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Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling scored an unbeaten 83 and 81 not out respectively to give New Zealand a 138-run lead over Sri Lanka on the fourth day in Colombo.
Starting off on 196/4 after the first session was washed out due to rain, Watling and Tom Latham converted their 70-run partnership into a 143-run stand, during which Latham surpassed the 150-run mark and Watling his fifty.
Shortly after bringing up his 150, Latham was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera for 154, which came off 251 balls and included 15 boundaries.
However, that was to be Sri Lanka’s only taste of success for the day as Watling and De Grandhomme kept the scoreboard ticking with an unbeaten 113-run stand, during which De Grandhomme raced past his half-century, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.
De Grandhomme finished on 83, which came off 75 balls and included five boundaries and five sixes, while Watling remained undefeated on 81, which came off 208 deliveries and included four boundaries.
Dilruwan remains the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Lahiru Kumara and Lasith Embuldeniya have chipped in with one wicket apiece.
New Zealand ended day four on 382/5 and will continue batting on Monday at 09:45 local time or 04:15 GMT.