Live Updates

  • 6:06 PM IST
    The light isn’t good enough to carry on and that’s STUMPS on Day 3. Tom Latham the star with an unbeaten 111, as New Zealand inch closer to a lead, trail by 48 runs with 6 wickets remaining
  • 5:35 PM IST

    BOOM! 10th century in Tests for Tom Latham! If he can go on, New Zealand may get a good lead.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    WICKET! Dilruwan Perera to Henry Nicholls. out, OUT! Caught! The budding partnership has broken. Seems like the rain break got a bit of discrepancy in Nicholls’ concentration. Slower through the air on off, Nicholls has a push at it. The ball though turns away and kisses the outside edge of the bat. It goes to the right of first slip and once again it is Dhananjaya de Silva who takes the catch.

  • 4:12 PM IST

    Dilruwan Perera to Tom Latham. no run, Appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Floated delivery around off, Latham gets down on one knee and tries to sweep. He misses and the ball hits him on the pads. There is a huge appeal but the umpire is unmoved. They do not take the review as Perera feels it is missing off. Good decision as the Hawk Eye later on confirms that to be true.

  • 2:34 PM IST

    Lasith Embuldeniya to Ross Taylor. out, OUT c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya. New Zealand have lost their third wicket.

  • 2:15 PM IST

    Dilruwan Perera to Tom Latham. 1 run, Flighted delivery on middle, Latham flicks it towards square leg for a single. 30 runs for Tom Latham

  • 2:15 PM IST
    Lahiru Kumara to Kane Williamson. out, OUT! Caught! Williamson departs against the run of play here. Big blow for the Kiwis. Good length ball outside off, Williamson tries to play his trademark tap towards the third man region. He ends up hitting it straight to second slip who was just a tad wide. Kusal Mendis there takes a very good catch. Smart captaincy this from Karunaratne. Sri Lanka on top here.
  • 1:06 PM IST

    Dilruwan Perera to Kane Williamson. FOUR, FOUR! Poor ball and rightfully punished. It is short on the body from Dilruwan. Williamson transfers the weight onto his back foot and swipes it away through square leg for a boundary.

  • 1:06 PM IST

    Skipper, Kane Williamson walks out at number 3. He did not have a good 1st Test but his side needs him to perform here.

  • 1:05 PM IST

    Dilruwan Perera to Jeet Raval. out, OUT! Caught! Early blow for New Zealand. Jeet Raval goes out without troubling the scorers. Flighted delivery on off, it is an off spinner and slower through the air. Raval misreads this as he lunges forward to defend. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to first slip. Dhananjaya de Silva there takes a simple catch. A good welcome back to national fold for Diruwan.

  • 12:15 PM IST

    New Zealand’s bowling was taken aback by the counter-attacking approach by the Lankan batsmen and would feel they gave away at least 20 runs more. Boult, Southee and Ajaz Patel were the bowler’s used today and all of them managed to get a minimum of a wicket

  • 12:15 PM IST

    The morning session belonged to just one man. DHANANJAYA DE SILVA! He has completely turned the game on it’s head. Starting the day with the Sri Lankan scorecard reading 144/6. It looked like 200 would be an achievement for them but Dhananjaya de Silva had other ideas. Having lost Dilruwan Perera early, de Silva fought with the tail, batted smartly too. First he added 43 with Lakmal, then a small 10-run stand and then a vital 20-run stand to take the Sri Lankan total close to 250 and getting his 5th Test fifty in the process.

  • 12:15 PM IST

    New Zealand have managed to face out the tricky part before Lunch and go into the break with all 10-wickets intact.

  • 11:53 AM IST

    Trent Boult to Dhananjaya De Silva. out, OUT! Bowled! End of a faboulous knock. Slower ball on a length, Dhananjaya swings his bat at it. He was going for a big heave but misses. The ball crashes onto the middle stump. Maybe that was the indication from the skipper from the dressing room and hence this shit came out.

  • 11:13 AM IST

    Tim Southee to Suranga Lakmal. out, OUT! Caught! The short ball has done the trick. Excellent catch from Watling. Good aggression from Southee. He bangs another one short around the body. Lakmal looks to defend but ends up gloving it to the right of Watling. BJ was wrong footed but he corrects himself and dives on that side and takes a very good catch. The 43-run stand is broken. A crucial stand this and one must credit Lakmal for his fight. He made the Kiwis toil hard for his wicket.

