Sri Lanka 282 (Mathews 83, Dickwella 80*, Karunaratne 79, Southee 6-68) and 20 for 3 (Southee 2-7) trail New Zealand 578 (Latham 264*, Williamson 91, Taylor 50, Nicholls 50, Kumara 4-127) by 276 runs
Wellington: Tom Latham put any inquiries regarding his future in the New Zealand cricket group to bed with a lady twofold century as he adequately batted Sri Lanka out of the primary test on the third day at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
Latham completed 264 not out - a world's best for an opener helping their bat through a finished innings - as New Zealand were knocked down some pins out for 578, and holding a 296-run first innings lead, around a hour prior to stumps on the third day.
Tom Southee and Trent Boult then diminished the guests to 20 for three at stumps, with Kusal Mendis, who is on five, and Angelo Mathews (two) to return on Tuesday to check whether they can keep away from an innings misfortune inside four days.
In spite of the pace knocking down some pins firecrackers towards the finish of play, the third day had a place with the 26-year-old Latham.
The left-hander was fixation represented as he based on the century he finished on the Sunday and raised his twofold with a controlled push into the leg side for a solitary.
He promptly broke into a smile as he jogged through to finish the run and turn into the fifteenth New Zealand batsman to score a test twofold century and first since Ross Taylor scored 290 against Australia in Perth in November, 2015.
His score is the 6th most noteworthy for New Zealand, with Brendon McCullum's 302, on a similar ground against India in 2014, still the benchmark.
It was an appreciated return for Latham, whose put in the side while most likely not under genuine danger, had started to be addressed after a lean keep running of shape.
Since his only remaining century of 177 against Bangladesh in mid 2017 he has scored a sum of 488 keeps running in 19 innings at a normal of 27.11, right around 10 runs lower than his profession normal.
In that period he passed 50 only multiple times.
Latham assumed the stay job to a familiar Kane Williamson on Sunday and kept on aggregating on Monday as whatever remains of the lineup adopted a progressively forceful strategy.
Just BJ Watling from the main seven neglected to move on a tranquil pitch, with Taylor and Henry Nicholls both scoring 50, while Colin de Grandhomme hit three fours and three sixes in his 49.
Jeet Raval (43) and Williamson (91) were both dismissed on Sunday.