Watling, De Grandhomme put New Zealand ahead in second Test

Colombo, Aug 25:
Contrasting half-centuries from B.J. Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand lead by 138 runs in their first innings against Sri Lanka on day four of the rain-hit second Test today.
Only 48 of the scheduled 98 overs were possible as New Zealand reached 382 for five at stumps. The tourists resumed the day on 196-4. The first session was washed out by rain and a wet outfield at Colombo’s P. Sara Oval.
De Grandhomme scored 83 in an unbeaten 113-run stand for the sixth wicket with Watling, who finished the day on 81.
Watling also played the supporting role in an earlier partnership of 143 with Tom Latham, who hit 154.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera broke the marathon stand after trapping Latham leg before on a delivery that pitched and hurried on to the batsman’s pad.
Latham, who started the day on 111, registered his fifth 150-plus score in Tests. His career-best 264 not out also came against Sri Lanka in Wellington last year.
No. 7 De Grandhomme attacked hitting the home bowlers around the ground, smashing five fours and five sixes.(Agencies)