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Tom Latham's 264 gives New Zealand massive lead

17 Dec 2018, 14:52 GMT+10

Innings New Zealand 578 (Latham 264*, Williamson 91, Taylor 50, Nicholls 50, Kumara 4-127) lead Sri Lanka 282 by 296 runs

In six Tests at the Basin Reserve, Sri Lanka have been at the receiving end of four double-hundreds. Martin Crowe, Lou Vincent and Kane Williamson had done it before, and on Monday it was Tom Latham's turn. Having gone past 200 for the first time in his Test career, he went on to finish on an unbeaten 264, becoming the first New Zealand batsman since Glenn Turner in 1972 to carry his bat through a completed Test innings.

Latham's efforts earned New Zealand a 296-run lead and set them up to push for an innings win.

Sri Lanka's first task will be to minimise any damage as they negotiate the last 13 overs of day three. Their only sources of succour at the moment must be the forecast of rain on day five, and the pitch, which has flattened out considerably since the first morning.

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