New Zealand A have a challenging day ahead of them in their second four-day clash with Sri Lanka A in Dambulla.
After Sri Lanka A declared their first innings at 555 for nine, New Zealand A reached 224 for four at stumps on the second day.
There were unbeaten half centuries for Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi who had shared an 84-run stand for the fifth wicket.
New Zealand were in some difficulty at 140 for four after Daryl Mitchell and Colin Munro were out for 0 and seven respectively in consecutive overs.
Earlier Sri Lanka A piled on the runs, adding 195 in 38 overs from their overnight score. Kaushal de Silva pushed on to 193 while Kithurwan Vithanage hit 116.
No New Zealand bowlers made a significant impact, with five each taking one wicket.
Scores: Sri Lanka A 555-9 dec (K. Silva 193, K. Vithanage 116; C. Cachopa 1-30, D. Mitchell 1-25, A. Devcich 1-59) New Zealand A 224-4 (T. Latham 77 not out, L. Ronchi 60 not out, Devcich 39, Cachopa 38; A. Priyanjan 2-18)