Tim Southee took dual wickets as New Zealand tightened a screws on Sri Lanka on a fourth day of a initial Test Sunday, though sleet threatened to derail their feat hopes.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum set a theatre for a tantalising finish during Dunedin’s University Oval with a sporting stipulation that offering Sri Lanka some-more than 5 sessions to strech a 405-run target.
But a tourists’ response was disrupted by 3 stoppages as southerly squalls swept opposite a ground. Further showers are foresee for a final day.
At stumps on day four, with an hour’s play mislaid since of a weather, Sri Lanka were 109 for three, requiring a serve 296 runs.
Dinesh Chandimal is not out 31 and captain Angelo Mathews has nonetheless to face.
Sri Lanka maestro Rangana Herath, 37, pronounced they indispensable a span to bat by a initial event on Monday to save a Test.
“If they can get a good 80-100 runs partnership it’s still equal,” he said.
With Sri Lanka going by a rebuilding phase, Herath pronounced it was critical to build certainty before a second Test in Hamilton.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s winning or losing or even with a pull we need a certain mindset going to Hamilton.
“We need to play a code of certain cricket. I’m certain Angelo and Chandimal will do that.”
New Zealand century-maker Tom Latham pronounced a conditions meant it would not be easy to hang adult a Sri Lankan innings.
“We are going to have to positively work tough for a wickets,” he said, adding time was on their side.
“If we can usually keep building a dots from both ends and keep formulating adequate vigour and take a catches afterwards we positively are going to give ourselves a good possibility during a behind end.”
Sri Lanka’s tip fourth-innings follow is 352-9 opposite South Africa in 2006 and a tip by any side in New Zealand is 348-5 by a West Indies in 1969.
McCullum announced New Zealand’s second innings during 267-3 to go with their 137-run initial innings advantage.
Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis set about building a substructure reaching 54 in a 27th over when New Zealand struck twice.
– Watling record -Southee had Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s tip scorer in a initial innings, hold behind for 29 and 10 runs after debutant Udara Jayasundera fell to Neil Wagner for 3.
Mendis, in usually his second Test, persevered for 150 deliveries and benefited from forsaken catches on 13 and 25 before he was hold behind off Southee for 46 with a measure on 109 usually as a accost charge brought play to a hindrance for a third and final time.
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The exclusion of Mendis gave wicketkeeper BJ Watling a New Zealand record ninth locate for a Test.
With 7 wickets left he has a possibility to strech a Test record of 11 jointly hold by England’s Jack Russell and South African AB de Villiers.
After New Zealand resumed a day during 171-1, McCullum called an finish to a innings after he belted his second 6 to equal a record for a series of sixes strike in Tests.
It took his sum to 100, fasten Australia’s Adam Gilchrist as a many inclusive range busters in Test history.
McCullum was 17 not out when he declared, with a 23-year-old opener Latham dominant on 109, carrying notched adult his third Test century.
Kane Williamson, who reached his half century with a second round of a morning, was out for 71.
Latham offering dual chances that were not taken and had a nerve-wracking wait on 99 when Sri Lanka challenged a deserted lbw appeal.
Several replays valid vague and a Sri Lankans were not helped by a ball-tracker record not working.