2nd Test: Sri Lanka set record 660-run target after Latham, Nicholls and de Grandhomme specials
Henry Nicholls scored a career-best 162*. © AFP

New Zealand declared at 585/4 in their second innings on Friday to set Sri Lanka a record 660-run target if they are to win the deciding second Test in Christchurch.

The New Zealand innings featured knocks of 176 by Tom Latham and a personal best 162 not out from Henry Nicholls.

Skipper Kane Williamson called the players in midway through the final session leaving more than two days of batting available for Sri Lanka. However, no team has ever scored more than 418 in a successful fourth innings run chase. (ALSO READ: With eighth Test hundred, Tom Latham becomes second most successful New Zealand opener)

Along with the centuries by Latham and Nicholls, there were half-centuries from Jeet Raval (74) and Colin de Grandhomme (71*)  with de Grandhomme’s coming off a New Zealand record 28 deliveries.

The highest fourth-innings score in the modern era is New Zealand’s 451 chasing 550 against England in 2002, while England scored 654/5 after being set a target of 696 by South Africa in 1939.