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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - P Sara Oval, Colombo,2nd Test, Date - 25/11/2012, Toss won by - New Zealand, Day - 5
  • SL /
  • New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

New Zealand would now look to bat sensibly and build on the lead. The wicket is still offering some assistance to the seamers but more than that the Kiwis have to be wary of the Herath and Randiv threat. Stay tuned for the NZ second innings...

That's it. Not much fight shown by the Sri Lankan tail once Samaraweera departed. They have been folded out for a pretty mediocre total and have handed New Zealand a handy 168-run lead. Trent Boult and Tim Southee were the chief tormentors, bagging 9 wickets between them and completely rocked the Lankan famed batting line-up.

93.6 T Boult to R Herath, OUT! An absolute stunner from Kane Williamson to put an end to Sri Lanka's innings! A very similar incident occurred years ago, when the now-sidelined Dinesh Karthik plucked off a stunner at fly slip off RP Singh's bowling to remove Graeme Smith in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Twenty. Full and wide outside off, Herath pokes at that, the ball flies away past gully, but Williamson leaps up horizontally to the ground and sticks his left hand to clutch a stunner. SRI LANKA ALL OUT FOR 244! 244/10

93.5 T Boult to Eranga, Pitched up to the stumps, Eranga heaves it away off the inside edge over square leg to take one. 244/9

93.4 T Boult to Eranga, Full and wide outside off, Eranga goes back and forth to square-drive it straight to the point fielder. 243/9

93.3 T Boult to Eranga, A really fine stroke. A short of a good length delivery, Eranga stands tall and just punches it on the up off the back foot through covers for a couple. 243/9

93.2 T Boult to Eranga, Full in length, outside off, pushed down the ground. 241/9

93.1 T Boult to Herath, Very full and wide outside off, Herath squirts it away off the outside edge past point for one. 241/9

92.6 Tim Southee to Eranga, A back of a length delivery around off, Eranga pushes and misses. 240/9

Third 5-wicket haul in Tests for Tim Southee, first against SL! He becomes the fourth Kiwi bowler to take a five-for in Sri Lanka.

Shaminda Eranga is the last man in.

92.5 Tim Southee to N Kulasekara, OUT! Edged and gone! Tim Southee gets a much-deserved five-fer. The probing channel, good length on off and nips away, Kulasekara pushes timidly at that and the outside edge is pouched safely by Ross Taylor at first slip. No slip-up from the skipper this time. 240/9

92.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Well wide outside off, almost outside the wide guidelines even as Kulasekara has a flay and a miss. 240/8

92.3 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Nice and tight, back of a length and swinging away on middle, Kulasekara gets behind the line to push it back. 240/8

92.2 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Short of a length, climbing up, Kulasekara leaves it alone. 240/8

92.1 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, FOUR! A tempting wide delivery, on a length, Kulasekara thrashes it away past point. They'll go for quick runs now. 240/8

91.6 T Boult to Herath, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 236/8

91.5 T Boult to Herath, FOUR! Off the mark. A fast bowler wouldn't be particularly pleased with that and Boult and Herath have a go at each other now. A short of a length delivery, 130.3 kph, Herath pulls it away over mid-wicket and finds the ropes. 236/8

91.4 T Boult to R Herath, On a good length outside off, moves away and finds the safe outside edge of Herath's blade towards gully. 232/8

91.3 T Boult to Herath, Bowls it wide and short outside off, Herath goes after that but misses out. 232/8

Rangana Herath walks out next at number 10.

91.2 Boult to Randiv, OUT! Caught in front but is it going down? Nope. A peach of a delivery from Trent Boult! If he is nurtured well, might turn out to be the prime left-arm pacers of the future. Very full in length on middle, just swings in late and strikes Randiv on the pads. The appeal from Boult is initially not regarded by Nigel Llong, he turns his head away and suddenly the finger goes up. Trent Boult had his hands on his waist in surprise but then finally understands he's got his man. 232/8

91.1 T Boult to S Randiv, Full in length, straightens on off and finds the outside edge of Randiv's blade which goes on a bounce to gully. 232/7

90.6 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Full in length on off and Kulasekara smashes it down the ground, only to find Southee as an obstacle to prevent the certain boundary. 232/7

90.5 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Drifts this on a good length delivery down the leg side, Kulasekara tucks it away for one through mid-wicket. 232/7

90.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, It's a perfect wicket-taking delivery. Lands on off stump at 139.8 kph, this line makes Kulasekara poke at it but the ball swings away from him and beats the outside edge. 230/7

90.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Similar delivery outside off, stroked away this time through covers for a single. 230/7

90.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Too wide and full outside off, Randiv leaves it alone. 229/7

90.1 Tim Southee to S Randiv, FOUR! First runs of the day! A good length delivery outside off, Randiv strode forward with a poke, found a thickish edge which scurried away past gully. 229/7

89.6 T Boult to Kulasekara, Beautifully delivered full length delivery, swung back in but Kulasekara defended it well. 225/7

Nuwan Kulasekara walks out next at number 7.

89.5 T Boult to T Samaraweera, OUT! Excellent bowling and New Zealand get benefited with the new ball! Boult was getting the previous two deliveries to move in late. This was pitched on a fuller length around middle, was seeming to go down but it just straightens, Samaraweera goes across to flick but the ball finds the outside edge which is taken safely by Martin Guptill at second slip. End of a gritty innings and Kiwis are on top again. 225/7

89.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Very similar delivery, this was just around off and Samaraweera taps it down. 225/6

89.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, It's definitely swinging! On a fuller length outside off and curves back in late, Samaraweera gets caught in two minds and the ball just shaves past the outside edge. 225/6

The new ball is been taken, but it does not look that new a ball. The seam has worn off a bit.

Oh my. There is a debate between Craig McMillan and Russel Arnold as the umpires are about to change the ball for yet another time. This patch of Kookaburra balls is obviously not of top quality. While McMillan feels it's absolutely ridiculous to change it for the fifth time in just 2 innings, Russel Arnold suggests it's just because the Kiwi bowlers can't swing it.

89.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Pushes away wide outside off, full, Samaraweera pushes it away to cover. 225/6

89.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, On a fuller length around off, Samaraweera gets across for a drive but finds an inside edge towards mid-wicket. 225/6

88.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Maintains the good length line, just around off at 136.8 kph, Randiv comes across to cover the line and allows it to pass away to the keeper. 225/6

88.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Comes from wide off the crease and delivers a straightish delivery outside off, Randiv on the front foot, defends it to cover. 225/6

88.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pulls his length back to a good length at 135.9 kph, just around off, stroked away to extra cover. 225/6

88.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full length delivery outside off, no swing still whatsover, Randiv gets down in defense. 225/6

88.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Again it's pitched up in the similar zone, another watchful front foot defense. 225/6

88.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Fuller length, outside off, Randiv steps forward and defends it. 225/6

Tim Southee into the attack from the Scoreboard End.

87.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Short of a length, outside off, Samaraweera allows it through. 225/6

87.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Full ball outside off, Samaraweera strikes it well on the up but finds the extra cover fielder. 225/6

87.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Bowls it on a fuller length at 130.7 kph, outside off and Samaraweera allows it through. 225/6

87.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Well wide outside off, it's left alone now. 225/6

87.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Good delivery! Lands a good length delivery around off and it moves away with the angle, Samaraweera is forced to push at that and the ball beats the edge. 225/6

87.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Starts off with a fuller length around off, Samaraweera drives it down to mid off. 225/6

It will be Trent Boult to share the new ball from the Janashakhti End.

86.6 K Williamson to Randiv, Angles it into the pads at 80.2 kph, another flick to short leg to end the over. 225/6

86.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Well tossed up at 80 kph, Randiv tucks it away to short leg. 225/6

86.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Flights it up around off this time, blocked on the leg side again. 225/6

86.3 K Williamson to Randiv, Bowls flighted on middle, defended on the leg side. 225/6

The players are out in the middle to start off Day 4. Kane Williamson will bowl out his remaining four balls off the pending over. Suraj Randiv on strike.

The pitch is still firm and there is still no crumbling out there. There are cracks which have gone wider in the middle of the pitch though. Russel Arnold feels that the bowlers will have to make the batsmen play most of the deliveries or survival will get much easier.

It's bright and sunny at the moment. There is a cool breeze doing the rounds at the stadium as well. The new ball( which is more of a 'newish' ball as the actual new ball was replaced after two overs) is still six overs old and will be the key early in the morning session.

Expect Ross Taylor to come out marching his troops in a spirited manner and on a personal note, would himself make sure he doesn't drop any more catches, with three put down already in this innings.

All set for Day 4 action between Sri Lanka and New Zealand for the 2nd Test in Colombo. One would say New Zealand still hold the cards as they have managed to eradicate six wickets of the Sri Lankan line-up but Thilan Samaraweera and Suraj Randiv are staging a gritty partnership worth 97 for the 7th wicket. One more wicket then New Zealand will get the immediate upper-hand as Sri Lanka still trail by 187 runs.

DAY 4, SESSION 1...

Join us tomorrow at 0930 local time for Day 4 as it will be yet another early start. Till then, farewell!

The injured Thilan Samaraweera in spite of not being around for a long time, has led the fightback well along with Suraj Randiv after toiling it out there solidly. The spinners haven't been able to trouble the batsmen but the pacers in the name of Boult and Southee bowled wonderfully, and gave deliveries that could fetch wickets on any other day. Ross Taylor dropped two more catches today and obviously, that is going to count now.

That will be STUMPS ON DAY 3. Unfortunately, that's all we could offer today as the umpires signal the end of day's play.

The covers are on as well. Stay tuned for further updates.

THE PLAYERS ARE WALKING OFF DUE TO BAD LIGHT. The conditions were getting darker and darker and it was only a matter of time before this had to happen. It's 1605 local time and let's hope we get some sort of play before the end of the day as there are still 25 overs left to be bowled.

86.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Another one down the leg side, Randiv tucks it away to the fine leg fence for a couple. 225/6

86.1 K Williamson to Samaraweera, Short and turning down the leg side, Samaraweera tucks it away for one. 223/6

Ross Taylor is suggested not to use his seamers due to fading light. He obliges and inserts Kane Williamson into the attack.

DRINKS BREAK!

85.6 J Patel to Randiv, Angles across the slider, on off and moves away, Randiv gets beaten with a push inside the line. 222/6

85.5 J Patel to Randiv, Short and turns in late, Randiv goes deep in his crease and eases it away through covers for two more. 222/6

85.4 J Patel to Randiv, Flatter and quick on middle, tucked away on the leg side. 220/6

85.3 J Patel to Randiv, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 220/6

85.2 J Patel to Randiv, Randiv has had enough. Gets down the track and lofts it away over the mid on region. Not much distance in that and they take a couple. 220/6

85.1 J Patel to Randiv, Quicker delivery down the leg side, Randiv pads it away. 218/6

Jeetan Patel comes back into the attack. The fading light probably prompted this change.

The lightmeter is on. Another reading taken by umpire Erasmus.

84.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! A full length delivery, tailing down the leg side, 136.4 kph, Samaraweera falls across while flicking to get hit on the pads. Southee just can't believe it when the appeal is turned down. 218/6

84.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! Easy runs. Southee lets this good length delivery down the leg side, Samaraweera easily works it away off his pads and it goes to the fence. 218/6

84.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera defends it away towards covers. 214/6

84.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A short of a length delivery, Samaraweera defends. 214/6

WOW! Tim Southee seems to be suggesting another change in the ball. Seen showing the shape of the ball to umpire Erasmus who probably told him, enough is enough, we don't have any more new balls left.

84.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, on off, Samaraweera defends. 214/6

84.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Full outside off, 133.7 kph, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 214/6

83.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single 214/6

83.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Full in length, driven down to mid on. 213/6

83.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, A full length delivery, Samaraweera defends it off his front foot. 213/6

83.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera defends well. 213/6

83.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, FOUR! EDGED AND SAFE! Almost a wicket but just out of the reach of the fielder! Full and wide from Boult, makes the batsman drive and Samaraweera goes after it, finds a thickish outside edge which is beyond the reach of the leaping Guptill at second slip. SRI LANKA AVOID THE FOLLOW-ON! 213/6

83.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 209/6

82.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Randiv has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 209/6

82.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Bangs in short, Randiv lets it pass through. 209/6

This is now the highest seventh-wicket stand at this ground. 80 was the previous one between Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene against India back in 2008.

82.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, FOUR! Confident shot! A fuller length delivery outside off, 132.7 kph, Randiv leans across and drives it well in the gap through covers. 209/6

82.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Excellent now. Again it's the identical delivery but just about moves away to beat the edge of Randiv's blade. 205/6

A cat on the ground. Passing right across the slip region and goes away to fine leg now. None of the New Zealand players even thought of doing anything to it.

82.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full outside off, 134.6 kph, Randiv lets it go. 205/6

82.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Huge shout for LBW! Close one but it's turned down. A good length delivery on the stumps, Randiv goes to work it away, luckily, finds an inside edge as the appeal goes up. 205/6

ANOTHER CHANGE IN BALL. We have no idea on the quality of these Kookaburra balls but New Zealand get the most out of it with yet another bright new cherry.

81.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Good length delivery outside off, punched away on the off side. 205/6

The umpires now have a chat, probably regarding the light as it's pretty overcast. There should be some improvement now or play doesn't seem possible if it deteriorates further.

81.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Goes full, but it swings down the leg side as Samaraweera misses out. 205/6

81.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Wide outside off now, going away, Samaraweers sits back and punches it past mid off to take a couple of runs. 205/6

81.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Another delivery seaming back in off a good length, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 203/6

81.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, A full ball outside off, Samaraweera strokes it down. 203/6

81.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Starts with a wonderful delivery, full in length and jags back in, Samaraweera aims to push it away on the off side but finds an inside edge. 203/6

The light meter is out now. Play to go on and Trent Boult will now share the new ball from the other hand. With fast bowlers operating from both ends, I wonder for how long the umpires will continue. It's very dark at the moment!

80.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full length delivery in the line of the stumps, defended well off the front foot. 203/6

The umpire has a look at the ball. Not sure why but play will continue.

80.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Excellent shape on the ball but dealt well with. Full on leg and curves away further, Samaraweera makes utmost use of the bottom-hand and clips it away through mid-wicket for three runs. 203/6

80.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 200/6

Tim Southee is one of the eight players in Test cricket to score a 50 and take a five-wicket haul on debut.

80.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 200/6

80.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Darts down a good length delivery, Randiv tucks it fine to the leg side and takes a single from fine leg. The 200 comes up. 200/6

Getting more gloomier now....

80.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full in length outside off, goes away with the swing, left alone. 199/6

Second new ball has been taken. Tim Southee [16-3-39-4] comes back into the attack to utilize it. Umpire Erasmus is just a bit worried about the fading light.

79.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, A flat and quick delivery, Samaraweera gets down in defense. 199/6

79.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 199/6

79.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quick outside off, dabbed away to point. 199/6

This is now the highest 7th-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against New Zealand at this ground.

79.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat on middle, worked away towards square leg. 199/6

79.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Goes on the back foot and punches it away for a couple of runs. 199/6

79.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Gets across and works it away to mid-wicket. 197/6

78.6 K Williamson to Samaraweera, Short and slow on the pads at 79.9 kph, worked away easily through square leg to take one. 197/6

78.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Quicker and darted in on a fuller length, knocked down through mid off for a single this time. 196/6

78.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Tight on the stumps, Randiv blocks it down. 195/6

78.3 K Williamson to S Randiv, Gets right across and pushes it down to mid on. 195/6

78.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Quick and flat outside off, Randiv pushes it away towards the off side. 195/6

78.1 K Williamson to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 195/6

77.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quicker delivery, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 195/6

77.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short on the pads, worked away on the leg side. 195/6

77.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, An uneasy moment there for Samaraweera. Gets down the track but the ball dips in, and luckily catches his pads and keeps down on the pitch. If not for the pads, could have been stumped as van Wyk had already moved to the leg side. 195/6

77.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Thilan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 195/6

77.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Darts it quick and full, Samaraweera shuffles and defends. 195/6

77.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and quick outside off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it through covers. The outfield is slow and they manage only two from the deep. 195/6

Jeetan Patel comes on to replace Todd Astle.

76.6 K Williamson to Randiv, This one is very full outside off, Randiv strokes it off his front foot to mid off. 193/6

76.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 193/6

76.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, defended off the front foot. 193/6

76.3 K Williamson to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 193/6

76.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Off-spinner spinning down the leg side, Randiv fails to flick it. 193/6

76.1 K Williamson to Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, driven straight to covers. 193/6

Kane Williamson to roll his arm now. Just four more overs before the second new ball will be available.

75.6 T Astle to Randiv, Slowish leg spinner on off, Randiv draws forward for a defense but it curves away a bit and takes the outside half of the bat. It rolls past first slip for a run. 193/6

75.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 192/6

75.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Long hop on middle, pulled firmly through mid-wicket for a couple. Terrific piece of fielding in the deep to pull it back just before the ropes. 191/6

75.3 T Astle to Randiv, Touch short in length on middle, curling away, Randiv transfers his weight on the back foot and crashes it to covers. Slight misfield by Guptill allows a run. 189/6

75.2 T Astle to Randiv, Lovely loopy leg spinner on middle, Randiv is solidly behind the line in defense. 188/6

75.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Little bit short around off, cut through cover-point for a single. 188/6

74.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Back of a length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot to the leg side. Well negotiated by Randiv! 187/6

74.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Hurls in a bouncer, Randiv ducks. 187/6

74.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Drifting down the leg side, dabbed in front of Astle at leg gully. 187/6

74.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Uppish but past the short leg fielder. A full delivery on middle and off, Randiv leans across and flicks it to the leg side. It was slightly in the air but Flynn under the helmet was slow to react. A couple of runs to give Randiv his highest Test score. 187/6

74.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, This one nips back in from a full length, Randiv flicks it to leg gully. 185/6

74.1 D Bracewell to S Randiv, FOUR! Edgy boundary! Good length delivery pitched wide outside off at 133.8 kph, Randiv tried to drive it away from his body and edged it behind. It flew past gully and screamed away to the third man fence. 185/6

Doug Bracewell [12-1-38-0] will continue from the other end.

73.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nicely flighted delivery, full on middle, hit firmly down the ground but straight to mid on. 181/6

73.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Sliding down the leg side, nudged to fine leg for a couple. 181/6

73.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Little short in length on off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it to covers. 179/6

73.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run. 179/6

Thilan Samaraweera reaches his 30th Test fifty! This is the 2nd 50-stand partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand at this ground.

73.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Full toss outside off, driven past point for a couple. Lovely useful knock by Thilan! 179/6

73.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Flighted full delivery on off, spinning away, Samaraweera covered the line and allowed it through. 177/6

We're back for the last session. 39 overs are left in the day's play. Todd Astle to continue...

Day 3, third session...

Mixed afternoon session! New Zealand picked up a wicket of Prasanna Jayawardene but since then the pair of Samaraweera and Randiv have batted patiently. They sensibly negotiated the spinning deliveries but looked uncomfortable against the pacers. The wicket has eased off but with the new ball just around the corner, the hosts need to be watchful after the break as well. The deficit for them is still 235 runs and they have not avoided the follow-on yet. Join us in a while for the last session...

72.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, This line has been really nagging and Bracewell is doing a good job. Darts it short yet again, this was angling away after landing on the line of the stumps, Randiv aims to fend it away but gets beaten. TEA ON DAY 3! 177/6

72.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, That's interesting. Bracewell keeps it short, on middle, Randiv goes right across, exposes his stumps and trusts the bounce of the ball to go over the stumps. Very brave, had that kept low though? 177/6

72.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Another short ball, this was bowled at hardly any pace, 109.1 kph and Randiv ducks easily. 177/6

72.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Almost bounced him out! A short delivery banged in, Randiv dabs at that with the softest of wrists and it rolls down in front of short leg. 177/6

72.2 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Much full in length outside off, Samaraweera gets down to drive that, finds an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls away on the off side for one. 177/6

72.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Short in length outside off, 135.4 kph, Samaraweera goes back and punches it away to extra cover. He pulls his bottom-hand away in pain. 176/6

71.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gets across and pushes it away past point to end the over with a single. 176/6

71.5 T Astle to Randiv, Keeps it short and it turns further away, Randiv guides it away towards cover for a single. 175/6

71.4 T Astle to Randiv, Short delivery, flat this time, punched away to cover. 174/6

71.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery on middle, driven through mid on this time for a single. 174/6

71.2 T Astle to Randiv, Gets across and works it away through mid-wicket for one. 173/6

71.1 T Astle to Randiv, The leg-break, it's short this time and punched away to mid off. 172/6

70.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short of a length, down the leg side, Randiv fends at that and it goes off the glove past the keeper for a single. 172/6

Silly point goes out and short leg in place now.

70.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Once again it's short down the leg side, does not kick up much still Randiv ducks under that. 171/6

70.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short in length, 133.6 kph, Randiv defends it on the leg side. 171/6

Silly point comes in. It's Martin Guptill there and Doug Bracewell to charge in from around the wicket now.

70.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Full length outside off, Randiv lets it go through again. 171/6

70.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, Bangs in short this time, on middle, Randiv leaves it alone. 171/6

70.1 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short of a length, well outside off, Samaraweera reaches out and slashes it. Boult with a dive at point to stop the single. 171/6

Doug Bracewell replaces Boult in the attack. Just a few more minutes left for tea and expect him to run in hard and bowl fast.

69.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gives it the extra loop around off, turns away and Samaraweera calmly defends it down. 171/6

69.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, A touch short, Samaraweera could not beat the fielder at cover. 171/6

69.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gets across the line to a floated delivery and lets it go untouched. 171/6

69.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Another tossed up delivery left alone. 171/6

69.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Quite short outside off, turns away, Samaraweera reaches out but could not get it past backward point. 171/6

69.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tosses it up around off, turns away as Samaraweera leaves it alone. 171/6

Suraj Randiv is batting sensibly here to partner Samaraweera. He is no mug with the bat as he averages 18.57 in first-class cricket which includes a century and six half-centuries. Still to get an interantional fifty though. But the way he is batting, he could get it today.

68.6 T Boult to Randiv, Invites the drive with a full length delivery angling away, Randiv could not beat extra-cover though. 171/6

68.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes from well wide off the crease and bowls length on middle, Randiv tucks it down on the leg side. 171/6

68.4 T Boult to Randiv, Pitches it up yet again outside off, Randiv strokes it away towards extra cover. 171/6

68.3 T Boult to Randiv, Bangs in short this time, outside off, Randiv gets up and pushes it away towards point. 171/6

68.2 T Boult to Randiv, Full and wide this time, well outside off though, Randiv allows it through. 171/6

68.1 T Boult to Randiv, Fuller length outside off, straightens, Randiv drives it away to extra cover. 171/6

67.6 T Astle to Randiv, Another flighted full leg spinner on off, driven down to mid off for a single. 171/6

67.5 T Astle to Randiv, Touch short in length on middle, shaping away, Randiv remains on the back foot and punches it to covers. Confusion over a single and they decide not to cross. 170/6

67.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Extra loop, the ball hangs in the air for a while before landing. Full around off, Samaraweera pushes it to mid off and ambles across for a run. 170/6

67.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 169/6

67.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Good comeback delivery, bowls it full around off and gets it to spin away, Samaraweera allows it through. 169/6

67.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Poor delivery to start, short and wide, spinning away, Samaraweera fails to make full use of it as he hits it straight to covers. 169/6

66.6 T Boult to Randiv, Angles in a full delivery on off, Randiv lunges forward in defense. 169/6

66.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes from round the wicket and lands a full ball outside off, Randiv shoulders his arms. 169/6

66.4 T Boult to Randiv, Hurls across a fuller length ball, wide outside off, a tempting driving delivery, Randiv has nothing to do with it. 169/6

66.3 T Boult to Randiv, Lovely probing stuff from the bowler. On a good length around off, Randiv defends it with his bat and pad together. 169/6

66.2 T Boult to T Samaraweera, Another full length delivery angling away from the batsman, outside off, Samaraweera stretches out for it and drives it through covers for a run. 169/6

66.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Steams in and angles across a fuller length delivery. Wide outside off, Samaraweera allows it through to the keeper. 168/6

Trent Boult is back for another spell.

65.6 T Astle to Randiv, That's a peach of a delivery. Nice drift into the batsman, landing around off and forcing the batsman on the front foot. Randiv tries to defend it but it spins away to beat the outside edge. This lad is pretty impressive and is showing good control on his length. 168/6

65.5 T Astle to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 168/6

65.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Helps it off his pads to mid-wicket for a quick single. 168/6

65.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Long hop on middle and leg, hit firmly through mid on where the fielder fails to stop it cleanly. A couple. 167/6

65.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice loopy leg spinner, drifting into the batsman and landing on middle, Samaraweera drives it straight to short cover. 165/6

65.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Was that a DROP? YES. A short delivery, turning away, Samaraweera goes back and cuts it fine, ends up going quiet fine as Taylor gets right across, but could not get his right hand right over the ball. That's Taylor's THIRD DROP of the innings already. A tough chance though. 165/6

64.6 J Patel to Randiv, A short delivery, Randiv stays back and punches it down the ground. 165/6

64.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, A touch short, spins back in around off stump, Samaraweera has already set up for the cut shot and just about gets it away to short third man. 165/6

64.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slower through the air this time, Samaraweera nudges it on the leg side. 164/6

64.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, A quicker delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets across and pushes it away towards cover. 164/6

64.2 J Patel to T Samaraweera, Too full in length again and driven straight to covers. 164/6

64.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery on off, Samaraweera walks down the track, stretches forward and blocks it back. 164/6

63.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Floated full delivery on middle, bowled quicker through the air, Samaraweera flicked it through mid-wicket for a single to retain the strike. 164/6

63.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Errs in length this time and drags his length short. On middle and spinning away, Samaraweera goes back and cuts it past point for a couple. 163/6

63.4 T Astle to Randiv, Gives this one some extra loop and lands it full on off, Randiv strokes it with the spin through covers for a run. 161/6

63.3 T Astle to Randiv, Tossed up delivery on off, defended off the front foot to covers. 160/6

63.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice leg spinning delivery on off, fuller in length, Samaraweera gets forward and drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a run. 160/6

63.1 T Astle to Randiv, Loopy delivery on middle, a low full toss at 77 kph, Randiv pushes it down to long on for a single. 159/6

62.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short outside off at 86.9 kph, Samaraweera stays back and cuts it down past short third man to end the over with a couple. 158/6

62.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and spinning down the leg side, once again tucked away to short fine leg. 156/6

62.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flighted up, just around off, Samaraweera with a forward defense. 156/6

62.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slower this time at 79.5 kph, but short down the leg side, tucked down to short fine leg. 156/6

62.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stays back to a short delivery and punches it away to cover. 156/6

62.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat and turns in quite a bit, Samaraweera works it away towards mid-wicket. 156/6

61.6 T Astle to T Samaraweera, Floated up on a very full length, right underneath the bat and Samaraweera forces it away to deep cover to find a single. 156/6

61.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Slow and floated up at 79.3 kph, pushed away towards cover. 155/6

61.4 T Astle to Randiv, Very full and floated down the leg side, tucked away through square leg this time to rotate the strike. 155/6

61.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tossed up down the leg side, Samaraweera whips it away through mid-wicket to take one. 154/6

61.2 T Astle to Randiv, Goes on the back foot and punches it away through covers for one. 153/6

61.1 T Astle to Randiv, Tossed up on middle and turns away from the right-hander, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 152/6

60.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stays back and defends. 152/6

60.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 152/6

60.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and it's turning down the leg side, Samaraweera could not flick it away. 152/6

Over the wicket now.

60.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 152/6

60.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat on middle and leg, Samaraweera defends. 152/6

60.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short of a length, Samaraweera arches back and punches it away through covers for a couple. 152/6

59.6 T Astle to Randiv, Nicely tossed up on the stumps, Randiv gets forward to block the delivery. 150/6

59.5 T Astle to Randiv, A touch short on off, Randiv stays back and defends it down. 150/6

59.4 T Astle to S Randiv, Given air outside off, Randiv could not beat the cover fielder with a drive. 150/6

59.3 T Astle to Randiv, It's flighted and full this time, pushed down the ground. 150/6

59.2 T Astle to Randiv, A touch short, lands outside leg and turns in, Randiv defends. 150/6

59.1 T Astle to Randiv, Floats it up on off, Randiv drives it away through covers. 150/6

58.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and it keeps low, outside off though and Samaraweera punches it away towards cover. 150/6

58.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, On middle and turns further down, Thilan tucks it away on the leg side. 150/6

58.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, A short delivery, Samaraweera deals it with a defense. 150/6

58.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, A flat delivery from around the wicket, Samaraweera punches it back. 150/6

58.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, On middle and off, pushed away to cover. 150/6

58.1 J Patel to Randiv, Flatter delivery outside off, driven away through extra covers. Boult gives it a good chase and cuts off the second. 150/6

Jeetan Patel is back on with a change of ends. A leg slip, short leg and a square leg in place along with a first slip. There is a deep mid-wicket in position as well. A big gap on the off side, inviting the batsman to drive against the spin. Good tactics!

57.6 T Astle to Randiv, Short and this one was the straighter one, worked away to square leg for one. 149/6

57.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Samaraweera works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 148/6

57.4 T Astle to Randiv, Flighted delivery, but too short and it's worked away through mid-wicket for a single. 147/6

57.3 T Astle to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 146/6

57.2 Astle to Samaraweera, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! Inside edge. Leggie on middle, nicely tossed up, Samaraweera aims to defend but gets the inside edge to roll away to square leg for a single. It could have been close otherwise and the umpire made the good decision in the end. 146/6

57.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice flighted delivery on off, full as well, Samaraweera drives it away to covers. 145/6

CRICKET NEWS - In the latest ICC Test Batting rankings, Kumar Sangakkara has slipped to the No. 2 spot and the in-form Australian skipper, Michael Clarke has taken the top position.

Drinks break!

56.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, A short of a length delivery, targetting the body, Randiv allows it travel over his stumps. 145/6

56.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Well outside off, 132.6 kph, Randiv lets it go. 145/6

56.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Randiv shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 145/6

56.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Excellent. A yorker at 139.8 kph and it curves in a hint, Randiv does well to dig it out. 145/6

56.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A short of a good length delivery, Samaraweera remains back and punches it away for one. 145/6

56.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full in length and it tails back in around off, Samaraweera gets right across and drives it to mid on. 144/6

55.6 T Astle to Randiv, Full and flighted up, defended away on the leg side. 144/6

55.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, A touch short and turns away a hint, Samaraweera stays back and cuts it past the first slip fielder to take one. 144/6

55.4 T Astle to Randiv, Nice and flighted around off, Randiv steers it away through covers for a single. 143/6

55.3 T Astle to Randiv, Nice loop on middle at 73.7 kph, Randiv pushes it forward. 142/6

55.2 T Astle to Randiv, Gifts a full toss outside off, Randiv could not thump it past the extra cover fielder. 142/6

55.1 T Astle to Randiv, Starts with a short delivery, Randiv goes back and pushes it to the bowler. 142/6

Todd Astle, the leggie is now into the attack for the first time today.

54.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Good shot! A touch short of a length delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets on top of the bounce nicely and steers it away past the point fielder. 142/6

54.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Bangs in short outside off, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 138/6

54.4 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full and wide outside off at 137.8 kph, left alone. 138/6

54.3 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Another pitched up delivery around off, Samaraweera gets across for a Laxmanesque whip across the line but is nowhere close to pull it off and the ball goes straight to mid on. 138/6

54.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A full length delivery outside off, Samaraweera with a good-looking cover drive but straight to the fielder. 138/6

54.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A good length delivery outside off, pushed away to the mid off fielder. 138/6

53.6 J Patel to Randiv, Breaks back into the batsman from a fuller length on off, Randiv draws forward and defends it softly back to the bowler. 138/6

53.5 J Patel to Randiv, Slow loopy off-spinner on off, Randiv defends it off his front foot. 138/6

53.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Gives this one some extra loop and lands it full on middle, Samaraweera helps it with the spin to square leg for one. 138/6

53.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slider on off, skidding on with the angle, Samaraweera defends it from the crease. 137/6

53.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Goes deep inside the crease and defends it back to the bowler. 137/6

53.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Spinning down the leg side with some extra bounce, Samaraweera does well to tap it in front of leg slip. 137/6

52.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Full length ball on off, the batsman closes the face of the bat and helps it to mid-wicket. 137/6

52.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Length delivery cutting back into the batsman, Randiv tries to defend it from the crease but misses as it jags back in to hit him on the thigh pad. 137/6

52.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Good length delivery angling into the batsman, jumping onto the batsman, Randiv tries to turn it to the on side but is hurried up a bit. Does well in the end to block it down. 137/6

52.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, In the zone outside off, an easy leave for Randiv. 137/6

52.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, Takes his front foot to the pitch of the fuller ball and drives it straight to covers. 137/6

52.1 D Bracewell to Randiv, Hurls in a fuller length delivery on off, Randiv digs it out back to the bowler. 137/6

51.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Touch short in length on off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it to short mid-wicket. 137/6

51.5 J Patel to S Randiv, Gets forward and plays it with the turn to long on for one. Sensible batting! 137/6

51.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Very full in length on middle, Samaraweera advances down the track and whips it through mid-wicket for a run. 136/6

51.3 J Patel to S Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, hit down the ground to long on for a single. 135/6

51.2 J Patel to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 134/6

51.1 J Patel to Randiv, Loopy off-spinner outside off, Randiv covers the line and allows it through. 134/6

50.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Well controlled in the end! Good length delivery outside off, shaping away a shade, Samaraweera pushes at it with an angled bat and does well to play it all along the carpet through gully for a boundary. 134/6

50.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Short delivery outside off, the batsman ducks. 130/6

50.4 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Full delivery on off, Samaraweera presses forward and pushes it to mid off. 130/6

50.3 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. No run. 130/6

50.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, That's a peach of a delivery! Bracewell drags his length short and serves it around off. Seaming away a shade and the batsman is all squared up in defense. Tries to push inside the line and gets beaten. A slight appeal for a caught behind but nothing from the umpire. 130/6

50.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Too full in length on middle, driven wide of mid on for a couple of runs. 130/6

Suraj Randiv is the next man in at number 8.

