Cricket: NZ suffer batting collapse

New Zealand have suffered a huge batting collapse during the opening session of day three in their test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The Kiwis began the morning on 35-1 but a steady precession of wickets fell and the visitors have gone to lunch at 97-8, only 70 runs ahead with two second innings wickets in hand.

Rangana Herath was again the main wicket-taker as he claimed 5-36, which followed up his first innings haul of 5-65, as New Zealand struggled to cope with the left-arm spinner.

Daniel Flynn looked like he would lead a mini-revival but he was undone by Herath for 20, while Tim Southee swung the bat for a few boundaries before he was stumped for 16 from 14 balls.

New Zealand will begin the second session with Kruger van Wyk unbeaten on four, while Jeetan Patel is yet to score.