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    13.2 and it went down to maybe the final 10-12 minutes of the day before a wicket finally fell as this flighted delivery from Craig entices Dimuth to have a go at it, spooning a straightforward chance to Rutherford at mid off, who completes the take 42/1
    40.2 and New Zealand have managed to prise out a big wicket here as Silva feathers an edge from this back of a length outside off from Bracewell through to Craig, who is stationed at second slip, and is able to take a low catch to his left 94/4
    18.4 and the nightwatchman leaves without much impact as he chases after a shortish length outside his off stump, getting a thick outside edge which flies high to second slip, who takes a wonderful catch high to his left to snag the wicket. That was Neesham who took the catch. Excellent start for the hosts this morning as Sri Lanka are now two down 51/2
    24.6 has a waft at this short and wide delivery outside his off stump, with the left-hander late on it. They have decided to go for the review as Brendon McCullum audibly says "It is worth it." No ball is fine. Doesn't appear to be any contact with the bat as we look at the replay. There is a slight noise but let's see if anything shows up on HotSpot. Nothing discerning on the footage though, but Snicko has something else to say. It looks like there may be something after all in it as there is a disturbance shown. Gee I wouldn't want to be the third umpire at the moment. This can be a pivotal moment in the match considering who is on trial. And would you believe it, it has been overturned. Sangakkara is out. He trudges off with a few parting words as he looks quite upset with the eventual decision handed down. Looks like Boult has won this particular exchange with Sangakkara 61/3
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    42.3 and what a way to enter the lunch break as Bracewell picks up another huge breakthrough, this time getting Mathews to snick at a back of a length wide of his off stump as Kane Williamson, at gully, is able to leap high to his left, bobbling the first attempt, before catching it on the second take as he landed on the ground. This has to be one of the all-time best gully catches and definitely another early contender for Catch of the Year 110/5
    55.4 and Prasanna undoes all his good work with a loose slap outside his off stump which finds the cover fielder, who is able to take it cleanly. And it is that man Williamson again who ends up taking the catch 133/6
    61.3 and the change in the field has worked as Craig has managed to induce a fine outside edge to this one pitched just about off as Watling is able to take this cleanly from behind to make Sri Lanka seven down 156/7
    61.4 and he has got 'im first ball! This was as plumb as he is struck on the pads, with this one looking out. Front foot is okay. Herath goes down the track to have a word with Thirimanne before deciding to go for the review, and why not? No inside-edge as per the replays, and it looks like this one is definitely going on to hit leg stump. This decision should stand as it is an on-field call. Herath is sent back as soon as he arrived, and New Zealand are just two away from wrapping up a series whitewash 156/8
    69.6 Thirimanne has a push at this one outside off, hitting it too well to short cover who is onto it like a flash as he commits a huge blunder, selling his partner down the river as Lakmal is unable to get to the other end in time as Watling collects the throw and flicks the bails. And with tea just five-ten minutes away, it probably means the session will be extended an extra half hour in case New Zealand are able to land the final blow 189/9
    72.4 full and right on middle as Southee does the job his captain wanted. Pradeep plays all around this one as his stumps are left splayed on the ground. Too good for the tailender 196/10
    18 (b 12, lb 2, nb 1, w 3)
    196 all out (72.4 Overs, RR: 2.69, 314 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-42 (FDM Karunaratne, 13.2 ov), 2-51 (KTGD Prasad, 18.4 ov), 3-61 (KC Sangakkara, 24.6 ov), 4-94 (JK Silva, 40.2 ov), 5-110 (AD Mathews, 42.3 ov), 6-133 (HAPW Jayawardene, 55.4 ov), 7-156 (LD Chandimal, 61.3 ov), 8-156 (HMRKB Herath, 61.4 ov), 9-189 (RAS Lakmal, 69.6 ov), 10-196 (ANPR Fernando, 72.4 ov)
    TA Boult21.025522.6110
    TG Southee17.464112.3200
    DAJ Bracewell13.032521.9221
    MD Craig18.085342.9400
    HD Rutherford1.00202.0000
    KS Williamson2.00603.0000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 3 Jan - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 78/5 (KC Sangakkara 33*, 25.4 ov)
  • Sun, 4 Jan - day 2 - New Zealand 2nd innings 22/0 (TWM Latham 9*, HD Rutherford 12*, 11 ov)
  • Mon, 5 Jan - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 253/5 (KS Williamson 80*, BJ Watling 48*, 101 ov)
  • Tue, 6 Jan - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 45/1 (JK Silva 20*, KTGD Prasad 1*, 17 ov)
  • Wed, 7 Jan - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 196 (72.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Coming from behind


The largest 1st-innings deficit that New Zealand have overcome to win a Test, v Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994

First since


The last time a New Zealand No. 3 hit a double-hundred before Williamson in this Test - Stephen Fleming in Cape Town.

Watling's value


Number of 200-plus 6th-wicket stands that Watling has been involved in, out of 6 such partnerships in NZ's Test history

2nd-innings master at home


Williamson's batting average in the second innings of home Tests; in away Tests, it drops to 31.90

Consistent in Wellington


Number of 40-plus scores for Williamson in his last 8 Test innings at the Basin Reserve