New Zealand's captain Ross Taylor (R) celebrates with
compatriot Tim Southee after taking the wicket of Sri
Lanka's Tharanga Paranavitana during the third day of the
second and final test cricket match in Colombo. Photo by
Tim Southee nabbed two wickets late in the first session
as New Zealand took further control of the second test match
against Sri Lanka in Colombo today.
The home side began day three at 43-3 in reply to New
Zealand's first-innings total of 412 and edged past 100
before Southee struck twice in quick time.
Southee dislodged opener Tharanga Paranavitana for 40 when he
was caught behind by Kruger van Wyk. Angelo Mathews was next
to go for 47 as Martin Guptill produced a stunning one-handed
catch in the slips to give Southee his fourth scalp of the
Jeetan Patel looked to have Prasanna Jayawardene stumped
following some sharp work from van Wyk, but despite countless
replays the third umpire couldn't see enough evidence to send
the Sri Lanka No 7 on his way and he was given not out.
Sri Lanka closed the session at 107-5 with Thilan Samaraweera
and Jayawardene unbeaten at the crease on zero and four
The home side need another 106 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Southee, who has been in good form recently after he took
4-46 in the first innings of the first test last week, went
to lunch with figures of 4-35 next to his name.