Latham slams century, puts NZ on course to take lead

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New Zealand were 382 for five when stumps were called on a day when only 48 overs of play was possible and the full first session was lost to rain.

New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.

In another setback for Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne did not take the field at all out due to a small tear in his quadriceps, picked up while fielding on Saturday.

Watling, who started the day on 25, has played a patient knock during his 208-ball stay.

"Have you ever heard of a funnier, more farcical points-scoring system, in any walk of life?", the Telegraph's Scyld Berry wrote after Sri Lanka earned 60 points for a win over New Zealand in the first test while England and Australia split eight each for a draw at Lord's last week. As a result, Karunaratne will also not be able to bat higher than No.7 in the second innings. Latham, who started the day on 111, registered his fifth 150-plus score in Tests. "It's just that having different options to different bowlers". Had Mathews, at second slip, reacted quicker though and risen up in time, the ball would have been at catchable height for him.

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Ajaz Patel switched ends and came on from the Air Force Flats side, and as Dickwella shaped to play the sweep shot, Latham at short leg moved to his left and positioned himself in the flawless place to snap up the chance. The duo added 50 runs before the former was sent to pavilion by pacer Colin de Grandhomme.

Earlier De Silva moved from his overnight 32 to 109 after Sri Lanka resumed their first innings on 144 for six. "Stick to low percentage of shots for certain bowlers and use the feet and play the sweep shot often". He reviewed the decision unsuccessfully.

De Grandhomme started briskly enough, but picked up the pace significantly after the tea break.

Grandhomme continued to play with his attacking mindset and hammered two sixes and a boundary in Lasith Embuldeniya's over to complete his half-century off just 45 deliveries.

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