49.6 J Patel to J'dene, OUT! Poor shot selection by the wicketkeeper batsman and he has paid a hefty price for it. Flighted off-spinner on off at 89.1 kph, Jayawardena gets down on one knee for the sweep shot but fails to keep it down. It flies off the outside half of the blade and Williamson takes a fine catch running forward from deep backward square leg. Sri Lanka are 128/6 and need another 85 to avoid the follow-on. 128/6

49.5 J Patel to J'dene, Spinning back into the batsman from a full length outside off, Jayawardene defends it off his front foot. 128/5

49.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Floated full delivery around off, Samaraweera goes deep inside the crease and forces it in the gap at covers for a single this time. 128/5

49.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter and shorter around off, punched through covers for a couple. 127/5

49.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Skips down the track but fails to reach the pitch of the delivery cleanly. Somehow manages to push it back to the bowler and returns back to the crease. Patel has a shy at the striker's end but misses. 125/5

49.1 J Patel to J'dene, Sits down on one knee and sweeps a full delivery with the spin to deep square leg for a single. 125/5

48.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full length delivery on off, Samaraweera hits it down to mid on to end the over. 124/5

48.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 124/5

48.4 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Nice flowing drive through the line but straight to covers. 124/5

48.3 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Spears in a yorker, right in the blockhole at 134.8 kph, Samaraweera digs it out to the off side. 124/5

48.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Shot! A middle-leg stump half-volley at 136.7 kph, Samaraweera is quick to pick the length as he leans across and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 124/5

48.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 120/5

Doug Bracewell is the bowling change, replacing Tim Southee, who will take a much-deserved breather after a wonderful spell.

47.6 J Patel to J'dene, Safe! Little short in length outside off and it spins back in after landing. Jayawardene tries to play it through the line and against the spin but fails to do so. The keeper collects the ball and dislodges the bails in a flash. It is referred upstairs as the batsman lifted his back foot for a while. After watching the replays, the third umpire flashes "not out" on the giant screen. The back foot was well in! But a terrific attempt by van Wyk nonetheless. 120/5

Appeal for a stumping against Jayawardene! Again referred upstairs.

47.5 J Patel to J'dene, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 120/5

47.4 J Patel to J'dene, Gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 120/5

47.3 J Patel to J'dene, FOUR! That was uppish but once it beat the short leg fielder it was always a boundary. Loopy off-spinner on middle, Jayawardene plants his front foot forward and flicks it uppishly past McCullum to the deep mid-wicket boundary. That was momentarily in the air and the close-in fielder had no time to react. 120/5

47.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Very full in length on middle, helped through mid-wicket for an easy single. 116/5

47.1 J Patel to J'dene, Off-spinner on the leg stump line, Prasanna eases it with the turn to deep square leg for a single. 115/5

46.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Fuller length delivery wide outside off again at 133 kph, another watchful leave to complete a maiden over. 114/5

46.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good length delivery on off, going on with the angle, Samaraweera defends it off his back foot. 114/5

46.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Tempts the batsman with a full and wide delivery outside off, Samaraweera has nothing to do with it. 114/5

46.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Fine delivery, fuller in length on middle and straightening a touch after landing, Samaraweera clips it off his pads to the on side. Had he missed, he was a plumb LBW candidate! 114/5

46.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Short and wide outside off, asking to be hit, Samaraweera cuts it firmly through the line but fails to beat the point fielder. 114/5

46.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Bowls a full length delivery around off, nipping away a bit, Samaraweera defends it from the crease. 114/5

45.6 J Patel to J'dene, Sharp turn and bounce into the batsman at 88.0 kph, Prasanna fails to defend it and is hit high on the thigh pad. 114/5

45.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, This time finds the gap on the leg side and crosses for a run. 114/5

45.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Works it with the spin to the on side but straight to the fielder. 113/5

45.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter and quicker, touch short as well, Samaraweera goes deep inside the crease and punches it back to the bowler. 113/5

45.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Howzzat? Flighted off-spinner on middle, Samaraweera gets half forward for a defense but misses as it spins back in to rap him on the pads. They appeal but the umpire turns it down. Height factor! 113/5

45.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Loopy delivery on middle, Samaraweera eases it off his pads to mid-wicket. 113/5

44.6 Tim Southee to J'dene, Full delivery on off, nipping away after pitching, Jayawardene gets forward and defends it to the leg side. 113/5

44.5 Tim Southee to J'dene, Straighter delivery, turned off the pads to mid-wicket. 113/5

44.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, That's a jaffa! Pitched up delivery outside off, seaming away a touch after kissing the turf, Prasanna strides forward for a drive through covers but is beaten by the away movement. The bowler puts in a lone appeal but nothing from the umpire. 113/5

44.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, This one is sliding down the leg side, Samaraweera picks it off his pads and clips it past square leg for three runs. 113/5

44.2 Tim Southee to J'dene, Good delivery, angles it into the batsman and lands it on a full length around the middle stump line. It straightens a touch, Prasanna leans across and flicks it through square leg for one. 110/5

44.1 Tim Southee to J'dene, Good length delivery in the channel outside off at 133.7 kph, Prasanna pushes at it and misses. 109/5

43.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Little short in length outside off, cut straight to point. 109/5

43.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Oohhh... a superb delivery. Gives this one some extra flight and lands a flighted off-spinner on middle. Samaraweera lunges forward and tries to play it with a straight bat. But the ball curls in to catch the inside edge. It goes uppish to the leg side but falls in front of the short mid-wicket fielder. 109/5

43.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 109/5

43.3 J Patel to J'dene, Spinning down the leg side, nudged fine to the leg side for one. 109/5

43.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stretches forward and pushes a full ball through covers for a single. 108/5

43.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, In the air... Slow loopy delivery spinning down the leg side, Samaraweera goes forward and back to flick it across the line but misses. It balloons off the pads, "catch it" is the shout but it falls wide of the short leg fielder. Replays suggest no involvement of gloves or bat. 107/5

Welcome back for the post lunch session. The men concerned are strolling back on the field. A monumental task ahead of the Lankan side and the first motive will be to avert the follow-on. Jeetan Patel to continue...

Day 3, second session...

Terrific morning session! Sri Lanka started cautiously with Mathews and Paranavitana as they dealt the first hour confidently with minimum of fuss. But the Kiwis bounced back to remove both the overnight batsmen in quick succession and the home side is pushed on the back foot now. The current partnership holds the key as Sri Lanka are still staring down a big deficit and need another 106 runs to avoid the follow-on. Promises to be an exciting afternoon session. Join us in a while...

42.6 Tim Southee to J'dene, Excellent way to end the session! A perfect delivery. Full in length and moves away a bit from outside off, Jayawardene remains stuck inside the crease and ends up getting beaten. Time for lunch on day 3! 107/5

42.5 Tim Southee to J'dene, A full toss, wide outside off, Jayawardene just could not put that away. 107/5

42.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, Comes a bit wide off the crease and bowls full outside off, left alone. 107/5

42.3 Tim Southee to J'dene, Darts down a short of a length delivery, easy helpings for Jayawardene who flicks it fine down. Jeetan Patel with a fine effort at the fence to save a couple of runs. 107/5

42.2 Tim Southee to J'dene, And now the away movement. This is fine Test bowling. Pulls his length back to a good length, it nipped away just a bit and Jayawardene gets beaten with a tentative push inside the line. 105/5

42.1 Tim Southee to J'dene, Brave leave! A good length delivery, remaining around off and goes on straight, Jayawardene covers the line and then lets it go. 105/5

41.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter delivery on middle, Samaraweera flicks it to short leg. 105/5

41.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 105/5

41.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short outside off, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 105/5

41.3 J Patel to J'dene, Flatter and quick, flicked away aerially, just wide off short leg for a single this time. 105/5

41.2 J Patel to J'dene, NOT OUT! It's very casual from Jayawardene. A flighted delivery outside off, Jayawardene pushes at that and misses out. Kruger van Wyk initially waits, then sees that Jayawardena drags his back foot up gradually and then whips the bails off. The wicketkeeper is very excited and the square leg umpire goes upstairs. A zoomed in image suggests that Prasanna's foot may have just been in the air as van Wyk flicks the bails off. But as in most instances, Prasanna Jayawardene remains lucky to get the benefit of the doubt. He is very lucky though. 104/5

APPEAL FOR STUMPING! Referred upstairs!

41.1 J Patel to J'dene, Short delivery, tucked away to short leg. 104/5

40.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Again it's on a fuller length, not much movement but Samaraweera allows it through to end the over. 104/5

40.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Well wide and full outside off, Samaraweera allows it through safely. A hint of away swing there. 104/5

40.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, On a good length and jags back in, Jayawardene tucks it off the inside edge to square leg for one. 104/5

Prasanna Jayawardene, playing his 50th Test, is the new batsman out in the middle. Sri Lanka in deep, deep trouble as they trail by 309 runs and need another 110 to avoid the follow-on.

40.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, OUT! Edged and Guptill has taken a FANTASTIC slip catch! A full length delivery outside off, Mathews just pushes at that, gets a thick outside edge which moves to the right of Guptill, who flies away and pouches it with an extended right hand. Two strikes for New Zealand before lunch. 103/5

40.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Short of a length delivery outside off, punched away on the off side. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end but Samaraweera is in. 103/4

40.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Good length delivery, nipping back in, Mathews stays back and defends it. 103/4

39.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quicker trajectory, Samaraweera remains back to defend. 103/4

39.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery outside off, short, Samaraweera goes back and defends. 103/4

39.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short down the leg side this time, tucked away to backward square leg. 103/4

39.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and quick outside off, Samaraweera goes back and defends it. 103/4

39.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flighted delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets forward and gets an inside edge onto his pads and then onto the leg side. 103/4

39.1 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up down the leg side, Mathews uses his feet well and helps it away through mid-wicket for one. 103/4

38.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Short and wide outside off, Samaraweera attempts the upper-cut over slips but could not connect. 102/4

38.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery outside off, Samaraweera punches it back and Southee feigns a throw back to the keeper. 102/4

38.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A full length delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets forward and defends. 102/4

Thilan Samaraweera is the new batsman out in the middle. He injured his right hand while fielding and it seems he has recovered in time. His side needs him at the moment. He averages 86.89 at this venue! Sri Lanka require 111 more runs to avoid the follow-on.

38.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, OUT! Edged and this time, it's taken. It's taken some tight mapping of deliveries from Southee to extract this wicket. A fuller length delivery at 137.9 kph, just around off and moves away, Paranavitana is drawn forward to push at that, gets a faint nick and it travels to van Wyk safely. A good wicket to break this growing stand. The drop earlier from Taylor hasn't proved much costly to New Zealand. 102/4

38.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it down with a straight bat. 102/3

38.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Arrows across a fuller length delivery, around off at 134.1 kph, Paranavitana gets forward for a drive through covers but it nips away a shade to catch the outside edge. It squirts past the diving backward point fielder for a couple of runs. 102/3

37.6 J Patel to Mathews, Another flighted delivery on middle, tucked down towards the leg side. 100/3

37.5 J Patel to Mathews, Loopy and it turns back in around off, Mathews with a long stride forward to defend that. 100/3

37.4 J Patel to Mathews, Short and quick at 97.9 kph this time, punched away towards mid off. 100/3

37.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up just about on middle, Mathews blocks it down to short leg. 100/3

37.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flatter outside off, pushed away towards mid off. 100/3

37.1 J Patel to Mathews, Short and down the leg side, Mathews gets forward but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 100/3

36.6 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Excellent cover-drive off the front foot but straight to the fielder. 100/3

36.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, APPEAL FOR CAUGHT-BEHIND! Not out. A short of a length delivery down the leg side, Paranavitana misses out on the flick and the ball brushes his trouser on the way to van Wyk, who goes up in appeal. It's not given though. 100/3

36.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, FOUR! Picks the gap well. Good timing on that. A pitched up delivery outside off, Paranavitana aligns his front foot to the line of the delivery and drives it into the ground to just to beat the extra cover fielder. 100/3

36.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, Paranavitana gets forward and drives it down to mid off. 96/3

36.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and wide outside off, Paranavitana lets it alone. 96/3

36.1 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, Paranavitana gets forward and drives it down to mid off. 96/3

Tim Southee is back into the attack, replacing Trent Boult.

35.6 J Patel to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 96/3

35.5 J Patel to Mathews, On middle, turned away yet again with the spin. 96/3

35.4 J Patel to Mathews, Turning down, Mathews works it away on the leg side. 96/3

35.3 J Patel to Paranavitana, Gets down and pushes it through mid on for one. 96/3

35.2 J Patel to Paranavitana, Tight on middle, turning in, punched down. 95/3

35.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Flighted delivery, around off, Paranavitana gets across and defends it. 95/3

34.6 T Boult to Mathews, Short of a length, just outside off, Mathews jumps on the back foot and defends it. 95/3

34.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up well outside off, Paranavitana drives it away through the cover region for a single. 95/3

34.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Paranavitana has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 94/3

34.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bangs in short outside off, Paranavitana leaves it unperturbed. 94/3

34.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good length delivery, a hint of away movement and Paranavitana leaves it alone. 94/3

34.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full length delivery outside off, pushed away towards cover. 94/3

33.6 J Patel to Mathews, Gets down on his front foot and defends it down to end the over. 94/3

33.5 J Patel to Mathews, A touch short, punched away on the off side. 94/3

33.4 J Patel to Mathews, Lands on middle and turns down, Mathews flicks it away to square leg. 94/3

33.3 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Poor delivery. Short and wide outside off, Mathews gets the time and room to rock back onto his back foot and slash it away through gully and point. 94/3

33.2 J Patel to Mathews, Gets back and pushes it away to point. 90/3

33.1 J Patel to Mathews, Stamps out his crease with an advance but blocks it on the leg side. 90/3

32.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Outside off, Paranavitana watchfully allows it through to the keeper. 90/3

32.5 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Taylor drops a dolly! Heart-break for the bowler but he cannot say much as his skipper is the culprit here! Touch short in length bowled closer to the off stump line at 136.7 kph. The length and line is not quite there for the cut shot but the batsman still attempts to unveil it. Ends up nicking it behind where Taylor grasses a simple catch at first slip. 90/3

32.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good length delivery on off, Paranavitana remains inside the crease and pushes it to covers. 90/3

32.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Angles in a fuller length delivery, on off at 137.8 kph, Paranavitana defends it off his front foot. 90/3

32.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Lovely delivery, surprises the batsman with his pace and extra bounce. Back of a length outside off, seaming away a touch at 134.7 kph, Paranavitana pushes at it and misses. 90/3

It has turned gloomy out there and there are chances of some rain.

32.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery outside off, Paranavitana allowed it through. 90/3

31.6 J Patel to Mathews, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. No run. 90/3

31.5 J Patel to Mathews, Appeal for an LBW! Loopy delivery landing around off and spinning back in. It beats the forward defensive prod by Mathews and raps him on the pads. They put in a vociferous appeal. That looked out to the naked eye, but the umpire showed no interest. Not sure why? Probably, height. 90/3

31.4 J Patel to Mathews, Changes his angle and comes from round the wicket. A flighted full delivery on middle, Mathews helps it with the spin to mid-wicket. 90/3

The ball fell in a puddle in the parking area. It has gone wet on one side and the umpires are changing it.

31.3 J Patel to Mathews, SIX! Excellent use of the feet by Mathews! A tossed up delivery around off, spinning back in, Mathews shimmies down the track and heaves it with the spin over long on for a biggie. Nice calculative risk taken just to keep the bowler on the back foot. 90/3

31.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted off-spinner, outside off, slightly quicker through the air, Mathews defends it off his back foot. 84/3

31.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Straying on the pads, nudged to fine leg for a single. 84/3

Jeetan Patel comes into the attack now.

30.6 T Boult to Mathews, Bowls it on a full length outside off at 136.9 kph, Mathews strides forward, pushes at it and plays it with the outside edge to gully. 83/3

30.5 T Boult to Mathews, Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, Mathews defends it from the crease to the on side. 83/3

30.4 T Boult to Mathews, Fine looking shot, a straight drive but it finds the mid on fielder. 83/3

30.3 T Boult to Mathews, Very full on this occasion, around off at 138.3 kph, Mathews pushes it to covers. 83/3

30.2 T Boult to Mathews, On a good length this time, Mathews rocks back and pushes it in front of covers. 83/3

30.1 T Boult to Mathews, Boult continues from round the wicket angle and serves a full delivery on off, Mathews draws forward and helps it in front of mid on. 83/3

Drinks trolley is on the field.

29.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Good length delivery on middle and off, Paranavitana firmly gets behind the line and blocks it down safely to point. 83/3

29.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Almost drags it back! Length delivery wide outside off at 132.8 kph, Mathews flashes his blade through the line but gets an inside edge. It misses the stumps by a whisker and rolls to square leg. A single taken. 83/3

29.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Soft hands! Lands it on a full length outside off at 135.5 kph, Mathews reaches out for it and runs it down off the outside half of the bat past gully for a couple. 82/3

29.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 80/3

29.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! That's a tremendous hit! Bracewell angles in a fuller length delivery, on middle and leg at 135.6 kph, Mathews brings down a straight bat and pushes it with superb timing past mid on for a boundary. 80/3

29.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Good length delivery around off, Mathews remains on the back foot and gently pushes it to cover. Good line by Bracewell! 76/3

28.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, A lovely drive through the line but straight to the cover fielder. 76/3

28.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, FOUR! Cracking shot! Boult hurls in a fractionally short delivery around off, Paranavitana rocks back and carves it through point for a boundary. Finally manages to pierce the gap! 76/3

28.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Spears in a fuller length ball on off at 138.5 kph, Paranavitana takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball and drives it straight to point. That was a bit uppish but went safely to the fielder. 72/3

28.3 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Serves a back of a length ball around off and it seams back in a shade, Paranavitana goes on the back foot and punches it to covers. 72/3

28.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Identical to the last delivery, this time the batsman decides to let it go. 72/3

28.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls a good length delivery outside off, Paranavitana rocks back and cuts it straight to point. 72/3

27.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Once again puts it on a good length outside off, Angelo strides forward and pushes it with an angled bat to point. 72/3

27.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, That's a peach of a delivery. Lands it on a good length outside off and gets it to straighten after landing. Mathews with zero footwork has a tentative poke inside the line but misses. 72/3

27.4 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Leans forward for a drive and caresses it off the outside half of the bat through point for a run. 72/3

27.3 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Angling across a length delivery, outside off, Paranavitana taps it in front of point. 71/3

27.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run. 71/3

27.1 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, This one is pitched very full outside off, Paranavitana draws forward and pushes it to covers. 71/3

26.6 T Boult to Mathews, Gently nudges a full ball to covers and initially looks for a run. But there is no run available and hence he returns. 71/3

26.5 T Boult to Mathews, Comes from round the wicket and angles in a fuller length delivery, Mathews draws forward and plays it through the line to mid off. 71/3

26.4 T Boult to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 71/3

26.3 T Boult to A Mathews, A shade over-pitched around off at 137.1 kph, Mathews gets forward and drives it nicely through the line but finds the extra cover fielder. 71/3

26.2 T Boult to Mathews, Full length delivery on middle and off, Mathews gets behind the line and pushes it down towards mid off. 71/3

26.1 T Boult to Mathews, Angles across a fuller length delivery, around off, Mathews gets well forward and defends it to the off side. 71/3

Trent Boult is the bowling change.

25.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery, wide and it's left untouched. 71/3

25.5 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Full length delivery on middle, tucked away on the leg side. 71/3

25.4 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Full outside off at 138.9 kph, Paranavitana comes across and lets it go. 71/3

25.3 D Bracewell to T Paranavitana, FOUR! Loose delivery and dealt severely. Ample width on a short ball outside off, Paranavitana leans back and cuts it past point with utmost force. 71/3

25.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 67/3

25.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Excellent shot. Full delivery on middle, Mathews gets across and clips it away past the mid-wicket fielder to take three runs. 67/3

24.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 64/3

24.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and wide, angling away, left alone. 64/3

24.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Back of a length on middle, Mathews tucks it away on the leg side and takes one. 64/3

24.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls hard and short on middle, 133 kph, Mathews gets away from the line of it. 63/3

Comes around the wicket to Mathews now. Short leg and short mid-wicket in place. Two men in the deep as well, deep mid-wicket and fine leg.

24.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Good length delivery outside off, Paranavitana sits on top of the bounce and cuts it past point for one. 63/3

24.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Paranavitana has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 62/3

23.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, On a good length on middle, tucked away but straight to mid-wicket this time. 62/3

23.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full and it curves back in on off, punched down to mid on this time. 62/3

23.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/3

23.3 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Cracking shot! Full length delivery, around off and going away, Paranavitana gets across and pushes it away well through extra covers. The 50-RUN STAND COMES UP! 62/3

23.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Paranavitana lets the ball go outside his off stump. 59/3

23.1 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Bowls full on off at 136.4 kph, pushed down the ground. 59/3

22.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Well pitched up outside off, once again the batsman is unable to pick out the gap and drives it well though to covers for one. 59/3

22.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Fuller length, on off, driven down to mid on. 58/3

22.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 58/3

22.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A tight line, length on off, pushed away on the leg side this time. 58/3

22.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bangs in short on middle yet again, this time Mathews pulls it all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for one. 58/3

22.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Short of a length, on off, ducked down by Mathews. 57/3

21.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Well wide outside off and it's left alone to end the over. 57/3

21.5 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, flicked away towards mid-wicket. 57/3

21.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length delivery outside off, Mathews pushes and finds a safe outside edge towards gully, where there is a partial stop and they take one run. 57/3

21.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up delivery on off at 134.4 kph, Mathews aims to drive, finds an outside edge which races away past cover for a couple. 56/3

21.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Nice and pitched up outside off, Mathews pushes it down the ground. 54/3

21.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Starts off on a fuller length on off, Mathews drives it aerially back past Bracewell to mid off. 54/3

Doug Bracewell is the first bowling change of the morning from the Janashakthi End.

20.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full around off and goes away again, left alone. 54/3

20.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full on off and goes on with the angle, Paranavitana gets across and steers it away to gully. 54/3

20.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, No-ball for over-stepping! Well over the line this time. Fuller length, Paranavitana dabs it away to point. 54/3

20.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Bangs in short outside off, Paranavitana goes back and punches it to extra cover where there is a partially diving stop. 53/3

20.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Wide outside off, on a full length, Paranavitana has a slash but does not connect. Should have left it alone. 53/3

20.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A back of a length delivery, on middle, Paranavitana gets down as a cover. 53/3

20.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full in length outside off at 135.5 kph, Paranavitana steers it away off the outside edge into the hands of gully. 53/3

19.6 T Boult to Mathews, Comes around the wicket and bowls good length outside off, Mathews strokes it away to point. 53/3

19.5 T Boult to Mathews, A good length delivery, defended. 53/3

19.4 T Boult to Mathews, Fuller length, Mathews strokes a perfect straight drive and hence knocks the stumps away at the non-striker's end. 53/3

19.3 T Boult to Mathews, Excellent. It's bowled full around off and goes away with the angle, Mathews with a defense off the front foot but gets beaten up. 53/3

19.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, A short of a length delivery, Paranavitana dabs it down on the off side and gets across for one. 53/3

19.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls nice and full, driven away to the man at backward point. 52/3

18.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 52/3

18.5 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Bonus FIVE runs. A good length delivery, pushed away towards cover. Jeetan Patel has a shy at the non-striker's end, no backing up and it races away to the fence. 52/3

18.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Gets beaten again! A touch short this time outside off, Paranavitana remains stuck on the back foot to get beaten. 47/3

18.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, On a fuller length now, well outside off and it's not dealt with again. 47/3

18.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Leaves this good length delivery outside off completely alone. 47/3

18.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Lovely start first up, on a good length and angles away from the left-hander, who is forced to come on the front foot to defend, but the ball moves away to beat the edge. 47/3

Tim Southee to bowl from the Scoreboard End now.

17.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good cricket. A short of a length delivery outside off, Paranavitana taps it down towards cover for a well-taken run. 47/3

17.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls a good length delivery, tight on the stumps, dabbed on the leg side. 46/3

17.4 T Boult to Mathews, Angles this away, a slower delivery at 114.3 kph, Mathews dabs it down towards cover-point and sets across for one. 46/3

17.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery outside off at 126 kph, Paranavitana steers it towards point where there is a partial stop and they take one. 45/3

17.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, A good length delivery, 130.6 kph, Paranavitana gets across and drives it towards cover. 44/3

17.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, No-ball for over-stepping! Bowls on a fuller length this time, defended away towards cover. 44/3

17.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Starts with a back of a length delivery on middle, Paranavitana tucks it away on the leg side. 43/3

Trent Boult to steam in first up with the ball still 17 overs old. Expect him to keep things tight straightaway now. One of the most common sayings in Test cricket, but it's a crucial one hour early phase now.

Play all set to begin now. Tharanga Paranavitana and Angelo Mathews will begin for Sri Lanka.

To top it up, the duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult have scalped the three main top-order batsmen in the form of Dilshan, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena to make this contest interesting. The onus will be on Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera to step up to this crucial situation and help Sri Lanka post at least 300 runs.

Hello all and we are here for Day 3 action between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Colombo. One must really admire the way Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson put up gritty hundreds on a sub-continental track to take their side to a competitive total.

DAY 3, SESSION 1.

That is all we have for you for the day. Hope you enjoyed the entertainment and looking forward for your company tomorrow at 0945 IST (0415 GMT). Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, Adios! Take Care!

Earlier, it was the Herath show with 6 wickets and he is taking big steps now in Test cricket. Mathews and Paranavitana have added some sanity to the proceedings but the Lankans are not out of trouble. They still trail by 369 runs and bad news is that Thilan Samaraweera is injured. Southee and Boult were impressive with the new ball and the visitors will be banking on them for a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning.

End of a fine day for New Zealand. They stuttered after a good start, losing wickets regularly but managed to get past 400, thanks to Williamson, Taylor and Flynn. And then, Southee and Boult reduced Sri Lanka to three down.

And that, I am afraid, is the end of the day's play. It was getting very dark and the umpires had a chat and decided that it was too risky to continue. Seven overs were still remaining in the day though, which the players will try to compensate for, in the coming days. STUMPS then on Day 2, Sri Lanka tottering at 43/3.

16.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off, Mathews comes well forward and defends. 43/3

16.5 J Patel to Mathews, The slider, quick and flat, Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. A miss would have aroused a huge shout for LBW. 43/3

16.4 J Patel to Mathews, Gets forward, opens the face of the bat and pushes the ball to point. 43/3

The close in fielders look charged up and throwing in loads of encouragement for the bowler.

16.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up slowly on off, defended back to Patel. 43/3

16.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flatter and quicker outside off, dabbed away to point. 43/3

16.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off, Mathews can't get his drive right out of the middle of his bat and the ball ends up back with the bowler. 43/3

15.6 T Astle to Paranavitana, Full outside off, pretty wide, an exciting van Wyk appeals for LBW, but in vain. 43/3

15.5 T Astle to T Paranavitana, Another watchful defense. 43/3

15.4 T Astle to Paranavitana, Landed on middle, turning in, 79.7 kph, watchfully blocked. 43/3

15.3 T Astle to A Mathews, Bad ball, insurance comes to the rescue. Full toss again, outside off, Mathews smashes it towards long off where Brendon McCullum hares across to his left and dives to stop the ball. A single taken. 43/3

15.2 T Astle to Mathews, A much better delivery, landed fuller on middle, 79.3 kph, the batsman defends. 42/3

15.1 T Astle to Mathews, He is still nervous. Tosses up a full toss, Mathews comes forward and flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a couple. 42/3

14.6 J Patel to Mathews, A tad short just outside off, Mathews pushes it in the gap at the covers and picks up a single. Sri Lanka are 40/3, trial by 372 now with seven wickets in hand. 40/3

14.5 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker again and full on off, Mathews tries to work it away to the on side and gets an inside edge on to the pads. The ball, luckily falls away safely. 39/3

14.4 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls a better line on off stump, a bit flatter too. Mathews stays back and blocks the ball. 39/3

14.3 J Patel to Mathews, Pushes it quicker through the air on leg stump, turned away towards short mid-wicket. 39/3

14.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flights it up on off and middle, defended back to Patel. 39/3

14.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Flights it up on off stump, Paranavitana opens the face of the bat and pushes it to the short third man region for a single. 39/3

13.6 T Astle to Paranavitana, SAFE. Full outside off, 79.8 kph, Paranavitana pushes it towards mid off and calls for a quick single. Mathews has to run around the bowler and that takes a bit of a time but he makes it before the keeper could collect the throw from the mid off fielder and disturb the stumps. 38/3

Referral for a run out against Mathews...

13.5 T Astle to Paranavitana, A touch short, Paranavitana makes room for the cut but finds Kane Williamson at extra cover who stops it with a fine dive. 37/3

13.4 T Astle to T Paranavitana, Floated outside off, good shape, good drift, 81.8 kph, Paranavitana mistimes his drive towards mid off. 37/3

13.3 T Astle to Paranavitana, Yorker outside off, 80.7 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 37/3

Yesterday, Craig McMillan handed Todd Astle his Test cap.

13.2 T Astle to Mathews, That was a bad delivery, short outside off, 78.3 kph, pulled towards mid-wicket for a run. 37/3

13.1 T Astle to Paranavitana, Tossed up wide outside off, nerves in the stomach, 80.3 kph, driven through the covers for a single. 36/3

Debutant Todd Astle to bowl now. He is a leg spinner. Sri Lanka trail by 377 runs. 11 overs left in the day.

12.6 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up just outside off, pushed back on to the wicket. Patel starts off with a maiden. 35/3

12.5 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker on the pads, flicked away to short mid-wicket, no run. 35/3

12.4 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward to this flighted delivery and pushes it back to the bowler. 35/3

12.3 J Patel to Mathews, Gets behind the line and defends back on to the pitch. 35/3

It has gone pretty dark out there, all of a sudden. Around 12 overs left in the day, don't think they will be completed. The umpires had a chat in between.

12.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 35/3

12.1 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls it slow on the leg stump and gets the ball to bounce a bit. Mathews turns it down to the on side by taking his bottom hand off the bat. 35/3

Jeetan Patel is marking his run up and will bowl the first over of spin. Will come around the wicket to the batsman.

That will be the final drinks break of the day.

11.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Punches this straight to cover. That was a testing over from Boult. 35/3

11.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, That is the line, full and just outside off, Paranavitana goes back to defend but the ball goes away takes the outside edge and goes past point for a couple. 35/3

11.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Another back foot defense. 33/3

11.3 T Boult to Mathews, Comes back in, Mathews flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a single. 33/3

The umpires were caught on camera in between the overs having a chat. Pretty sure it was something to do with the light as they looked concerned.

11.2 T Boult to Mathews, Another back foot defense. 32/3

11.1 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, 136 kph, punched off the back foot towards cover. 32/3

10.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good probing line and length just outside off, Paranavitana leaves it alone. 32/3

Comes around the wicket now for the last ball of his sixth over.

10.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Almost a good yorker on off stump, swings it in the air towards the batsman's toes. Paranavitana gets his toe out of the way and turns it to mid-wicket, can't get a run. 32/3

10.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full and angled into the pads, Mathews flicks it to Flynn at deep square leg for a single. Southee did not bowl a single short delivery to him in the four balls he got at Mathews. 32/3

The light is diminishing at the ground now. Won't be long before the umpires have a look at that.

10.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Draws the length back just outside off, Mathews gets across with his back foot and defends. 31/3

10.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Another full delivery just outside off stump, doesn't swing much. Mathews comes well forward and defends it to the off side. 31/3

10.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Southee pulls out a bluff, bowls a fuller length ball on off stump to which Mathews offers a front foot defensive shot. 31/3

Two men in the deep for the hook for Mathews.

