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Kiwis sent spinning towards Sri Lanka defeat

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  • New Zealand slump to 182-6 in pursuit of 494 to save Test series in Sri Lanka
  • Tourists still need 312 to win second Test with a day to play in Colombo
  • Spinner Rangana Herath takes four wickets in the Kiwis's second innings
  • Kumar Sangakkara earlier made 109 and Mahela Jayawardene 96 for home side
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(CNN) -- Sri Lanka closed on a 2-0 series victory against New Zealand as spinner Rangana Herath left the tourists reeling at 182-6 in pursuit of 494 for victory at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo.

Rangana Herath, left, and Chamara Kapugedara celebrate after the dismissal of New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder.

Rangana Herath, left, and Chamara Kapugedara celebrate after the dismissal of New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder.

Herath claimed figures of 4-73 as the home side again dominated on Saturday, having declared their second innings on 311-5 as captain Kumar Sangakkara made a splendid 109 and Mahela Jayawardene contributed 96.

After Dammika Prasad dismissed opener Tim McIntosh cheaply for the second time in the match, Herath too center stage as he took the next four wickets to fall -- Martin Guptill for 28, first-innings top scorer Ross Taylor (27), Daniel Flynn (50) and Jesse Ryder (38).

Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who like Herath took three wickets in New Zealand's first innings of 234, then bowled the dangerous Brendon McCullum for 13 to take his world-record Test tally to 781 victims.

McCullum was earlier dropped in the deep by Thilan Thushara in the same over that Herath trapped Flynn leg before wicket, but didn't last long as he dragged a ball from Muralitharan back onto his stumps.

Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori was unbeaten on five along with fellow all-rounder Jacob Oram (7) at the close of play with New Zealand still needing a further 312 to secure what would be a world record final-innings run chase.

Sri Lanka had resumed the day on 157-2 with Sangakkara on 64 and Jayawardene on 23.

Jayawardene hit off-spinner Jeetan Patel for six in the first over of the day and Sangakkara cracked successive boundaries off Jesse Ryder to reach his 20th Test ton.

However, their 173-run partnership was ended when he charged down the track to Patel and was caught by Taylor off an outside edge.

Jayawardene made it to 90 at lunch but fell four runs short of his 27th Test century when he edged seamer Iain O'Brien to Taylor after the second new ball was taken, and Sangakkara immediately called the declaration.

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