Chameera sparks collapse as NZ struggle to 133/5
Sri Lankan paceman Dushmantha Chameera took three wickets in 13 balls as NZ lurched to 133/5.
HAMILTON - Sri Lankan paceman Dushmantha Chameera sparked a top-order collapse shortly after lunch by taking three wickets in 13 balls as New Zealand lurched to 133/5 at tea on the second day of the second test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.
Chameera, the quickest bowler in the match, produced a fiery seven-over spell of short-pitched bowling at New Zealand's batsmen, two of whom fell into leg-side traps set by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.
Left arm-spinner Rangana Herath also managed to coax Martin Guptill, who had just made his 15th test half century, into a reckless heave and he was well caught by Mathews at first slip for 50.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who was caught at fine leg for 17 only to be called back for a no ball by Nuwan Pradeep, was then dismissed when he was caught by Kusal Mendis at silly point off Herath just before the break for 18.
Mitchell Santner was on 22, while BJ Watling was yet to score at the break with the hosts still 159 runs behind Sri Lanka's 292.
New Zealand had been well placed at 61-0 at lunch and proceeded to take 20 runs from the first two overs after the break before their innings fell apart thanks to some clever tactics.
Latham fell when he flicked a short Chameera delivery off his hip straight to Dimuth Karunaratne, who had been placed at leg gully specifically for the shot, for 28 to break the 81-run partnership with Guptill.
Kane Williamson (one) then gifted Chameera a second when he top-edged a bouncer to Suranga Lakmal, one of three players stationed on the leg side.
Chameera grabbed the third of his spell when he angled a short delivery across Ross Taylor (nought) and the ball caught his glove and went through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal to leave the hosts on 89 for four.
The visitors, who lost three late wickets for five runs on Friday before rain forced the players off with the score on 264 for seven, lost their final three within the space of eight runs on Saturday, sparked by the loss of Mathews.
Mathews, who resumed on 63, brought up 4,000 test runs with a single off Tim Southee from the second delivery of the day before being well caught for 77 by third slip Latham off the same bowler.