9.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 31/3

9.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Fuller and wider outside off, another easy leave. 31/3

9.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Short outside off, 129.8 kph, punched straight to point. 31/3

9.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Outside off, 136 kph, swinging away, pretty wide, left alone. 31/3

9.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Well bowled, full and just outside off, swinging in then going away pretty late, Paranavitana lets it go. 31/3

9.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Landed wide outside off, 130.5 kph, left alone. 31/3

8.6 Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! And again, only difference this time is that Mathews' luck is with him! Short and higher at the body, near the head. Mathews goes for the hook and top edges it over the keeper and beyond the ropes. Three boundaries in that over. 31/3

8.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Southee tries to work on some history! He has got Mathews a couple of times in the one-dayers off the short delivery. Mathews doesn't hold back and rocks back to this short delivery and pulls it with disdain in front of sqaure, beating Flynn at deep mid-wicket. 27/3

8.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good delivery in the channel, defended off the back foot. 23/3

8.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR! Exquisite! This time he gets it to the left of mid off. Fullish delivery, understandably so as Southee is trying to get swing. Mathews comes forward and plays a beautiful cover drive past mid off and into the boundary. 23/3

8.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A full delivery just outside off, Mathews drives but finds mid off, can't get it to his left to find the gap. 19/3

8.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, A lovely shape on that length delivery. Pitches on off and swings away and Mathews covers the swing and defends it back on to the pitch. 19/3

7.6 T Boult to Mathews, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 19/3

7.5 T Boult to Mathews, Down the leg side, Mathews misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken. 18/3

7.4 T Boult to Mathews, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Mathews misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Too high. that is what my colleague says. I tend to disagree. So does Sanath Jayasuriya. That looked very close. 16/3

7.3 T Boult to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 16/3

7.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full and swinging in, 136.2 kph, Paranavitana misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. 16/3

7.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, WIDE! You can imagine how wide the ball must have been if the umpire had to stretch his arms. Boult getting excited by the swinging ball, is not able to control the swing and lands it way outside off. Left alone. 15/3

7.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full outside off, moving away, 135 kph, left alone. Pretty wide. 14/3

6.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good length ball just outside off, Mathews punches it nicely to the covers. 14/3

The balls have misbehaved a lot today. This could be the third ball to be changed today. A rare incident, wonder how many times this has happened? Will the Kiwis get a shinier ball just like the Lankans got one earlier on in the day? The black box of cricket balls has been brought out! The shine is not much different from the previous ball though. Let us see if it swings more than the previous one or no.

6.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, A back of a length ball just outside off, shouldered arms to by Mathews. 14/3

Oh dear... Samaraweera has had to put three stitches on his right hand as the webbing has been split. He had to go to the hospital but is back now.

6.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, That is a good short one! Southee forces Mathews to duck under it quickly. The ball doesn't rise much and goes just over Mathews' back! 14/3

6.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Southee pushes it full and gets it to straighten off the strip. Mathews covers the swing well and plays a good looking drive down to mid on. 14/3

6.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good tight ball on off stump, Mathews gets right behind it and taps it down to the on side off his back foot. 14/3

6.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good fullish delivery swinging in from outside off to off, Paranavitana comes forward and plays it between point and the cover fielder to pick up a quick single. 14/3

5.6 T Boult to Mathews, Played towards point again. A run and a wicket for Boult, his figures read 3-0-11-1. 13/3

5.5 T Boult to Mathews, Landed outside off, 135. kph, played straight to point. 13/3

Apparently Thilan Samaraweera has not walked out at number 5 because was injured while attempting to take a catch off Patel today. Nothing less than number 7, I assume.

5.4 T Boult to Mathews, Full and just outside off, 133.5 kph, Mathews pushes and misses. 13/3

5.4 T Boult to Mathews, NO BALL! Trying too hard, oversteps by a long margin, Mathews defends. 13/3

5.3 T Boult to Mathews, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 12/3

5.2 T Boult to Mathews, A bouncer first up,133.3 kph, Mathews ducks under it. 12/3

Angelo Mathews walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper.

5.1 T Boult to M J'dena, OUT! Edged and taken! Boult gets rid of Mahela and that is one important wicket! Full and outside off, 131.4 kph, pretty wide, going away from the batsman, Jayawardena plays away from his body, going for the drive but only manages a thick outside edge. The ball flies straight to Kane Williamson at third slip who makes no mistake. Mahela Jayawardena departs for 4, SRI LANKA 12/3, trail by 400! 12/3

4.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, This one is a much better leave. Southee pushes the ball further outside off stump, Paranavitana lunges forward and lets that through. 12/2

4.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Oh! That was close to the stumps! A back of a length ball, just outside off as the ball comes in with the angle. Paranavitana, knowingly or unknowingly leaves it alone. Call it whatever you want to - a good leave or a lucky one. 12/2

4.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Bowls it at a quick pace on 140 kph on a length on off stump. Paranavitana gets behind the line and defends it back into the pitch. 12/2

Changes the angle, comes around the wicket to the leftie.

4.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good length ball on off stump, Paranavitana comes forward and plays it with an open face to gully. He needs to play straight and not with an open face. 12/2

4.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Angles this one across the batsman who lets it through to the keeper. 12/2

4.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and just outside off stump, Paranavitana comes half forward and plays it down towards gully. 12/2

This has been a wonderful display of bowling. Both the new ball bowlers have got it to move just enough, and that too both ways. They have got the Lankan batsmen guessing and guessing wrong.

3.6 T Boult to J'dena, This time he covers the line properly and defends. 12/2

3.5 T Boult to J'dena, Again, this one goes away from the batsman, MJ pushes and misses. This is beautiful bowling. 12/2

3.4 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Streaky! Landed outside off, 130.5 kph, this one goes away, Mahela has a tentative poke at it and gets a thick outside edge which lands short of a diving Martin Guptill at second slip. The ball is parried to the fine leg fence. 12/2

3.3 T Boult to J'dena, Oohhh... this one comes back in a long way, 130.5 kph, Jayawardena thinks of playing at it but then withdraws his bat at the last moment. 8/2

Oh my my... today was the fifth first-innings duck for Sangakkara in 9 Tests!

3.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Falls over but manages to work it to the leg side for a single. 8/2

3.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full outside off, angling in, 135 kph, watchfully pushed towards mid on. 7/2

Captain Mahela Jayawardena comes out at 4 with a task at hand.

2.6 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, OUT! Sangakkara throws his wicket away! What an over this has turned out to be! A short delivery on the body of Sanga. He goes for the pull shot and gets a top edge down to Trent Boult at fine leg, he takes a fine catch after being pegged back a few steps towards the ropes due to the momentum of the ball. Two wickets in that over then. Sri Lanka, now 7/2 and trail by 405. 7/2

Kumar Sangakkara has scored 805 runs in Tests at this venue with an average

2.5 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Southee is steaming in, bowls a quick good length ball just outside off, left alone by Sanga. 7/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes out to bat at number three. Meanwhile, the Kiwis don't seem happy with the ball. Wonder why! They just got a wicket.

2.4 Tim Southee to Dilshan, OUT! An unbelievable delivery! A classic outswinger worth being written down in cricket poetry! Full on middle stump, scrambled seam and gets it to straighten after angling it in. Dilshan closes the face of the bat and the ball zips through to hit the off and middle stump. Dilshan goes cheaply and this is an important early break through for the Kiwis. 7/1

2.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Similar delivery, swinging in, Dilshan tries to flick and gets the inside half of the bat down to mid on, no run though. 7/0

2.2 Southee to Dilshan, Angles it into the pads and strikes Dilshan on the pads as he misses his flick. Southhe appeals very hard but Erasmus turns it down. That was quick, in the 140s and Dilshan is upset with himself after having missed out on that shot. 7/0

2.1 Tim Southee to Dilshan, A good length ball, very tight on the stumps, Dilshan stays intact and pushes it back to Southee. 7/0

1.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full and down the leg side, 130.9 kph, Paranavitana misses out on the flick. 7/0

1.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Landed outside off, Paranavitana pushes on front of his body, not quite sure, gets a thick outside edge which lands short of gully. 7/0

1.4 T Boult to Dilshan, Full on middle, 132.7 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 7/0

1.3 T Boult to Dilshan, That was a close call. Landed on a length on middle, 135.1 kph, Dilshan trusts the bounce and shoulders arms. 6/0

1.2 T Boult to Dilshan, This is closer to the off stump, angling away, 128.5 kph, left alone. 6/0

1.1 T Boult to Dilshan, FOUR! Plundered! Full and wide outside off, 127.7 kph, Dilshan does not even want a sighter, smashes it through the covers for a boundary! The deficit is now 406! 6/0

Trent Boult it will be, to bowl from the other end. Sri Lanka trail by 410.

0.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full delivery, swinging in to the pads, Paranavitana flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a couple of runs to get himself and his team off the mark. 2/0

2012 has been a wonderful year for Rangana Herath but the exact opposite for Tharanga Paranavitana. Just 209 in 9 Tests at an average of 29.86 with a sole half century against Pakistan.

0.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitched up further outside off stump, doesn't entice Paranavitana to have a go at it as he leaves it alone. 0/0

0.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitched up just outside off stump. Paranavitana comes forward and judegs the line to perfection to let it through to the keeper. 0/0

In 8 Tests this year, Rangana Herath has picked up 6 5-wicket hauls! All his fifers have come in the sub-continent.

0.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, This one is a well directed bouncer on middle stump line, the batsman ducks under it on time. 0/0

0.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Another one angled across the stumps, Paranavitana shoulders arms to it. 0/0

0.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Tim Southee bowls the first ball to Paranavitana well outside off stump, he leaves it alone. 0/0

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

Herath was easily the pick of the bowlers with his third consecutive five wicket haul in this series. The Lankans will now look to come out and see through this session. Dilshan will play his natural game while Paranavitana will be the calmer of the two. We will be bringing the coverage of the Lankan first innings shortly. Stay tuned.

New Zealand have got a decent total of 412 on the board in their first innings. Special accolades go to skipper Taylor and Williamson who put up a huge 262-run stand to steer most of the innings. It was followed by a good half century by Flynn who was accompanied by the tail to take the team beyond the 400 mark.

152.6 R Herath to Boult, OUT! BOWLED! Wicket number 6 for Mr. Herath! This man is on a roll. The arm ball outside off, 78.6 kph, Boult does not pick it up at all and lets it go, thinking it to be an off spinner, but it isn't. Goes straight on and crashes into the off stump. Cannot leave those, young man! NEW ZEALAND BOWLED OUT FOR 412! 412/10

Derek Underwood is the only one to have got five back to back five wicket hauls against the Kiwis. Herath has got four now against the tourists. He will have his chance to equal the record in the 2nd innings.

152.5 R Herath to Boult, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 412/9

152.4 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, driven towards mid on for a run. 412/9

152.3 R Herath to Patel, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 411/9

152.2 R Herath to Boult, Full outside off, 80.4 kph, Boult presses forward in defense and gets a bit of an outside edge which lands wide of first slip. A single taken. 411/9

Trent Boult walks in as the last man.

152.1 R Herath to Flynn, OUT! LBW! That was dead plumb. Landed on a length outside off, 83.8 kph, Flynn gets a bit too across to play the flick but misses. Is hit right in front and umpire Llong does not even wait to hear out the entire appeal. The finger is up in a flash. Flynn departs for a wonderful 53, NEW ZEALAND 410/9! 13th Test 5-wicket haul for Herath, fourth in a row against New Zealand! 410/9

151.6 S Randiv to Patel, SIX! Patel goes big! Tossed up on the pads, Patel makes room and chips down the track to lift it over the long on fence with some authority. 410/8

151.5 S Randiv to Patel, Flighted on the leg stump, Patel comes forward and flicks it uppishly to short mid-wicket. The ball goes on the bounce. Patel is providing half chances to the Lankans. 404/8

151.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 404/8

151.3 S Randiv to Patel, Tossed up outside off, driven nicely down to deep mid off for a single. 403/8

151.2 S Randiv to Flynn, On the pads, turned around the corner towards short fine leg for a single. 402/8

151.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes around the wicket to Flynn and flights it up just outside off stump and Flynn pushes it to point off the front foot. 401/8

150.6 R Herath to Patel, Was that a drop? Not quite Full outside off, stops on the batsman, Patel pushes at it and the ball goes off the face of the bat, aerially towards Herath who gets across to his left but lands on the ball instead. 401/8

150.5 R Herath to Patel, Straighter, on middle, Patel stays back to defend as the ball stays low. 401/8

150.4 R Herath to Patel, Tossed up invitingly outside off, Patel drives it beautifully towards point. 401/8

150.3 R Herath to Patel, Landed outside off, Patel lunges out to defend. 401/8

150.2 R Herath to Flynn, Flicks it through the pads for a single. 401/8

Hooray! Flynn's mum and dad are here, watching their son bat! Proud parents? Their arrival has seen their son stop a long list of low scores... Papa Flynn gets excited when he realizes that he is on TV!

150.1 R Herath to Flynn, Full outside off, watchfully defended. 400/8

Rangana Herath to continue...

This is Ross Taylor's 13th Test as a captain. He has won 3 and lost 7, of which the last 5 have been on the trot. Can he stop the losing rut?

149.6 S Randiv to Patel, Patel comes forward confidently and pushes it to the off side. 400/8

149.5 S Randiv to Patel, This is poor from Randiv. Lands it on leg stump and gets it to turn further down the leg side. He hasn't learnt a bit after bowling poorly in the previous session too. 400/8

149.4 S Randiv to Patel, Comes well forward and pushes it back to Randiv. 400/8

149.3 S Randiv to Patel, Tossed up on middle and leg, turned away to mid-wicket. 400/8

149.2 S Randiv to Patel, Flatter delivery on off, Patel stays back and pats it back to the bowler. 400/8

149.1 S Randiv to Patel, FOUR! What a start to the session! Flighted outside off stump, Patel gets well forward and drives it wonderfully through the covers to pick up a boundary and also bring up the 400 of the innings. 400/8

Flynn and Patel have walked out to the middle with the Lankan fielders in their respective positions. Patel will face Randiv who will bowl the 150th over of the innings and to get the session underway.

Welcome back for the final session of the day. New Zealand are on the verge of reaching 400 and their aim would be to score some quick runs in this session. Flynn has shown great confidence in the lower order but it is time now that he starts to accelerate. Sri Lanka will aim to wrap up things quickly so that they get a big session to bat.

Day 2, session 3...

Herath has worked tirelessly for the Lankans with a 4-wicket haul while Kulasekara has been impressive. The others have been ordinary. The over-rate has been excellent with only 30 overs remaining to be bowled in the day. Join us back at 1515 IST (0945 GMT) for the final session of the day...

Not a bad session for the Kiwis. They did lose three wickets but also managed to add 98 runs in 35 overs. Flynn has been the man for the Kiwis and is going strong on 50. Some useful partnerships being strung by the lower order.

148.6 R Herath to Flynn, Flatter on the pads, tucked away to the on side calmly. That is tea on day 2. 396/8

148.5 R Herath to Flynn, Flynn stays back and pushes it back to Herath from within the crease. 396/8

148.4 R Herath to Patel, Tossed up outside off stump, Patel drives it to the deep cover fielder for a single. There it is, the bowler's century. 396/8

148.3 R Herath to Patel, Third consecutive front foot defensive stroke by Patel. He looks solid out there. 395/8

148.2 R Herath to Patel, Flighted up outside off, pushed to the covers off the front foot. 395/8

148.1 R Herath to Patel, Comes forward and pats it back to the bowler. 395/8

Herath will bowl the last over before tea. He is just one run away from conceding a century with the ball.

147.6 S Randiv to Patel, Outside off, eased into the covers for a single. 395/8

147.5 S Randiv to Patel, Full outside off, 87.2 kph, Patel pushes it back to the bowler. 394/8

147.4 S Randiv to Patel, On middle, 83.8 kph, Patel works it towards leg gully. 394/8

147.3 S Randiv to Patel, Down the leg side, 83.6 kph, Patel allows it through. 394/8

147.2 S Randiv to Patel, Landed outside off, spinning in, Patel just about manages to cover the line as he looks to defend. 394/8

This is Flynn's 6th Test fifty and his third against the Lankans. He has been a crisis man for the Kiwis throughout this short series.

147.1 S Randiv to Flynn, On the pads and Flynn flicks it away to fine leg for a single to bring up his half century. 394/8

Murali and Vaas were the only two bowlers to have picked up over 50 wickets in a calendar year. Now, Herath becomes the third Lankan bowler to do so.

146.6 N Kulasekara to J Patel, A fullish delivery just outside off, driven nicely through the covers for a good couple of runs. 393/8

146.5 N Kulasekara to Patel, The big in-dipper on the leg stump. Betters his line after two bad deliveries. Patel, however, digs it out pretty well. 391/8

146.4 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Another poor delivery, full toss on the pads. Flynn will be furious with himself at havaing missed out on that one. The ball hits the pads, the Lankans put in a stifled appeal as the batsmen take a leg bye. 391/8

146.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Poor delivery this time, strays way down the leg side. It is so bad that even Flynn couldn't get the ball on the bat as he tried to flick it. 390/8

146.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Good length ball just outside off yet again, Flynn opens the face of the bat and pushes it to the covers. 390/8

Back over the wicket now.

146.1 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A good length ball on off, defended off the front foot by Flynn into the off side. 390/8

Two slips in position for Flynn as Kula comes from around the wicket to him.

145.6 S Randiv to Patel, Full on middle, 86.1 kph, played straight to short mid-wicket. 390/8

145.5 S Randiv to Patel, Goes right back and defends this one. 390/8

145.4 S Randiv to Patel, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 390/8

145.3 S Randiv to Patel, FOUR! Effective placement! Full outside off, Patel flicks this effortlessly through mid-wicket and gets a boundary! 390/8

145.2 S Randiv to Patel, Full and outside leg, Patel comes forward to defend but the ball lobs off the pads and lands short of square leg. 386/8

145.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed up outside the leg stump, Flynn gets down and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. 386/8

Randiv back into the attack now.

That was an eventful over for the bowler as well as for a couple of fingers, one got a nail clipped off whereas one got a stinger and headed back to the dressing room to get some taping on it.

144.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A length ball from around the wicket to Flynn, he pushes it to deep point for a single. 385/8

144.5 N Kulasekara to J Patel, Edged amd DROPPED! Short and wide, Patel went for a big booming cut shot. The ball takes the edge and goes to Samaraweera at first slip very sharply. He dives to his right but can't hold on to it and ends up hurting his already taped index finger. He has headed back straight to the dressing room to get it attended to. Patel has got off strike meanwhile. 384/8

Looks like Patel's nail from one of the fingers has come off! Or rather, just about coming off. Patel borrows a personal scissor from the umpire and does the needful.

144.4 N Kulasekara to Patel, Some good reverse into the batsman once again. Kula is getting the ball to talk here. Patel doesn't move his feet much and defends it from the crease. That nearly got through the gates though. Patel has called for some assistance on his right hand, wanted a nail to be clipped. 383/8

144.3 N Kulasekara to Patel, Gets it to reverse in off a fullish length. Patel flicks it with some timing on it straight to the shortish square leg where it is well fielder. 383/8

144.2 N Kulasekara to Patel, Full, tries for a yorker but ends pushing it down the leg side. Patel tries to flick it but inside edges it onto his pads and the ball rolls away to the on side. 383/8

144.1 N Kulasekara to Patel, Full delivery on the stumps by Kula, Patel stays within his crease and pats it back to the bowler. 383/8

The pitch is so flat that it is making the tailenders look like top order batsmen when they play their forward defensive strokes.

143.6 R Herath to Flynn, Landed outside off, 81.8 kph, flicked through mid-wicket but straight to the fielder. 383/8

143.5 R Herath to Flynn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 383/8

143.4 R Herath to D Flynn, EDGED! SAFE! FOUR! Mahela o Mahela, why no slip for a spinner? Beautifully tossed up outside off, spinning back in, Flynn looks to push it away but gets a thick outside edge which flies through the vacant slip region to third man! 383/8

143.3 R Herath to Flynn, Landed outside off, watchfully defended. 379/8

143.2 R Herath to Patel, This time he comes forward and pushes it through the covers for a single. 379/8

143.1 R Herath to Patel, Very nearly paid the penalty there, Patel. The carrom ball, flighted on middle, Patel, instead of coming forward stays back and gets a big bottom edge. 378/8

142.6 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Fullish delivery on off stump, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot. 378/8

142.5 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A back of a length delivery angled across Flynn who leaves it alone without any doubt. 378/8

142.4 N Kulasekara to Patel, Angled into the pads on a length, flicked away by Patel to fine leg to pick up a single and get Flynn back on strike. 378/8

142.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A fuller delivery on off, Flynn closes the face of the bat and gets an inside edge on to the pads and into the on side towards square leg. He gets a single. 377/8

142.2 N Kulasekara to Patel, Fullish and well outside off, Patel drives the ball crisply down to deep cover for a single. 376/8

142.1 N Kulasekara to Patel, A good length ball with some away movement on it, Patel gets nicely forward and pushes it into the covers. 375/8

Daniel Flynn has gone past 1000 Test runs.

141.6 R Herath to Patel, Good shot. Leans into this one and drives it through the covers for a single. Gets off the mark! 375/8

141.5 R Herath to Patel, Oohhh... flighted outside off, 84.3 kph, Patel lunges out to defend but gets a thick inside edge towards square leg. 374/8

141.4 R Herath to Patel, Full outside off, 69.1 kph, the batsman lunges out to defend. 374/8

141.3 R Herath to Patel, Landed on middle and off, spinning away, pushed towards point. 374/8

Jeetan Patel walks out at number 10, replacing Southee.

141.2 R Herath to Southee, OUT! Bowled! Southee's struggling innings has come to an end. Tossed up on middle, 79.1 kph, Southee goes for the big slog sweep but this time he misses. The ball crashes into the off stump. 50TH TEST WICKET FOR RANGANA HERATH IN 2012! Southee departs for 15, New Zealand 374/8! 374/8

141.1 R Herath to Southee, Tossed up outside off, 80. kph, Southee lunges to defend. 374/7

140.6 N Kulasekara to Southee, Length ball on the stumps to Southee as well, he does exactly what the left hander did on the previous delivery, flicked it to deep square leg for one. 374/7

Good sportsmanship shown by Martin Guptill. The giant screen just showed the type of his dismissals against Nuwan Kulasekara and Guptill gave a good smile. Nice to see.

140.5 N Kulasekara to Flynn, This time he bowls straighter on the wickets and gets nudged away to deep square leg for a single. 373/7

140.4 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Awesome shot by Flynn! Fullish and angled across Flynn, he drives it beautifully through the covers. Herath in the deep gets around nicely and makes a claim for a spot in the Sri Lankan football team by stopping the ball with his foot to keep them down to two. 372/7

140.3 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Similar length delivery just outside off, Flynn plays a good looking drive, but straight to extra cover. 370/7

140.2 N Kulasekara to Flynn, Fuller and just outside off stump, Flynn comes well forward this time and pushes the ball into the covers. 370/7

140.1 N Kulasekara to Flynn, A good length ball on off stump, Flynn comes half forward and defends it back to Kulasekara. 370/7

Some pace now, Kulasekara has been brought in to bowl a few overs.

139.6 R Herath to Southee, Full outside off, 81 kph, driven towards mid off but Herath intercepts. 370/7

139.5 R Herath to Southee, Same ball, same shot, same result as the previous delivery. 370/7

139.4 R Herath to Southee, Full outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 370/7

139.3 R Herath to Flynn, That is the third time in a row Flynn has flicked the ball through mid-wicket, this time into the gap for a single. 370/7

139.2 R Herath to Flynn, Action replay of the previous delivery. 369/7

139.1 R Herath to Flynn, Full outside off, 92 kph, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 369/7

Just to remind you, this is a 2 hour 15-minute session. Tea will be taken at 1455 local (0925 GMT). The final session is scheduled to go on till 1715 local (1145 GMT) with the extra half hour available, if needed, to complete the quota of 98 overs.

138.6 S Randiv to Southee, Flighted on off stump, Southee comes forward very uncharacteristically and defends it every so gently back to Randiv, as if thanking him after giving him some batting practice, most of which he got through with defensive strokes. 369/7

138.5 S Randiv to Southee, Betters his line on off stump, Southeee stays back and pushes it back to Randiv. 369/7

138.4 S Randiv to D Flynn, Too short from Randiv. He has probably sworn that he will bowl short to Flynn. He rocks back and cuts it away to cover point for a single. 369/7

138.3 S Randiv to Southee, Quicker and just outside off, pushed away off the back foot into the vacatn cover region for a single. 368/7

138.2 S Randiv to Southee, This is poor from Randiv! Darts it down the leg side and Southee lets it go through to the keeper. 367/7

138.1 S Randiv to Southee, Flat delivery from around the wicket on the off stick, defended from within the crease. 367/7

137.6 R Herath to Southee, Works it down the leg side for a single. 367/7

137.5 R Herath to Southee, Full outside off, 80.8 kph, Southee slog sweeps it through square leg where Nuwan Kulasekara does well to stop the ball. Two runs taken. 366/7

137.4 R Herath to Southee, Tossed up on middle, Southee winds up for a big heave but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 364/7

137.3 R Herath to Southee, That is well played. Down the leg side, 83.3 kph, Southee flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a couple. 364/7

137.2 R Herath to Tim Southee, This one turns away from middle, Southee pushes and gets a thick leading edge which does not carry to point. 362/7

137.1 R Herath to Southee, Full outside off, Southee flicks it towards square leg. 362/7

136.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Quicker and fuller on off, pushed away to the covers, no run. 362/7

136.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed up on off stump, pushed back to Randiv off the front foot. 362/7

136.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes forward and pats it down towards point by opening the face of the bat. 362/7

136.3 S Randiv to Southee, Flighted on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a single. 362/7

136.2 S Randiv to Southee, The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. 361/7

136.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Goes back and punches it to the off side for a single to deep point. 361/7

135.6 R Herath to Flynn, Goes right back in his crease to play the ball towards fine leg for a single. 360/7

135.5 R Herath to Flynn, Full on middle, another solid defense. 359/7

135.4 R Herath to Flynn, Lunges out to work it towards mid-wicket. 359/7

135.3 R Herath to Flynn, Landed on middle, 81.7 kph, watchfully defended. 359/7

135.2 R Herath to Southee, Goes back and pushes it towards point. 359/7

135.1 R Herath to Southee, Full on middle, 80.5 kph, Southee flicks it wide of long on for a couple. 358/7

134.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Drops it a tad short and Flynn cuts it straight to backward point. Could have done better with that loose delivery. 356/7

134.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed up slowly on the stumps, played back on to the pitch. 356/7

134.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Pushed through quicker and fuller on off, defended to the covers. 356/7

134.3 S Randiv to Southee, A fuller delivery angled across the off stump from around the wicket, Southee pushes it to the cover region with soft hands and runs through for one. 356/7

134.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Gets down on his knee and paddles it around to fine leg for a single. 355/7

134.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Floated up just outside off, defended to point with an angled face of the bat. 354/7

133.6 R Herath to Southee, Tossed up on the off stump, Southee drives it hard but straight to Herath to end the over with a dot ball. 354/7

133.5 R Herath to Flynn, Quicker on the stumps, flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a run. 354/7

133.4 R Herath to Southee, Arm ball, slides in and Southee has to hurry his bat down as he expects it to turn away. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and goes to the leg side allowing Southee to pick up a single. 353/7

133.3 R Herath to Southee, Tossed up on off and spins away, Southee lazily pushes at it and gets beaten. 352/7

133.2 R Herath to Southee, Slowly tossed up on off, Southee patiently defends it to the off side. 352/7

133.1 R Herath to Southee, Flighted slowly on the leg stump, defended to the on side. 352/7

Herath is back into the attack.

Sri Lanka have done well to keep on pegging the Kiwis but the visitors will not be too displeased with this total. If they can string in another 40-50 runs, it would be a great first innings score, especially with the ball holding off the surface.

DRINKS BREAK.

132.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Full outside off, Flynn reaches out to meet the ball and pushes it to point. 352/7

132.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed up outside off, Flynn defends it solidly. 352/7

132.4 S Randiv to Southee, Comes down the track and swings it towards mid-wicket for a run. 352/7

132.3 S Randiv to Southee, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 351/7

132.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Paddles this down to fine leg for a single. 351/7

132.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Full outside off, watchfully defended. 350/7

131.6 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length ball on the stumps, Flynn works it away past mid-wicket for a single to bring up the 350 for the Kiwis. It is a decent effort by them considering how they fared in the two innings at Galle. 350/7

131.5 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length ball on off stump, dabbed away to mid off on the back foot. 349/7

131.4 S Eranga to Southee, A length ball on the stumps, flicked away towards deep square leg for a single. 349/7

131.3 S Eranga to Tim Southee, Comes over the wicket for Southee and just as we think of him playing shots he tries one. A short ball on the stumps, Southee tries to pull it away but finds the short mid-wicket fielder. He has made his intentions clear. 348/7

131.2 S Eranga to Southee, Full delivery, just outside off, Southee drives it crisply to the covers, no run. Southee is not known to hang back. He will play his shots. 348/7

131.1 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length delivery on the stumps, Flynn gets well behind ti and pats it into the off side and in the gap to pick up a single. 348/7

Eranga comes around the wicket to Flynn now.

130.6 S Randiv to Southee, Lunges out to block this one. 3 runs and a wicket from the over, Randiv's figures read 31-3-66-1. 347/7

130.5 S Randiv to Southee, Goes back in his crease to defend. 347/7

130.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Short outside off, 83.5 kph, cut towards deep point for one. 347/7

Tim Southee walks out to bat at number 9, replacing Bracewell.

130.3 S Randiv to Bracewell, OUT! Caught! Randiv has got the breakthrough! Flighted delivery on leg stump, 85.6 kph, not the best ball by any mans, Bracewell decides to punish it and comes down the track to give it a big thwack. Big thwack is what he does give but unfortunately for him, picks out the only man in the deep on the leg side! Rangana Herath takes a dolly at the deep mid-wicket fence. Randiv opens his account in the wicket-taking zone. Bracewell departs for 24, NEW ZEALAND 346/7! 346/7

130.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Way too short outside off, 83.7 kph, punched through the covers for a run. 346/6

130.1 S Randiv to Bracewell, Full on middle, 83.1 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 345/6

129.6 S Eranga to Flynn, FOUR! What a shot! He has had enough of these wide full deliveries. He was probably waiting for the last ball to play a lovely, flowing cover drive which races away to the fence. 344/6

129.5 S Eranga to Flynn, Better! A good length ball on off, Flynn defends it from within the crease back to Eranga. 340/6

129.4 S Eranga to Flynn, Fourth one in a row! He needs to get Flynn to play, not the keeper to collect the ball straight off the deck. Flynn is really happy to shoulder arms to it. 340/6

129.3 S Eranga to Flynn, A back of a length outside off, Flynn watches it pass through to the keeper. 340/6

129.2 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length ball just outside off stump. Flynn is still unmoved as he shoulders arms to that one too. 340/6

129.1 S Eranga to Flynn, Wide outside the off stump by Eranga. Flynn is unmoved as he leaves it alone. 340/6

128.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover. 340/6

128.5 R Herath to Bracewell, Landed outside off, 83.6 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 340/6

128.4 R Herath to Bracewell, FOUR! That is a terrific shot! Flighted on leg stump, Bracewell flicks it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary! Poor ball, wide open spaces on the leg side. 340/6

128.3 R Herath to Flynn, Goes back and works it through square leg for a single. 336/6

128.2 R Herath to Flynn, Pushes it towards the bowler again. 335/6

128.1 R Herath to Flynn, Landed outside off, 81.4 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 335/6

127.6 S Eranga to Bracewell, Angles it into the pads and Bracewell flicks it to mid-wicket, no run. 335/6

127.5 S Eranga to Bracewell, Length just outside off, Bracewell stays back and guides it through point and picks up an easy couple as the fielder from deep point comes around and throws the ball back in. 335/6

127.4 S Eranga to Flynn, A good length ball across Flynn, he chooses to drive and gets the ball down to deep point off a thick outside edge and picks up a single. 333/6

127.3 S Eranga to Flynn, Pushed fuller and across the batsman who doesn't want to do anything with it and lets it through. 332/6

127.2 S Eranga to Flynn, Back of a length outside off stump, Flynn leaves it alone. 332/6

127.1 S Eranga to D Bracewell, A good delivery first up, a good length ball, tails in slightly and Bracewell gets an inside edge onto his pads. Eranga thinks that it is close and appeals. The umpire is uninterested. They take a single. 332/6

Shaminda Eranga is back on. 19-0-80-1 so far. Replaces Randiv.

