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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 78 to leave his side just 47 runs away from whitewashing Sri Lanka 2-0 on the third day of the second Test in Hamilton.
Starting out the day on 232/9, New Zealand only added five runs to their overnight score before they were dismissed for 237, which gave Sri Lanka a 55-run lead.
Dushmantha Chameera was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep snapped up two wickets apiece and Suranga Lakmal chipped in with one wicket.
Heading into their second innings, Sri Lanka failed to capitalise on their 55-run lead as they were skittled out for a dismal 133, which set New Zealand a target of 189 to win.
Opener Kusal Mendis was Sri Lanka’s top-scorer with 46, while Dimuth Karunaratne and Milinda Siriwardana were the two other batsmen to reach double figures.
Tim Southee was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Neil Wagner got three and Doug Bracewell claimed two.
Chasing 189 to win, New Zealand got off to a poor start before Williamson and Ross Taylor amassed a 67-run partnership before Taylor was brilliantly caught by Jeffrey Vandersay, who was the substitute fielder, off the bowling of Chameera for 35.
Williamson and skipper Brendon McCullum kept the runs flowing with a 52-run stand, during which Williamson brought up his half-century, before McCullum was caught by captain Angelo Mathews at cover off the bowling of Chameera for 18.
Mitchell Santner was removed shortly after for four runs before stumps was called just two balls later.
Williamson finished on 78 off 120 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Chameera took four wickets for Sri Lanka, while Lakmal claimed one.
New Zealand ended day three on 142/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (Previous day).