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by John Pennington Monday 5 January 2015
New Zealand 221 & 253-5 (Williamson 80no) vSri Lanka 356 (Sangakkara 203)Second Test, Wellington, day threeScorecard
Kane Williamson made a patient unbeaten 80 to guide New Zealand into a 118-run lead over Sri Lanka on day three of the second and final Test in Wellington.
After Kumar Sangakkara's brilliant double-century turned the game on its head on day two, New Zealand had to battle to regain the lead.
Williamson's 80 saw him face 200 balls as the home side closed on 253 for five in their second innings.
BJ Watling (48 not out) and Hamish Rutherford (40) also made runs to keep New Zealand in the game.
Resuming on 22 without loss, Rutherford and Tom Latham put on 75 together for the first wicket before Nuwan Pradeep removed both men.
Rutherford was caught at third man by Dinesh Chandimal and Latham caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene.
Ross Taylor then played down the wrong line to Rangana Herath and was bowled and when Dhammika Prasad trapped Brendon McCullum in front for 22 and James Neesham fell to Pradeep in similar circumstances for 19, New Zealand were 159 for five - just 26 runs ahead.
Williamson stood firm, hitting six fours and Watling offered excellent support with 48 in 140 balls as the pair added an unbroken 94 for the sixth wicket.
Pradeep finished the day with figures of three for 57, Herath returned one for 58 and Prasad one for 53.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after an eight-wicket win in Christchurch.
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