New Zealand enroute to victory after Latham double ton

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test – day 3

Tom Latham walks off the field, having carried his bat through for a remarkable 264 not out © Associated Press

The run-fest at the Basin Reserve continued on day three of the 1st Test between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka before New Zealand set themselves up for an innings win with wickets late in the day.

By the end of it all, Sri Lanka were staring down the barrel at a thumping at the hands of a complete New Zealand outfit, unless something dramatic happens on day four.

New Zealand resuming day day three on 311/2, continued to add to the misery of the Lankan bowlers. Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls added half centuries along with Kane Williamson who fell 9 run short of a century on day two.

Sri Lankan bowlers left stranded in Kiwi run-fest

But the day was all about Tom Latham as he continued to torment the hapless Sri Lankan bowling attack. Latham batted for 489 balls, over 10 hours and went on to make his career best score of 264* not out. That was not it, he became only the second New Zealander to carry his bat through a Test innings and the first to do so at home.

Mathews, Karunaratne & Dickwella star in Sri Lanka’s fighting upturn

His knock included 21 fours and a six as he continued to hold one end up while he got good support from the other end. After Taylor and Nicholls departed making half centuries, Colin de Grandhomme made sure to entertain the crowd at the Basin Reserve with a few lusty blows. He hit 49 at almost run-a-ball pace before eventually holing out in the deep after hitting 3 sixes and 3 fours.

Latham patiently watched from the other end as he continued to milk the bowlers. The innings ended when Lahiru Kumara – Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler – had Trent Bolt caught off a fast rising short delivery but New Zealand had secured a first inning lead of 296 runs, being bowled out for 578. Kumara ended with four wicket for the visitors while Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva picked up two wickets apiece as Sri Lanka finally ended their misery after being out in the field for almost 158 overs.

The Sri Lankan second innings was almost identical to their first. Three quick wickets in the blink of an eye and you could sense a familiar batting collapse again.

First to go was Danushka Gunathilaka who was trapped in front by a beautiful out-swinger from Trent Boult. What was worse for Gunathilaka was the fact it was almost identical to his first innings dismissal.

A few minutes later, Tim Southee’s experience showed as he set up Dhananjaya de Silva beautifully before slipping through an off-cutter after a couple of out-swingers. De Silva fell for a duck as he saw his stumps rattled to leave Sri Lanka two down.

Another familiar dismissal followed. This time the anchor man Dimuth Karunaratne, who fell to the short ball trap in the first innings, fell to it again as he failed to keep a pull shot down off the bowling of Southee as he was caught in the deep at fine-leg.

Sri Lanka were 13/3 just like the first innings (9/3) before ending on 20/3 with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews batting them to the end of day 3. They will go into day four needing a further 276 runs to avoid an innings defeat with just 7 wickets in hand.


Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

282/10 & 259/3

(102 overs)


New Zealand

578/10 & 0/0

(0 overs)

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka lbw by T Southee19
Dimuth Karunarathne c BJ Watling b N Wagner79144
Dhananjaya de Silva c BJ Watling b T Southee17
Kusal Mendis c A Patel b T Southee24
Angelo Mathews c BJ Watling b T Southee83153
Dinesh Chandimal c A Patel b T Southee634
Niroshan Dickwella not out80101
Dilruwan Perera c BJ Watling b de Grandhomme1638
Suranga Lakmal c H Nicholls b N Wagner312
Kasun Rajitha c BJ Watling b T Boult232
Lahiru Kumara c de Grandhomme b T Southee08
9 (lb 7, nb 2)
282/10 (90 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-5 (D Gunathilaka, 1.6 ov), 2-7 (D De Silva, 3.2 ov), 3-9 (K Mendis, 3.6 ov), 4-142 (D Karunarathne, 46.3 ov), 5-167 (D Chandimal, 57.2 ov), 6-187 (A Mathews, 59.3 ov), 7-223 (D Perera, 69.5 ov), 8-240 (S Lakmal, 74.2 ov), 9-275 (K Rajitha, 86.6 ov), 10-282 (L Kumara, 89.6 ov)
Trent Boult276831 3.07
Tim Southee277686 2.52
Colin de Grandhomme132351 2.69
Neil Wagner202752 3.75
Ajaz Patel30140 4.67

New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings

Jeet Raval c N Dickwella b L Kumara4370
Tom Latham not out264489
Kane Williamson c K Rajitha b D De Silva9193
Ross Taylor c D Karunarathne b L Kumara5088
Henry Nicholls c K Rajitha b D Perera50101
BJ Watling c N Dickwella b L Kumara06
C de Grandhomme c K Rajitha b D De Silva4953
Tim Southee (runout) D Chandimal614
Neil Wagner c D De Silva b S Lakmal06
Ajaz Patel b D Perera621
Trent Boult c N Dickwella b L Kumara116
8 (lb 5, w 1, nb 2)
578/10 (157.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-59 (J Raval, 22.6 ov), 2-221 (K Williamson, 59.3 ov), 3-312 (R Taylor, 84.4 ov), 4-426 (H Nicholls, 122.5 ov), 5-426 (BJ Watling, 123.6 ov), 6-499 (de Grandhomme, 138.6 ov), 7-520 (T Southee, 144.6 ov), 8-520 (N Wagner, 145.6 ov), 9-549 (A Patel, 154.5 ov), 10-578 (T Boult, 157.3 ov)
Suranga Lakmal316881 2.84
Kasun Rajitha3451440 4.24
Angelo Mathews4310 0.25
Dilruwan Perera4011562 3.90
Lahiru Kumara31.321274 4.06
Dhananjaya de Silva150542 3.60
Danushka Gunathilaka2130 1.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka lbw by T Boult317
Dimuth Karunarathne c T Boult b T Southee1013
Dhananjaya de Silva b T Southee05
Kusal Mendis not out116287
Angelo Mathews not out117293
13 (lb 2, w 8, nb 3)
259/3 (102 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-5 (D Gunathilaka, 3.3 ov), 2-10 (D De Silva, 4.5 ov), 3-13 (D Karunarathne, 6.2 ov)
Tim Southee206362 1.80
Trent Boult213501 2.38
Neil Wagner2121000 4.76
Colin de Grandhomme134240 1.85
Ajaz Patel268460 1.77
Jeet Raval1010 1.00

New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings

0/0 (0 overs)
Fall of Wickets: