Ton-up Latham, Nicholls give Kiwis 659-run lead against SL

Updated: Dec 29, 2018, 10:54 IST | AFP

New Zealand, who led by 74 on the first innings, declared their second innings on Day Three in Christchurch at 585 for four with Latham scoring 176 to go with his unbeaten 264 in the drawn first Test

Ton-up Latham, Nicholls give Kiwis 659-run lead against SL
Henry Nicholls

Centuries from Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls put New Zealand in line for a defining victory over Sri Lanka yesterday in the second Test with a 659-run second innings lead and the tourists losing early wickets in their record chase.

New Zealand, who led by 74 on the first innings, declared their second innings on Day Three in Christchurch at 585 for four with Latham scoring 176 to go with his unbeaten 264 in the drawn first Test.

Nicholls was not out on a career best 162 with healthy contributions from Jeet Raval (74) and Colin de Grandhomme (71 not out). Sri Lanka at stumps were 24 for two with Dinesh Chandimal on 14 and Kusal Menis on six. Victory for New Zealand would give them a fourth consecutive series win for the first time after wins over the West Indies, England and Pakistan in the past year.

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