Latham's ton sees New Zealand give Sri Lanka a strong reply on Day 3

Tom Latham is unbeaten on 111
Tom Latham is unbeaten on 111

Despite Tom Latham's dogged century, New Zealand trail by 48 runs and a first-innings lead of 50 will hold them in good stead.

Match Summary: Day 3 

Sri Lanka 244-All Out

New Zealand 196-4

[Latham 111(184), Watling(wk) 25(62); Dilruwan Perera 2/76, Lasith Embuldeniya 1/58]

New Zealand trail by 48 runs

Sri Lanka started day 2 with Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilruwan Perera at the crease. Both showed resolve to grind it out in the middle. After facing 54 deliveries, Perera departed with the Sri Lankan score reading 171-7.

The score could have been much worse had it not been for the partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Suranga Lakmal. de Silva went on to notch up a century before being cleaned up by Trent Boult.

Tim Southee dismissed the last two batsmen. Southee and Boult shared seven wickets between them to restrict Sri Lanka to 244.

Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers were right on the money as Dilruwan Perera dismissed Jeet Raval in the fourth over. A big breakthrough for the Lions came in the 13th over when Kane Williamson was caught by Kusal Mendis off Lahiru Kumara.

Ross Taylor also departed soon but Tom Latham was dogged at the other end and did not give his wicket away, scoring a century at a healthy strike rate of 60 at the same time.

Latham finally got some lasting support from BJ Watling and the duo saw the team to stumps at 196-4. New Zealand still trail by 48 runs and a first-innings lead of 50 will hold them in good stead.

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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