Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, second Test match at Colombo

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor continues from an unbeaten overnight century on Day Two at Colombo AFP

Colombo: Nov 25, 2012

New Zealand will start Day Two of the Colombo Test with an overnight score of 223 for two as Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson put on a solid partnership of 209 at the close of play.

Ross Taylor hit a solid century as New Zealand recovered from early blows to post a healthy 223-2 on the opening day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The tourists were struggling at 14-2 in the fourth over before skipper Taylor (119 not out) and Kane Williamson (95 not out) propped up the innings with an unfinished 209-run stand for the third wicket at the P. Sara Oval.

Taylor completed his eighth Test hundred, and his first against Sri Lanka, in the last session when he flicked seamer Shaminda Eranga to deep square-leg for two.

Williamson provided valuable support and looked set to complete his third Test century when play was called off due to rain, with more than nine overs remaining in the day.

New Zealand, shot out for 221 and 118 during their 10-wicket defeat in the opening Test in Galle, staged a more determined performance this time and Taylor led from the front.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 223 for 2 (Ross Taylor 119*, Kane Williamson 95* ; Nuwan Kulasekara 1 for 42) vs Sri Lanka.

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