1st Test: Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews battle for Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis played himself to 65 by lunch on day four. ©AFP

The pair of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews batted Sri Lanka  through a wicketless morning session at the Basin Reserve, taking the score to 122/3 by lunch on day four.

New Zealand had the visitors on the mat at 20/3 on Monday after Tom Latham’s unbeaten 264 helped them to a lead of 296, but the fourth-wicket pair applied themselves admirably on Tuesday.

Mendis is batting on 65 and Mathews 35 with Sri Lanka behind by 174 runs.

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Under sunny skies, the overnight batsmen left well and judged which shots to play, crucially surviving the short-ball attack from Neil Wagner. Neither shied away from playing his shots against left-armer Wagner, who was hit for five fours in three overs: two to Mendis and three to Mathews in one over. Wagner conceded 35 runs in four overs before being removed from the attack.

As the wind in Wellington picked up, lunch was taken. Sri Lanka scored 99 runs in the session, from 28 overs.

Lunch: Sri Lanka 282 & 122/3 (Kusal Mendis 65*) trail New Zealand 578 by 174 runs.