New Zealand will start the final day of the second Test leading by 138 with five wickets intact as they chase a series-levelling win.
New Zealand trail Sri Lanka by 48 runs with two days remaining after Tom Latham made a brilliant unbeaten century.
Sri Lanka have left out some high-profile names for their three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand in September.
Trent Boult took his 250th Test wicket as he and Tim Southee did the damage for New Zealand on day two of their clash with Sri Lanka.
New Zealand removed Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne but had no answer to Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
New Zealand are "in a good place" despite their six-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test of the series, says BJ Watling.
Both Kane Williamson and Akila Dananjaya are to be tested after possible illegal bowling actions were flagged in the first Test.
Dimuth Karunaratne ended his wait for a ninth Test century as he hit 122 in Sri Lanka's six-wicket victory over New Zealand.
Sri Lanka had victory in sight by stumps on day four as their record-setting openers starred in the first Test against New Zealand.
New Zealand will be looking for BJ Watling to stretch New Zealand's lead beyond 200 when they resume on day four.