Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Sri Lanka's task will be quite straightforward now: Try to get to the end of the day's play unscathed. That might be tougher than they think though, with Boult and Southee raring to go after the interval. We will be back shortly with Sri Lanka's first innings.

It has been a good day's work by Sri Lanka, as they have managed to dismiss New Zealand on day one for just 221. Nuwan Pradeep was certainly the best bowler for the tourists, picking up figures of 4 for 63, while Lakmal contributed with three of his own.

55.1
W
Prasad to Bracewell, OUT, and Prasad does the deed his captain wanted, ending the inings with a lovely, full delivery which Bracewell plays all around of as New Zealand are scuppered for 221 in their first innings

DAJ Bracewell b Prasad 16 (46m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

Prasad has been called upon to bowl, with Herath replaced after just one over..

END OF OVER:
55 | 3 Runs | NZ: 221/9

  • Doug Bracewell16 (25b)
  • Trent Boult16 (15b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep16-0-63-4
  • Rangana Herath2-0-7-0

Saurab: "This NZ batting line up is very fragile for my liking. Their batting revolves around williamson and once you get him out, they tend to collapse. Mccullum is hit and miss."

54.6
1
Pradeep to Bracewell, 1 run, another short ball and Boult hooks this one straight to deep backward square leg, meaning he will retain strike for the next over
54.5
1
Pradeep to Boult, 1 run, manages to eke one away square off the wicket for one
54.4
0
Pradeep to Boult, no run, tries out a bouncer on Boult who manages to get out of it, but then as he looks to recover on his feet, Boult ends up falling backwards, so that illicits a few good natured chuckles and ribbing from the players

Bob: "You know its been a tough day at the office when your last partnership is the 4th highest. If Sri Lanka can fight of the NZ opening bowlers they could build a decent lead."

54.3
1
Pradeep to Bracewell, 1 run, shortish length which is fended away through the gully area to third man
54.2
0
Pradeep to Bracewell, no run, nice and straight from Pradeep as Bracewell answers in kind
54.1
0
Pradeep to Bracewell, no run, almost manages to drag one onto his stumps, but ends up playing a late cut which is stopped by gully on the bounce

END OF OVER:
54 | 5 Runs | NZ: 218/9

  • Trent Boult15 (13b)
  • Doug Bracewell14 (21b)
  • Rangana Herath2-0-7-0
  • Nuwan Pradeep15-0-60-4

aziz: ""Srilanka should take advantage of this NZ collapse and score big here, this is their biggest opportunity so far""

53.6
0
Herath to Boult, no run, gets nice and low outside his off stump to see off the imminent threat of Herath
53.5
0
Herath to Boult, no run, Boult proving to be more circumspect against Herath as he blocks this one out
53.4
1
Herath to Bracewell, 1 run, this time works it away for a single through midwicket
53.3
4
Herath to Bracewell, FOUR runs, good use of the feet by Bracewell to get to the pitch of this one as he lifts Herath through extra-cover for a well-timed four. It really was a magnificent shot
53.2
0
Herath to Bracewell, no run, draws Bracewell forward with a flighted delivery that spins away slightly upon pitching
53.1
0
Herath to Bracewell, no run, flights one on middle and leg which is defended competently by Bracewell

And finally, Rangana Herath has been brought on by Mathews

END OF OVER:
53 | 6 Runs | NZ: 213/9

  • Doug Bracewell9 (17b)
  • Trent Boult15 (11b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep15-0-60-4
  • Suranga Lakmal17-2-71-3

Nitin: "Always interesting to see Kane Williamson face the most no of balls in a NZ Test innings. He's done it again today with 115 balls. His future is looking great!"

52.6
1
Pradeep to Bracewell, 1 run, on the stumps and chopped away by Bracewell off middle stump as he runs this down to third man for a single

Coming from behind

144

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

First since

2006

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

3

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

61.14

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

Consistent in Wellington

7

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