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Kiwis hold upper hand

COLOMBO – New Zealand have taken control of the second Test against Sri Lanka, reducing the hosts to 43 for 3 after achieving a first innings total of 412 on day two in Colombo today.

Resuming on 212 for 2, Ross Taylor†was eventually removed for 142 as the tourists added another 200 runs for the remaining eight wickets to their total.

Sri Lanka made a slow start in their first innings with Tim Southee claiming the wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara while captain Mahela Jayawardene fell for four runs, leaving the hosts 369 runs behind with seven wickets remaining.

Kane Williamson (135), who had already added more than 200 for the third wicket with Taylor by the time play ended on Sunday, needed nearly seven overs to get the five runs he needed to join his partner on three figures, doing so with an edge through third man.

Taylor perished via an ill-advised sweep shot off Rangana Herath, ending the partnership at 262. Williamson cracked two fours off Tillakaratne Dilshan, but he departed the next over in similar fashion, again the sweep shot proving a poor choice.

Daniel Flynn (53) and Doug Bracewell (24) shared a 46-run stand for the seventh wicket before the latter, on 24, heaved a Suraj Randiv delivery straight to Herath at deep mid-wicket. Jeetan Patel chipped in with an unbeaten 25.

Herath finished with figures of 6-103.

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