Latham keeps Sri Lanka at bay in Dunedin

New Zealand

New Zealand are in a strong position at stumps on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, leading by 308 runs after reaching 171 for one at the close.

Opener Tom Latham was unbeaten on 72 while Kane Williamson was 48 not out as they put the Black Caps in a position to dictate the game on the final two days as Martin Guptill was only Kiwi wicket to fall in the second innings, for 46.

Latham and Williamson will resume on the penultimate day looking to add to their partnership of 92 after Latham and Guptill put on 79 for the first wicket.

Sri Lanka resumed the third day on 197 for four, still a deficit of 234 runs, after the Kiwis racked up a total of 431 all out in ther first dig at the crease.

The Asian side had Dinesh Chandimal unbeaten on 83, but the wicketkeeper did not add to his overnight score as Tim Southee had him caught in the slips.

Milinda Siriwardana, batting at number seven, added 35 as the tourists were bowled out for 294 to concede a lead of lead of 297 to the hosts.

Southee and left-arm paceman took three wickets each while Trent Boult and spinner Mitchell Santner chipped in with two scalps in what was a disciplined performnce from the Kiwi bowling attack.