NZ Vs SL 2nd Test Match: New Zealand has gained an upper hand in the second Test match against Sri Lanka which is being played at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The Kiwis bat well to dominate this Test match against the Lankan Tigers because their bowlers were all over the place.
New Zealand resumed their innings with their overnight score of 155 runs for the loss of two wickets.
The home side, New Zealand, start the first session very well and that’s where the Sri Lankans lost the plot.
Their bowlers failed to make an impact and gave away 149 runs without picking up any wickets in the opening session of day two of this red ball match.
The former skipper of the Kiwis, Kane Williamson scored his third back-to-back ton in the traditional format while Nicholls provided good company in the morning session of this red ball match.
Then Kane Williamson went on to score a double ton while Nicholls was inching towards his three-figure mark.
Later Henry Nicholls scored his century and the partnership between these two Kiwi players was also a huge one.
The third wicket partnership between Williamson and Nicholls went till 363 runs and it was Kasun Rajitha who broke that mammoth stand when Williamson was out for 215 runs. Rajitha also picked up Daryl Mitchell in quick succession for 17 runs.
The New Zealand camp waited for Henry Nicholls's double ton and once he got to that milestone for the first time in the red ball cricket format, the hosts declared the innings after they piled up 580 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Rajitha picked up two wickets while Dhanjaya de Sliva and Prabath Jayasuriya got one scalp each to their names.
The visitors, Sri Lanka weren’t competitive at all in the second Test match. The Lankans played well in the first Test match of the series which they lost by two wickets.
However, they were buried under a mountain of runs in this red ball encounter and their response with the bat wasn’t great either.
Matt Henry and Michael Bracewell made some early inroads to Sri Lanka’s innings with the red cherry.
Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando were out for six runs and zero runs respectively. Skipper Karunaratne and Jayasuriya are unbeaten after the second day’s play.
They are batting on 16 runs and four runs. Their score is 26 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Skipper Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Sliva hold the key in this Test match for Sri Lanka.
They need to bat for two whole days at least which could help them to draw this Test match after being in such a reeling position.
One batter from The Lankan Team needs to score a big century just like Williamson and Nicholls did today.
While the Kiwis will want their bowlers to bundle out the Lankans batters quickly.
New Zealand will want to start the Sunday morning well with a couple of wickets at least and if they are successful in doing that then the hosts would like to bat again and pile up more misery on the Lankan Tigers which would help them to seize this second Test match quite easily.