BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka, second Test, Colombo

Tim Southee passed 250 Test wickets as the BLACKCAPS claimed a remarkable victory on the final day in Colombo. SLC

BLACKCAPS knuckle down on day one

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The BLACKCAPS stayed patient and bowled 12 maidens out of 36 overs to hold Sri Lanka to 85-2 at stumps on a weather affected opening day.

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Off-spinner Will Somerville and recalled all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme claimed a wicket each in cool and gloomy conditions at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo.

Standing in their way on day two will be in-form Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne (49*) and his deputy Angelo Matthews who is yet to get off the mark in his first 14 balls.

Early breakthroughs will be the key, along with the weather.

As it happened

Tim Southee passed 250 Test wickets as the BLACKCAPS claimed a remarkable victory on the final day in Colombo. SLC

Boult/Southee leave Sri Lanka struggling

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The experienced duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee produced double strikes as the BLACKCAPS reduced Sri Lanka to 144-6 on another weather-affected day in Colombo.

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As it happened

Tim Southee passed 250 Test wickets as the BLACKCAPS claimed a remarkable victory on the final day in Colombo. SLC

Latham century wrestles back momentum

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BLACKCAPS opener Tom Latham produced his tenth and arguably finest Test century to keep the BLACKCAPS hopes alive of a result in the second Test in Colombo.

Latham became the first-ever New Zealand opener to post three figures on Sri Lankan soil as the visitors reached stumps on day three at 196-4, trailing by just 48 runs.

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Latham was all class as he combatted the turning ball and rising temperatures at the P Sara Stadium, en-route to a 169 ball century with nine fours.

The 27-year-old built partnerships right the way through the innings and found a useful ally in BJ Watling as the pair put on an unbeaten 70-run stand off just 117 balls to seize the momentum late in the day.

The pair will return on day four hoping for clear skies so they can knock off the remaining 48 runs and set about building a lead to help push for an unlikely victory.

As it happened...

Tim Southee passed 250 Test wickets as the BLACKCAPS claimed a remarkable victory on the final day in Colombo. SLC

BLACKCAPS bat big to set up exciting final day

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Only 48 overs were available, but boy did the BLACKCAPS batsmen make them count to set up an unlikely push for victory on day five.

The visitors reached 382-5 when bad light brought an early end with the lead at 138 runs and five wickets still in hand.

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A delayed start to the fourth day meant the BLACKCAPS had to push the pace, firstly through Tom Latham who was eventually dismissed for 154, and then by Colin de Grandhomme who smashed five sixes on his way to 83* off just 75 balls.

At the other end, BJ Watling was immovable, batting through the two sessions available to glue the innings together and finish unbeaten on 81.

An exciting final day looms with 98 overs scheduled and a promising weather forecast.

BRING IT ON! 

As it happened...

Tim Southee passed 250 Test wickets as the BLACKCAPS claimed a remarkable victory on the final day in Colombo. SLC

BLACKCAPS claim victory in fading light

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The BLACKCAPS have claimed victory by an innings and 65 runs to square the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-1.

In fading light on day five, the BLACKCAPS bowlers came together as a unit with Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville each taking two wickets. 

It was extra special for paceman Tim Southee who passed 250 Test wickets, striking twice in the middle session to reduce Sri Lanka to 88-7 at tea.

Following the break, Ajaz Patel took the crucial wicket on Niroshan Dickwella, as the Sri Lankan resistance finally folded.

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Earlier wicket-keeper BJ Watling completed his seventh Test century as the BLACKCAPS declared at 431-6, a lead of 187.

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