126.6 R Herath to Flynn, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 331/6

126.5 R Herath to Flynn, Pushes this towards point. 331/6

126.4 R Herath to Flynn, On leg stump, Flynn works it straight to mid-wicket. 331/6

126.3 R Herath to Flynn, Outside off, 80.2 kph, pushed towards cover. 331/6

126.2 R Herath to Flynn, Fuller, pushed straight to mid off. 331/6

126.1 R Herath to Flynn, Landed outside off, Flynn goes for the pull but the ball stays low and beats the bat. 331/6

125.6 S Randiv to Bracewell, Flatter on the stumps, Bracewell gets very low to meet the ball at its landing spot and blocks it on to the pitch. 331/6

125.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, Stays back to this one which has been pushed through quicker on the stumps and truns it down to the forward short leg fielder. 331/6

125.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted on off stump, Flynn gets nicely forward and pushes it through mid-wicket for a run. 331/6

125.3 S Randiv to Bracewell, Quicker and full on the leg side, Bracewell chases it and flicks it to fine leg for a single. 330/6

125.2 S Randiv to Bracewell, Flighted on off, defended back to Randiv off the front foot. 329/6

125.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted well outside off sutmp and Flynn goes across and down on one knee to sweep it to deep square leg for a single. 329/6

124.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Full outside off, 78.8 kph, driven straight to cover. 328/6

124.5 R Herath to Bracewell, FOUR! Great shot! Tossed up on middle, 79.7 kph, Bracewell comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary! 328/6

124.4 R Herath to Bracewell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 324/6

124.3 R Herath to Flynn, He is looking in an aggressive mood here. Full on middle, Fkynn gets down and slog sweeps it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 324/6

124.2 R Herath to Flynn, Similar line, well defended again. The keeper shouts, "NIYAMA, RANGA, NIYAMA!!!" which is in Sinhalese and means that "well done, Herath, well done!" 323/6

124.1 R Herath to Flynn, Landed on middle spinning in, 79 kph, Flynn defends it watchfully. 323/6

123.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Quicker on off, turned away easily through mid-wicket for a single. 323/6

123.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, Full on off, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 322/6

123.4 S Randiv to Bracewell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 321/6

123.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Worked away to the on side to pick up a single. 321/6

123.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 320/6

123.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Full outside off, Flynn plays a square drive to backward point. Can't find the gap. 320/6

122.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Pushes it quicker on off, defended from within the crease 320/6

122.5 R Herath to Flynn, On the pads, nudged away towards square leg for one. 320/6

122.4 R Herath to Bracewell, Shortish on the stumps, worked away to deep mid-wicket for one. 319/6

122.3 R Herath to Bracewell, Bracewell drives this pitched up delivery down the ground for the long off fielder to cut it off. He picks up a couple. 318/6

122.2 R Herath to Bracewell, Angled into line with the stumps, pushed back by Bracewell off the front foot. 316/6

122.1 R Herath to Flynn, Flighted on off, turned away between the two short mid-wicket fielders for a single. 316/6

121.6 S Randiv to Bracewell, Gets on to his front foot and pushes it to the covers. 315/6

121.5 S Randiv to Bracewell, Comes forward and blocks it back to the bowler. 315/6

121.4 S Randiv to Bracewell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 315/6

121.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted on the stumps, turned away through mid-wicket for a single. 315/6

121.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Spins way outside the off stump, left alone. 314/6

121.1 S Randiv to Flynn, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 314/6

England have beaten India by 10 wickets at Mumbai and the Protea held on to an unbelievable draw at Adelaide, surviving with just two wickets left.

120.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Comes well forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 314/6

120.5 R Herath to Bracewell, Fullish on the stumps, flicked away nicely through mid-wicket for a couple. 314/6

120.4 R Herath to Bracewell, Bracewell chips down the track nicely and flicks it to the left of fine leg and picks up a couple. 312/6

120.3 R Herath to Flynn, Short and wide outside off, Flynn cuts it away nicely to the point fence where Mathews pulls the ball back in inches off the ropes. 310/6

120.2 R Herath to Bracewell, Slow and length on the stumps, whipped away to the square leg region for a run. 307/6

120.1 R Herath to Bracewell, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 306/6

119.6 S Randiv to Flynn, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 306/6

119.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Full outside the off stump, defended with an angled bat. 306/6

119.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted well outside off, pushed away to point. 306/6

119.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes well forward to this pitched up ball and pushes it to the covers. 306/6

119.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Floated outside off, defended off the front foot. 306/6

119.1 S Randiv to Bracewell, Flighted on off, pushed to the off side and Flynn calls Bracewell through for a single. 306/6

118.6 R Herath to Bracewell, Slow and tossed up outside off, Bracewell drives it uppishly to long off to get off the mark with a single. 305/6

118.5 R Herath to Bracewell, Flighted up outside off, Bracewell blocks it by coming forwards. 304/6

118.4 R Herath to Bracewell, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 304/6

118.3 R Herath to Bracewell, Slow outside off stump, defended off the front foot. 304/6

118.2 R Herath to Bracewell, Comes forward this time and plays it to the covers. 304/6

118.1 R Herath to D Bracewell, Angles it in with the arm, the ball stays low and Bracewell gets his bat down in time to inside edge it on to his pads. 304/6

117.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Flighted outside off stump, comes well forward and plays it down to point. 304/6

117.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes well forward and defends the ball to the covers. 304/6

117.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Short of a good length outside off, guided straight to backward point. 304/6

117.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Stays back and dabs it towards point, no run. 304/6

117.2 S Randiv to Flynn, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 304/6

117.1 S Randiv to Flynn, FOUR! First one for Flynn! Short and wide outside off, Flynn gets back and cuts it away to the point boundary. 304/6

116.6 R Herath to Bracewell, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 300/6

Doug Bracewell comes to bat now.

116.5 R Herath to Astle, OUT! The debutant is gone! Offers no shot outside the off stump and gets struck right in front of the off stick. Herath appeals successfully and New Zealand slide further. 300/6

116.4 R Herath to Astle, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 300/5

116.3 R Herath to Astle, Pushed away towards point. 300/5

116.2 R Herath to Astle, Stays back to this flighted ball and defends it back beside the wicket. 300/5

116.1 R Herath to Astle, Floated up outside off, defended to silly point. 300/5

115.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Rock solid front foot defense back to the bowler. 300/5

115.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes well forward and pushes it into the covers. 300/5

115.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes half forward and pushes the ball to point. 300/5

115.3 S Randiv to Flynn, Leaves it outside the off stump. 300/5

115.2 S Randiv to Astle, Astle chips down the track and has a half swing at it, pushing the ball down to deep mid-wicket for one. 300/5

115.1 S Randiv to Flynn, Tossed outside off, driven to deep point for a single. 299/5

114.6 R Herath to Astle, Defended back to the bowler by coming on to the front leg. 298/5

114.5 R Herath to Astle, Shortish outside off, punched off the back foot to the off side. 298/5

114.4 R Herath to Astle, Comes forward and pats it into the off side. 298/5

114.3 R Herath to Astle, Another front foot defense, pushed back to the bowler. 298/5

114.2 R Herath to Astle, Tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot. 298/5

114.1 R Herath to Astle, Flighted on off, defended off the front foot. 298/5

The players are out in the middle and the Lankans will go all out to skittle out the tourists soon. Flynn will face Herath.

The Kiwis are left with another task to steady the ship with debutant Astle and Flynn at the crease. It won't be easy with the Lankan spinners' tails right up and ready to slash at the lower order batsmen. Do join us for the post lunch session in a bit.

The Lankans have stolen this session away from the Kiwis who looked good at the start of play. Williamson got to his third Test century and both the set batsmen, the skipper especially got out to similar shots, the sweep. Thereafter, Dilshan picked up van Wyk for a duck setting them right back. The home side sense their chances and will try to go for the kill in the next session.

113.6 S Randiv to Flynn, Comes well forward and kills the ball down on to the pitch to end the session to go into lunch on day 2. 298/5

113.5 S Randiv to Flynn, Angled in slowly and turns it away, Flynn stays back and pats it down to silly point. 298/5

113.4 S Randiv to Flynn, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. 298/5

113.3 S Randiv to D Flynn, Quicker on off, turns away slightly and takes the edge to first slip on the bounce. Nice soft hands by Flynn. 298/5

113.2 S Randiv to Flynn, Slow and tossed up on off, blocked back to the bowler. 298/5

113.1 S Randiv to Flynn, A shortish delivery on the stumps, punched away through mid-wicket off the back foot nicely for a couple. 298/5

Randiv will bowl his first over of the day and the last of this session.

112.6 R Herath to Astle, Comes around the wicket and flights it up outside off, defended neatly. 296/5

112.5 R Herath to Flynn, Slow and turning in, Flynn turns it around to fine leg for a single. 296/5

112.4 R Herath to Flynn, Comes well forward and defends. 295/5

112.3 R Herath to Flynn, Beautifully bowled! The carrom ball, doesn't turn as Flynn searches for it outside the off stump and gets beaten. 295/5

112.2 R Herath to Flynn, Comes forward and pats it down towards point. 295/5

112.1 R Herath to Flynn, Quicker and flatter on off, turned down to forward short leg. 295/5

The last ten overs has seen a run rate of just 1.70. Clearly shows what the spectators have been going through.

111.6 T Dilshan to Astle, Ends the over with a poor delivery, down the leg side for the keeper to collect. 295/5

111.5 T Dilshan to Flynn, Short and quick outside off, pushed away to the covers for a run. 295/5

111.4 T Dilshan to Astle, Faster and fuller on the off stump, driven down to mid off for a single. 294/5

111.3 T Dilshan to Astle, Quick on the stumps, defended down to forward short leg. 293/5

111.2 T Dilshan to Astle, Goes back and pats it to short mid-wicket. 293/5

111.1 T Dilshan to Flynn, Short and wide outside off, Flynn cuts it to deep point who is called in off his nap. Single taken, breaking the chain of maiden overs. 293/5

110.6 R Herath to Astle, Wide outside off stump, left alone. That is the fifth consecutive maiden. 292/5

110.5 R Herath to Astle, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 292/5

110.4 R Herath to Astle, Floated up on off, pushed back to the bowler. 292/5

110.3 R Herath to Astle, Floated up on off, pushed back to the bowler. 292/5

110.2 R Herath to Astle, Angled in to the stumps, punched off the back foot to the covers, still not off the mark as he can't place it into the gap. 292/5

110.1 R Herath to Astle, A good ball on off, defended from within the crease. 292/5

109.6 T Dilshan to Flynn, Even slower, flighted outside off, pushed to the covers sedately. Fourth consecutive maiden! The fielders in the deep can take a power nap for a few minutes if it continues this way. 292/5

109.5 T Dilshan to Flynn, Slows the pace and tosses it up on off, blocked off the front foot. 292/5

109.4 T Dilshan to Flynn, Flighted outside off, driven back to Dilshan. 292/5

109.3 T Dilshan to Flynn, Length ball on the stumps, whipped away straight to short mid-wicket. 292/5

109.2 T Dilshan to Flynn, Comes nicely forward and defends it to the covers with an angled bat. 292/5

109.1 T Dilshan to Flynn, Bowls it outside the off stump, left alone by Flynn. 292/5

108.6 R Herath to Astle, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Third consecutive maiden that! 292/5

108.5 R Herath to Astle, Flighted outside off, pushed to the covers off the front foot. 292/5

108.4 R Herath to Astle, Much better, comes forward and defends. That is how it should be done, son, use the thing in your hand! 292/5

108.3 R Herath to Astle, The slider there! Astle doesn't judge it well and goes for a leave. The ball almost brushes the off stump. 292/5

108.2 R Herath to Astle, Comes forward and leaves it alone. 292/5

108.1 R Herath to Astle, The carrom ball is out! Slow and coming in with the arm, Astle plays it off his back foot to the off side. 292/5

107.6 T Dilshan to Flynn, Nice delivery, angled in and spun away sharply, Flynn leaves it watchfully. 292/5

107.5 T Dilshan to Flynn, Stays back to this quicker delivery and defends it from within the crease. 292/5

107.4 T Dilshan to Flynn, Gets half forward and plays it to point with an angled bat. 292/5

107.3 T Dilshan to Flynn, This time Flynn does well to come forward and defend the ball solidly. 292/5

107.2 T Dilshan to Flynn, Good bite off the wicket! Quick and angled in towards off, the ball spins away sharply outside off and beats Flynn's drive. 292/5

107.1 T Dilshan to Flynn, Dilshan continues and bowls it flat on off stump, pushed away to the off side. 292/5

106.6 R Herath to Astle, Gets low and defends it back to the bowler. 292/5

106.5 R Herath to Astle, Comes well forward and drives it to mid off nicely, no run. 292/5

106.4 R Herath to Astle, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 292/5

106.3 R Herath to Astle, A peach of a delivery, flights it on off and gets it to turn away and bounce sharply, beating the bat. 292/5

106.2 R Herath to Astle, Blocked off the front foot to the on side. 292/5

106.1 R Herath to Astle, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 292/5

105.6 T Dilshan to Astle, Off the mark straight away, on the pads and worked away fine to the on side for a single. 292/5

Debutant Todd Astle comes to the crease now. He has a hundred in his first class career. He is considered an allrounder.

105.5 T Dilshan to van Wyk, OUT! What can one say? Dilshan has got one now! Quick and on off stump, almost a yorker. van Wyk opens the face of the bat and seems to be late on the ball as well. The ball hits the off stump and van Wyk is gone for a duck. 291/5

105.4 T Dilshan to D Flynn, Flighted on off, Flynn chips down and drives it to mid on where Herath is slow with the release of the throw and Flynn gets off the mark. 291/4

105.3 T Dilshan to Flynn, Quick and full on off, defended off the front foot. 290/4

105.2 T Dilshan to Flynn, Flatter on the stumps, turned away to the leg side, no run. 290/4

105.1 T Dilshan to Flynn, Tossed up on off, pushed to the covers. 290/4

29% of Herath's wickets are LBW victims.

104.6 R Herath to Wyk, A slow flighted delivery on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler. 290/4

104.5 R Herath to Wyk, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 290/4

Kruget van Wyk comes out to bat now. Two new batsmen at the crease then.

104.4 R Herath to Williamson, OUT! Williamson follows suit now. Change of ends for Herath does the trick. Flighted on the stumps. Williamson, like his skipper goes for a fine sweep and gets struck right in front. The umpire has no hesitation and raises his finger. A good innings by this young man has come to a lame end. The hosts have got two set batsmen now. 290/4

104.3 R Herath to Williamson, Quicker and full on off, defended back to Herath. 290/3

104.2 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on off, defended to the covers. 290/3

104.1 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up on the stumps, blocked down to the on side. 290/3

103.6 T Dilshan to Flynn, Stays in the crease and pats it to the off side on the back foot. 290/3

103.5 T Dilshan to Flynn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 290/3

This is Williamson's highest Test score beating his 134 against India.

103.4 T Dilshan to Williamson, Straighter this time, flicked away past mid-wicket for a single. 290/3

103.3 T Dilshan to Williamson, FOUR! Brilliant! A tossed up delivery outside off, driven nicely into the gap through the covers for another boundary. 289/3

103.2 T Dilshan to Williamson, Flighted this time outside off, defended off the front foot. 285/3

103.1 T Dilshan to Williamson, FOUR! Imperious! Short outside off, Williamson rocks back and punches it with good timing through the covers and into the fence. 285/3

Dilshan into the attack now.

102.6 A Mathews to Williamson, Classy shot! On the stumps on a length. Williamson flicks it into the gap between short mid-wicket and mid on to pick up three runs. 281/3

102.5 A Mathews to Williamson, A pitched up delivery on off, pushed back to Mathews. 278/3

102.4 A Mathews to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 278/3

102.3 A Mathews to K Williamson, A back of a length ball just outside off, Williamson blocks it back on to the crease and the ball goes towards the stumps. Williamson keeps his eye on the ball as he diverts it with his bat to safety. 278/3

102.2 A Mathews to Williamson, A good length ball on off, Williamson punches it nicely off the back foot, but Randiv at short mid-wicket dives, not allowing the ball to get through. 278/3

102.1 A Mathews to Williamson, A tight length ball on off, patted down to the leg side. 278/3

The number of centuries this month has been increased by one. Faf du Plessis just got to his century on debut. Pakistan and Zimbabwe are the only two nations who are not playing right now. The only team apart from these two that doesn't have a 100 from any of its players is Sri Lanka.

101.6 R Herath to Flynn, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 278/3

Mahela still has two men at the boundary on the leg side and a forward short leg to go with a slip.

101.5 R Herath to Williamson, Floated outside off slowly, driven to deep cover for a single to get Flynn on strike for the first time. 278/3

101.4 R Herath to Williamson, A good, discipline line on off, Williamson defends. 277/3

101.3 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up on off, defended back to Herath. 277/3

101.2 R Herath to Williamson, Full on the stumps, flicked to short mid-wicket. 277/3

101.1 R Herath to Williamson, A flighted ball on off, defended off the front foot. 277/3

100.6 A Mathews to Williamson, This time he bowls it straighter on the stumps, flicked away to fine leg for a single. 277/3

100.5 A Mathews to Williamson, Another back of a length ball just outside off, punched to Dilshan at short extra once again. 276/3

100.4 A Mathews to Williamson, Short of a good length, Kane punches it to short extra cover off the back foot. 276/3

100.3 A Mathews to Williamson, A fullish delivery just outside the off stump. Williamson leaves it nicely by watching the ball closely. 276/3

100.2 A Mathews to Williamson, A good length ball on the stumps, defended from within the crease. 276/3

100.1 A Mathews to Williamson, A good length ball just outside off, left alone. 276/3

Daniel Flynn comes out to bat. He was one of the positives of the first Test for the Kiwis in which they lost badly.

99.6 Herath to Taylor, OUT! This time the New Zealand skipper perishes! Comes across and goes for a sweep. Taylor is struck right in front as he misses the shot and Herath and the keeper appeal successfully as Erasmus gives it a thought and raises his finger. A fine innings comes to an end. This also means an end to tumbling records which Taylor and Williamson were doing all this while. 276/3

99.5 R Herath to Taylor, Floated up on off, pushed back to the bowler. 276/2

99.4 R Herath to Taylor, Angled into the stumps slowly, pushed to short mid-wicket. 276/2

99.3 R Herath to Taylor, NOT OUT! This is flighted just outside off and turns sharply and bounces too. Taylor tries to defend and misses as he almost loses balance. Prasanna Jayawardene whips off the bails in a flash and appeals. The replays show that Taylor got his back foot back in a flash as well. He is safe. 276/2

Appeal for stumping!

99.2 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up on the pads, Williamson gets down and across and sweeps it fine towards the fine leg boundary. The ball is pulled back as the batsmen pick up three runs. 276/2

99.1 R Herath to R Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, driven down to long on for a single. 273/2

Sanath Jayasuriya, on air says that this wicket is so flat that it is as good as playing on concrete. Very true, no swing, hardly any spin as well, a perfect batting paradise.

98.6 A Mathews to R Taylor, Short outside off, cut away to deep point for a single. 272/2

98.5 A Mathews to Taylor, Back of a length on off, this time he pushes it away from Mathews on the leg side. 271/2

98.4 A Mathews to Taylor, Full and just outside off, Taylor is playing 'batsman-bowler' here. Pushes it back to Mathews for the third consecutive time. 271/2

98.3 A Mathews to Taylor, A tight length ball on off, pushed back to Mathews again off the back foot. 271/2

98.2 A Mathews to Taylor, Fullish on the off stump, patted back to Mathews off the front foot. 271/2

98.1 A Mathews to Taylor, A good length ball on the stumps, turned down towards mid-wicket. 271/2

97.6 R Herath to Williamson, A slider on leg stump, doesn't turn at all. Williamson plays for the turn and gets hit on the pads outside the leg stump. 271/2

97.5 R Herath to Taylor, Quicker outside off, pushes this one into the gap to the covers for a run. 271/2

97.4 R Herath to Taylor, Tossed up outside off, pushed to the covers, no run. 270/2

97.3 R Herath to Taylor, Slow and on the pads, driven to short mid-wicket. 270/2

97.2 R Herath to K Williamson, Tossed up outside off, Kane chips down the track and drives it to deepish mid off for a single. 270/2

97.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on off, pushed back to the bowler. 269/2

96.6 A Mathews to Taylor, A good length ball on off, pushed away to the on side. 269/2

96.5 A Mathews to Taylor, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 269/2

96.4 A Mathews to Taylor, A good length ball on off, defended off the front foot. 269/2

96.3 A Mathews to Williamson, On the hips, tucked away to fine leg for a single. 269/2

96.2 A Mathews to Williamson, Good length ball on off stump, pushed away to the covers. 268/2

96.1 A Mathews to Williamson, Mathews bowls a good probing line just outside off and Kane leaves it very watchfully. 268/2

After an eventful first hour of play, the umpire calls for a drinks break.

95.6 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on off stump, Taylor goes for the sweep again and is struck on the pads, bringing out a huge appeal. That was a good shout, Murray Erasmus thought about it but gave it not out. 268/2

95.5 R Herath to Williamson, Floated up outside off, driven to deep cover for a run. 268/2

95.4 R Herath to Williamson, A good ball tossed outside off, Williamson leaves it alone as the ball keeps coming in with the arm towards the off stump. 267/2

95.3 R Herath to Taylor, Goes for a sweep shot and misses. The ball takes the pads on its way to short fine leg for a leg bye. 267/2

95.2 R Herath to Taylor, Gets low on his front foot and defends the ball. 266/2

95.1 R Herath to Williamson, A short, slow delivery on the stumps, pulls it towards deep square leg for a single. 266/2

94.6 Mathews to Taylor, A good length ball coming in to the pads and hits them as Taylor misses his flick. Mathews inquires to the umpire with a loud appeal while the others join in later. Not given, was going down the leg side. 265/2

94.5 A Mathews to Williamson, Short ball outside off, guided down towards deep point for a run. 265/2

94.4 A Mathews to Williamson, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 264/2

The 250-run partnership has come up too. These two are breaking one record after another.

94.3 A Mathews to Williamson, Punched again off his back foot towards the covers for a couple of runs. 264/2

This is the highest partnership for the Kiwis against Sri Lanka in this nation for any wicket. The records are tumbling here.

94.2 A Mathews to Williamson, Shortish outside off stump, Williamson punches it nicely into the deep, Kula comes around from deep point and allows just two runs. 262/2

94.1 A Mathews to Williamson, Back of a length ball on off, gets behind it and defends it well. 260/2

New Zealand would now look to bat sensibly and build on the lead. The wicket is still offering some assistance to the seamers but more than that the Kiwis have to be wary of the Herath and Randiv threat. Stay tuned for the NZ second innings...

That's it. Not much fight shown by the Sri Lankan tail once Samaraweera departed. They have been folded out for a pretty mediocre total and have handed New Zealand a handy 168-run lead. Trent Boult and Tim Southee were the chief tormentors, bagging 9 wickets between them and completely rocked the Lankan famed batting line-up.

93.6 T Boult to R Herath, OUT! An absolute stunner from Kane Williamson to put an end to Sri Lanka's innings! A very similar incident occurred years ago, when the now-sidelined Dinesh Karthik plucked off a stunner at fly slip off RP Singh's bowling to remove Graeme Smith in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Twenty. Full and wide outside off, Herath pokes at that, the ball flies away past gully, but Williamson leaps up horizontally to the ground and sticks his left hand to clutch a stunner. SRI LANKA ALL OUT FOR 244! 244/10

93.5 T Boult to Eranga, Pitched up to the stumps, Eranga heaves it away off the inside edge over square leg to take one. 244/9

93.4 T Boult to Eranga, Full and wide outside off, Eranga goes back and forth to square-drive it straight to the point fielder. 243/9

93.3 T Boult to Eranga, A really fine stroke. A short of a good length delivery, Eranga stands tall and just punches it on the up off the back foot through covers for a couple. 243/9

93.2 T Boult to Eranga, Full in length, outside off, pushed down the ground. 241/9

93.1 T Boult to Herath, Very full and wide outside off, Herath squirts it away off the outside edge past point for one. 241/9

Angelo Mathews comes into the attack, replacing Kulasekara.

93.6 R Herath to R Taylor, Tossed on the stumps, Taylor flicks it and Sangakkara puts in a flying dive at short mid-wicket to save a run. 260/2

93.5 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on off, pushed back to Herath. 260/2

The Test in Galle was the only match in the last 18 days in which a century wasn't scored by any batsman.

93.4 R Herath to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 260/2

93.3 R Herath to Williamson, A good ball coming in with the angle, pushed away to the covers for a run. 260/2

93.2 R Herath to Taylor, Tossed up outside off, pushed away to sweeper cover for a single. 259/2

93.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted outside off, pushed away to the covers, no run. 258/2

Nuwan Kulasekara has the new ball in his hand.

The players are out in the middle. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill are the openers making their way out.

Just as a piece of information, eight Test playing nations are currently battling it out around the globe. PAKISTAN and ZIMBABWE are the ones to miss out. And yes, all matches are being conducted in the longest format of the game. We wonder what games Zimbabwe and Pakistan would be following currently? Given Pakistan's rivalry, it could be the India-England game.

TOSS - New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat! Todd Astle makes his Test debut for New Zealand and Franklin has been left out. Big news for Sri Lanka is that Dilshan comes in for Dimuth Karunaratne.

WEATHER - Good news about the weather, it is bright and sunny in Colombo. There were thunderstorms yesterday but conditions are ideal for a proper day of Test cricket.

Hello and a warm welcome to the opening day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Colombo! It was a total drubbing for the Kiwis in the first Test and can they salvage something out of this tour? It has not been the best for them. Hopefully, we get some good cricket.

92.6 Tim Southee to Eranga, A back of a length delivery around off, Eranga pushes and misses. 240/9

Third 5-wicket haul in Tests for Tim Southee, first against SL! He becomes the fourth Kiwi bowler to take a five-for in Sri Lanka.

Shaminda Eranga is the last man in.

92.5 Tim Southee to N Kulasekara, OUT! Edged and gone! Tim Southee gets a much-deserved five-fer. The probing channel, good length on off and nips away, Kulasekara pushes timidly at that and the outside edge is pouched safely by Ross Taylor at first slip. No slip-up from the skipper this time. 240/9

92.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Well wide outside off, almost outside the wide guidelines even as Kulasekara has a flay and a miss. 240/8

92.3 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Nice and tight, back of a length and swinging away on middle, Kulasekara gets behind the line to push it back. 240/8

92.2 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Short of a length, climbing up, Kulasekara leaves it alone. 240/8

92.1 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, FOUR! A tempting wide delivery, on a length, Kulasekara thrashes it away past point. They'll go for quick runs now. 240/8

92.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball on the stumps, pushed back towards mid on. There is an initial call of no but as the fielder mis-fields the batsmen pick up a single. 258/2

92.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR! Good shot! Short one on the body, Taylor rocks back and pulls it along the ground , beating backward square leg inspite of the dive and also Eranga's boot as he tries to use it to stop the ball after running in from fine leg. The ball touches the ropes and smiles back at both of them. 257/2

92.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good probing line just outside off, pushed down to mid off. 253/2

92.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A fullish delivery on off, defended off the front foot back on to the pitch. 253/2

92.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Back of a length ball just outside off, punched away to deep cover for a run. 253/2

Kane Williamson has got to 1000 Test runs. He has also become the youngest Kiwi Test player to reach the landmark.

92.1 N Kulasekara to K Williamson, FOUR! Glorious shot! A good length ball just outside off and an even better cover drive which goes right into the gap and to the fence. 252/2

91.6 T Boult to Herath, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 236/8

91.5 T Boult to Herath, FOUR! Off the mark. A fast bowler wouldn't be particularly pleased with that and Boult and Herath have a go at each other now. A short of a length delivery, 130.3 kph, Herath pulls it away over mid-wicket and finds the ropes. 236/8

91.4 T Boult to R Herath, On a good length outside off, moves away and finds the safe outside edge of Herath's blade towards gully. 232/8

91.3 T Boult to Herath, Bowls it wide and short outside off, Herath goes after that but misses out. 232/8

Rangana Herath walks out next at number 10.

91.2 Boult to Randiv, OUT! Caught in front but is it going down? Nope. A peach of a delivery from Trent Boult! If he is nurtured well, might turn out to be the prime left-arm pacers of the future. Very full in length on middle, just swings in late and strikes Randiv on the pads. The appeal from Boult is initially not regarded by Nigel Llong, he turns his head away and suddenly the finger goes up. Trent Boult had his hands on his waist in surprise but then finally understands he's got his man. 232/8

91.1 T Boult to S Randiv, Full in length, straightens on off and finds the outside edge of Randiv's blade which goes on a bounce to gully. 232/7

91.6 R Herath to Taylor, Floated up on the stumps, the ball drifts in and turns away. Taylor counters it well and opens the face slightly to tap it to point. 248/2

91.5 R Herath to Taylor, Tossed up on off, pushed back to Herath. 248/2

91.4 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted outside off, pushed to the covers. 248/2

91.3 R Herath to Taylor, Comes forward and defends it back on to the pitch. 248/2

91.2 R Herath to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 248/2

91.1 R Herath to Taylor, Angled it down to the leg side, Taylor got down and tried to sweep. The ball missed the bat and the keeper's glove and went behind him for two byes. 248/2

90.6 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Full in length on off and Kulasekara smashes it down the ground, only to find Southee as an obstacle to prevent the certain boundary. 232/7

90.5 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, Drifts this on a good length delivery down the leg side, Kulasekara tucks it away for one through mid-wicket. 232/7

90.4 Tim Southee to Kulasekara, It's a perfect wicket-taking delivery. Lands on off stump at 139.8 kph, this line makes Kulasekara poke at it but the ball swings away from him and beats the outside edge. 230/7

90.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Similar delivery outside off, stroked away this time through covers for a single. 230/7

90.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Too wide and full outside off, Randiv leaves it alone. 229/7

90.1 Tim Southee to S Randiv, FOUR! First runs of the day! A good length delivery outside off, Randiv strode forward with a poke, found a thickish edge which scurried away past gully. 229/7

Spin for the first time in the day, Herath comes in to bowl.

90.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Back of a length outside off, Williamson opens the face and pats it down past point, who is up now, to pick up a couple. 246/2

90.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Full, almost a yorker on leg stump, flicked away to the square leg region for a single. 244/2

90.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball just outside off, pushed to mid off this time. 243/2

90.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A length ball on off, pushed down to mid on. 243/2

90.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, And again! Are they planning to waste the new ball? Bouncer on the stumps, Taylor ducks this time. don't think he needed to though. 243/2

90.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A wayward bouncer on the leg stump. Taylor doesn't even duck, surprising that it wasn't called a wide by the umpire. 243/2

89.6 T Boult to Kulasekara, Beautifully delivered full length delivery, swung back in but Kulasekara defended it well. 225/7

Nuwan Kulasekara walks out next at number 7.

89.5 T Boult to T Samaraweera, OUT! Excellent bowling and New Zealand get benefited with the new ball! Boult was getting the previous two deliveries to move in late. This was pitched on a fuller length around middle, was seeming to go down but it just straightens, Samaraweera goes across to flick but the ball finds the outside edge which is taken safely by Martin Guptill at second slip. End of a gritty innings and Kiwis are on top again. 225/7

89.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Very similar delivery, this was just around off and Samaraweera taps it down. 225/6

89.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, It's definitely swinging! On a fuller length outside off and curves back in late, Samaraweera gets caught in two minds and the ball just shaves past the outside edge. 225/6

The new ball is been taken, but it does not look that new a ball. The seam has worn off a bit.

Oh my. There is a debate between Craig McMillan and Russel Arnold as the umpires are about to change the ball for yet another time. This patch of Kookaburra balls is obviously not of top quality. While McMillan feels it's absolutely ridiculous to change it for the fifth time in just 2 innings, Russel Arnold suggests it's just because the Kiwi bowlers can't swing it.

89.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Pushes away wide outside off, full, Samaraweera pushes it away to cover. 225/6

89.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, On a fuller length around off, Samaraweera gets across for a drive but finds an inside edge towards mid-wicket. 225/6

Coincidentally, there have also been 12 five wicket hauls in the last 18 days. The bowlers haven't had a bad time either.

89.6 S Eranga to Williamson, A good close leave. Pitched up just outside off, the ball comes in closer to the off stump as Williamson leaves it very watchfully. 243/2

89.5 S Eranga to Williamson, A full delivery on off, defended back to the bowler with a straight bat. 243/2

89.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Good tight ball on the stumps, pushed to mid on. 243/2

89.3 S Eranga to Taylor, Length on off, punched away to the covers for a single. 243/2

89.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Comes forward to this fullish delivery outside off and defends. 242/2

89.1 S Eranga to Taylor, A good bouncer, well directed at the body. Taylor ducks under it at the last second. He certainly wasn't expecting it. 242/2

88.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Maintains the good length line, just around off at 136.8 kph, Randiv comes across to cover the line and allows it to pass away to the keeper. 225/6

88.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Comes from wide off the crease and delivers a straightish delivery outside off, Randiv on the front foot, defends it to cover. 225/6

88.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, Pulls his length back to a good length at 135.9 kph, just around off, stroked away to extra cover. 225/6

88.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full length delivery outside off, no swing still whatsover, Randiv gets down in defense. 225/6

88.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Again it's pitched up in the similar zone, another watchful front foot defense. 225/6

88.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Fuller length, outside off, Randiv steps forward and defends it. 225/6

88.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A good length ball comes in and hits the inside edge as the ball thuds into the pads, Kula appeals but it has been turned down by the umpire. 242/2

There have been 26 centuries in this month alone, in the last 18 days to be more precise. Some stat that! Out of these 26, West Indies have the most, 7 of them.

88.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 242/2

88.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Gets behind the line and defends. 242/2

This is now the highest third wicket partnership for the Kiwis in any away Test, beating the 224 by Martin Crowe and John Reid in Brisbane in 1993.

88.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 242/2

88.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Pushed outside off, left alone. 242/2

88.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball just outside off, pushed to the covers for a single. 242/2

Tim Southee into the attack from the Scoreboard End.

87.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Short of a length, outside off, Samaraweera allows it through. 225/6

87.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Full ball outside off, Samaraweera strikes it well on the up but finds the extra cover fielder. 225/6

87.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Bowls it on a fuller length at 130.7 kph, outside off and Samaraweera allows it through. 225/6

87.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Well wide outside off, it's left alone now. 225/6

87.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, Good delivery! Lands a good length delivery around off and it moves away with the angle, Samaraweera is forced to push at that and the ball beats the edge. 225/6

87.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Starts off with a fuller length around off, Samaraweera drives it down to mid off. 225/6

Williamson has got his third Test hundred and his first against the Lankans. It has been an innings with utmost concentration apart from the last two overs.

87.6 S Eranga to Williamson, FOUR! There it is! Pitched up outside off and Williamson goes for the drive and edge it past gully and beats deep point to the third man fence to bring up his century. 241/2

87.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Fast and full on off, Willaimson defends it back on to the pitch. 237/2

87.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Fullish and just outside off, pushed to the covers off the front foot. 237/2

87.3 S Eranga to Taylor, Fullish on the stumps, flicked down to fine leg for one. 237/2

87.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Length outside off, comes in a tad and Taylor leaves it alone comfortably. 236/2

87.1 S Eranga to Taylor, A tight line and length just outside off, Taylor pushes it to extra cover with a walking shot. 236/2

It will be Trent Boult to share the new ball from the Janashakhti End.

86.6 K Williamson to Randiv, Angles it into the pads at 80.2 kph, another flick to short leg to end the over. 225/6

86.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Well tossed up at 80 kph, Randiv tucks it away to short leg. 225/6

86.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Flights it up around off this time, blocked on the leg side again. 225/6

86.3 K Williamson to Randiv, Bowls flighted on middle, defended on the leg side. 225/6

The players are out in the middle to start off Day 4. Kane Williamson will bowl out his remaining four balls off the pending over. Suraj Randiv on strike.

The pitch is still firm and there is still no crumbling out there. There are cracks which have gone wider in the middle of the pitch though. Russel Arnold feels that the bowlers will have to make the batsmen play most of the deliveries or survival will get much easier.

It's bright and sunny at the moment. There is a cool breeze doing the rounds at the stadium as well. The new ball( which is more of a 'newish' ball as the actual new ball was replaced after two overs) is still six overs old and will be the key early in the morning session.

Expect Ross Taylor to come out marching his troops in a spirited manner and on a personal note, would himself make sure he doesn't drop any more catches, with three put down already in this innings.

All set for Day 4 action between Sri Lanka and New Zealand for the 2nd Test in Colombo. One would say New Zealand still hold the cards as they have managed to eradicate six wickets of the Sri Lankan line-up but Thilan Samaraweera and Suraj Randiv are staging a gritty partnership worth 97 for the 7th wicket. One more wicket then New Zealand will get the immediate upper-hand as Sri Lanka still trail by 187 runs.

DAY 4, SESSION 1...

Join us tomorrow at 0930 local time for Day 4 as it will be yet another early start. Till then, farewell!

The injured Thilan Samaraweera in spite of not being around for a long time, has led the fightback well along with Suraj Randiv after toiling it out there solidly. The spinners haven't been able to trouble the batsmen but the pacers in the name of Boult and Southee bowled wonderfully, and gave deliveries that could fetch wickets on any other day. Ross Taylor dropped two more catches today and obviously, that is going to count now.

That will be STUMPS ON DAY 3. Unfortunately, that's all we could offer today as the umpires signal the end of day's play.

The covers are on as well. Stay tuned for further updates.

THE PLAYERS ARE WALKING OFF DUE TO BAD LIGHT. The conditions were getting darker and darker and it was only a matter of time before this had to happen. It's 1605 local time and let's hope we get some sort of play before the end of the day as there are still 25 overs left to be bowled.

86.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Another one down the leg side, Randiv tucks it away to the fine leg fence for a couple. 225/6

86.1 K Williamson to Samaraweera, Short and turning down the leg side, Samaraweera tucks it away for one. 223/6

86.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, This was close to the off stump. Fuller and just outside off, Williamson comes forward and misses his defensive stroke. He has struggled in this over. This ball is talking a lot. 236/2

86.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Good length ball just outside off, better from Kane, left alone. 236/2

86.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A hat-trick of plays and misses. This time it is just back of a length outside off, Kane comes forward and fishes at it as the ball bounces nicely and beats the bat. 236/2

86.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, And again! This never happened yesterday, Williamson getting beaten on two back to back balls. A similar delivery outside off, comes forward and the ball misses the edge and goes to the keeper. 236/2

86.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Beaten! A good ball with a hint of away movement. Kane comes forward to push but misses the ball. 236/2

Taylor likes this ground. In the one-dayers, he likes Pallekele and in Tests in Sri Lanka he likes this one. He has had a score of 74 on this ground previously.

86.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball, tails in. Taylor comes forward and turns it around to the on side for a single. 236/2

Ross Taylor is suggested not to use his seamers due to fading light. He obliges and inserts Kane Williamson into the attack.

DRINKS BREAK!

85.6 J Patel to Randiv, Angles across the slider, on off and moves away, Randiv gets beaten with a push inside the line. 222/6

85.5 J Patel to Randiv, Short and turns in late, Randiv goes deep in his crease and eases it away through covers for two more. 222/6

85.4 J Patel to Randiv, Flatter and quick on middle, tucked away on the leg side. 220/6

85.3 J Patel to Randiv, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 220/6

85.2 J Patel to Randiv, Randiv has had enough. Gets down the track and lofts it away over the mid on region. Not much distance in that and they take a couple. 220/6

85.1 J Patel to Randiv, Quicker delivery down the leg side, Randiv pads it away. 218/6

85.6 S Eranga to K Williamson, Pitched up just outside off, Williamson has a push at it off the front foot. The ball takes the inside edge on to the pads and dies down on the crease. Nervous nineties eh! 235/2

85.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Pitched up on off, Kane comes half forward and defends it solidly. 235/2

85.4 S Eranga to Williamson, A better delivery, closer to off stump, just back of a length. Kane goes to punch it and is beaten. Some good bounce and carry for the keeper. 235/2

85.3 S Eranga to Williamson, It wouldn't matter if it swings as Eranga sprays it wide outside off and Williamson leaves it alone. 235/2

Some problem with the ball now. The umpire has called for the box of balls. It does look out of shape and probably that is the reason why it isn't swinging. The box comes out and so does a newish cherry. Will the Lankan quicks get it to swing now? The new ball has more shine on it.

85.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Pitched up on the stumps, pushed with a straight bat to mid on. 235/2

85.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Goes wide of the crease and bowls it with an angle to the off stump, driven away to deep cover for a signle. 235/2

Jeetan Patel comes back into the attack. The fading light probably prompted this change.

The lightmeter is on. Another reading taken by umpire Erasmus.

84.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! A full length delivery, tailing down the leg side, 136.4 kph, Samaraweera falls across while flicking to get hit on the pads. Southee just can't believe it when the appeal is turned down. 218/6

84.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, FOUR! Easy runs. Southee lets this good length delivery down the leg side, Samaraweera easily works it away off his pads and it goes to the fence. 218/6

84.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera defends it away towards covers. 214/6

84.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A short of a length delivery, Samaraweera defends. 214/6

WOW! Tim Southee seems to be suggesting another change in the ball. Seen showing the shape of the ball to umpire Erasmus who probably told him, enough is enough, we don't have any more new balls left.

84.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, on off, Samaraweera defends. 214/6

84.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Full outside off, 133.7 kph, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 214/6

84.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A good tight ball just outside off, Kane taps it down on the off side. 234/2

84.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, NO BALL! Oversteps and bowls it full on off, Taylor times it nicely to deep cover and picks up a single. Taylor thought of a couple but Williamson turned him down with a loud call of no. 234/2

84.5 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, A length ball on off, pushes away to mid off, no run. 232/2

84.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Fuller delivery on off, driven down to mid off. 232/2

84.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Length ball, comes forward and pushes it to mid off. 232/2

84.2 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Length ball on off, punched towards extra cover. Sangakkara gets to his left quickly and throws at the striker's end. Taylor was scampering through, but had it hit he would have been a gonna! In the end, a run is added to the total. A run out will be the last thing the Kiwis will want. 232/2

84.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A good length ball just about outside off, Williamson comes forward and watches it through to the keeper. 231/2

83.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single 214/6

83.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Full in length, driven down to mid on. 213/6

83.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, A full length delivery, Samaraweera defends it off his front foot. 213/6

83.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera defends well. 213/6

83.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, FOUR! EDGED AND SAFE! Almost a wicket but just out of the reach of the fielder! Full and wide from Boult, makes the batsman drive and Samaraweera goes after it, finds a thickish outside edge which is beyond the reach of the leaping Guptill at second slip. SRI LANKA AVOID THE FOLLOW-ON! 213/6

83.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 209/6

83.6 S Eranga to Taylor, Pushed outside off stump, Taylor leaves one alone now. 231/2

83.5 S Eranga to Williamson, A half volley outside the off stump, Williamson plays a good looking drive to deep cover point for a single. 231/2

83.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Well outside off, Williamson has an easy decision there to leave it. 230/2

83.3 S Eranga to Williamson, Pitched up outside off, left alone once again. 230/2

83.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Pushes it outside the off stump, Eranga. WIlliamson lets it through to the keeper. 230/2

83.1 S Eranga to Taylor, A good length ball on the stumps, tucked down to the on side for a single. 230/2

82.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Randiv has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 209/6

82.5 Tim Southee to Randiv, Bangs in short, Randiv lets it pass through. 209/6

This is now the highest seventh-wicket stand at this ground. 80 was the previous one between Kumar Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene against India back in 2008.

82.4 Tim Southee to Randiv, FOUR! Confident shot! A fuller length delivery outside off, 132.7 kph, Randiv leans across and drives it well in the gap through covers. 209/6

82.3 Tim Southee to Randiv, Excellent now. Again it's the identical delivery but just about moves away to beat the edge of Randiv's blade. 205/6

A cat on the ground. Passing right across the slip region and goes away to fine leg now. None of the New Zealand players even thought of doing anything to it.

82.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full outside off, 134.6 kph, Randiv lets it go. 205/6

82.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Huge shout for LBW! Close one but it's turned down. A good length delivery on the stumps, Randiv goes to work it away, luckily, finds an inside edge as the appeal goes up. 205/6

82.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A length ball on off, pushed away to the covers for a single. 229/2

The keeper has come up for this delivery.

82.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Back of a length outside off, Taylor pushes it to deep point for a couple. 228/2

82.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Back of a length, Taylor punches it to the covers, slightly on the move as he pushed the ball. 226/2

82.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Length on middle, flicked away past mid-wicket for a couple of runs. It was just a mere push into the gap. 226/2

82.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball which came in sharply towards middle and leg. Taylor was taken by surprise as he tried to flick but missed and the ball hit the pads. Kula got excited for a moment. 224/2

82.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A fullish ball just outside off, defended to the covers off the front foot. 224/2

ANOTHER CHANGE IN BALL. We have no idea on the quality of these Kookaburra balls but New Zealand get the most out of it with yet another bright new cherry.

81.6 T Boult to Samaraweera, Good length delivery outside off, punched away on the off side. 205/6

The umpires now have a chat, probably regarding the light as it's pretty overcast. There should be some improvement now or play doesn't seem possible if it deteriorates further.

81.5 T Boult to Samaraweera, Goes full, but it swings down the leg side as Samaraweera misses out. 205/6

81.4 T Boult to Samaraweera, Wide outside off now, going away, Samaraweers sits back and punches it past mid off to take a couple of runs. 205/6

81.3 T Boult to Samaraweera, Another delivery seaming back in off a good length, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 203/6

81.2 T Boult to Samaraweera, A full ball outside off, Samaraweera strokes it down. 203/6

81.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Starts with a wonderful delivery, full in length and jags back in, Samaraweera aims to push it away on the off side but finds an inside edge. 203/6

81.6 S Eranga to Williamson, Pitched up just outside off again, doesn't offer the bat at the ball again as it goes through. 224/2

81.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Full and just outside off, no swing and Williamson leaves it alone. 224/2

81.4 S Eranga to Williamson, A good length ball on off stump, gets behind the line and defends it to the off side. 224/2

81.3 S Eranga to Taylor, Back of a length on off, turned into the gap on the leg side for a single. 224/2

81.2 S Eranga to Taylor, A good length ball on off, pushed back towards mid off. 223/2

81.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Full on off stump, pushed back to the bowler. 223/2

The light meter is out now. Play to go on and Trent Boult will now share the new ball from the other hand. With fast bowlers operating from both ends, I wonder for how long the umpires will continue. It's very dark at the moment!

80.6 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full length delivery in the line of the stumps, defended well off the front foot. 203/6

The umpire has a look at the ball. Not sure why but play will continue.

80.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Excellent shape on the ball but dealt well with. Full on leg and curves away further, Samaraweera makes utmost use of the bottom-hand and clips it away through mid-wicket for three runs. 203/6

80.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 200/6

Tim Southee is one of the eight players in Test cricket to score a 50 and take a five-wicket haul on debut.

80.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 200/6

80.2 Tim Southee to Randiv, Darts down a good length delivery, Randiv tucks it fine to the leg side and takes a single from fine leg. The 200 comes up. 200/6

Getting more gloomier now....

80.1 Tim Southee to Randiv, Full in length outside off, goes away with the swing, left alone. 199/6

Shaminda Eranga will share the new ball.

80.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Length ball just outside off, defended to the off side off the front foot. 223/2

The two set Kiwi batsmen are out in the middle and so are the Lankans. There was one ball left in Kulasekara's over last evening which is about to be completed as Kane Williamson takes strike. The new ball is just five balls old and there could be some early swing for the bowlers.

The ground staff have done well to keep the dampness off the wicket. The cracks look intact and shouldn't misbehave. There is however, one spot on a good length at one of the ends which caused some inconsistent bounce yesterday. That could be the only bit of worry for the batsmen. Apart from that if they see through the new ball, they should be comfortable.

We are going to have a fifteen mintues early start, which should go on as per schedule. There are predictions of rain for the latter part of the day, just like last evening. However, till then we should have uninterrupted play.

Good morning and welcome to the coverage of day 2 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. After a very patient day of some watchful cricket yesterday, before the rain decided to step in, the Kiwis will try to take full toil of the foundation they have set for themselves.

That will be it for the day then. Do join us tomorrow for a half an hour early start on Day 2 as the Kiwis try to progress whereas the Lankans will try to steer the tide in their favour. Goodbye till then!

Taylor played a captain's knock, leading from the front. Williamson too, played wonderfully and will come out tomorrow needing just five to get to his hundred. They negotiated the spin, reverse swing and some negative bowling pretty adequately. The Kiwis will come out tomorrow and try to hop into a stronger position by posting a huge total after which they can put the hosts in and start applying pressure on them.

Play has been called off after the interruption caused by the weather. It has been New Zealand's day all through except for the first 15-20 minutes in which the Lankans picked up two early wickets.

It is still drizzling on the ground right now. It seems highly unlikely that we could have any play today. However, we will wait for an official word on that and get back to you shortly.

Kane Williamson will be most frustrated as he is just five short of what could be a brilliant ton. Taylor is looking good to go even bigger now. We will let you know as soon as we get any news on the resumption of the game.

The drizzle has got heavy enough now and the umpires have called for the covers to come on and cover the pitch. This is really disappointing for the fans and the players. Colombo and rain go hand in hand, as we all know. Anyway, we had play for most part of the day and that is indeed a pleasing sight.

80.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Fullish outside off stump, Williamson leaves it as the ball comes in slightly. 223/2

80.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Length on the stumps, Taylor thinks of flicking it but changes his mind at the last moment and opens the face of the bat to play it towards the covers for a single. 223/2

80.3 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, FOUR! Amazing shot! A fullish delivery outside off stump and Taylor sends it straight back with a dominating straight drive past mid off and to the boundary. 222/2

80.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball, just outside off, defended off the front foot to the off side. 218/2

Mahela has deployed three slips for Taylor.

80.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball just outside off, pushed to the covers by coming half forward. 218/2

Second new ball has been taken. Tim Southee [16-3-39-4] comes back into the attack to utilize it. Umpire Erasmus is just a bit worried about the fading light.

79.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, A flat and quick delivery, Samaraweera gets down in defense. 199/6

79.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 199/6

79.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quick outside off, dabbed away to point. 199/6

This is now the highest 7th-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against New Zealand at this ground.

79.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat on middle, worked away towards square leg. 199/6

79.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Goes on the back foot and punches it away for a couple of runs. 199/6

79.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Gets across and works it away to mid-wicket. 197/6

The new ball is due now. Jayawardena goes for it and the quicks should be back on. It will be Kulasekara who will have the first feel of it.

79.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Turned down to leg gully quietly, no run. 218/2

A few droplets on the field now. The clouds are staring down on the ground once again.

79.5 S Randiv to Williamson, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 218/2

79.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Quick and full on off, Taylor pushes it to the covers and runs through for a quick single. 218/2

79.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and taps it down to the on side easily. 217/2

79.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Goes for the sweep and misses the shot as the ball hits the pads. The Lankans appeal but Murray Erasmus, the umpire, turns them down as it was struck outside the line of off stump. 217/2

79.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Flight on off, flicked to mid-wicket. 217/2

78.6 K Williamson to Samaraweera, Short and slow on the pads at 79.9 kph, worked away easily through square leg to take one. 197/6

78.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Quicker and darted in on a fuller length, knocked down through mid off for a single this time. 196/6

78.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Tight on the stumps, Randiv blocks it down. 195/6

78.3 K Williamson to S Randiv, Gets right across and pushes it down to mid on. 195/6

78.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Quick and flat outside off, Randiv pushes it away towards the off side. 195/6

78.1 K Williamson to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 195/6

78.6 R Herath to Williamson, Slow outside off stump, left alone by Williamson. 217/2

78.5 R Herath to Taylor, Gets down on his knee and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. 217/2

78.4 R Herath to Taylor, Opens the face of the bat and plays it towards point, no run again. 216/2

78.3 R Herath to Taylor, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 216/2

78.2 R Herath to Taylor, Flicked to mid-wicket, no run there. 216/2

This is also the highest partnership for any wicket against Sri Lanka at this ground.

78.1 R Herath to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 216/2

77.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quicker delivery, Samaraweera stays back and defends. 195/6

77.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short on the pads, worked away on the leg side. 195/6

77.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, An uneasy moment there for Samaraweera. Gets down the track but the ball dips in, and luckily catches his pads and keeps down on the pitch. If not for the pads, could have been stumped as van Wyk had already moved to the leg side. 195/6

77.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Thilan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 195/6

77.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Darts it quick and full, Samaraweera shuffles and defends. 195/6

77.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and quick outside off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it through covers. The outfield is slow and they manage only two from the deep. 195/6

77.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Sweeps it behind square for a single. 216/2

77.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and drives it to mid off for a run. 215/2

The 200-run stand comes up and it has been an outstanding partnership. This is the first time the Kiwis have put up a 200-run partnership since they did it last in Hamilton in 2010 against Bangladesh.

77.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and pushes the ball to mid off for a single. 214/2

77.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Pushed in quicker on off stump, defended from within the crease. 213/2

77.2 S Randiv to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 213/2

77.1 S Randiv to Taylor, A flighted ball on the stumps, Taylor gets behind the line and pats it back. 213/2

Jeetan Patel comes on to replace Todd Astle.

76.6 K Williamson to Randiv, This one is very full outside off, Randiv strokes it off his front foot to mid off. 193/6

76.5 K Williamson to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 193/6

76.4 K Williamson to Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, defended off the front foot. 193/6

76.3 K Williamson to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 193/6

76.2 K Williamson to Randiv, Off-spinner spinning down the leg side, Randiv fails to flick it. 193/6

76.1 K Williamson to Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, driven straight to covers. 193/6

The umpires call for the last drinks break of the day.

76.6 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, turned down to the leg side. 213/2

76.5 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted up on off, driven towards the covers for a single. 213/2

76.4 R Herath to Taylor, Tossed up again on leg stump, pushed to the same fielder once again on the leg side. 212/2

76.3 R Herath to Taylor, On the pads, turned down to the same fielder yet again. 212/2

76.2 R Herath to Taylor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 212/2

76.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, defended down to forward short leg. 212/2

Kane Williamson to roll his arm now. Just four more overs before the second new ball will be available.

75.6 T Astle to Randiv, Slowish leg spinner on off, Randiv draws forward for a defense but it curves away a bit and takes the outside half of the bat. It rolls past first slip for a run. 193/6

75.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 192/6

75.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Long hop on middle, pulled firmly through mid-wicket for a couple. Terrific piece of fielding in the deep to pull it back just before the ropes. 191/6

75.3 T Astle to Randiv, Touch short in length on middle, curling away, Randiv transfers his weight on the back foot and crashes it to covers. Slight misfield by Guptill allows a run. 189/6

75.2 T Astle to Randiv, Lovely loopy leg spinner on middle, Randiv is solidly behind the line in defense. 188/6

75.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Little bit short around off, cut through cover-point for a single. 188/6

75.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Thrown up on off stump, Taylor drives it down to long on for a single to complete the over. 212/2

75.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on off, Taylor comes down on his front foot and defends yet again. 211/2

75.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Pushed back to the bowler off the full face of the bat. 211/2

75.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Tossed up outside off and Taylor defends off the front foot. 211/2

75.2 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, Williamson gets well forward and flicks it to wide long on for a single. 211/2

75.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Lobbed on the pads, Taylor sweeps it behind square for a single. 210/2

74.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Back of a length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot to the leg side. Well negotiated by Randiv! 187/6

74.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Hurls in a bouncer, Randiv ducks. 187/6

74.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Drifting down the leg side, dabbed in front of Astle at leg gully. 187/6

74.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Uppish but past the short leg fielder. A full delivery on middle and off, Randiv leans across and flicks it to the leg side. It was slightly in the air but Flynn under the helmet was slow to react. A couple of runs to give Randiv his highest Test score. 187/6

74.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, This one nips back in from a full length, Randiv flicks it to leg gully. 185/6

74.1 D Bracewell to S Randiv, FOUR! Edgy boundary! Good length delivery pitched wide outside off at 133.8 kph, Randiv tried to drive it away from his body and edged it behind. It flew past gully and screamed away to the third man fence. 185/6

74.6 R Herath to Williamson, Much straighter, lobbed up on off, defended off the front foot. 209/2

74.5 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and taps it back to the bowler. 209/2

74.4 R Herath to Williamson, FOUR! Brilliant! Shortish on the pads, nicely punched away to the mid-wicket boundary off the back foot. 209/2

However, there is another flag at the other end which is flying pretty stiffly. Seems like the New Zealand flag wants its players to play faster.

74.3 R Herath to Williamson, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 205/2

74.2 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up outside off, defended to the on side. 205/2

74.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, defended back on to the ground. 205/2

Doug Bracewell [12-1-38-0] will continue from the other end.

73.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nicely flighted delivery, full on middle, hit firmly down the ground but straight to mid on. 181/6

73.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Sliding down the leg side, nudged to fine leg for a couple. 181/6

73.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Little short in length on off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it to covers. 179/6

73.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run. 179/6

Thilan Samaraweera reaches his 30th Test fifty! This is the 2nd 50-stand partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand at this ground.

73.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Full toss outside off, driven past point for a couple. Lovely useful knock by Thilan! 179/6

73.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Flighted full delivery on off, spinning away, Samaraweera covered the line and allowed it through. 177/6

The sun is back out. The breeze has died down too. Good signs. The Kiwi flag shows no flutter at all.

73.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Again tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler with a straight bat. 205/2

73.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted up on the stumps, Taylor drives it nicely but straight back to the bowler. 205/2

73.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Bowls it quicker on the leg stump, played down towards forward short leg. 205/2

73.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, defended back off the front foot. 205/2

73.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Way down the leg side, Taylor lets it through, even the keeper doesn't collect it cleanly. 205/2

73.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Tossed up outside the leg stump, swept away to backward square leg for a run. Even Randiv is bowling a negative line now. 205/2

We're back for the last session. 39 overs are left in the day's play. Todd Astle to continue...

Day 3, third session...

Mixed afternoon session! New Zealand picked up a wicket of Prasanna Jayawardene but since then the pair of Samaraweera and Randiv have batted patiently. They sensibly negotiated the spinning deliveries but looked uncomfortable against the pacers. The wicket has eased off but with the new ball just around the corner, the hosts need to be watchful after the break as well. The deficit for them is still 235 runs and they have not avoided the follow-on yet. Join us in a while for the last session...

72.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, This line has been really nagging and Bracewell is doing a good job. Darts it short yet again, this was angling away after landing on the line of the stumps, Randiv aims to fend it away but gets beaten. TEA ON DAY 3! 177/6

72.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, That's interesting. Bracewell keeps it short, on middle, Randiv goes right across, exposes his stumps and trusts the bounce of the ball to go over the stumps. Very brave, had that kept low though? 177/6

72.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Another short ball, this was bowled at hardly any pace, 109.1 kph and Randiv ducks easily. 177/6

72.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Almost bounced him out! A short delivery banged in, Randiv dabs at that with the softest of wrists and it rolls down in front of short leg. 177/6

72.2 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Much full in length outside off, Samaraweera gets down to drive that, finds an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls away on the off side for one. 177/6

72.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Short in length outside off, 135.4 kph, Samaraweera goes back and punches it away to extra cover. He pulls his bottom-hand away in pain. 176/6

The ground staff are standing tall, holding the covers now.

72.6 R Herath to Taylor, Gets down really low on the front foot and pats it back on to the pitch. 204/2

72.5 R Herath to Williamson, Floated on the pads, swept away to deep square leg for one run. 204/2

72.4 R Herath to Williamson, Bowls on the leg stump, defended back on to the leg side by coming forward. 203/2

72.3 R Herath to Williamson, Comes over the wicket and bowls a negative line outside the leg stump, Williamson pads it away. 203/2

72.2 R Herath to Taylor, Nicely pushed away past point to pick up a single. 203/2

72.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted in to the off stump, defended off the front foot. 202/2

71.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gets across and pushes it away past point to end the over with a single. 176/6

71.5 T Astle to Randiv, Keeps it short and it turns further away, Randiv guides it away towards cover for a single. 175/6

71.4 T Astle to Randiv, Short delivery, flat this time, punched away to cover. 174/6

71.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery on middle, driven through mid on this time for a single. 174/6

71.2 T Astle to Randiv, Gets across and works it away through mid-wicket for one. 173/6

71.1 T Astle to Randiv, The leg-break, it's short this time and punched away to mid off. 172/6

71.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Tossed up on the stumps, turned away to short mid-wicket. 202/2

71.5 S Randiv to Williamson, On the pads, turned down to leg gully. 202/2

71.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and pushes it straight back to the bowler. 202/2

71.3 S Randiv to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 202/2

71.2 S Randiv to Williamson, Turns this full delivery down to forward short leg. 202/2

71.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on off, flicked to mid-wicket. 202/2

70.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short of a length, down the leg side, Randiv fends at that and it goes off the glove past the keeper for a single. 172/6

Silly point goes out and short leg in place now.

70.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Once again it's short down the leg side, does not kick up much still Randiv ducks under that. 171/6

70.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short in length, 133.6 kph, Randiv defends it on the leg side. 171/6

Silly point comes in. It's Martin Guptill there and Doug Bracewell to charge in from around the wicket now.

70.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Full length outside off, Randiv lets it go through again. 171/6

70.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, Bangs in short this time, on middle, Randiv leaves it alone. 171/6

70.1 D Bracewell to Randiv, Short of a length, well outside off, Samaraweera reaches out and slashes it. Boult with a dive at point to stop the single. 171/6

70.6 R Herath to Taylor, Taylor gets forward and defends it back to Randiv. 202/2

70.5 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on the pads, the ball goes down the leg side and the keeper fumbles as the ball goes down to short third man, no run conceded though. 202/2

70.4 R Herath to Williamson, On the pads, swept away fine behind the keeper and the batsmen take three runs. The 200 of the innings has come up. 202/2

70.3 R Herath to Williamson, Stays back to this fullish ball and taps it to point, no run. 199/2

70.2 R Herath to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 199/2

70.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flight on the stumps, defended to the on side. 199/2

Doug Bracewell replaces Boult in the attack. Just a few more minutes left for tea and expect him to run in hard and bowl fast.

69.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gives it the extra loop around off, turns away and Samaraweera calmly defends it down. 171/6

69.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, A touch short, Samaraweera could not beat the fielder at cover. 171/6

69.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Gets across the line to a floated delivery and lets it go untouched. 171/6

69.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Another tossed up delivery left alone. 171/6

69.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Quite short outside off, turns away, Samaraweera reaches out but could not get it past backward point. 171/6

69.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tosses it up around off, turns away as Samaraweera leaves it alone. 171/6

Herath called back on to bowl.

69.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on off, defended back to Randiv. 199/2

69.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Pitches on leg stump and spins further down, not enticing any shot from Taylor. 199/2

69.4 S Randiv to Williamson, On the pads, worked away to deep square leg for a single. 199/2

69.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted delivery just outside off, pushed towards point, no run. 198/2

69.2 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and defends it back on to the pitch. 198/2

69.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Tossed up on the stumps, turned away to square leg, no run. 198/2

Suraj Randiv is batting sensibly here to partner Samaraweera. He is no mug with the bat as he averages 18.57 in first-class cricket which includes a century and six half-centuries. Still to get an interantional fifty though. But the way he is batting, he could get it today.

68.6 T Boult to Randiv, Invites the drive with a full length delivery angling away, Randiv could not beat extra-cover though. 171/6

68.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes from well wide off the crease and bowls length on middle, Randiv tucks it down on the leg side. 171/6

68.4 T Boult to Randiv, Pitches it up yet again outside off, Randiv strokes it away towards extra cover. 171/6

68.3 T Boult to Randiv, Bangs in short this time, outside off, Randiv gets up and pushes it away towards point. 171/6

68.2 T Boult to Randiv, Full and wide this time, well outside off though, Randiv allows it through. 171/6

68.1 T Boult to Randiv, Fuller length outside off, straightens, Randiv drives it away to extra cover. 171/6

68.6 S Eranga to Taylor, A good length ball on a better line this time, just outside off. Defended off the front foot by Taylor. 198/2

68.5 S Eranga to Williamson, The barrage of leg side deliveries continues as this one is a full toss on the pads, flicked away easily to the deep on the leg side for a single. 198/2

68.4 Eranga to Williamson, Almost a yorker on the stumps. Williamson gets right behind it and digs it out safely back on to the pitch. 197/2

68.3 S Eranga to Taylor, A short of a length ball outside off, guided down to backward point for a comfortable single. 197/2

68.2 S Eranga to Taylor, A good tight ball on the stumps, defended from within the crease. 196/2

68.1 S Eranga to Williamson, Reverses into the pads and Williamson flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. A two could have been on had it not been for Taylor who appears to be cramping. 196/2

67.6 T Astle to Randiv, Another flighted full leg spinner on off, driven down to mid off for a single. 171/6

67.5 T Astle to Randiv, Touch short in length on middle, shaping away, Randiv remains on the back foot and punches it to covers. Confusion over a single and they decide not to cross. 170/6

67.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Extra loop, the ball hangs in the air for a while before landing. Full around off, Samaraweera pushes it to mid off and ambles across for a run. 170/6

67.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 169/6

67.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Good comeback delivery, bowls it full around off and gets it to spin away, Samaraweera allows it through. 169/6

67.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Poor delivery to start, short and wide, spinning away, Samaraweera fails to make full use of it as he hits it straight to covers. 169/6

It is getting dark out there now. The clouds are roaring in towards the ground.

