Tons from Latham, Nicholls give New Zealand colossal lead

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018/19 | 2nd Test – Day 03


Centuries from Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls put New Zealand in line for a defining victory over Sri Lanka Friday in the second Test with a 659-run second innings lead and the tourists losing early wickets in their record chase.

New Zealand, who led by 74 on the first innings, declared their second innings on day three in Christchurch at 585 for four with Latham scoring 176 to go with his unbeaten 264 in the drawn first Test.

Nicholls was not out on a career best 162 with healthy contributions from Jeet Raval (74) and Colin de Grandhomme (71 not out).

Sri Lanka at stumps were 24 for two with Dinesh Chandimal on 14 and Kusal Menis on six.

Victory for New Zealand would give them a fourth consecutive series win for the first time after wins over the West Indies, England and Pakistan in the past year.

With more than two days left, Sri Lanka had reason for patience but lost both openers — Dimuth Karunaratne without scoring and Danushka Gunathilaka (four) — in the first two overs.

No team has ever scored more than 418 in a successful fourth innings run chase and the pitch continues to offer some assistance to the New Zealand bowlers.

Sri Lanka, however, were less effective with the ball and de Grandhomme in particular was scoring freely when Kane Williamson declared midway through the final session.

De Grandhomme, who had six fours and two sixes in his whirlwind innings, passed the 50 mark in a New Zealand record 28 deliveries, one better than the previous best by Tim Southee against England 10 years ago.

Day 02 Report

New Zealand resumed Friday at 231 for two and Latham, whose unbeaten 264 in the drawn first Test is the top score in all Test cricket this year, continued his purple patch with grim determination through 370 deliveries.

For the most part, it was a near faultless innings, although he was dropped by Dushmantha Chameera on 32 and survived an lbw review on 75.

But, on the stroke of tea, Chameera made the breakthrough when he had Latham caught behind off a faint legside edge.

The only reward with the new ball in the morning session came when Lahiru Kumara trapped Ross Taylor in front to claim the senior batsman’s wicket for 40.

Latham and Nicholls put on 214 for the fourth wicket with Latham achieving his eighth century and Nicholls his fourth.

Only three times in cricket history has the winning side scored more than 400 in the fourth innings, while the current record held by the West Indies is 418 for seven against Australia 15 years ago in Antigua.

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The highest fourth innings score in the modern era is New Zealand’s 451 chasing 550 against England in 2002, while England scored 654 for five after being set a target of 696 by South Africa in 1939.

Unlike the first Test in Wellington, where rain washed out most of the final day, fine weather is forecast for the remainder of the Christchurch Test.


Full Scorecard

New Zealand

178/10 & 585/4

(153 overs)


Sri Lanka

104/10 & 236/10

(106.2 overs)

New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings

Jeet Raval c D Chandimal b S Lakmal624
Tom Latham c K Mendis b S Lakmal1030
Kane Williamson c N Dickwella b S Lakmal218
Ross Taylor (runout) L Kumara2746
Henry Nicholls b S Lakmal110
BJ Watling c D Perera b L Kumara4690
C de Grandhomme c D Chameera b L Kumara15
Tim Southee c D Gunathilaka b D Perera6865
Neil Wagner c K Mendis b S Lakmal07
Ajaz Patel c S Lakmal b L Kumara25
Trent Boult not out11
14 (b 6, lb 7, nb 1)
178/10 (50 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-16 (J Raval, 8.3 ov), 2-17 (T Latham, 10.1 ov), 3-22 (K Williamson, 14.2 ov), 4-36 (H Nicholls, 18.5 ov), 5-57 (R Taylor, 25.3 ov), 6-64 (de Grandhomme, 27.1 ov), 7-172 (T Southee, 47.2 ov), 8-175 (N Wagner, 48.4 ov), 9-177 (BJ Watling, 49.2 ov), 10-178 (A Patel, 49.6 ov)
Suranga Lakmal195545 2.84
Lahiru Kumara144493 3.50
Angelo Mathews4160 1.50
Dushmantha Chameera81430 5.38
Dilruwan Perera51131 2.60

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c J Raval b T Southee831
Dimuth Karunarathne c K Williamson b T Southee79
Dinesh Chandimal c BJ Watling b T Southee69
Kusal Mendis c BJ Watling b de Grandhomme1532
Angelo Mathews not out3388
Roshen Silva c T Southee b T Boult2163
Niroshan Dickwella c T Southee b T Boult43
Dilruwan Perera lbw by T Boult04
Suranga Lakmal lbw by T Boult01
Dushmantha Chameera lbw by T Boult02
Lahiru Kumara lbw by T Boult04
10 (b 5, lb 5)
104/10 (41 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-10 (D Karunarathne, 5.2 ov), 2-20 (D Chandimal, 7.2 ov), 3-21 (D Gunathilaka, 9.4 ov), 4-51 (K Mendis, 17.1 ov), 5-94 (R Silva, 36.4 ov), 6-100 (N Dickwella, 38.1 ov), 7-100 (D Perera, 38.5 ov), 8-100 (S Lakmal, 38.6 ov), 9-104 (D Chameera, 40.2 ov), 10-104 (L Kumara, 40.6 ov)
Trent Boult158306 2.00
Tim Southee155353 2.33
Colin de Grandhomme60191 3.17
Neil Wagner50100 2.00

New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings

Jeet Raval c K Mendis b D Perera74162
Tom Latham c N Dickwella b D Chameera176370
Kane Williamson c K Mendis b L Kumara4875
Ross Taylor lbw by L Kumara4044
Henry Nicholls not out162225
de Grandhomme not out7145
14 (b 5, lb 3, w 3, nb 3)
585/4 (153 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-121 (J Raval, 47.6 ov), 2-189 (K Williamson, 70.1 ov), 3-247 (R Taylor, 83.1 ov), 4-461 (T Latham, 138.3 ov)
Suranga Lakmal306960 3.20
Lahiru Kumara3261342 4.19
Dushmantha Chameera3051471 4.90
Dilruwan Perera4131491 3.63
Danushka Gunathilaka162450 2.81
Dimuth Karunarathne4260 1.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c BJ Watling b T Southee47
Dimuth Karunarathne c BJ Watling b T Boult02
Dinesh Chandimal c H Nicholls b N Wagner56228
Kusal Mendis c M Henry b N Wagner67147
Angelo Mathews not out2254
Roshen Silva c BJ Watling b N Wagner1873
Niroshan Dickwella b T Southee1931
Dilruwan Perera c K Williamson b N Wagner2262
Suranga Lakmal b T Boult1825
Dushmantha Chameera lbw by T Boult38
Lahiru Kumara not out01
7 (b 4, lb 2, w 1)
236/10 (106.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-1 (D Karunarathne, 0.6 ov), 2-9 (D Gunathilaka, 1.5 ov), 3-126 (K Mendis, 54.5 ov), 4-158 (D Chandimal, 76.2 ov), 5-181 (N Dickwella, 85.1 ov), 6-208 (R Silva, 95.4 ov), 7-233 (S Lakmal, 104.3 ov), 8-233 (D Perera, 105.2 ov). 9-236 (D Chameera, 106.2 ov)
Trent Boult28.211773 2.73
Tim Southee2713612 2.26
Colin de Grandhomme101230 2.30
Neil Wagner2910484 1.66
Ajaz Patel129210 1.75