14 Dec 2015

Latham has confidence in his bowlers

12:19 pm on 14 December 2015

Opening batsman Tom Latham believes there is still enough in the wicket for the New Zealand bowlers heading into the final day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.

The Black Caps' bowler Tim Southee rues a missed chance.

Black Caps bowler Tim Southee Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The tourists will resume on 109 for three in their second innings, chasing another 296 runs for victory.

Latham, who scored his third Test century yesterday, was confident the bowlers have something to work with.

"Reasonably flat wicket, you know we're going to have to certainly work hard for our wickets but there's a little bit of uneven bounce now which is certainly positive for our bowlers so you know if we can hit the right area long enough then hopefully we can extract something out of the wicket."

University Oval was battered briefly yesterday by a burst of rain and hail showers, which forced an early end to the day and the odd shower is forecast for today.

The New Zealand cricketers will be hoping there's no more than just the odd shower which has been forecast for the final day.

Sri Lanka will have 98 overs available to them, while the Black Caps' success hinges on them picking up seven wickets.

Latham says the match is set up nicely.

"I think you know the first innings our bowlers did a fantastic job and have been doing a great job today so I think if we can come out and do the same thing tomorrow [Monday] then hopefully we can you know take some early ones."

Day four was notable for the New Zealand record-equalling nine catches taken by Black Caps wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who matched his own record in a test against India last year.

He shares the record with skipper Brendon McCullum who took nine catches against Pakistan in 2009.

McCullum also grabbed a share of another Test match record by achieving 100 career sixes, tying him with the former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

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