New Zealand are transparent favorites to win the primary Test of the two-match Test collection in opposition to Sri Lanka as they’re properly forward of the guests on the finish of day three.
On day 1, Kane Williamson received the toss and elected to bowl first within the standard Test pitch in Wellington. After pushing the Lankan to bat first, they bundled out the guests for best 282 runs within the first innings.
In answer, New Zealand had an enormous first inning in comparison to that of the guests. On day 2 Kiwi batting line-up used to be properly powered through the knocks from Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor. Kane Williamson overlooked a richly deserved ton through simply nine runs.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor had been the in a single day batsmen for the hosts. Ross Taylor used to be brushed aside quickly after the beginning of day three as he were given out on 50 runs. Then Tom Latham and Henry Nicholas began to hesitate the Lankan bowlers.
They had a century stance for the 5th wicket and it used to be the 3rd consecutive hundred partnership for New Zealand within the tournament. Henry Nicholas additionally scored a half-century like Ross Taylor and brushed aside on 50 runs.
BJ Watling got here at subsequent used to be brushed aside for a duck. Then Grandhome had some other troubling partnership for the Lankan bowlers along side Tom Latham. Grandhomme overlooked a well-made half-century through only one run.
On the opposite finish, Tom Latham scored a powerful double century and on the finish of the innings, he remained unbeaten on 264 runs. With that, he took the privilege to hold the bat for his crew.
New Zealand had been bowled out for 578 runs of their first innings. New Zealand took a large lead of 296 runs within the first innings which pressured the guests on a possibility for an innings defeat.
The tale used to be similar with the Lankan best order in the second one innings too as they misplaced the highest 3 batsmen inside the 20 runs and Sri Lanka had been 20/three on the stumps on day three. New Zealand are nonetheless main through 276 runs and feature a brilliant likelihood for an innings win.
Sri Lanka: 282-all out
Angelo Mathews 83, Dimuth Karunaratne 79
Tim Southee 6/68, Neil Wagner 2/75
New Zealand: 578-all out
Tom Latham 264*, Kane Williamson 91
Lahiru Kumara four/127, Dananjaya de Silva 2/54
Sri Lanka: 20/three
Dimuth Karunaratne 10, Kusal Mendis five*
Tim Southee 2/7, Trent Boult 1/12