Tom Latham Century Gives Reply to Sri Lanka, NZ vs SL Test Live
A scintillating century of Tom Latham propelled the response of New Zealand’s first inning after Sri Lanka published 244 on day three of the second Rain Test in Colombo on Saturday, as Tom Latham Century gives a solid reply to Sri Lanka.
Tom Latham, in 111, put together an unbeaten 70-run position with B.J. Watling, in 25, to thwart Sri Lanka’s bowling attack that had made early forays into kiwi batting.
Tourists were 196 by four in stones, still behind Sri Lanka by 48runs.
Previously, Dhananjaya de Silva made 109 to lift Sri Lanka after they resumed the day on 144 by six after their decision to bat first.
But Latham took his own the day by posting his 10th test, the fourth against Sri Lanka, to retain New Zealand tickets after they lost key wickets, including Captain Kane Williamson by 20.
Tom Latham combined the correct dose of caution and aggression when he touched 10 limits on his 184-ball stay in the wicket so far.
Tim Southee Told Reporters
Tom is getting better and better every season. He had a great summer at home. It’s great to see him kick and continue that form abroad, especially to come here and play the way he’s played in tough conditions.”
The off-spinner Dilruwan Perera opened the bowling for Sri Lanka and claimed two wickets, dismissing the starter Jeet Raval, for nothing, and Henry Nicholls, for 15.
Fast Bowler Suranga Lakmal sent Williamson walking back to the ward after the batter overtook a delivery to be caught on the second slip.
Latham and Ross Taylor, who made 23, tried to stabilize the innings by collecting 50 runs before left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya broke the partnership.
Embuldeniya pulled Taylor out of his crease only so the batter could skirt the ball and slide it.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella had to leave the field after damaging the little finger of his left hand while trying to catch a Delivery of Kumara.
In the morning session, De Silva spent his night to the 32nd morning to complete his fifth century of the Test match.
Tim Southee returned figures 4-63 while pace-kick-up fellow Trent Boult got three wickets.
De Silva, who was knocked down in nine by pacemaker Boult from his bowling alley on day two, established crucial alliances, including a 43-run out for the eighth wicket with Suranga Lakmal.
The mid-order hitter, who hit 16 fours and two sixes in his 148-ball stay, reached his century with a third-man limit in front of Southee as he raised his bat to applause.
De Silva said that
We were in a bit of a difficult situation and the idea was to try to get to 230. Great support from Dilruwan and the low-level kids to help us get to where we are.
I’m very pleased with the effort I made today. I haven’t been able to get a big score for quite some time.
After the first two days were affected by rain, the third-day game witnessed 90 overs despite a 28-minute delay due to rain in the final session.
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