NZ vs SL: Ross Taylor props up New Zealand with unbeaten 53
The tourists slipped from 74-2 to 75-5 before skipper Ross Taylor (53 not out) and debutant Todd Astle (32 not out) took their team to 154-5 in their second innings at tea for an overall lead of 322 at the P Sara Oval here.
The pair added 79 for the unfinished sixth-wicket stand after Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath struck in quick succession in the afternoon.
Kulasekara had Kane Williamson (18) caught by Tharanga Paranavitana in the slips and then trapped Daniel Flynn leg-before with the last two balls of his eighth over.
Herath then struck with the second delivery of the next over, having Kruger van Wyk caught by Paranavitana at leg-slip for a duck for his second victim of the innings.
Herath also had Brendon McCullum stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene after the batsman had cracked seven fours in a brisk 43-ball 35.
Martin Guptill (11) was first to be dismissed, caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan on second attempt at gully off paceman Shaminda Eranga.
Tim Southee earlier finished with 5-62 for his third five-wicket haul in a Test innings and left-arm paceman Trent Boult with 4-42 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 244 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 412.
New Zealand needed just 7.4 overs of pace in the morning to claim
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