New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 3: Latham stars as New Zealand pile on the pressure

Latham hit five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 72

Latham hit five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 72

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Sri Lanka’s woes continued on the third day of the first Test in Dunedin as New Zealand opener Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 72.

Starting off the day on 197/4, Sri Lanka lost Dinesh Chandimal early on for 83 before the tourists’ lower order chipped in with small, but useful contributions to take them to 294 before they were bowled out.

Tim Southee and Neil Wagner picked up three wickets apiece, while Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner snapped up two wickets each as New Zealand held a 137-run lead heading into their second innings.

With a 137-run lead in hand, New Zealand got off to an excellent start as Latham and Martin Guptill amassed a 79-run partnership before Guptill was clean bowled by Rangana Herath for 46.

Latham and Kane Williamson kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 92-run stand, during which Latham surpassed his half-century, before stumps was called.

Latham finished on 72 off 128 balls, which included five boundaries, while Williamson remained undefeated on 48 off 82 deliveries, which included five boundaries as well.

Herath was the only bowler to take a wicket.

New Zealand ended day three on 171/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (Previous day).

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