67.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward to this loopy ball and defends it cleanly. 195/2

67.5 S Randiv to Taylor, On the pads, Taylor doesn't offer a stroke as the ball hits his thigh pad and goes down to the boundary. Dead ball signaled. 195/2

67.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and pushes the ball to the cover fielder. 195/2

67.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on off stump, turned away to short mid-wicket. 195/2

67.2 S Randiv to Williamson, On the pads, tucked away down to deep square leg for a single. 195/2

67.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted outside off, making Williamson drive. Drive he does and nicely through the covers for a couple of runs. 194/2

66.6 T Boult to Randiv, Angles in a full delivery on off, Randiv lunges forward in defense. 169/6

66.5 T Boult to Randiv, Comes from round the wicket and lands a full ball outside off, Randiv shoulders his arms. 169/6

66.4 T Boult to Randiv, Hurls across a fuller length ball, wide outside off, a tempting driving delivery, Randiv has nothing to do with it. 169/6

66.3 T Boult to Randiv, Lovely probing stuff from the bowler. On a good length around off, Randiv defends it with his bat and pad together. 169/6

66.2 T Boult to T Samaraweera, Another full length delivery angling away from the batsman, outside off, Samaraweera stretches out for it and drives it through covers for a run. 169/6

66.1 T Boult to Samaraweera, Steams in and angles across a fuller length delivery. Wide outside off, Samaraweera allows it through to the keeper. 168/6

Randiv comes into the attack now, replacing Dilshan.

66.6 S Eranga to Taylor, A length ball coming in, Taylor gets well behind the movement and defends it solidly down to the leg side. 192/2

66.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Fullish on middle, driven down to mid on, no run. 192/2

66.4 S Eranga to Taylor, A tight length ball on off, defended off the back foot. 192/2

66.3 S Eranga to Taylor, A length ball comes in and keeps very low, Taylor plays it away off the front foot, luckily to the on side. 192/2

66.2 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Very friendly there! A full toss outside off, Taylor just pushes the ball after getting it on the middle of his bat through the covers to pick up a boundary. 192/2

This is Taylor's 8th Test hundred, his first against the Lankans and his third as captain. It was a tough knock from the skipper as he was under scrutiny for not performing after becoming the leader of the side. He has silenced all those concerns now.

66.1 S Eranga to Taylor, There it is, flicked away to deep square leg for a couple to get to his century. 188/2

Trent Boult is back for another spell.

65.6 T Astle to Randiv, That's a peach of a delivery. Nice drift into the batsman, landing around off and forcing the batsman on the front foot. Randiv tries to defend it but it spins away to beat the outside edge. This lad is pretty impressive and is showing good control on his length. 168/6

65.5 T Astle to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 168/6

65.4 T Astle to Samaraweera, Helps it off his pads to mid-wicket for a quick single. 168/6

65.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Long hop on middle and leg, hit firmly through mid on where the fielder fails to stop it cleanly. A couple. 167/6

65.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice loopy leg spinner, drifting into the batsman and landing on middle, Samaraweera drives it straight to short cover. 165/6

65.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Was that a DROP? YES. A short delivery, turning away, Samaraweera goes back and cuts it fine, ends up going quiet fine as Taylor gets right across, but could not get his right hand right over the ball. That's Taylor's THIRD DROP of the innings already. A tough chance though. 165/6

The breeze has picked up and it is this very force that brings in the clouds and the rain along with the thunderstorms during the late afternoons and evenings in Colombo.

The breeze has picked up and it is this very force that brings in the clouds and the rain along with the thunderstorms during the late afternoons and evenings in Colombo.

65.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and defends it neatly to the on side. 186/2

65.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted outside off, driven down to deep mid off for a single. 186/2

65.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Taylor comes forward and defends the ball back down the pitch calmly. 185/2

65.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Short outside off, punched away to the covers for a single to get his skipper who is on 98, back on strike. 185/2

65.2 S Randiv to Williamson, On the pads, turned away to only as far as forward short leg. 184/2

65.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Shortish on off, played down to the on side quietly. 184/2

64.6 J Patel to Randiv, A short delivery, Randiv stays back and punches it down the ground. 165/6

64.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, A touch short, spins back in around off stump, Samaraweera has already set up for the cut shot and just about gets it away to short third man. 165/6

64.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slower through the air this time, Samaraweera nudges it on the leg side. 164/6

64.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, A quicker delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets across and pushes it away towards cover. 164/6

64.2 J Patel to T Samaraweera, Too full in length again and driven straight to covers. 164/6

64.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery on off, Samaraweera walks down the track, stretches forward and blocks it back. 164/6

64.6 Eranga to Taylor, Some action from the bowler here! Full on the off stump, driven back to Eranga who throws it straight back on to the stumps. Taylor gets out of the way of the throw and gets back inside the crease too. 184/2

64.5 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Gorgeous! This is fuller outside off and Taylor beats the diving extra cover fielder this time to find the cover boundary. 184/2

64.4 S Eranga to R Taylor, A fullish delivery just outside off, punched down to mid off with a straight bat. 180/2

64.3 S Eranga to Taylor, A good looking shot on the up to this length ball finds the diving short extra cover fielder. How unfortunate! 180/2

64.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Angled into the pads, clipped away towards the left of fine leg for a single. 180/2

64.1 S Eranga to Williamson, Full and dipping in from outside off to off stump. Williamson comes forward and defends it calmly. 179/2

63.6 T Astle to Samaraweera, Floated full delivery on middle, bowled quicker through the air, Samaraweera flicked it through mid-wicket for a single to retain the strike. 164/6

63.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Errs in length this time and drags his length short. On middle and spinning away, Samaraweera goes back and cuts it past point for a couple. 163/6

63.4 T Astle to Randiv, Gives this one some extra loop and lands it full on off, Randiv strokes it with the spin through covers for a run. 161/6

63.3 T Astle to Randiv, Tossed up delivery on off, defended off the front foot to covers. 160/6

63.2 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice leg spinning delivery on off, fuller in length, Samaraweera gets forward and drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a run. 160/6

63.1 T Astle to Randiv, Loopy delivery on middle, a low full toss at 77 kph, Randiv pushes it down to long on for a single. 159/6

63.6 T Dilshan to Taylor, Closes the face of the bat and tries to beat mid-wicket, but can't. A maiden for Dilshan. 179/2

63.5 T Dilshan to Taylor, Turns this one away to mid-wicket. 179/2

63.4 T Dilshan to Taylor, Another dot ball, flighted on off, defended to the on side. 179/2

63.3 T Dilshan to Taylor, Flat and quick on the leg stump, pushed to the on side. 179/2

63.2 T Dilshan to Taylor, Flight outside off, defended off the front foot. 179/2

63.1 T Dilshan to Williamson, On the pads, nudged away towards short fine leg for one. 179/2

62.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short outside off at 86.9 kph, Samaraweera stays back and cuts it down past short third man to end the over with a couple. 158/6

62.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and spinning down the leg side, once again tucked away to short fine leg. 156/6

62.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flighted up, just around off, Samaraweera with a forward defense. 156/6

62.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slower this time at 79.5 kph, but short down the leg side, tucked down to short fine leg. 156/6

62.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stays back to a short delivery and punches it away to cover. 156/6

62.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat and turns in quite a bit, Samaraweera works it away towards mid-wicket. 156/6

62.6 S Eranga to Taylor, Full on the stumps, driven down to mid on. 178/2

62.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Shortish outside off, guided down to deep point for a single. 178/2

62.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Full and straight, pushed back to mid on. 177/2

One more short mid-wicket put into place after dispensing off the slip fielder.

62.3 S Eranga to Williamson, Comes in to the batsman who flicks it to mid-wicket. 177/2

That is now the highest third wicket partnership for any team against Sri Lanka at this venue going past the 176 put up by Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar who put up that stand in 1993.

62.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Gets it to swing in off a length, Williamson leaves it alone. 177/2

62.1 Eranga to Williamson, Gets it to reverse into the off stump on a fullish length, defended off the front foot. 177/2

61.6 T Astle to T Samaraweera, Floated up on a very full length, right underneath the bat and Samaraweera forces it away to deep cover to find a single. 156/6

61.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Slow and floated up at 79.3 kph, pushed away towards cover. 155/6

61.4 T Astle to Randiv, Very full and floated down the leg side, tucked away through square leg this time to rotate the strike. 155/6

61.3 T Astle to Samaraweera, Tossed up down the leg side, Samaraweera whips it away through mid-wicket to take one. 154/6

61.2 T Astle to Randiv, Goes on the back foot and punches it away through covers for one. 153/6

61.1 T Astle to Randiv, Tossed up on middle and turns away from the right-hander, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 152/6

Eranga to bowl now.

61.6 T Dilshan to Taylor, Full on the pads, turned away to mid-wicket. 177/2

61.5 T Dilshan to Williamson, Short and wide, Williamson guides it to deep point for a single. 177/2

61.4 T Dilshan to Williamson, Comes forward and pishes the ball back to Dilshan. 176/2

61.3 T Dilshan to Williamson, Pitched up outside off, driven to the cover fielder. 176/2

61.2 T Dilshan to Williamson, Flighted outside off, pushed to point gently. 176/2

61.1 T Dilshan to R Taylor, Full on the pads, driven down to long on for a single. 176/2

60.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stays back and defends. 152/6

60.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 152/6

60.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and it's turning down the leg side, Samaraweera could not flick it away. 152/6

Over the wicket now.

60.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 152/6

60.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flat on middle and leg, Samaraweera defends. 152/6

60.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short of a length, Samaraweera arches back and punches it away through covers for a couple. 152/6

The Kiwi batsmen are out in the middle and Taylor will face Dilshan as the last session gets under way.

These two will try to see through the last session of play the same way as they did in the previous one. Sri Lanka were defensive with their field set and also in the line and length of their bowlers who did not look threatening at all. Hats off to the Kiwi pair after failing miserably in the first Test. Join us for the final session in a while.

This undoubtedly has been the Black Caps' session as they did not lose a single wicket and looked rock solid at the crease. Just 79 runs were scored in the session as it was more of a patience game with the hosts trying to induce a poor stroke from one of the batsmen to pick up a wicket. Unfortunately for them, that never happened. The Kiwi pair was equally patient.

60.6 R Herath to Taylor, Shortish and pushed away to the covers for a single. That will be Tea on day 1. 175/2

60.5 R Herath to Taylor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 174/2

Partnership record for the Kiwis! This is the highest third wicket partnership for the Kiwis against the Lankans in Sri Lanka, beating the previous best of 159 by Martin Crowe and John Wright at the SSC, Colombo, way back in 1992.

60.4 R Herath to Williamson, Drops it short outside off, punched away to the covers for a single. 174/2

60.3 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up on off, defended with soft hands to silly point. 173/2

60.2 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted slowly on the stumps, Williamson pushes it back to Herath. 173/2

60.1 R Herath to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 173/2

59.6 T Astle to Randiv, Nicely tossed up on the stumps, Randiv gets forward to block the delivery. 150/6

59.5 T Astle to Randiv, A touch short on off, Randiv stays back and defends it down. 150/6

59.4 T Astle to S Randiv, Given air outside off, Randiv could not beat the cover fielder with a drive. 150/6

59.3 T Astle to Randiv, It's flighted and full this time, pushed down the ground. 150/6

59.2 T Astle to Randiv, A touch short, lands outside leg and turns in, Randiv defends. 150/6

59.1 T Astle to Randiv, Floats it up on off, Randiv drives it away through covers. 150/6

This over will be the last before tea on day 1.

59.6 T Dilshan to Taylor, Flatter ball on off, turned away to the on side, no run. 173/2

59.5 T Dilshan to Taylor, Gets forward and pushes the ball past first slip and turns down the single. 173/2

59.4 T Dilshan to Taylor, Comes forward and gets low to defend it patiently back on to the pitch. 173/2

59.3 T Dilshan to Taylor, Comes forward and defended off the front foot. 173/2

59.2 T Dilshan to Taylor, Quick and full outside off, Taylor goes across and pushes it back to the bowler. 173/2

59.1 T Dilshan to Williamson, On the pads, tucked away to fine leg for a single. 173/2

58.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and it keeps low, outside off though and Samaraweera punches it away towards cover. 150/6

58.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, On middle and turns further down, Thilan tucks it away on the leg side. 150/6

58.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, A short delivery, Samaraweera deals it with a defense. 150/6

58.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, A flat delivery from around the wicket, Samaraweera punches it back. 150/6

58.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, On middle and off, pushed away to cover. 150/6

58.1 J Patel to Randiv, Flatter delivery outside off, driven away through extra covers. Boult gives it a good chase and cuts off the second. 150/6

58.6 R Herath to Taylor, A good flighted ball on off, Taylor gets forward and dead bats it on to the pitch. 172/2

58.5 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, turned down to mid-wicket. 172/2

58.4 R Herath to Taylor, Pushed through flatter outside off, defended off the front foot. 172/2

58.3 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on off, pushed back to Herath. 172/2

58.2 R Herath to Taylor, Comes forward to this slow loopy delivery and pushes it to the on side. 172/2

58.1 Herath to Taylor, Angles one down the leg side and hits the batsman's pads. Herath appeal but is turned down as it would have gone down the leg side. 172/2

Jeetan Patel is back on with a change of ends. A leg slip, short leg and a square leg in place along with a first slip. There is a deep mid-wicket in position as well. A big gap on the off side, inviting the batsman to drive against the spin. Good tactics!

57.6 T Astle to Randiv, Short and this one was the straighter one, worked away to square leg for one. 149/6

57.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, Samaraweera works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 148/6

57.4 T Astle to Randiv, Flighted delivery, but too short and it's worked away through mid-wicket for a single. 147/6

57.3 T Astle to Randiv, Randiv has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 146/6

57.2 Astle to Samaraweera, HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! Inside edge. Leggie on middle, nicely tossed up, Samaraweera aims to defend but gets the inside edge to roll away to square leg for a single. It could have been close otherwise and the umpire made the good decision in the end. 146/6

57.1 T Astle to Samaraweera, Nice flighted delivery on off, full as well, Samaraweera drives it away to covers. 145/6

Double change then, Herath comes back on.

57.6 T Dilshan to Williamson, Turned away to the on side, towards mid-wicket, no run. 172/2

57.5 T Dilshan to Williamson, Another front foot defense outside the off stump. 172/2

57.4 T Dilshan to Williamson, Gets well forward and defends this flighted delivery. 172/2

57.3 T Dilshan to Williamson, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 172/2

57.2 T Dilshan to Taylor, Comes well forward and plays it into the gap on the off side to pick up a single. 172/2

57.1 T Dilshan to Taylor, Comes forward and pats it back to Dilshan. 171/2

CRICKET NEWS - In the latest ICC Test Batting rankings, Kumar Sangakkara has slipped to the No. 2 spot and the in-form Australian skipper, Michael Clarke has taken the top position.

Drinks break!

56.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, A short of a length delivery, targetting the body, Randiv allows it travel over his stumps. 145/6

56.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Well outside off, 132.6 kph, Randiv lets it go. 145/6

56.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Randiv shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 145/6

56.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, Excellent. A yorker at 139.8 kph and it curves in a hint, Randiv does well to dig it out. 145/6

56.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A short of a good length delivery, Samaraweera remains back and punches it away for one. 145/6

56.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full in length and it tails back in around off, Samaraweera gets right across and drives it to mid on. 144/6

Tillakaratne Dilshan comes in to bowl now.

Williamson took off his right glove and was shaking his hand pretty hard. Is he cramping up?

56.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Length on off, Williamson tries to deftly pat it to the off side into the gap, but finds the point fielder, no run. 171/2

56.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Full on off and middle, flicked towards deep mid-wicket and Taylor picks up a single. 171/2

56.4 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, FOUR! Edgy! Angled into the pads and gets it to straighten as the ball takes the outside edge and goes down to the third man boundary. Taylor has moved on to 90 now. 170/2

56.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Fullish outside off, punched down to mid off, no runs there. 166/2

56.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A slower ball on the stumps, defended back to the bowler. 166/2

56.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A friendly full toss on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a couple. 166/2

55.6 T Astle to Randiv, Full and flighted up, defended away on the leg side. 144/6

55.5 T Astle to Samaraweera, A touch short and turns away a hint, Samaraweera stays back and cuts it past the first slip fielder to take one. 144/6

55.4 T Astle to Randiv, Nice and flighted around off, Randiv steers it away through covers for a single. 143/6

55.3 T Astle to Randiv, Nice loop on middle at 73.7 kph, Randiv pushes it forward. 142/6

55.2 T Astle to Randiv, Gifts a full toss outside off, Randiv could not thump it past the extra cover fielder. 142/6

55.1 T Astle to Randiv, Starts with a short delivery, Randiv goes back and pushes it to the bowler. 142/6

55.6 S Randiv to Williamson, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 164/2

55.5 S Randiv to K Williamson, Pushed to mid off on the front foot, no run. 164/2

That single brings up the 150-run partnership. These two will look to carry on and convert it into an even bigger stand.

55.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Punched off the front foot towards mid-wicket for a single. 164/2

55.3 S Randiv to Williamson, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 163/2

55.2 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on off, driven towards wide mid off for a couple as Sangakkara fumbles. 162/2

55.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and defends it back to the bowler. 160/2

Todd Astle, the leggie is now into the attack for the first time today.

54.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Good shot! A touch short of a length delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets on top of the bounce nicely and steers it away past the point fielder. 142/6

54.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Bangs in short outside off, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 138/6

54.4 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full and wide outside off at 137.8 kph, left alone. 138/6

54.3 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Another pitched up delivery around off, Samaraweera gets across for a Laxmanesque whip across the line but is nowhere close to pull it off and the ball goes straight to mid on. 138/6

54.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A full length delivery outside off, Samaraweera with a good-looking cover drive but straight to the fielder. 138/6

54.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, A good length delivery outside off, pushed away to the mid off fielder. 138/6

54.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Length on off, turned away to mid-wicket, no run. 160/2

54.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A back of a length ball on off, Williamson pats it into the gap behind point for a run. 160/2

54.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Full on the stumps, flicked to short mid-wicket. 159/2

54.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A short of a length ball just outside off, steered away to deep point for a single. 159/2

54.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Angled in to the pads, Taylor flicks it towards Mahela Jayawardena at straightish mid-wicket where he does well to dive and throws it back to Paranavitana who throws the ball at Taylor's stumps, hurrying him back into the crease. He misses though. 158/2

54.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A length ball on the stumps, defended to the on side. 158/2

53.6 J Patel to Randiv, Breaks back into the batsman from a fuller length on off, Randiv draws forward and defends it softly back to the bowler. 138/6

53.5 J Patel to Randiv, Slow loopy off-spinner on off, Randiv defends it off his front foot. 138/6

53.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Gives this one some extra loop and lands it full on middle, Samaraweera helps it with the spin to square leg for one. 138/6

53.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Slider on off, skidding on with the angle, Samaraweera defends it from the crease. 137/6

53.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Goes deep inside the crease and defends it back to the bowler. 137/6

53.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Spinning down the leg side with some extra bounce, Samaraweera does well to tap it in front of leg slip. 137/6

There are too many men down on the boundary. Sri Lanka have been too defensive especially when the Kiwis have never looked to attack.

53.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes nicely forward and defends back on to the pitch. That is the end of a maiden over. 158/2

53.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Stays back and defends the ball back to the bowler. 158/2

53.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and defends this time. 158/2

53.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Turns it around towards mid-wicket once again. 158/2

53.2 S Randiv to Williamson, On the stumps, Williamson comes down the pitch and plays it towards mid-wicket. 158/2

53.1 S Randiv to Williamson, That one turns in sharply off a length, played down to the on side. 158/2

52.6 D Bracewell to Randiv, Full length ball on off, the batsman closes the face of the bat and helps it to mid-wicket. 137/6

52.5 D Bracewell to Randiv, Length delivery cutting back into the batsman, Randiv tries to defend it from the crease but misses as it jags back in to hit him on the thigh pad. 137/6

52.4 D Bracewell to Randiv, Good length delivery angling into the batsman, jumping onto the batsman, Randiv tries to turn it to the on side but is hurried up a bit. Does well in the end to block it down. 137/6

52.3 D Bracewell to Randiv, In the zone outside off, an easy leave for Randiv. 137/6

52.2 D Bracewell to Randiv, Takes his front foot to the pitch of the fuller ball and drives it straight to covers. 137/6

52.1 D Bracewell to Randiv, Hurls in a fuller length delivery on off, Randiv digs it out back to the bowler. 137/6

52.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Fullish on the stumps, pushed down to mid on. 158/2

52.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A bit short outside off, Williamson guides it to deep cover point for a run. 158/2

52.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A tight probing line on the stumps, Williamson gets behind it and pushes it back to the bowler. 157/2

52.3 N Kulasekara to K Williamson, Fullish outside off, Williamson plays a good looking drive past the extra cover fielder and picks up two runs. 157/2

52.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A fullish delivery on off, pushed back to Kula. 155/2

52.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, A decent length delivery on off, pushed to the off side. 155/2

51.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Touch short in length on off, Samaraweera goes back and punches it to short mid-wicket. 137/6

51.5 J Patel to S Randiv, Gets forward and plays it with the turn to long on for one. Sensible batting! 137/6

51.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Very full in length on middle, Samaraweera advances down the track and whips it through mid-wicket for a run. 136/6

51.3 J Patel to S Randiv, Flighted full delivery on off, hit down the ground to long on for a single. 135/6

51.2 J Patel to Randiv, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 134/6

51.1 J Patel to Randiv, Loopy off-spinner outside off, Randiv covers the line and allows it through. 134/6

51.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Williamson drives this down to long on for a single to pinch the strike for the next over. 155/2

51.5 S Randiv to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/2

51.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets down on his knee and sweeps to deep square leg to get to his highest score against the Lankans with that single. 154/2

51.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted outside off, Taylor tries to punch it and the ball takes the inside edge and goes to mid-wicket a bit uppishly. 153/2

51.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, turned away to mid-wicket. 153/2

51.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Shortish outside off, pushed to the covers for a single as the sun comes back out. 153/2

50.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Well controlled in the end! Good length delivery outside off, shaping away a shade, Samaraweera pushes at it with an angled bat and does well to play it all along the carpet through gully for a boundary. 134/6

50.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Short delivery outside off, the batsman ducks. 130/6

50.4 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Full delivery on off, Samaraweera presses forward and pushes it to mid off. 130/6

50.3 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. No run. 130/6

50.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, That's a peach of a delivery! Bracewell drags his length short and serves it around off. Seaming away a shade and the batsman is all squared up in defense. Tries to push inside the line and gets beaten. A slight appeal for a caught behind but nothing from the umpire. 130/6

50.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Too full in length on middle, driven wide of mid on for a couple of runs. 130/6

50.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Back of a length ball just outside off, pushed back to Kula. He is bowling pretty much to where he has got his field placed, unlike Eranga an hour or so earlier. 152/2

50.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball in the corridor on off, Taylor comes well forward and defends it to the covers. 152/2

50.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Full on the pads this time and Taylor flicks it to deep square leg to pick up a couple. 152/2

50.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Walks forward to this length ball and punches it to mid off, no run. It seems like Taylor is playing as if he is having a knock in the nets. 150/2

50.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Fuller on the stumps, turned away to mid-wicket. 150/2

50.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Length on the off stump, driven down to mid on. 150/2

Suraj Randiv is the next man in at number 8.

49.6 J Patel to J'dene, OUT! Poor shot selection by the wicketkeeper batsman and he has paid a hefty price for it. Flighted off-spinner on off at 89.1 kph, Jayawardena gets down on one knee for the sweep shot but fails to keep it down. It flies off the outside half of the blade and Williamson takes a fine catch running forward from deep backward square leg. Sri Lanka are 128/6 and need another 85 to avoid the follow-on. 128/6

49.5 J Patel to J'dene, Spinning back into the batsman from a full length outside off, Jayawardene defends it off his front foot. 128/5

49.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Floated full delivery around off, Samaraweera goes deep inside the crease and forces it in the gap at covers for a single this time. 128/5

49.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter and shorter around off, punched through covers for a couple. 127/5

49.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Skips down the track but fails to reach the pitch of the delivery cleanly. Somehow manages to push it back to the bowler and returns back to the crease. Patel has a shy at the striker's end but misses. 125/5

49.1 J Patel to J'dene, Sits down on one knee and sweeps a full delivery with the spin to deep square leg for a single. 125/5

Kulasekara comes into the attack.

49.6 R Herath to R Taylor, Pushed up to the bat and Taylor drives it past the non-striker for a single to bring up the 150 of the innings. 50 overs have been completed and the Kiwis are going at exactly three an over. 150/2

49.5 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted outside off, driven towards deep cover for a single. 149/2

49.4 R Herath to Williamson, Quicker on the stumps, Williamson turns it to where leg slip would have been and the batsmen think of a run. However, they turn down the thought. 148/2

49.3 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up very slowly on off, defended back on to the wicket. 148/2

49.2 R Herath to Williamson, Comes well forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 148/2

49.1 R Herath to Williamson, Full outside off, pushed to the covers. 148/2

48.6 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Full length delivery on off, Samaraweera hits it down to mid on to end the over. 124/5

48.5 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 124/5

48.4 D Bracewell to T Samaraweera, Nice flowing drive through the line but straight to covers. 124/5

48.3 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Spears in a yorker, right in the blockhole at 134.8 kph, Samaraweera digs it out to the off side. 124/5

48.2 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, FOUR! Shot! A middle-leg stump half-volley at 136.7 kph, Samaraweera is quick to pick the length as he leans across and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 124/5

48.1 D Bracewell to Samaraweera, Samaraweera has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 120/5

48.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Goes for a sweep outside the off stump, but misses. The ball hits the pads and the Lankans appeal. But, that was quite outside the line. 148/2

48.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Strays on the pads, tucked away to fine leg for a run. 148/2

48.4 S Randiv to Taylor, On the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a single. 147/2

48.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and defends back to the bowler. 146/2

48.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Tight on the stumps, defended from within the crease. 146/2

48.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Spinning down the leg side, Taylor leaves it alone for the keeper to collect. 146/2

Doug Bracewell is the bowling change, replacing Tim Southee, who will take a much-deserved breather after a wonderful spell.

47.6 J Patel to J'dene, Safe! Little short in length outside off and it spins back in after landing. Jayawardene tries to play it through the line and against the spin but fails to do so. The keeper collects the ball and dislodges the bails in a flash. It is referred upstairs as the batsman lifted his back foot for a while. After watching the replays, the third umpire flashes "not out" on the giant screen. The back foot was well in! But a terrific attempt by van Wyk nonetheless. 120/5

Appeal for a stumping against Jayawardene! Again referred upstairs.

47.5 J Patel to J'dene, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 120/5

47.4 J Patel to J'dene, Gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 120/5

47.3 J Patel to J'dene, FOUR! That was uppish but once it beat the short leg fielder it was always a boundary. Loopy off-spinner on middle, Jayawardene plants his front foot forward and flicks it uppishly past McCullum to the deep mid-wicket boundary. That was momentarily in the air and the close-in fielder had no time to react. 120/5

47.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Very full in length on middle, helped through mid-wicket for an easy single. 116/5

47.1 J Patel to J'dene, Off-spinner on the leg stump line, Prasanna eases it with the turn to deep square leg for a single. 115/5

47.6 R Herath to Williamson, Chips down and drives straight to extra cover. There are two, remember? It is not easy to pluck the gap between them. The Lankan spinners are trying to play mind games. 146/2

47.5 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler. 146/2

47.4 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up outside off, Williamson thinks of going for a drive but holds back and defends off the front foot. 146/2

47.3 R Herath to Williamson, Quick and full outside off, driven to short extra cover. 146/2

47.2 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and defends. 146/2

47.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted outside off, Taylor opens the face of the bat and plays it towards point for a single. 146/2

46.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Fuller length delivery wide outside off again at 133 kph, another watchful leave to complete a maiden over. 114/5

46.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Good length delivery on off, going on with the angle, Samaraweera defends it off his back foot. 114/5

46.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Tempts the batsman with a full and wide delivery outside off, Samaraweera has nothing to do with it. 114/5

46.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Fine delivery, fuller in length on middle and straightening a touch after landing, Samaraweera clips it off his pads to the on side. Had he missed, he was a plumb LBW candidate! 114/5

46.2 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Short and wide outside off, asking to be hit, Samaraweera cuts it firmly through the line but fails to beat the point fielder. 114/5

46.1 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Bowls a full length delivery around off, nipping away a bit, Samaraweera defends it from the crease. 114/5

46.6 S Randiv to Taylor, On the pads again, flicked past mid-wicket for a single to bring an end to the over. 145/2

46.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Full on the pads, turned away to deep square leg for one run. 144/2

46.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Chips down the track and flicks the ball to short mid-wicket again. 143/2

46.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Flatter on the stumps, worked away towards mid-wicket. 143/2

46.2 S Randiv to R Taylor, Flighted on leg stump, driven down to long on for a run. 143/2

46.1 S Randiv to Taylor, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket, no run. 142/2

45.6 J Patel to J'dene, Sharp turn and bounce into the batsman at 88.0 kph, Prasanna fails to defend it and is hit high on the thigh pad. 114/5

45.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, This time finds the gap on the leg side and crosses for a run. 114/5

45.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Works it with the spin to the on side but straight to the fielder. 113/5

45.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter and quicker, touch short as well, Samaraweera goes deep inside the crease and punches it back to the bowler. 113/5

45.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Howzzat? Flighted off-spinner on middle, Samaraweera gets half forward for a defense but misses as it spins back in to rap him on the pads. They appeal but the umpire turns it down. Height factor! 113/5

45.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, Loopy delivery on middle, Samaraweera eases it off his pads to mid-wicket. 113/5

45.6 R Herath to Williamson, This time he stays in the crease and defends to the on side. 142/2

45.5 R Herath to Williamson, Comes down the track and defends. 142/2

45.4 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and pats it back to Herath. 142/2

45.3 R Herath to Williamson, Very full outside off, driven to backward point, no run. 142/2

45.2 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, turned down to the on side peacefully. 142/2

45.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flight outside off, driven to deep cover for a single. 142/2

44.6 Tim Southee to J'dene, Full delivery on off, nipping away after pitching, Jayawardene gets forward and defends it to the leg side. 113/5

44.5 Tim Southee to J'dene, Straighter delivery, turned off the pads to mid-wicket. 113/5

44.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, That's a jaffa! Pitched up delivery outside off, seaming away a touch after kissing the turf, Prasanna strides forward for a drive through covers but is beaten by the away movement. The bowler puts in a lone appeal but nothing from the umpire. 113/5

44.3 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, This one is sliding down the leg side, Samaraweera picks it off his pads and clips it past square leg for three runs. 113/5

44.2 Tim Southee to J'dene, Good delivery, angles it into the batsman and lands it on a full length around the middle stump line. It straightens a touch, Prasanna leans across and flicks it through square leg for one. 110/5

44.1 Tim Southee to J'dene, Good length delivery in the channel outside off at 133.7 kph, Prasanna pushes at it and misses. 109/5

The umpire calls for a drinks break.

44.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, turned down to forward short leg. 141/2

44.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Turns this full delivery to mid-wicket. 141/2

44.4 S Randiv to Taylor, On the pads, worked away towards deep square leg for one. 141/2

44.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Tossed outside off, enticing the sweep. Taylor pats it back to the bowler. 140/2

Leg slip to add on to the forward short leg, silly point and first slip now.

44.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and turns it around to square leg, no run. 140/2

44.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Flight on the pads, turned down to forward short leg. 140/2

43.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Little short in length outside off, cut straight to point. 109/5

43.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Oohhh... a superb delivery. Gives this one some extra flight and lands a flighted off-spinner on middle. Samaraweera lunges forward and tries to play it with a straight bat. But the ball curls in to catch the inside edge. It goes uppish to the leg side but falls in front of the short mid-wicket fielder. 109/5

43.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 109/5

43.3 J Patel to J'dene, Spinning down the leg side, nudged fine to the leg side for one. 109/5

43.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Stretches forward and pushes a full ball through covers for a single. 108/5

43.1 J Patel to Samaraweera, In the air... Slow loopy delivery spinning down the leg side, Samaraweera goes forward and back to flick it across the line but misses. It balloons off the pads, "catch it" is the shout but it falls wide of the short leg fielder. Replays suggest no involvement of gloves or bat. 107/5

43.6 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up on off, pushed back to the bowler. This is the first maiden over for Herath in this innings after eleven overs. 140/2

43.5 R Herath to Williamson, Faster one on off, defended off the front foot. 140/2

43.4 R Herath to Williamson, Came in with the arm just outside off, Williamson thought of playing it but left it alone. 140/2

43.3 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and goes low on to the ball and pushes it to the off side. 140/2

43.2 R Herath to Williamson, Not very pleasing for the eye but suits the Kiwis right. Comes forward and plays it dead back on to the pitch. 140/2

43.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted up on off, defended off the front foot to the covers. 140/2

Welcome back for the post lunch session. The men concerned are strolling back on the field. A monumental task ahead of the Lankan side and the first motive will be to avert the follow-on. Jeetan Patel to continue...

Day 3, second session...

Terrific morning session! Sri Lanka started cautiously with Mathews and Paranavitana as they dealt the first hour confidently with minimum of fuss. But the Kiwis bounced back to remove both the overnight batsmen in quick succession and the home side is pushed on the back foot now. The current partnership holds the key as Sri Lanka are still staring down a big deficit and need another 106 runs to avoid the follow-on. Promises to be an exciting afternoon session. Join us in a while...

