Herath takes six but Lanka batsmen fail to capitalise
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Sri Lanka slumped to 43 for three wickets in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 412 at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test on Monday. After left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took 6-103 to end New Zealand's innings 15 minutes after tea at P. Sara Oval, Sri Lanka's top order struggled under overcast conditions against the new ball.
Tim Southee struck twice in his second over by dismissing former captains Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara. The total became 12/3 when captain Mahela Jayawardene edged a ball from Trent Boult to Kane Williamson.
Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera is injured after splitting the webbing between the middle and ring finger on his right hand while attempting a catch.
Earlier in the morning, Herath bowled superbly to help Sri Lanka bowl out New Zealand. The left-arm spinner, who took 11 wickets in the first Test as Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets in Galle, troubled the New Zealand batsmen again with his control, variety and flight.
Kane Williamson joined captain Ross Taylor as the second century-maker for New Zealand with a boundary off Shaminda Eranga. He went on to post his career-best 135 before being trapped leg before wicket by Rangana Herath.
Herath also dismissed Taylor when the batsman mistimed a sweep shot and was out leg before wicket. Taylor made 142 and was involved in a 262-run stand with Williamson, a record for New Zealand in Sri Lanka for any wicket.
Brief scores: New Zealand 412 (R Taylor 142, K Williamson 135; Herath 6/103) vs Sri Lanka 43/3 (A Mathews 20 not out; Southee 2/16).
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