Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2015 Contents throughout the day: first they
surpassed the previous record
sixth-wicket partnership for New
Zealand against Sri Lanka: best-
ing the mark of 246 set 30 years
ago by Richard Hadlee and Jeff
Watling reached his century---
his third on the Basin Reserve---
from 270 balls as New Zealand
went to tea at 445-5, with a lead
of 310 and the match in safe-
Williamson was 190 not out
at the break and there were only
the matters of his double century
and the declaration remaining.
He quickly scored the three runs
he needed to surpass his previous
highest test score of 192 --- set
against Pakistan only two
months ago --- then reached his
200 from 394 balls.
McCullum declared at 5:10pm,
with 17 overs left in the day.
Dimuth Karunaratne and
Kaushal Silva put on 42 for Sri
Lanka s first wicket, batting in
darkening conditions, before
Karunaratne (17) scooped a catch
to Hamish Rutherford from the
bowling of Mark Craig.
To win, Sri Lanka would need
to better the record successful
run chase in the fourth innings
at Basin Reserve, which is 277.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 7, 2015
WELLINGTON---New Zealand s Kane
Williamson posted his first test double
century and shared a world record
365-run sixth-wicket partnership with
B. J. Watling yesterday to put the hosts
in a strong position after day four of
the second test against Sri Lanka.
Williamson was 242 and Watling 142
when New Zealand declared its second
innings at 524-5 an hour before stumps,
setting Sri Lanka a target of 390 for
At the close Sri Lanka was 45-1,
needing 345 more runs from an expect-
ed 106 overs on day five if it is to square
New Zealand, which won the first
test at Christchurch by eight wickets,
had trailed by 135 runs on first innings
but the eight-hour-long stand between
Watling and Williamson turned the
match and put the hosts in a position
to start 2015 with a series victory.
"We re extremely proud and it was
good to do it with my good mate Kane,"
Watling said. "It was pretty special and
I enjoyed every moment of it.
"They came hard at us, they tried
a few things and we managed to get
through. We have a little total there
now and we ll back ourselves to try to
win a test match."
New Zealand was 159-5, leading by
only 24 runs, when Williamson and
Watling---provincial teammates and
best mates off the field --- came togeth-
er just before tea on the third day with
the apparent task being to save the
match and hopefully set Sri Lanka a
three-figure total to chase.
They did much more than that, shar-
ing one of the great partnerships in
New Zealand s test history. The pair
batted through the next 112 overs to
turn the tables and give the Black Caps
the upper hand.
Their partnership is the highest for
the sixth wicket in test history, beating
the previous mark of 351 which Watling
set with Brendon McCullum against
India on the same ground in February.
New Zealand was still in a perilous
position when it resumed Tuesday at
253-5, leading Sri Lanka by only 118
runs. An early breakthrough by Sri
Lanka would have exposed New
Zealand s lower order and tipped the
match again in Sri Lanka s favor.
But the pair batted doggedly through
until lunch, by which time New
Zealand s lead was 190.
Milestones steadily tumbled
Williamson, Watling punish Sri Lanka
NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKA
New Zealand 1st Inns 221
Sri Lanka 1st Inns 356
New Zealand 2nd Inns (o/n: 253-5)
Tom Latham c Jayawardene b Pradeep . . . . .35
Hamish Rutherford c Chandimal b Pradeep .40
BrendonMcCullumlbwbPrasad . . . . . . . . . . . .22
JimmyNeeshamlbwbPradeep. . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Overs: 157. Batting time: 673 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-75, 2-78, 3-79, 4-122, 5-159.
Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 29-4-74-0 (1w),
Nuwan Pradeep 33-4-100-3 (1w,5nb), Rangana
Herath 52-8-128-1, Dhammika Prasad 26-1-89-1
(1w,1nb), Angelo Mathews 11-3-29-0, Lahiru
Thirimanne 6-1-14-0 (1w).
Sri Lanka 2nd inns 45-1
Toss: Sri Lanka.
Series: New Zealand leads the two-match
posted his first Test
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