  • 11:00 AM IST

    That’s 200 up for Sri Lanka as well

  • 10:59 AM IST

    Trent Boult to Dhananjaya De Silva. FOUR, EDGED AND FOUR! Lady Luck is with Dhananjaya de Silva here. Full ball outside off, de Silva looks to play it on the off side but ends up getting a big inside edge. The ball misses the stumps and goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Any other day that might have gone on to chop the stumps but not today.

  • 10:38 AM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Dilruwan Perera. out, OUT! LBW! Umpire’s call it is and Dilruwan has to walk back. Excellent ball this! Short and quick on off, Dilruwan expects it to spin and so he goes onto his back foot tom play it on the off side. The ball though keeps straight and skids of the surface. Perera misses his shot and gets hit on the pad. Huge appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. Dilruwan has a chat with Dhananjaya. After a brief chat, he opts to take it upstairs. Replays roll in and Hawk Eye shows that the ball would have gone on to clip the stumps. Dilruwan walks back but does not take the review with him.

  • 10:12 AM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Dhananjaya De Silva. 1 run, FIFTY FOR DHANANJAYA DE SILVA! His 6th in Test cricket. This has been a very fine knock from the young lad. He got a life early on, when Boult dropped him and he has made the full use of it. Shorter on off, de Silva punches it towards point and gets to the other end to get to his milestone.

  • 10:12 AM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Dhananjaya De Silva. FOUR, FOUR! Nicely played! Brings up the 150 for Sri Lanka. Slightly wide and touch short outside off. Dhananjaya waits and then runs it down to third man with the spin through the vacant third man region for a boundary. The timing on that shot was pure. First runs for de Silva today.

  • 10:11 AM IST

    Kyle Mills is down with the pitch report. Mills reminds us only 66 overs have been bowled and hence the pitch is relatively new. Informs the curator has not been able to work on the pitch as it has been under cover. Further adds that due to this reason the footmarks are still fresh. Mills thinks as the game progresses, the spinners will come more into play.

  • 10:11 AM IST

    We are all set for the start of Day 3. The New Zealand players are in a huddle before they take their positions in the field. Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva walk out to resume their innings. Ajaz Patel to bowl the first over of the day.

LIVE: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 3: Tom Latham’s 10th century puts New Zealand ahead

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, SL vs NZ 2nd Test, Day 3, live score at Colombo

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at P Sara Oval, Colombo on Saturday.

SL vs NZ Day 2 recap

Trent Boult and Tim Southee led New Zealand‘s charge against Sri Lanka on day two of the rain-hit second Test in Colombo on Friday. The pacemen claimed two wickets each as Sri Lanka reached 144 for six at lunch when rain came down and no further play was possible.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne moved from his overnight 49 to score 65 and provided the only bit of resistance in the morning session, which saw 29.3 overs bowled. Boult took two early wickets in one over after Sri Lanka resumed the day at 85 for two.

Dhanajaya de Silva on 32 and Dilruwan Perera on five were at the crease. Southee, like Boult, also delivered a double-wicket maiden as the duo put on a superb display of seam bowling under overcast conditions.

Boult got overnight batsman Angelo Mathews caught behind for two to reach a landmark of 250 Test wickets — only the third Kiwi bowler to achieve the feat. He trapped Kusal Perera lbw for nought after just three balls as Sri Lanka slipped to 93-4 and would have been in further trouble had Boult held on to a simple catch from de Silva off his own bowling a few overs later.

(Also Read: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Trent Boult third Kiwi bowler to 250 Test wickets, second-fastest after Richard Hadlee)

Karunaratne also got a lifeline on 61 when Kane Williamson could not grab a tough chance at short mid-wicket off Ajaz Patel. But the left-hander, who completed his 23rd Test fifty after resuming the day on 49, soon fell, caught behind off Southee for 65.

Southee struck again in the same over to send Niroshan Dickwella trudging back to the pavilion for nought. Perera then played out the rest of the session with de Silva.

Medium-pace bowler Colin de Grandhomme and spinner William Somerville took a wicket each on the opening day after Sri Lanka elected to bat first.

Weather permitting, extended playing time is planned for the third day after two days of continuous rain interruptions in the Sri Lankan capital.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.