Colin de Grandhomme's explosive 83-run knock gives New Zealand hope of eking out a win

Colin de Grandhomme is unbeaten on 83
Colin de Grandhomme is unbeaten on 83
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Clearly, New Zealand are not batting again and if they win indeed, they will win by an innings. But for that, they need to put in Sri Lanka to bat quite early on the last day and their spinners have to deliver.


Match Summary: Day 4

Sri Lanka 244

New Zealand 382-5

[Latham 154(251), de Grandhomme 83(75); Dilruwan Perera 3/114, Lasith Embuldeniya 1/125]

New Zealand lead by 138 runs



Centurion Tom Latham continued his overnight partnership with BJ Watling (81*) as Sri Lanka threw everything at them to price out a wicket. In the meantime, Latham brought up his 150 and was looking set for a double century when he was trapped in front of the wickets by Dilruwan Perera.

BJ Watling continued going in his own style and was joined by Colin de Grandhomme who was positive from the outset. He played positive cricket and showed the damage that an aggressive lower middle-order batsman can do in a short time.

Despite all their efforts, Sri Lanka were not able to break this partnership with rain also playing its part and the players had to walk off the field for a substantial time.



When they finally came back, the light became unsuitable after a few overs and stumps were called. New Zealand are at 382-5 and lead by 130 runs.

Clearly, New Zealand are not batting again and if they win indeed, they will win by an innings. But for that, they need to put in Sri Lanka to bat quite early on the last day and their spinners have to deliver. 

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand- Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

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