivery from left arm spinner Rangana Herath barely bounced, scuttled along the wicket and clattered into his stumps.

Guptill, who scored 156 in the first innings, fell after a 79-run opening partnership with Latham, having given New Zealand a perfect start to build on their 137-run first innings lead with an eye to setting Sri Lanka a target in excess off 400.

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