42.6 Tim Southee to J'dene, Excellent way to end the session! A perfect delivery. Full in length and moves away a bit from outside off, Jayawardene remains stuck inside the crease and ends up getting beaten. Time for lunch on day 3! 107/5

42.5 Tim Southee to J'dene, A full toss, wide outside off, Jayawardene just could not put that away. 107/5

42.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, Comes a bit wide off the crease and bowls full outside off, left alone. 107/5

42.3 Tim Southee to J'dene, Darts down a short of a length delivery, easy helpings for Jayawardene who flicks it fine down. Jeetan Patel with a fine effort at the fence to save a couple of runs. 107/5

42.2 Tim Southee to J'dene, And now the away movement. This is fine Test bowling. Pulls his length back to a good length, it nipped away just a bit and Jayawardene gets beaten with a tentative push inside the line. 105/5

42.1 Tim Southee to J'dene, Brave leave! A good length delivery, remaining around off and goes on straight, Jayawardene covers the line and then lets it go. 105/5

42.6 S Randiv to Taylor, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 140/2

42.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes around the wicket and bowls it on the pads, turned away to the on side. 140/2

42.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets low and comes forward to knock the ball back into the pitch. 140/2

42.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 140/2

42.2 S Randiv to Williamson, On the pads, flicked away to wide long on for one. 140/2

That single brings up the highest partnership for any wicket for the Kiwis in Tests in 2012. This shows how badly they have played this year.

42.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Tossed up outside off, Taylor gets across and pushes it to the off side for a run. 139/2

41.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flatter delivery on middle, Samaraweera flicks it to short leg. 105/5

41.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Samaraweera shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 105/5

41.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short outside off, Samaraweera leaves it alone. 105/5

41.3 J Patel to J'dene, Flatter and quick, flicked away aerially, just wide off short leg for a single this time. 105/5

41.2 J Patel to J'dene, NOT OUT! It's very casual from Jayawardene. A flighted delivery outside off, Jayawardene pushes at that and misses out. Kruger van Wyk initially waits, then sees that Jayawardena drags his back foot up gradually and then whips the bails off. The wicketkeeper is very excited and the square leg umpire goes upstairs. A zoomed in image suggests that Prasanna's foot may have just been in the air as van Wyk flicks the bails off. But as in most instances, Prasanna Jayawardene remains lucky to get the benefit of the doubt. He is very lucky though. 104/5

APPEAL FOR STUMPING! Referred upstairs!

41.1 J Patel to J'dene, Short delivery, tucked away to short leg. 104/5

41.6 R Herath to Williamson, Back to usual routine, defended off the front foot back to the bowler. 138/2

41.5 R Herath to Williamson, We see something different now. Angles it in and gets it to turn away and Williamson leaves it alone this time. 138/2

41.4 R Herath to Williamson, And again! Nothing different to describe on this delivery as compared with the previous one. 138/2

41.3 R Herath to Williamson, Lobbed up outside off, Williamson kills the ball with a dead bat back on to the pitch. 138/2

41.2 R Herath to Williamson, A bit short on middle, Williamson goes back and punches it nicely through mid-wicket for a couple of good runs. 138/2

41.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on off, pushed back to Herath. 136/2

40.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Again it's on a fuller length, not much movement but Samaraweera allows it through to end the over. 104/5

40.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Well wide and full outside off, Samaraweera allows it through safely. A hint of away swing there. 104/5

40.4 Tim Southee to J'dene, On a good length and jags back in, Jayawardene tucks it off the inside edge to square leg for one. 104/5

Prasanna Jayawardene, playing his 50th Test, is the new batsman out in the middle. Sri Lanka in deep, deep trouble as they trail by 309 runs and need another 110 to avoid the follow-on.

40.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, OUT! Edged and Guptill has taken a FANTASTIC slip catch! A full length delivery outside off, Mathews just pushes at that, gets a thick outside edge which moves to the right of Guptill, who flies away and pouches it with an extended right hand. Two strikes for New Zealand before lunch. 103/5

40.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Short of a length delivery outside off, punched away on the off side. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end but Samaraweera is in. 103/4

40.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Good length delivery, nipping back in, Mathews stays back and defends it. 103/4

It has been a quiet period of play for the past few overs. The Sri Lankan bowlers are enticing the Kiwi batsmen to play attacking drives and flicks against the spin but they are not giving in.

40.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Tossed up on off, pushed back to the bowler. 136/2

40.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Looped up on the pads, turned down to the on side sedately by the Kiwi skipper. 136/2

40.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Drags it outside off and gets it to come in, Taylor stays behind the line and jabs it to the off side. 136/2

40.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Fullish on off, played back to Randiv. 136/2

40.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Quick and full on the pads, turned around to mid-wicket, no run. 136/2

40.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Flight on off, defended off the front foot. 136/2

39.6 J Patel to Samaraweera, Quicker trajectory, Samaraweera remains back to defend. 103/4

39.5 J Patel to Samaraweera, Tossed up delivery outside off, short, Samaraweera goes back and defends. 103/4

39.4 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short down the leg side this time, tucked away to backward square leg. 103/4

39.3 J Patel to Samaraweera, Short and quick outside off, Samaraweera goes back and defends it. 103/4

39.2 J Patel to Samaraweera, Flighted delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets forward and gets an inside edge onto his pads and then onto the leg side. 103/4

39.1 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up down the leg side, Mathews uses his feet well and helps it away through mid-wicket for one. 103/4

39.6 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side. 136/2

39.5 R Herath to Williamson, A tad quicker on the off stump, played back to Herath off the back foot. 136/2

39.4 R Herath to Williamson, Slow outside off, played down to the on side. 136/2

39.3 R Herath to Williamson, Worked down towards the forward short leg fielder off the front foot. 136/2

39.2 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up slowly on the stumps, patted back dead into the pitch. 136/2

39.1 R Herath to Williamson, Angles into the pads, Williamson works it into the gap in front of square on the leg side to pick up a couple. 136/2

38.6 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, Short and wide outside off, Samaraweera attempts the upper-cut over slips but could not connect. 102/4

38.5 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A good length delivery outside off, Samaraweera punches it back and Southee feigns a throw back to the keeper. 102/4

38.4 Tim Southee to Samaraweera, A full length delivery outside off, Samaraweera gets forward and defends. 102/4

Thilan Samaraweera is the new batsman out in the middle. He injured his right hand while fielding and it seems he has recovered in time. His side needs him at the moment. He averages 86.89 at this venue! Sri Lanka require 111 more runs to avoid the follow-on.

38.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, OUT! Edged and this time, it's taken. It's taken some tight mapping of deliveries from Southee to extract this wicket. A fuller length delivery at 137.9 kph, just around off and moves away, Paranavitana is drawn forward to push at that, gets a faint nick and it travels to van Wyk safely. A good wicket to break this growing stand. The drop earlier from Taylor hasn't proved much costly to New Zealand. 102/4

38.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it down with a straight bat. 102/3

38.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Arrows across a fuller length delivery, around off at 134.1 kph, Paranavitana gets forward for a drive through covers but it nips away a shade to catch the outside edge. It squirts past the diving backward point fielder for a couple of runs. 102/3

38.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Looped up on off, defended off the front foot. 134/2

38.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Short and wide, cut away towards point where Herath does well and keeps them down to just one. 134/2

38.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 133/2

38.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 133/2

38.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Flight on the stumps, driven down to long on past a diving straightish mid-wicket for a single. 133/2

38.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets right behind it and taps it down to the on side. 132/2

37.6 J Patel to Mathews, Another flighted delivery on middle, tucked down towards the leg side. 100/3

37.5 J Patel to Mathews, Loopy and it turns back in around off, Mathews with a long stride forward to defend that. 100/3

37.4 J Patel to Mathews, Short and quick at 97.9 kph this time, punched away towards mid off. 100/3

37.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up just about on middle, Mathews blocks it down to short leg. 100/3

37.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flatter outside off, pushed away towards mid off. 100/3

37.1 J Patel to Mathews, Short and down the leg side, Mathews gets forward but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 100/3

37.6 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up slowly on the pads, turned away gently down to the on side. 132/2

37.5 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted and comes forward to play it back to the bowler. 132/2

37.4 R Herath to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 132/2

37.3 R Herath to Williamson, Full outside off, driven straight to the extra cover fielder. There is one more extra cover though. What can one call it? Extra extra cover? 132/2

37.2 R Herath to R Taylor, Tossed up outside off, pushed back down the ground for a run towards long off. 132/2

37.1 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, worked away to square leg for one. 131/2

36.6 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Excellent cover-drive off the front foot but straight to the fielder. 100/3

36.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, APPEAL FOR CAUGHT-BEHIND! Not out. A short of a length delivery down the leg side, Paranavitana misses out on the flick and the ball brushes his trouser on the way to van Wyk, who goes up in appeal. It's not given though. 100/3

36.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, FOUR! Picks the gap well. Good timing on that. A pitched up delivery outside off, Paranavitana aligns his front foot to the line of the delivery and drives it into the ground to just to beat the extra cover fielder. 100/3

36.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, Paranavitana gets forward and drives it down to mid off. 96/3

36.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and wide outside off, Paranavitana lets it alone. 96/3

36.1 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, Paranavitana gets forward and drives it down to mid off. 96/3

Herath has been called into the attack now.

36.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Tossed up outside off, tempting Taylor to drive. He doesn't give in, pushes it off the front foot to the off side. 130/2

36.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Quick and full on off, pushed back to Randiv. 130/2

36.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes across and forward and blocks the ball off the front foot with a dead bat. 130/2

36.3 S Randiv to Williamson, A tad short and Williamson goes back to punch it through the cover for a run. 130/2

36.2 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on the stumps, turned down to forward short leg. 129/2

36.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted slowly outside off, pushed back to Randiv. 129/2

Tim Southee is back into the attack, replacing Trent Boult.

35.6 J Patel to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 96/3

35.5 J Patel to Mathews, On middle, turned away yet again with the spin. 96/3

35.4 J Patel to Mathews, Turning down, Mathews works it away on the leg side. 96/3

35.3 J Patel to Paranavitana, Gets down and pushes it through mid on for one. 96/3

35.2 J Patel to Paranavitana, Tight on middle, turning in, punched down. 95/3

35.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Flighted delivery, around off, Paranavitana gets across and defends it. 95/3

35.6 S Eranga to Taylor, Back of a length outside off, left alone by Taylor. 129/2

Eranga has a 7-2 field and is bowling on Taylor's pads. Jayawardena comes down and translates the field positions to him in words now.

35.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Length ball on the stumps, Taylor tucks it into the huge gap on the leg side and jogs away for a couple of runs. 129/2

35.4 S Eranga to K Williamson, Shortish outside off, tries to cut it but gets an under edge and the ball goes towards point, allowing them to take a single as the fielder at point is in the deep. 127/2

35.3 S Eranga to Williamson, Fullish delivery outside off, pushed back to mid off. 126/2

35.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Length ball outside off, Taylor goes for the drive and inside edges the ball towards mid-wicket for a single. There are just two fielders on the leg side. 126/2

35.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Pushes it just outside off from around the wicket. Taylor stays back and leaves it watchfully through to the keeper. 125/2

34.6 T Boult to Mathews, Short of a length, just outside off, Mathews jumps on the back foot and defends it. 95/3

34.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up well outside off, Paranavitana drives it away through the cover region for a single. 95/3

34.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Paranavitana has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 94/3

34.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bangs in short outside off, Paranavitana leaves it unperturbed. 94/3

34.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good length delivery, a hint of away movement and Paranavitana leaves it alone. 94/3

34.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full length delivery outside off, pushed away towards cover. 94/3

34.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Flat one on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler off the back foot. 125/2

34.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on off, Williamson jumps out and drives it straight back to Randiv. 125/2

34.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Stays back, allows the ball to spin in from a length and punches it with a straight bat to long off for one. 125/2

34.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Quick and full, defended back to Randiv. 124/2

34.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes well forward and pats it back on the pitch. 124/2

34.1 S Randiv to Taylor, The batsman offers no stroke and gets hit on the pad. 124/2

33.6 J Patel to Mathews, Gets down on his front foot and defends it down to end the over. 94/3

33.5 J Patel to Mathews, A touch short, punched away on the off side. 94/3

33.4 J Patel to Mathews, Lands on middle and turns down, Mathews flicks it away to square leg. 94/3

33.3 J Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Poor delivery. Short and wide outside off, Mathews gets the time and room to rock back onto his back foot and slash it away through gully and point. 94/3

33.2 J Patel to Mathews, Gets back and pushes it away to point. 90/3

33.1 J Patel to Mathews, Stamps out his crease with an advance but blocks it on the leg side. 90/3

33.6 S Eranga to Taylor, A short of a length ball, just outside off, driven to deep point for a run. 124/2

33.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Length ball on off, Taylor gets behind it and plays it back to Eranga. 123/2

33.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Back of a length outside off, Taylor shoulders arms to it. 123/2

33.3 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Outstanding! Fullish on the pads, Taylor plays a lovely flick, bisecting mid on and mid-wicket as the ball races away to the fence. 123/2

33.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Fullish on the pads, driven down to mid on, no run. 119/2

33.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Angles it across the off stump, Taylor lets it through to the keeper. 119/2

32.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Outside off, Paranavitana watchfully allows it through to the keeper. 90/3

32.5 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Taylor drops a dolly! Heart-break for the bowler but he cannot say much as his skipper is the culprit here! Touch short in length bowled closer to the off stump line at 136.7 kph. The length and line is not quite there for the cut shot but the batsman still attempts to unveil it. Ends up nicking it behind where Taylor grasses a simple catch at first slip. 90/3

32.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good length delivery on off, Paranavitana remains inside the crease and pushes it to covers. 90/3

32.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Angles in a fuller length delivery, on off at 137.8 kph, Paranavitana defends it off his front foot. 90/3

32.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Lovely delivery, surprises the batsman with his pace and extra bounce. Back of a length outside off, seaming away a touch at 134.7 kph, Paranavitana pushes at it and misses. 90/3

It has turned gloomy out there and there are chances of some rain.

32.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery outside off, Paranavitana allowed it through. 90/3

Eranga will come around the wicket now.

This, by the way, is just the fifth 100-run partnership for the Kiwis in all the Tests they have played this year.

32.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 119/2

32.5 S Randiv to Williamson, Comes forward and plays it back on to the pitch. 119/2

32.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Flicked away through mid-wicket for a single. 119/2

32.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and pushes it towards the square leg region to pick up a couple of runs. 118/2

Williamson gets to his 6th Test 50. He has looked very assured with his footwork ever since he got in and has partnered Taylor to perfection.

32.2 S Randiv to K Williamson, Draws Kane forward and he pushes at it, the ball takes the edge and goes past the slip fielder for a run. 116/2

32.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on the stumps, Taylor turns it around uppishly past the leg gully fielder. He is safe and picks up a single as the ball goes towards short fine leg. 115/2

31.6 J Patel to Mathews, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. No run. 90/3

31.5 J Patel to Mathews, Appeal for an LBW! Loopy delivery landing around off and spinning back in. It beats the forward defensive prod by Mathews and raps him on the pads. They put in a vociferous appeal. That looked out to the naked eye, but the umpire showed no interest. Not sure why? Probably, height. 90/3

31.4 J Patel to Mathews, Changes his angle and comes from round the wicket. A flighted full delivery on middle, Mathews helps it with the spin to mid-wicket. 90/3

The ball fell in a puddle in the parking area. It has gone wet on one side and the umpires are changing it.

31.3 J Patel to Mathews, SIX! Excellent use of the feet by Mathews! A tossed up delivery around off, spinning back in, Mathews shimmies down the track and heaves it with the spin over long on for a biggie. Nice calculative risk taken just to keep the bowler on the back foot. 90/3

31.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted off-spinner, outside off, slightly quicker through the air, Mathews defends it off his back foot. 84/3

31.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Straying on the pads, nudged to fine leg for a single. 84/3

That boundary brings up the 100-run stand between these two.

31.6 S Eranga to Williamson, FOUR! Whipped like a ringmaster! Strays on the pads, Eranga and Williamson punishes him by flicking the ball with his powerful wrists past the mid-wicket fielder and into the boundary. 114/2

31.5 S Eranga to Williamson, In the channel outside off, Williamson gets behind it with assurance and pushes it to mid off. 110/2

31.4 S Eranga to Williamson, FOUR! Gorgeous! One of the best of the day! Back of a length outside off, WIlliamson stays back and punches it on the up through the covers for a beautiful boundary. 110/2

31.3 S Eranga to Williamson, Length on the hips, whipped away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 106/2

31.2 S Eranga to Taylor, A good ball coming in towards the stumps, Taylor drops it with soft hands to the off side and picks up a quick single. Good ball, good shot and a good run to sum it up. 104/2

31.1 S Eranga to Taylor, A good length ball on off, pushed down to mid off. 103/2

Jeetan Patel comes into the attack now.

30.6 T Boult to Mathews, Bowls it on a full length outside off at 136.9 kph, Mathews strides forward, pushes at it and plays it with the outside edge to gully. 83/3

30.5 T Boult to Mathews, Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, Mathews defends it from the crease to the on side. 83/3

30.4 T Boult to Mathews, Fine looking shot, a straight drive but it finds the mid on fielder. 83/3

30.3 T Boult to Mathews, Very full on this occasion, around off at 138.3 kph, Mathews pushes it to covers. 83/3

30.2 T Boult to Mathews, On a good length this time, Mathews rocks back and pushes it in front of covers. 83/3

30.1 T Boult to Mathews, Boult continues from round the wicket angle and serves a full delivery on off, Mathews draws forward and helps it in front of mid on. 83/3

The towel stuck into the trousers of Eranga comes off and Taylor stops the bowler just as he is about to deliver the ball. Eranga will be wondering, it was his towel that came off and Taylor had a problem with that!

30.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets down and across the off stump to sweep it off the middle of the bat to deep square leg for a single, retaining strike in the next over. 103/2

30.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Outside off, Taylor shapes up to cut but as the ball comes in sharply he fends it back to the bowler. 102/2

30.4 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted outside off, driven down to the right of Randiv who dives and prevents a single. 102/2

30.3 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted on off, turned down towards forward short leg. 102/2

30.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets right behind the turn outside off and taps it back on to the wicket. 102/2

30.1 S Randiv to R Taylor, Randiv bowls a slider outside the off stump, the ball takes the edge and goes past the slip fielder, no run though. 102/2

Drinks trolley is on the field.

29.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Good length delivery on middle and off, Paranavitana firmly gets behind the line and blocks it down safely to point. 83/3

29.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Almost drags it back! Length delivery wide outside off at 132.8 kph, Mathews flashes his blade through the line but gets an inside edge. It misses the stumps by a whisker and rolls to square leg. A single taken. 83/3

29.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Soft hands! Lands it on a full length outside off at 135.5 kph, Mathews reaches out for it and runs it down off the outside half of the bat past gully for a couple. 82/3

29.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 80/3

29.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, FOUR! That's a tremendous hit! Bracewell angles in a fuller length delivery, on middle and leg at 135.6 kph, Mathews brings down a straight bat and pushes it with superb timing past mid on for a boundary. 80/3

29.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Good length delivery around off, Mathews remains on the back foot and gently pushes it to cover. Good line by Bracewell! 76/3

29.6 S Eranga to Williamson, A full delivery just outside off, blocked off the front foot. 102/2

29.5 S Eranga to Taylor, A tad fuller outside off, Taylor punches it to short extra cover who gets a hand to it. The ball is deflected towards mid off which allows the batsmen to run through for a single. 102/2

29.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Length on off, comes forward and pushes the ball to mid off. 101/2

The captain has got to his 17th Test fifty and just his second against the hosts.

29.3 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Helped away! On the pads and glanced down to the fine leg boundary to bring up his half century. 101/2

29.2 S Eranga to Williamson, A length ball, shaping in. Williamson opens the face of the bat and pats it to deep point for a single. 97/2

29.1 S Eranga to Williamson, A fullish ball just outside off, Williamson comes forward confidently and defends. 96/2

28.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, A lovely drive through the line but straight to the cover fielder. 76/3

28.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, FOUR! Cracking shot! Boult hurls in a fractionally short delivery around off, Paranavitana rocks back and carves it through point for a boundary. Finally manages to pierce the gap! 76/3

28.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Spears in a fuller length ball on off at 138.5 kph, Paranavitana takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball and drives it straight to point. That was a bit uppish but went safely to the fielder. 72/3

28.3 T Boult to T Paranavitana, Serves a back of a length ball around off and it seams back in a shade, Paranavitana goes on the back foot and punches it to covers. 72/3

28.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Identical to the last delivery, this time the batsman decides to let it go. 72/3

28.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls a good length delivery outside off, Paranavitana rocks back and cuts it straight to point. 72/3

The players are back out on the field after lunch. Kane Williamson is ready to face Eranga and Taylor will resume on 49.

Credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers as well. Their quicks bowled well in the first half an hour to pick up two early scalps. Their spinners bowled a few bad balls which the Kiwis cashed on. Do join us for the post lunch session to see if the Kiwis continue steadily or fall prey to the spinners.

The Kiwis had two early setbacks after which the Kiwi captain and a talented Kane Williamson got together and put up 82 runs to bail their team out of trouble. Williamson looked good against the spinner, using his feet whenever the opportunity presented itself. Taylor did not hold back his natural instincts and played his shots freely.

28.6 S Randiv to Taylor, Taylor stays on 49 as lunch is called for. Flighted outside off, defended back to the bowler gently. 96/2

28.5 S Randiv to Taylor, Comes forward and drives it to mid on. 96/2

28.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on the stumps, turned away towards square leg for a run. 96/2

28.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Stays back and pats it back to the bowler. 95/2

28.2 S Randiv to Taylor, Gets down on his knee and sweeps it to deep square leg to move on to 49 with a single. 95/2

28.1 S Randiv to Taylor, Flighted outside off, Taylor paddles it around the corner towards fine leg for a couple. 94/2

27.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, Once again puts it on a good length outside off, Angelo strides forward and pushes it with an angled bat to point. 72/3

27.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, That's a peach of a delivery. Lands it on a good length outside off and gets it to straighten after landing. Mathews with zero footwork has a tentative poke inside the line but misses. 72/3

27.4 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Leans forward for a drive and caresses it off the outside half of the bat through point for a run. 72/3

27.3 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Angling across a length delivery, outside off, Paranavitana taps it in front of point. 71/3

27.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run. 71/3

27.1 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, This one is pitched very full outside off, Paranavitana draws forward and pushes it to covers. 71/3

27.6 R Herath to Williamson, Length on the stumps, worked away towards square leg and picks up an easy couple of runs. 92/2

27.5 R Herath to Williamson, Stays back and pushes it to mid-wicket. 90/2

27.4 R Herath to Williamson, Uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball outside off, but drives it straight to extra cover. 90/2

27.3 R Herath to Williamson, A good ball on the stumps, turns slightly. It takes the inside edge of Williamson's bat and hits the pads, no harm done though. 90/2

27.2 R Herath to Taylor, On the pads once again, Taylor glances it fine past the keeper and picks up three runs. 90/2

27.1 R Herath to Taylor, Slides down the leg side and Taylor leaves it for the keeper to collect the ball. 87/2

26.6 T Boult to Mathews, Gently nudges a full ball to covers and initially looks for a run. But there is no run available and hence he returns. 71/3

26.5 T Boult to Mathews, Comes from round the wicket and angles in a fuller length delivery, Mathews draws forward and plays it through the line to mid off. 71/3

26.4 T Boult to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 71/3

26.3 T Boult to A Mathews, A shade over-pitched around off at 137.1 kph, Mathews gets forward and drives it nicely through the line but finds the extra cover fielder. 71/3

26.2 T Boult to Mathews, Full length delivery on middle and off, Mathews gets behind the line and pushes it down towards mid off. 71/3

26.1 T Boult to Mathews, Angles across a fuller length delivery, around off, Mathews gets well forward and defends it to the off side. 71/3

Herath gets a change of ends.

26.6 S Randiv to Williamson, Flighted on the stumps, flicked away to mid-wicket, no run. 87/2

26.5 S Randiv to Williamson, FOUR! Sweet! Tossed up wide outside off. Williamson gets to the pitch by getting nicely forward and eases it through the covers for a good boundary. 87/2

26.4 S Randiv to Williamson, Good flighted ball on off, pushed back to the bowler. 83/2

26.3 S Randiv to Williamson, Short of a good length, turning into off, Williamson works it straight to mid-wicket. 83/2

26.2 S Randiv to Williamson, A good tight ball just outside off, pushed back into the ground off the back foot. 83/2

26.1 S Randiv to Williamson, Bowls the first one wide outside off. Williamson went for the cut and got beaten in the end. 83/2

Trent Boult is the bowling change.

25.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery, wide and it's left untouched. 71/3

25.5 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Full length delivery on middle, tucked away on the leg side. 71/3

25.4 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Full outside off at 138.9 kph, Paranavitana comes across and lets it go. 71/3

25.3 D Bracewell to T Paranavitana, FOUR! Loose delivery and dealt severely. Ample width on a short ball outside off, Paranavitana leans back and cuts it past point with utmost force. 71/3

25.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 67/3

25.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Excellent shot. Full delivery on middle, Mathews gets across and clips it away past the mid-wicket fielder to take three runs. 67/3

Suraj Randiv has been introduced into the attack.

25.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR! Finally finds the gap! Full and just outside off. Taylor plays it just a bit late to beat the short extra cover fielder and the cover fielder to find the boundary. That was nicely done after hitting good shots to dead ends for a while now. 83/2

25.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Pitched up to the bat on off stump, Taylor drives it nicely back to Kulasekara. 79/2

Mahela has placed a short mid off for the check drive.

25.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A tight ball just outside off, punched down to mid off. 79/2

25.3 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, A length ball on the stumps, turned away to mid-wicket. 79/2

25.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A slower one out of the back of the hand outside off. Taylor gets well forward and plays it dead back on to the pitch. 79/2

25.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A fullish delivery just outside off, driven down to mid off. 79/2

24.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 64/3

24.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and wide, angling away, left alone. 64/3

24.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Back of a length on middle, Mathews tucks it away on the leg side and takes one. 64/3

24.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls hard and short on middle, 133 kph, Mathews gets away from the line of it. 63/3

Comes around the wicket to Mathews now. Short leg and short mid-wicket in place. Two men in the deep as well, deep mid-wicket and fine leg.

24.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Good length delivery outside off, Paranavitana sits on top of the bounce and cuts it past point for one. 63/3

24.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Paranavitana has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 62/3

24.6 R Herath to Williamson, FOUR! Incredible shot! Loopy outside off, WIlliamson chips down the track and drives it to find perfect placement throught the covers, the ball races away to the boundary. He is looking ominous today. 79/2

24.5 R Herath to Williamson, Comes a couple of paces down towards the pitch of the ball and drives it straight to mid-wicket. 75/2

24.4 R Herath to Williamson, Tossed up outside off, pushes it to the covers sedately. 75/2

24.3 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and pushes it back to Herath. 75/2

24.2 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on the pads, turned away to mid-wicket. 75/2

24.1 R Herath to K Williamson, FOUR! Gets the treatment! Short and wide, asking to be hit. And hit it has been! Williamson rocks back and cuts it away behind point and to the boundary. 75/2

23.6 D Bracewell to Mathews, On a good length on middle, tucked away but straight to mid-wicket this time. 62/3

23.5 D Bracewell to Mathews, Full and it curves back in on off, punched down to mid on this time. 62/3

23.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/3

23.3 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Cracking shot! Full length delivery, around off and going away, Paranavitana gets across and pushes it away well through extra covers. The 50-RUN STAND COMES UP! 62/3

23.2 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Paranavitana lets the ball go outside his off stump. 59/3

23.1 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Bowls full on off at 136.4 kph, pushed down the ground. 59/3

23.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A tight line and length in the channel, pushed to the covers off the front foot solidly by Taylor. 71/2

23.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, And again! A fullish delivery outside off, driven straight to short extra cover. 71/2

23.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Fullish outside off, Taylor punches it straight to mid on. He seems to be playing some good shots. But, most of them are finding the fielder. Needs to place them better. 71/2

23.3 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A length ball just outside off, Taylor opens the face and drives it to cover point, no run. 71/2

23.2 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Pushes it further up outside off, Taylor plays a crisp drive to mid off. 71/2

23.1 N Kulasekara to Taylor, A good length ball outside off, pushed down to mid off. 71/2

22.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Well pitched up outside off, once again the batsman is unable to pick out the gap and drives it well though to covers for one. 59/3

22.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Fuller length, on off, driven down to mid on. 58/3

22.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 58/3

22.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A tight line, length on off, pushed away on the leg side this time. 58/3

22.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bangs in short on middle yet again, this time Mathews pulls it all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for one. 58/3

22.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Short of a length, on off, ducked down by Mathews. 57/3

Kulasekara comes back to bowl.

22.6 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted nicely outside off, Williamson shapes up for a drive and checks his shot at the last moment as he plays it uppishly towards mid off. Just one off that over. 71/2

22.5 R Herath to R Taylor, Quick and fuller on the pads, Taylor plays a punchy on drive to wide mid on for a run. 71/2

22.4 R Herath to Taylor, Comes forward and pats it back to Herath. 70/2

22.3 R Herath to R Taylor, Short and wide, Taylor cuts it pretty late and Randiv dives to his left at shortish point to save the boundary. 70/2

22.2 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted outside off, pushed to the covers off the front foot. 70/2

22.1 R Herath to Taylor, Flighted on the pads, turned away to mid-wicket, no run. 70/2

21.6 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Well wide outside off and it's left alone to end the over. 57/3

21.5 D Bracewell to Paranavitana, Fuller length around off, flicked away towards mid-wicket. 57/3

21.4 D Bracewell to Mathews, A good length delivery outside off, Mathews pushes and finds a safe outside edge towards gully, where there is a partial stop and they take one run. 57/3

21.3 D Bracewell to Mathews, Pitched up delivery on off at 134.4 kph, Mathews aims to drive, finds an outside edge which races away past cover for a couple. 56/3

21.2 D Bracewell to Mathews, Nice and pitched up outside off, Mathews pushes it down the ground. 54/3

21.1 D Bracewell to Mathews, Starts off on a fuller length on off, Mathews drives it aerially back past Bracewell to mid off. 54/3

21.6 A Mathews to Taylor, Strays on the pads, Taylor transfers his weight on to his front foot and flicks it past mid on for an easy three runs as the ball doesn't have the legs or the out-field doesn't allow it rather to get past the ropes. 70/2

21.5 A Mathews to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 67/2

21.4 A Mathews to Taylor, A length ball on the middle stump, turned down to the leg side. 67/2

Taylor looked pumped up during the pre-match huddle. One could hear him clearly telling his team mates to be yourself and play your hearts out for the next five days and then they would look good out there.

21.3 A Mathews to Taylor, A tight length ball on off, Taylor walks across and defends it back on to the pitch. 67/2

21.2 A Mathews to Taylor, Bangs it short down the leg side, Taylor gets under it as the ball just about shaves his back on the way through to the keeper. 67/2

21.1 A Mathews to R Taylor, A good length ball, punched away past point by Taylor for a comfortable two. 67/2

Doug Bracewell is the first bowling change of the morning from the Janashakthi End.

20.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full around off and goes away again, left alone. 54/3

20.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full on off and goes on with the angle, Paranavitana gets across and steers it away to gully. 54/3

20.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, No-ball for over-stepping! Well over the line this time. Fuller length, Paranavitana dabs it away to point. 54/3

20.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Bangs in short outside off, Paranavitana goes back and punches it to extra cover where there is a partially diving stop. 53/3

20.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Wide outside off, on a full length, Paranavitana has a slash but does not connect. Should have left it alone. 53/3

20.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A back of a length delivery, on middle, Paranavitana gets down as a cover. 53/3

20.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full in length outside off at 135.5 kph, Paranavitana steers it away off the outside edge into the hands of gully. 53/3

The 50-run partnership comes up with that boundary. This is an important pair for the Kiwis. They did not do well in the first Test and are now trying to show how valuable they can be.

