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Williamson has Kiwis on brink of victory

Kane Williamson had New Zealand on the brink of victory after a spectacular Sri Lanka collapse on the third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand were 142-5 at the close of play, requiring a further 47 runs to claim the Test and sweep the series.

Shortly before lunch on the third day their hopes of a win seemed remote with Sri Lanka 126 runs ahead and with all second innings wickets in hand.

But the tourists’ fortunes swung from commanding to catastrophic when the 10 wickets fell for 62.

New Zealand went from being 55 behind on the first innings to chasing a target of 189 to win.

Williamson was not out on 78 at stumps, in sight of his 13th Test century with BJ Watling yet to score. If there was a bright spot for Sri Lanka it was the emergence of Dushmantha Chameera as a genuine wicket taker, taking four for 45 in New Zealand’s second innings to give him nine wickets so far for the match.

Openers Tom Latham and Martin Guptill fell cheaply as Chameera had New Zealand at 11-2 before Williamson and Ross Taylor (35) revived the innings with 67 for the third wicket.

Brendon McCullum (18) followed Taylor to the crease for a fourth wicket stand of 52. On a firm pitch offering good bounce, 16 wickets fell on the day after Trent Boult was the last New Zealand first innings dismissal on the sixth ball of the morning. 

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