Live Updates

  • 5:30 PM IST

    The rain has relented and the players are back in the middle, Watling and Colin de Grandhomme bring up their 100-run partnership and as New Zealand continue to stretch their lead. 107 overs gone and New Zealand are 373 for 5.

  • 5:00 PM IST

    Rain is back and the players rush back to their respective dressing rooms. New Zealand 358/5, lead by 114 runs on Day 4

  • 4:35 PM IST

    Colin de Grandhomme has just taken Lasith Embuldeniya to the cleaners to bring up a quickfire half-century. He belted two sixes and a four in it and has moved to 55 off 46. Score 340/5, lead by 96 runs

  • 4:06 PM IST

    Play resumes for the final session. And Colin de Grandhomme brings up the 300 for New Zealand with a boundary off Lasith Embuldeniya

  • 3:47 PM IST

    TEA has been taken in Colombo. This has been New Zealand’s session. Sri Lanka did manage to get rid of Tom Latham but no other success for them. The Kiwis have scored 99 runs in this session and are looking solid. With the lead now 51 and New Zealand desperately looking for a win. It will be interesting to see what Williamson does after the break. Sri Lanka need to find a way to pick up wickets and also stop the run flow which is slowly gathering pace. What do we have in store for the final session of Day 4? Join us after the break to find out.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    WICKET! Sri Lanka have finally broken through the defenses of Tom Latham who has been given out lbw off Dilruwan Perera. Lathan called for the review but the one-field decision stayed. He scored 154 off 251 with 15 fours.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    So with a quick single, New Zealand have taken the lead. Score 245/4, lead by 1 run

  • 2:11 PM IST

    100-run partnership between Tom Latham and BJ Watling now for the fifth wicket. New Zealand 226/4, trail Sri Lanka by 18 runs

  • 1:41 PM IST

    Play gets underway and with a boundary, Tom Latham brings up the 200 runs for New Zealand

  • 1:35 PM IST

    So finally some good news – play is set to resume shorty – 1:40 pm and 57 overs of play to be had today.

  • 12:40 PM IST

    Weather update: The rain has finally stopped, it’s much much brighter right now.

  • 11:39 AM IST

    LUNCH TAKEN and rain has returned

  • 11:38 AM IST

    So there was some hope of play starting soon in Colombo but it won’t be before 1 pm as it will take some time for the groundstaff to prepare the ground. But there’s more bad news – at the same time, there’s forecast of rain.

  • 10:36 AM IST

    UPDATE: New Zealand Cricket have tweeted this on their official account: “Progress. The team is about to leave for P Sara Stadium as the rain has stopped. Will take a couple of hours to prepare the ground for play.”

  • 9:36 AM IST

    So not a good news to start the day. It is raining down steadily and we are up for another delayed start. Rain continues to dominate this Test and is now leading by a comfortable margin.

LIVE: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 4: Watling, Colin de Grandhomme swell lead

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, SL vs NZ 2nd Test, Day 4, live score at Colombo

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

SL vs NZ Day 3 Recap

A sparkling century by Tom Latham powered New Zealand‘s first innings reply after Sri Lanka posted 244 on day three of the rain-hit second Test in Colombo on Saturday. Latham, on 111, put together an unbeaten 70-run stand with BJ Watling, on 25, to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling attack that had made early inroads into the Kiwi batting.

The tourists were 196 for four at stumps, still trailing Sri Lanka by 48 runs. Earlier Dhananjaya de Silva made 109 to lift Sri Lanka after they resumed the day on 144 for six following their decision to bat first.

But Latham made the day his own as he registered his 10th Test hundred — fourth against Sri Lanka — to hold the New Zealand innings after they lost key wickets including skipper Kane Williamson for 20.

Latham combined the right dose of caution and aggression as he hit 10 boundaries in his 184-ball stay at the wicket so far. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera opened the bowling for Sri Lanka and claimed two wickets, dismissing opener Jeet Raval, for nought, and Henry Nicholls, for 15.

Paceman Suranga Lakmal sent Williamson trudging back to the pavilion after the batsman edged an away-going delivery to be caught at second slip. Latham and Ross Taylor, who made 23, tried to steady the innings by putting together 50 runs before left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya broke the partnership.

Embuldeniya drew Taylor out of his crease only for the batsman to edge the ball to slip. Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella had to leave the field after damaging the little finger of his left hand while attempting a catch off a Kumara delivery.

In the morning session, De Silva moved from his overnight 32 to complete his fifth Test century.

Kiwi quick Tim Southee took four wickets while pace partner Trent Boult got three. De Silva, who was dropped on nine by paceman Boult off his own bowling on day two, put on crucial partnerships including a 43-run stand for the eighth wicket with Suranga Lakmal.

The middle-order batsman, who hit 16 fours and two sixes in his 148-ball stay, reached his century with a boundary to third man off Southee as he raised his bat to the applauding dressing room.

After the first two days were affected by rain, the third day’s play witnessed 90 overs despite a 28 minute delay due to rain in the final session.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0.