New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3: Latham, Nicholls pile on the runs to torment Sri Lanka

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Tom Latham celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

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Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls scored 176 and a career-best 162 not out respectively as New Zealand punished Sri Lanka on the third day in Christchurch.

Starting off the day on 231/2, New Zealand only added 16 runs to their overnight score before Ross Taylor was trapped lbw off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara for 40.

Latham and Nicholls made up for the loss of Taylor with a 214-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their hundreds.

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Henry Nicholls soaks in the moment after bringing up his fourth Test hundred

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With New Zealand cruising and building a mammoth lead, Sri Lanka tried to do everything in their power to break the partnership.

Dushmantha Chameera eventually gave Sri Lanka the breakthrough they were desperately looking for as Latham was caught behind for 176, which came off 370 balls and included 17 boundaries and a six.

Despite losing Latham, Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme continued to keep the scoreboard ticking as they forged an unbeaten 124-run stand before New Zealand declared 585/4, which set Sri Lanka 660 to win.

Nicholls ended up making 162, which came off 225 balls and included 16 boundaries, while De Grandhomme remained undefeated on 71, which came off 45 deliveries and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Kumara was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Chameera and Dilruwan Perera chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 660 to win, Sri Lanka were dealt a massive blow on the sixth ball of their innings as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for a duck.

Danushka Gunathilaka, who opened the batting with Karunaratne, was dismissed in the next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee for four runs.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis ensured their side didn’t lose anymore wickets as they put together an unbeaten 15-run partnership before stumps was called.

Boult and Southee claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 24/2 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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