Neil Wagner claimed three wickets that triggered a mega collapse for the sri Lankan middle-order © Getty Images
Neil Wagner claimed three wickets that triggered a mega collapse for the sri Lankan middle-order © Getty Images

New Zealand are just 156 runs away from a series win against Sri Lanka on Day 3 of the second of the three-match Test series at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. They are currently two wickets down with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor on the pitch, while Dushmantha Chameera claimed both the wickets. Earlier, Sri Lanka began their post-lunch innings at the score of 85 for the loss of three. However, with just couple added to the total, it was Kusal Mendis, who fell for a healthy 46 to Tim Southee, and was soon followed by the skipper Angelo Mathews for just a couple at the scofre of 110. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test at Hamilton

The middle order batsmen seemed to be absolutely shaky as they were unable to put up any strong partnership and wickets kept falling at regular intervals. At the score of 123, it was Milinda Siriwardana and Rangana Herath, who were dismissed for 26 and duck, respectively. With just eight runs added to the total, it was Kithuruvan Vitange who fell for mere nine to Wagner, followed final copuple of batsmen in the form of Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep for a couple andf duck, respectively, as Sri Lanka were bundled for paltry 133, despitew following a good start, thus setting a target of 189 for the Kiwis to win this tie. Live Cricket Blog: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test at Hamilton

As the Kiwis came out to bat their final innings, they too were shaky, losing their openers in the form of Tom Latham and Martin Guptill for cheap four and single, respectively as it was Chameera who claimed them both. However, it was the pair of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, who batted it out till the tea break as they are still 156 run away from the win.

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Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 292 and 133 (Kusal Mendis 46, Dimuth Karunaratne 27; Tim Southee 4 for 26) lead New Zealand 237 and 33 for 2 (Ross Taylor 18 (23); Dushmantha Chameera 2 for 13) by 156 runs.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)