20.6 R Herath to Williamson, FOUR! Nice use of the feet! Jumps out and lofts the ball over the mid on fielder and into the boundary. 65/2

20.5 R Herath to Williamson, A little flatter on the leg stump, the ball spins away past the off stump as Williamson withdraws his bat at the last moment. 61/2

20.4 R Herath to Williamson, Uses the feet nicely there, Williamson, to this tossed up ball outside off. Unfortunately, he drives it straight to extra cover. 61/2

20.3 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on off, blocked off the front foot by Williamson. 61/2

20.2 R Herath to Taylor, Chips down the track to the ball as it is darted down the leg side. Taylor takes it on the full and flicks it away to deep square leg for one. 61/2

20.1 R Herath to Taylor, Angled into the leg stump, turned down to forward short leg. 60/2

19.6 T Boult to Mathews, Comes around the wicket and bowls good length outside off, Mathews strokes it away to point. 53/3

19.5 T Boult to Mathews, A good length delivery, defended. 53/3

19.4 T Boult to Mathews, Fuller length, Mathews strokes a perfect straight drive and hence knocks the stumps away at the non-striker's end. 53/3

19.3 T Boult to Mathews, Excellent. It's bowled full around off and goes away with the angle, Mathews with a defense off the front foot but gets beaten up. 53/3

19.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, A short of a length delivery, Paranavitana dabs it down on the off side and gets across for one. 53/3

19.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls nice and full, driven away to the man at backward point. 52/3

New Zealand will do well to go into lunch without losing any more wickets. Taylor and Williamson are looking decent out there.

19.6 A Mathews to Williamson, A back of a length ball just outside off, punched away to mid off. 60/2

19.5 A Mathews to Williamson, Goes wide of the crease and angles it in towards off on a length, defended off the front foot by Williamson to the covers. 60/2

19.4 A Mathews to Williamson, A length ball just about outside the off stump, Williamson watches it pass through to the keeper. 60/2

19.3 A Mathews to Williamson, Fullish outside off stump, left alone by the batsman. 60/2

19.2 A Mathews to Williamson, Good length ball on off, Williamson comes well forward and defends. 60/2

19.1 A Mathews to Williamson, Shortish outside off, Williamson doesn't get any timing on the cut shot and the ball ends up rolling away to the cover fielder. 60/2

18.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 52/3

18.5 Tim Southee to T Paranavitana, Bonus FIVE runs. A good length delivery, pushed away towards cover. Jeetan Patel has a shy at the non-striker's end, no backing up and it races away to the fence. 52/3

18.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Gets beaten again! A touch short this time outside off, Paranavitana remains stuck on the back foot to get beaten. 47/3

18.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, On a fuller length now, well outside off and it's not dealt with again. 47/3

18.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Leaves this good length delivery outside off completely alone. 47/3

18.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Lovely start first up, on a good length and angles away from the left-hander, who is forced to come on the front foot to defend, but the ball moves away to beat the edge. 47/3

18.6 R Herath to Taylor, Comes forward and pushes it to Herath gently. 60/2

18.5 R Herath to Williamson, Shortish outside off, Willaimson goes back and punches it with some good timing through the covers. Gets just one run as Kula does well and throws it back in quickly. 60/2

18.4 R Herath to Williamson, Pushes it just outside off, Williamson stays back and pushes it to the off side. 59/2

18.3 R Herath to Williamson, Flighted on off, blocked back to the bowler off the front foot. 59/2

18.2 R Herath to Williamson, Comes forward and pats it back to Herath. 59/2

18.1 R Herath to Williamson, Huge shout for an LBW! Turned down! That came in and straightened on the leg stump. WIlliamson doesn't get any bat onto it and the ball hits high on his pads which is probably what saves him. 59/2

Tim Southee to bowl from the Scoreboard End now.

17.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Good cricket. A short of a length delivery outside off, Paranavitana taps it down towards cover for a well-taken run. 47/3

17.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Bowls a good length delivery, tight on the stumps, dabbed on the leg side. 46/3

17.4 T Boult to Mathews, Angles this away, a slower delivery at 114.3 kph, Mathews dabs it down towards cover-point and sets across for one. 46/3

17.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Pitched up delivery outside off at 126 kph, Paranavitana steers it towards point where there is a partial stop and they take one. 45/3

17.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, A good length delivery, 130.6 kph, Paranavitana gets across and drives it towards cover. 44/3

17.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, No-ball for over-stepping! Bowls on a fuller length this time, defended away towards cover. 44/3

17.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Starts with a back of a length delivery on middle, Paranavitana tucks it away on the leg side. 43/3

17.6 A Mathews to Taylor, Fullish outside off, Taylor gets forward and drives it to mid on, no run. 59/2

17.5 A Mathews to Taylor, FOUR! A slice of luck there, which Taylor definitely needs. Shortish outside off, comes in slightly. Taylor tries to cut and ends up playing the Chinese cut down to the fine leg fence. 59/2

17.4 A Mathews to Taylor, Tight line and length on off, Taylor gets behind it and defends back to the bowler. 55/2

17.3 A Mathews to Taylor, Pushes it fuller on off, driven to mid off. 55/2

17.2 A Mathews to Taylor, Back of a length outside off, left alone by Taylor. 55/2

17.1 A Mathews to Taylor, Short and wide by Mathews, Taylor plays the cut straight to point. 55/2

Trent Boult to steam in first up with the ball still 17 overs old. Expect him to keep things tight straightaway now. One of the most common sayings in Test cricket, but it's a crucial one hour early phase now.

Play all set to begin now. Tharanga Paranavitana and Angelo Mathews will begin for Sri Lanka.

To top it up, the duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult have scalped the three main top-order batsmen in the form of Dilshan, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena to make this contest interesting. The onus will be on Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera to step up to this crucial situation and help Sri Lanka post at least 300 runs.

Hello all and we are here for Day 3 action between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Colombo. One must really admire the way Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson put up gritty hundreds on a sub-continental track to take their side to a competitive total.

DAY 3, SESSION 1.

That is all we have for you for the day. Hope you enjoyed the entertainment and looking forward for your company tomorrow at 0945 IST (0415 GMT). Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, Adios! Take Care!

Earlier, it was the Herath show with 6 wickets and he is taking big steps now in Test cricket. Mathews and Paranavitana have added some sanity to the proceedings but the Lankans are not out of trouble. They still trail by 369 runs and bad news is that Thilan Samaraweera is injured. Southee and Boult were impressive with the new ball and the visitors will be banking on them for a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning.

End of a fine day for New Zealand. They stuttered after a good start, losing wickets regularly but managed to get past 400, thanks to Williamson, Taylor and Flynn. And then, Southee and Boult reduced Sri Lanka to three down.

And that, I am afraid, is the end of the day's play. It was getting very dark and the umpires had a chat and decided that it was too risky to continue. Seven overs were still remaining in the day though, which the players will try to compensate for, in the coming days. STUMPS then on Day 2, Sri Lanka tottering at 43/3.

16.6 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up on off, Mathews comes well forward and defends. 43/3

16.5 J Patel to Mathews, The slider, quick and flat, Mathews stays back and defends it to the on side. A miss would have aroused a huge shout for LBW. 43/3

16.4 J Patel to Mathews, Gets forward, opens the face of the bat and pushes the ball to point. 43/3

The close in fielders look charged up and throwing in loads of encouragement for the bowler.

16.3 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up slowly on off, defended back to Patel. 43/3

16.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flatter and quicker outside off, dabbed away to point. 43/3

16.1 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted up outside off, Mathews can't get his drive right out of the middle of his bat and the ball ends up back with the bowler. 43/3

16.6 R Herath to Williamson, A touch short again, turns away, Williamson covers the line to block that. 55/2

16.5 R Herath to Williamson, Stays back on his back foot and defends. 55/2

16.4 R Herath to Williamson, Short and turning away, Williamson leaves it undone. 55/2

16.3 R Herath to Taylor, There he goes leg side! A flighted delivery, Taylor aims to pick out his slog over mid-wicket but finds an inside edge through square leg to take just one. 55/2

16.2 R Herath to Taylor, Gets out of his crease but does not connect that well. 54/2

16.1 R Herath to Taylor, A touch flighted up, Taylor gets across to block that down. 54/2

15.6 T Astle to Paranavitana, Full outside off, pretty wide, an exciting van Wyk appeals for LBW, but in vain. 43/3

15.5 T Astle to T Paranavitana, Another watchful defense. 43/3

15.4 T Astle to Paranavitana, Landed on middle, turning in, 79.7 kph, watchfully blocked. 43/3

15.3 T Astle to A Mathews, Bad ball, insurance comes to the rescue. Full toss again, outside off, Mathews smashes it towards long off where Brendon McCullum hares across to his left and dives to stop the ball. A single taken. 43/3

15.2 T Astle to Mathews, A much better delivery, landed fuller on middle, 79.3 kph, the batsman defends. 42/3

15.1 T Astle to Mathews, He is still nervous. Tosses up a full toss, Mathews comes forward and flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a couple. 42/3

15.6 A Mathews to Williamson, Williamson has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 54/2

15.5 A Mathews to Taylor, On a full length, Taylor gets across and pushes it through mid off for one. 54/2

15.4 A Mathews to Taylor, Taylor shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 53/2

15.3 A Mathews to Williamson, Short of a length delivery, Williamson pulls it away for one. 53/2

15.2 A Mathews to Taylor, On a fuller length, Taylor gets across to flick but finds a leading edge through the off side for one. 52/2

15.1 A Mathews to Taylor, Bowls on a fuller length, Taylor pushes it to mid off. 51/2

14.6 J Patel to Mathews, A tad short just outside off, Mathews pushes it in the gap at the covers and picks up a single. Sri Lanka are 40/3, trial by 372 now with seven wickets in hand. 40/3

14.5 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker again and full on off, Mathews tries to work it away to the on side and gets an inside edge on to the pads. The ball, luckily falls away safely. 39/3

14.4 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls a better line on off stump, a bit flatter too. Mathews stays back and blocks the ball. 39/3

14.3 J Patel to Mathews, Pushes it quicker through the air on leg stump, turned away towards short mid-wicket. 39/3

14.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flights it up on off and middle, defended back to Patel. 39/3

14.1 J Patel to Paranavitana, Flights it up on off stump, Paranavitana opens the face of the bat and pushes it to the short third man region for a single. 39/3

14.6 R Herath to Williamson, A touch short and it spins away, Williamson ends up pushing inside the line and the ball just about misses the off stump. 51/2

14.5 R Herath to Williamson, Williamson chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 51/2

14.4 R Herath to Williamson, Kane lets the ball go outside his off stump. 51/2

14.3 R Herath to Taylor, Bowled on a flight, Taylor drives it through mid on for one. 51/2

14.2 R Herath to R Taylor, Gets right across to a flighted delivery but finds an inside edge. 50/2

14.1 R Herath to Taylor, Starts with a shortish length, worked away towards mid-wicket. 50/2

13.6 T Astle to Paranavitana, SAFE. Full outside off, 79.8 kph, Paranavitana pushes it towards mid off and calls for a quick single. Mathews has to run around the bowler and that takes a bit of a time but he makes it before the keeper could collect the throw from the mid off fielder and disturb the stumps. 38/3

Referral for a run out against Mathews...

13.5 T Astle to Paranavitana, A touch short, Paranavitana makes room for the cut but finds Kane Williamson at extra cover who stops it with a fine dive. 37/3

13.4 T Astle to T Paranavitana, Floated outside off, good shape, good drift, 81.8 kph, Paranavitana mistimes his drive towards mid off. 37/3

13.3 T Astle to Paranavitana, Yorker outside off, 80.7 kph, pushed back to the bowler. 37/3

Yesterday, Craig McMillan handed Todd Astle his Test cap.

13.2 T Astle to Mathews, That was a bad delivery, short outside off, 78.3 kph, pulled towards mid-wicket for a run. 37/3

13.1 T Astle to Paranavitana, Tossed up wide outside off, nerves in the stomach, 80.3 kph, driven through the covers for a single. 36/3

Rangana Herath, the wicket-cannon of this series is now brought into the attack.

13.6 A Mathews to Taylor, Taylor delicately works it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single. 50/2

13.5 A Mathews to R Taylor, On a fuller length, Taylor gets across and pushes it to mid off. 49/2

13.4 A Mathews to Taylor, Taylor lets the ball go outside his off stump. 49/2

13.3 A Mathews to Taylor, Full in length, Taylor pushes it back down the ground. 49/2

13.2 A Mathews to Taylor, On a fuller length, Taylor gets across and works it away on the leg side. 49/2

13.1 A Mathews to Williamson, Good length delivery, tucked away to mid-wicket for one. 49/2

Debutant Todd Astle to bowl now. He is a leg spinner. Sri Lanka trail by 377 runs. 11 overs left in the day.

12.6 J Patel to Mathews, Tossed up just outside off, pushed back on to the wicket. Patel starts off with a maiden. 35/3

12.5 J Patel to Mathews, Quicker on the pads, flicked away to short mid-wicket, no run. 35/3

12.4 J Patel to Mathews, Comes forward to this flighted delivery and pushes it back to the bowler. 35/3

12.3 J Patel to Mathews, Gets behind the line and defends back on to the pitch. 35/3

It has gone pretty dark out there, all of a sudden. Around 12 overs left in the day, don't think they will be completed. The umpires had a chat in between.

12.2 J Patel to Mathews, Flighted outside off, defended off the front foot. 35/3

12.1 J Patel to Mathews, Bowls it slow on the leg stump and gets the ball to bounce a bit. Mathews turns it down to the on side by taking his bottom hand off the bat. 35/3

Angelo Mathews is the bowling change.

This has been a real struggle for New Zealand. Even at the pace of 125 kph maximum, Kulasekara has kept the Kiwi batsmen dancing to his swinging tunes and is as close to taking a wicket. In other news, Australia are currently close to sealing a victory against South Africa in the 2nd Test at Adelaide with SA at 48/4, chasing a mammoth total of 430 while West Indies have routed Bangladesh to take the series 2-0.

12.6 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Good length delivery, Taylor pushes it away to cover. 48/2

Prasanna Jayawardene stands up to the stumps now.

12.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Gets right across to a good length delivery, tries to cover the swing but finds an inside edge onto his pads. 48/2

12.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Once again it's on the shorter side but this time Williamson unveils the pull past square leg to take one. 48/2

12.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Bangs in short, not much pace and it goes over Williamson who ducks for safety. 47/2

12.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 46/2

12.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Outside off, left alone. 46/2

12.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Full and nipping down the leg side, Williamson is beaten for pace again and is hit on the pads. 46/2

Jeetan Patel is marking his run up and will bowl the first over of spin. Will come around the wicket to the batsman.

That will be the final drinks break of the day.

11.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Punches this straight to cover. That was a testing over from Boult. 35/3

11.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, That is the line, full and just outside off, Paranavitana goes back to defend but the ball goes away takes the outside edge and goes past point for a couple. 35/3

11.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Another back foot defense. 33/3

11.3 T Boult to Mathews, Comes back in, Mathews flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a single. 33/3

The umpires were caught on camera in between the overs having a chat. Pretty sure it was something to do with the light as they looked concerned.

11.2 T Boult to Mathews, Another back foot defense. 32/3

11.1 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, 136 kph, punched off the back foot towards cover. 32/3

11.6 S Eranga to Taylor, Short of a length outside off, Taylor cuts hard into the ground and gets a couple past gully. 46/2

11.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Beaten! On a fuller length, Taylor gets forward, the ball moves away to beat the edge, not by a large margin. 44/2

11.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Full in length, Taylor gets across and drives it through covers for a couple. 44/2

11.3 S Eranga to Taylor, Full in length outside off, Taylor pushes it away on the off side. 42/2

11.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Taylor shoulders arms to let that one through. 42/2

11.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Back of a length delivery, Taylor sits back and defends. 42/2

10.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good probing line and length just outside off, Paranavitana leaves it alone. 32/3

Comes around the wicket now for the last ball of his sixth over.

10.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Almost a good yorker on off stump, swings it in the air towards the batsman's toes. Paranavitana gets his toe out of the way and turns it to mid-wicket, can't get a run. 32/3

10.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full and angled into the pads, Mathews flicks it to Flynn at deep square leg for a single. Southee did not bowl a single short delivery to him in the four balls he got at Mathews. 32/3

The light is diminishing at the ground now. Won't be long before the umpires have a look at that.

10.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Draws the length back just outside off, Mathews gets across with his back foot and defends. 31/3

10.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Another full delivery just outside off stump, doesn't swing much. Mathews comes well forward and defends it to the off side. 31/3

10.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Southee pulls out a bluff, bowls a fuller length ball on off stump to which Mathews offers a front foot defensive shot. 31/3

This is only the third time that four Test matches are taking place simultaneously worldwide. The first two instances were in 1998 and 2001.

10.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, This is quality Kulasekara at his best. Gets this cherry to jag back in after landing around off, Williamson gets struck on the pads, but its hit him too high on the pads to ask the question for LBW. 42/2

10.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Taylor has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 42/2

10.4 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Good length delivery outside off, Taylor gets across the line but is struck on the pads. 41/2

10.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Good length delivery, Williamson works it past mid-wicket and takes a single. 41/2

10.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Full in length, Williamson uses his soft wrists to edge it down towards the slip cordon. 40/2

10.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Beaten! That's the probing length which has cut Williamson into half. Full and it curves back in off the seam after landing, Williamson strides forward to play the away-swing but the ball nips in and shaves over the stumps. 40/2

Two men in the deep for the hook for Mathews.

9.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 31/3

9.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Fuller and wider outside off, another easy leave. 31/3

9.4 T Boult to Paranavitana, Short outside off, 129.8 kph, punched straight to point. 31/3

9.3 T Boult to Paranavitana, Outside off, 136 kph, swinging away, pretty wide, left alone. 31/3

9.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Well bowled, full and just outside off, swinging in then going away pretty late, Paranavitana lets it go. 31/3

9.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Landed wide outside off, 130.5 kph, left alone. 31/3

9.6 S Eranga to Taylor, Full in length, Taylor steps forward with a push to mid off. 40/2

9.5 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Edged and DROPPED BY MATHEWS AT THIRD SLIP! Taylor survives this let-off. Eranga bowls full and wide outside off, the sucker ball, Taylor steps forward with a slash, finds the thick edge which flies at head height to the right of Mathews, who gets across but manages only finger-tips to it as the ball races away to the fence. 40/2

9.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Good length outside off, left alone. 36/2

9.3 S Eranga to Taylor, FOUR! Safe shot now. Gets ample width off a short delivery outside off, Taylor rolls his wrists over with a flashy swish and finds the ball travelling over the slip cordon off the thick outside edge. 36/2

9.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Pitched up to the stumps, Taylor works it away through mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs. 32/2

9.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Full in length, nips away just a hint, Taylor was looking to flick it on the leg side but found a safe leading edge towards point. 30/2

8.6 Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! And again, only difference this time is that Mathews' luck is with him! Short and higher at the body, near the head. Mathews goes for the hook and top edges it over the keeper and beyond the ropes. Three boundaries in that over. 31/3

8.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Southee tries to work on some history! He has got Mathews a couple of times in the one-dayers off the short delivery. Mathews doesn't hold back and rocks back to this short delivery and pulls it with disdain in front of sqaure, beating Flynn at deep mid-wicket. 27/3

8.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good delivery in the channel, defended off the back foot. 23/3

8.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR! Exquisite! This time he gets it to the left of mid off. Fullish delivery, understandably so as Southee is trying to get swing. Mathews comes forward and plays a beautiful cover drive past mid off and into the boundary. 23/3

8.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A full delivery just outside off, Mathews drives but finds mid off, can't get it to his left to find the gap. 19/3

8.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, A lovely shape on that length delivery. Pitches on off and swings away and Mathews covers the swing and defends it back on to the pitch. 19/3

8.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Huge appeal for LBW! Close shout if it's pad first! Good length and it nips back in, Williamson gets across to defend but is caught on the pads. Appeal is turned down. Replays show that the impact was OUTSIDE the line of off stump. 30/2

8.5 N Kulasekara to Taylor, Good length delivery, Taylor pushes it through covers and takes one. 30/2

8.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Edged and does not carry! Much full and swings away, entices Williamson into the drive who could only come up with an outside edge, the ball was bowled at 123.4 kph and it drops well short of Jayawardena at second slip. 29/2

8.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Length delivery, Williamson dabs it away with an angled face. 28/2

8.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Gets right across to a full length delivery but is struck on the pads down the leg side. 28/2

8.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Good length delivery, nips back in and takes the inside edge of Williamson's pads. 28/2

7.6 T Boult to Mathews, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 19/3

7.5 T Boult to Mathews, Down the leg side, Mathews misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken. 18/3

7.4 T Boult to Mathews, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Mathews misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Too high. that is what my colleague says. I tend to disagree. So does Sanath Jayasuriya. That looked very close. 16/3

7.3 T Boult to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 16/3

7.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full and swinging in, 136.2 kph, Paranavitana misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. 16/3

7.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, WIDE! You can imagine how wide the ball must have been if the umpire had to stretch his arms. Boult getting excited by the swinging ball, is not able to control the swing and lands it way outside off. Left alone. 15/3

7.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full outside off, moving away, 135 kph, left alone. Pretty wide. 14/3

Ball change. The ball has lost its shape quite early into the Test match, strangely. It's been changed by the umpires.

7.6 S Eranga to Williamson, Gets across and tucks it through mid-wicket for a single. 28/2

7.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Full length delivery, Williamson gets across and defends. 27/2

7.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Outside off, left alone. 27/2

7.3 S Eranga to R Taylor, Fine shot. A pitched up delivery outside off, Taylor leans and strokes it through covers. The outfield is damp and they take three. 27/2

7.2 S Eranga to Taylor, Another full length delivery, tucked away towards mid-wicket. 24/2

7.1 S Eranga to Taylor, Full length delivery outside off, Taylor aims to guide it away but misses out. 24/2

6.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good length ball just outside off, Mathews punches it nicely to the covers. 14/3

The balls have misbehaved a lot today. This could be the third ball to be changed today. A rare incident, wonder how many times this has happened? Will the Kiwis get a shinier ball just like the Lankans got one earlier on in the day? The black box of cricket balls has been brought out! The shine is not much different from the previous ball though. Let us see if it swings more than the previous one or no.

6.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, A back of a length ball just outside off, shouldered arms to by Mathews. 14/3

Oh dear... Samaraweera has had to put three stitches on his right hand as the webbing has been split. He had to go to the hospital but is back now.

6.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, That is a good short one! Southee forces Mathews to duck under it quickly. The ball doesn't rise much and goes just over Mathews' back! 14/3

6.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Southee pushes it full and gets it to straighten off the strip. Mathews covers the swing well and plays a good looking drive down to mid on. 14/3

6.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, A good tight ball on off stump, Mathews gets right behind it and taps it down to the on side off his back foot. 14/3

6.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good fullish delivery swinging in from outside off to off, Paranavitana comes forward and plays it between point and the cover fielder to pick up a quick single. 14/3

6.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson shoulders arms to let that one through. 24/2

6.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Length delivery outside off, Williamson pushes it away to point. 24/2

6.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Gets right across to a length delivery and defends it. 24/2

6.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson has played that off the front foot and into the ground 24/2

6.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Full length, driven down to mid off. 24/2

6.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 24/2

5.6 T Boult to Mathews, Played towards point again. A run and a wicket for Boult, his figures read 3-0-11-1. 13/3

5.5 T Boult to Mathews, Landed outside off, 135. kph, played straight to point. 13/3

Apparently Thilan Samaraweera has not walked out at number 5 because was injured while attempting to take a catch off Patel today. Nothing less than number 7, I assume.

5.4 T Boult to Mathews, Full and just outside off, 133.5 kph, Mathews pushes and misses. 13/3

5.4 T Boult to Mathews, NO BALL! Trying too hard, oversteps by a long margin, Mathews defends. 13/3

5.3 T Boult to Mathews, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 12/3

5.2 T Boult to Mathews, A bouncer first up,133.3 kph, Mathews ducks under it. 12/3

Angelo Mathews walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper.

5.1 T Boult to M J'dena, OUT! Edged and taken! Boult gets rid of Mahela and that is one important wicket! Full and outside off, 131.4 kph, pretty wide, going away from the batsman, Jayawardena plays away from his body, going for the drive but only manages a thick outside edge. The ball flies straight to Kane Williamson at third slip who makes no mistake. Mahela Jayawardena departs for 4, SRI LANKA 12/3, trail by 400! 12/3

5.6 S Eranga to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single. 24/2

5.5 S Eranga to Taylor, Gets too straight on this occasion, Taylor turns the ball and gets it through the gap at mid-wicket for a three. 23/2

5.4 S Eranga to Taylor, Outside off, 141.6 kph, left alone. 20/2

5.3 S Eranga to Taylor, The batsman does well to leave that bouncer. 20/2

5.2 S Eranga to Williamson, Williamson has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single. 20/2

5.1 S Eranga to Taylor, The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one. They pick up a single as the slip fielder misfields. 19/2

4.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, This one is a much better leave. Southee pushes the ball further outside off stump, Paranavitana lunges forward and lets that through. 12/2

4.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Oh! That was close to the stumps! A back of a length ball, just outside off as the ball comes in with the angle. Paranavitana, knowingly or unknowingly leaves it alone. Call it whatever you want to - a good leave or a lucky one. 12/2

4.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Bowls it at a quick pace on 140 kph on a length on off stump. Paranavitana gets behind the line and defends it back into the pitch. 12/2

Changes the angle, comes around the wicket to the leftie.

4.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, A good length ball on off stump, Paranavitana comes forward and plays it with an open face to gully. He needs to play straight and not with an open face. 12/2

4.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Angles this one across the batsman who lets it through to the keeper. 12/2

4.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full and just outside off stump, Paranavitana comes half forward and plays it down towards gully. 12/2

4.6 N Kulasekara to Williamson, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 18/2

4.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, FOUR! Williamson at it again. Full outside off, he gets to the pitch of the ball and plays a crisp drive off the back foot through the covers for a boundary, 18/2

4.4 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 14/2

4.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 14/2

4.2 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Plays to the point region. No run. 14/2

4.1 N Kulasekara to Williamson, The batsman has driven that ball straight back to the bowler. 14/2

This has been a wonderful display of bowling. Both the new ball bowlers have got it to move just enough, and that too both ways. They have got the Lankan batsmen guessing and guessing wrong.

3.6 T Boult to J'dena, This time he covers the line properly and defends. 12/2

3.5 T Boult to J'dena, Again, this one goes away from the batsman, MJ pushes and misses. This is beautiful bowling. 12/2

3.4 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Streaky! Landed outside off, 130.5 kph, this one goes away, Mahela has a tentative poke at it and gets a thick outside edge which lands short of a diving Martin Guptill at second slip. The ball is parried to the fine leg fence. 12/2

3.3 T Boult to J'dena, Oohhh... this one comes back in a long way, 130.5 kph, Jayawardena thinks of playing at it but then withdraws his bat at the last moment. 8/2

Oh my my... today was the fifth first-innings duck for Sangakkara in 9 Tests!

3.2 T Boult to Paranavitana, Falls over but manages to work it to the leg side for a single. 8/2

3.1 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full outside off, angling in, 135 kph, watchfully pushed towards mid on. 7/2

3.6 S Eranga to Taylor, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 14/2

Ross Taylor, the skipper walks out to bat.

3.5 Eranga to McCullum, OUT! The batsman gets a rough call and it's a costly one! Good length ball lands just outside off, and keeps coming back in even after pitching. McCullum just prods forward and tries to push at the ball. He gets stuck on the pads and the umpire raises his finger to the appeal. McCullum is disappointed and the replays seem to back him as there was a clear inside edge. 14/2

3.4 S Eranga to B McCullum, The batsman has driven it through mid-off.. 14/1

3.3 S Eranga to Williamson, Williamson rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the covers. They've managed to run three. 14/1

3.2 S Eranga to McCullum, Full on off, comes in after landing. McCullum just guides the ball with the swing to fine leg. 11/1

3.1 S Eranga to McCullum, Flicks but finds the fielder on the on side. 10/1

Captain Mahela Jayawardena comes out at 4 with a task at hand.

2.6 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, OUT! Sangakkara throws his wicket away! What an over this has turned out to be! A short delivery on the body of Sanga. He goes for the pull shot and gets a top edge down to Trent Boult at fine leg, he takes a fine catch after being pegged back a few steps towards the ropes due to the momentum of the ball. Two wickets in that over then. Sri Lanka, now 7/2 and trail by 405. 7/2

Kumar Sangakkara has scored 805 runs in Tests at this venue with an average

2.5 Tim Southee to Sangakkara, Southee is steaming in, bowls a quick good length ball just outside off, left alone by Sanga. 7/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes out to bat at number three. Meanwhile, the Kiwis don't seem happy with the ball. Wonder why! They just got a wicket.

2.4 Tim Southee to Dilshan, OUT! An unbelievable delivery! A classic outswinger worth being written down in cricket poetry! Full on middle stump, scrambled seam and gets it to straighten after angling it in. Dilshan closes the face of the bat and the ball zips through to hit the off and middle stump. Dilshan goes cheaply and this is an important early break through for the Kiwis. 7/1

2.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Similar delivery, swinging in, Dilshan tries to flick and gets the inside half of the bat down to mid on, no run though. 7/0

2.2 Southee to Dilshan, Angles it into the pads and strikes Dilshan on the pads as he misses his flick. Southhe appeals very hard but Erasmus turns it down. That was quick, in the 140s and Dilshan is upset with himself after having missed out on that shot. 7/0

2.1 Tim Southee to Dilshan, A good length ball, very tight on the stumps, Dilshan stays intact and pushes it back to Southee. 7/0

2.6 N Kulasekara to McCullum, McCullum gets lucky! Good length ball just outside off, it darts back in after pitching. McCullum had come forward in defense but got an inside edge to third man. Single taken. 10/1

2.5 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. They pick up a single. 9/1

2.4 N Kulasekara to K Williamson, Superb drive! Full on outside off, Williamson gets forward and across to drive the ball through covers for a couple. 8/1

2.3 N Kulasekara to Williamson, Williamson defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 6/1

2.2 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Wider outside off, this time, McCullum comes on the front foot and handsomely drives it through the covers for one. 6/1

2.1 N Kulasekara to McCullum, Full on off, McCullum pats it to extra cover. 5/1

1.6 T Boult to Paranavitana, Full and down the leg side, 130.9 kph, Paranavitana misses out on the flick. 7/0

1.5 T Boult to Paranavitana, Landed outside off, Paranavitana pushes on front of his body, not quite sure, gets a thick outside edge which lands short of gully. 7/0

1.4 T Boult to Dilshan, Full on middle, 132.7 kph, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 7/0

1.3 T Boult to Dilshan, That was a close call. Landed on a length on middle, 135.1 kph, Dilshan trusts the bounce and shoulders arms. 6/0

1.2 T Boult to Dilshan, This is closer to the off stump, angling away, 128.5 kph, left alone. 6/0

1.1 T Boult to Dilshan, FOUR! Plundered! Full and wide outside off, 127.7 kph, Dilshan does not even want a sighter, smashes it through the covers for a boundary! The deficit is now 406! 6/0

1.6 S Eranga to Williamson, Outsde off, 136.8 kph, left alone. 5/1

1.5 S Eranga to Williamson, Back of a length ball, on off, comes back in sharply. Williamson diverts it to mid on. 5/1

1.4 S Eranga to Williamson, Williamson has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 5/1

1.3 S Eranga to McCullum, Length ball on off, MCCullum taps it through the covers for a single. 5/1

1.2 S Eranga to McCullum, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 4/1

1.1 S Eranga to B McCullum, Oooohhhh!! This one too flies off the edge! Full outside off, doesn't bounce enough. Goes off the edge of McCullum's bat to second slip. 4/1

Trent Boult it will be, to bowl from the other end. Sri Lanka trail by 410.

0.6 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Full delivery, swinging in to the pads, Paranavitana flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a couple of runs to get himself and his team off the mark. 2/0

2012 has been a wonderful year for Rangana Herath but the exact opposite for Tharanga Paranavitana. Just 209 in 9 Tests at an average of 29.86 with a sole half century against Pakistan.

0.5 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitched up further outside off stump, doesn't entice Paranavitana to have a go at it as he leaves it alone. 0/0

0.4 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Pitched up just outside off stump. Paranavitana comes forward and judegs the line to perfection to let it through to the keeper. 0/0

In 8 Tests this year, Rangana Herath has picked up 6 5-wicket hauls! All his fifers have come in the sub-continent.

0.3 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, This one is a well directed bouncer on middle stump line, the batsman ducks under it on time. 0/0

0.2 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Another one angled across the stumps, Paranavitana shoulders arms to it. 0/0

0.1 Tim Southee to Paranavitana, Tim Southee bowls the first ball to Paranavitana well outside off stump, he leaves it alone. 0/0

Williamson walks out to bat.

0.6 N Kulasekara to M Guptill, OUT! Kulasekara gets an early breakthrough! Good length ball around off, Guptill looks to tap the ball away with the full face of the bat but doesn't cover the line of the ball enough. Gets a faint edge which flies to Angelo Mathews at first slip. Cheap dismissal really! 4/1

0.5 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Guptill has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 4/0

0.4 N Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR! Sweet timing on that! Full ball on the off stump, Guptill comes on the front foot and just pushes with the full face of the bat, past the bowler and to the long off boundary. 4/0

0.3 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Guptill chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 0/0

0.2 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Excellent delivery. Bowls it on a good length outside off and it keeps its shape, Guptill ends up pushing it timidly inside the line. 0/0

0.1 N Kulasekara to Guptill, Starts with a length delivery outside off, nipping away, Guptill leaves it alone. 0/0