Host New Zealand has put Sri Lanka under pressure in the second Test match being played at the Basin Reserve ground. New Zealand scored massive runs against Sri Lanka with the help of brilliant double centuries from Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls. New Zealand declared their first innings at 580 for the loss of four wickets on Saturday, the second day of the second match. Williamson got out after scoring 215 runs. Apart from him, Nicholls played an unbeaten innings of 200 runs. New Zealand declared their innings just one run after Nicholls ‘ double century.
By the end of the day’s play, the Kiwis also gave two shocks to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lost their two wickets for 26 runs till stumps. By the end of the day’s play, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was playing on 16 and Prabhat Jayasuriya was scoring four runs.
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New Zealand started the day with 155 runs at the loss of two wickets. Both overnight batters shared a 363-run partnership for the third wicket. This is the second highest partnership for the third wicket in Tests for New Zealand. Earlier, Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones shared a 467-run partnership against Sri Lanka in Wellington in January 1991.
This partnership is also the biggest partnership for any wicket from New Zealand. In this case, the partnership of Williamson and Nicholls comes at number five. This is Williamson’s third consecutive century innings. He also scored a century in the first Test match against Sri Lanka and before that he also scored a century against England. Nicholls touched the figure of 200 for the first time in his Test career. Williamson got out on a total score of 481. He faced 296 balls in his innings and hit four sixes apart from 15 fours. Daryl Mitchell became the victim of Kasun Rajitha by scoring 17 runs. Then Nicholls completed his double century on the fifth ball of the 123rd over. After this over, New Zealand declared their innings.
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There was a mountain-like score in front of the Sri Lankan team. In front of this, he needed a smooth start but the team did not get such a start. Osada Fernando was dismissed as the team’s first wicket after scoring six runs off 32 balls. His wicket fell on a total score of 13. Kusal Mendis returned to the pavilion without opening the account on a total score of 18. The Sri Lankan team is still 554 runs behind New Zealand.