12 Dec 2015

NZ in charge at University Oval

6:10 pm on 12 December 2015

The New Zealand men's cricketers are in total control of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin following a windy third day at University Oval.

The Black Caps reached stumps at 171 for one in their second innings, for a big lead of 308 runs.

The hosts bowled Sri Lanka out for 294 after lunch and reached tea at 29 without loss, though opening batsman Martin Guptill was bowled by Rangana Herath for 46 shortly afterwards.

Tom Latham will resume in the morning on 72 with Kane Williamson on 48.

See how day three unfolded here

Tom Latham in action on day three of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Saturday 12 December 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Tom Latham in action on day three of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka Photo: Photosport

The tourists resumed on 197 for four and their first innings ended about an hour after lunch, when they were 137 runs behind New Zealand.

The last three wickets fell after the break, when the tourists were 262 for seven.

Herath became New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner's second wicket, the spinner caught for 15, then Dushmantha Chameera was snared by Trent Boult for 14.

Dinesh Chandimal batting for Sri Lanka during day 2 of the 1st cricket test at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dinesh Chandimal batting for Sri Lanka during day 2 of the 1st cricket test at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Nuwan Pradeep was the last wicket to go, all-rounder Mitchell Santner claiming him caught behind for just three.

Three wickets fell in the morning for 65 runs, including key batsman Dinesh Chandimal for 83.

Kithuruwan Vithanage went for 22 and Milinda Siriwardana for 35.

Trent Boult takes a catch to dismiss Rangana Herath on day three of the first cricket Test vs Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin, 12 December 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Trent Boult takes a catch to dismiss Rangana Herath Photo: Photosport

Resuming on 197 for four, the tourists first lost the prize wicket of Chandimal, who led Friday's resistance but couldn't improve on his overnight score of 83.

He was caught by a diving Martin Guptill in the slips off paceman Tim Southee.

Martin Guptill and team-mates celebrate the dismissal of Chandimal during day 3 of the 1st cricket test match between New Zealand Black Caps and Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Saturday 12 December 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Martin Guptill and team-mates celebrate the dismissal of Chandimal Photo: Photosport

Southee then bagged his second scalp of the day when he had Vithanage caught behind by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Wagner got in on the action, snaring Siriwardana to a catch at first slip by Ross Taylor.

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