Player of the Match
Player of the Match

With the innings over Sri Lanka have pulled themselves, largely on the back of Sangakkara's sublime 203, to an imposing first-innings score of 356, giving them a more than useful lead of 135 runs as we wait for New Zealand's openers to gear up for this final stage of play. Should be 11 overs for the Sri Lankan bowlers to have a good crack. Do join us for that in a little bit.

102.1
W
Craig to Lakmal, OUT, and it is all over with Lakmal, looking for quick runs, deciding to throw caution to the wind as he dances down and misses the line of this ball entirely as Watling, who fumbles the take initially, ends up picking up the ball and dislodging the stump from its base

RAS Lakmal st †Watling b Craig 5 (74m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.23

In walks the last man, Nuwan Pradeep

END OF OVER:
102 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 356/9

  • Suranga Lakmal5 (25b)
  • James Neesham11-0-42-3
  • Mark Craig17-3-55-0

A brilliant innings from Sangakkara. Walked in with the side at 18 for 1, saw them get to 78 for 5, then pulled them to 350 plus on his own back. Amazing stuff

101.6
W
Neesham to Sangakkara, OUT, Boult has just taken a stunner. And should you be surprised? Ends what has been a truly fantastic innings from Sangakkara, who is accepting all the congratulations from the on-field players. This is definitely an early candidate for best catch of 2015 as Boult leapt high to his left to pluck this in mid-air at backward point, before crashing to the ground

KC Sangakkara c Boult b Neesham 203 (412m 306b 18x4 3x6) SR: 66.33

101.5
0
Neesham to Sangakkara, no run, fires in a wide yorker which Sangakkara, looking to initially back away, is late on as he looks to adjust thereafter
101.4
0
Neesham to Sangakkara, no run, straight onto the back foot as this is defended away with consummate ease
101.3
0
Neesham to Sangakkara, no run, unfurls another beautiful drive through extra-cover, but this one is stopped before the ropes
101.2
2lb
Neesham to Sangakkara, 2 leg byes, manages to eke out some leg byes as this one slips down leg
101.1
4
Neesham to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, and he brings up the special moment with a blazing drive through the covers as a champion batsman is saluted by the Wellington faithful. Ranks as one of the finest tons ever played in New Zealand, considering the circumstances his team was in, and his own personal form before that. What do you do when you fail twice in the first Test? You put your head down, you work in the nets, and you produce an immaculate 11th double hundred, putting him just one behind Sir Don as the most in Test history. A truly remarkable batsman of our age

END OF OVER:
101 | 7 Runs | SL: 350/8

  • Suranga Lakmal5 (25b)
  • Kumar Sangakkara199 (300b)
  • Mark Craig17-3-55-0
  • Doug Bracewell24-2-93-3

indunil: "i think NZ making the same mistake Cook made when Mathews batting with the tail.... focusing on getting the tail-ender wicket rather than the main batsmen...while Sanga slowly taking the game away from NZ."

100.6
0
Craig to Lakmal, no run, safely negotiates the final ball by playing with the most delicate of touch
100.5
0
Craig to Lakmal, no run, nicely forward and to the pitch of the ball as Lakmal handles ball one...
100.4
1
Craig to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed off the back foot by Sangakkara in front of point to get to 199. Also brings up the 350 for Sri Lanka
100.3
6
Craig to Sangakkara, SIX runs, this time Sangakkara gets right to the pitch of the ball as he lifts this high and handsome over long off for six. Now just two away from an 11th double hundred in Tests
100.2
0
Craig to Sangakkara, no run, and yet another one bites the dust as Brendon has dropped another regulation chance, this time a lofted ball from Sangakkara over long off, with Brendon putting in the dive but failing to take it
100.1
0
Craig to Sangakkara, no run, looks for an opportunity to pluck two through midwicket, but hits it a bit too well to the fielder

Past 100 overs now. Great stuff from the visitors considering their predicament last night

END OF OVER:
100 | 1 Run | SL: 343/8

  • Suranga Lakmal5 (23b)
  • Kumar Sangakkara192 (296b)
  • Doug Bracewell24-2-93-3
  • Mark Craig16-3-48-0
99.6
0
Bracewell to Lakmal, no run, brings the hammer down in the nick of time to see the over through
99.5
0
Bracewell to Lakmal, no run, tries to run this one past the slips with a late cut, but is thwarted in his attempt
99.4
1
Bracewell to Sangakkara, 1 run, easily clipped off the pads to deep midwicket for a single. Pretty clear plan here from Sanga: 4th ball means single, and then hope for the best

kailesh: "on a very serious note ... whenever sanga retires .. the one year after that would be the toughest period for the lankan batting line up ... "

99.3
0
Bracewell to Sangakkara, no run, slower bouncer which Sangakkara swivels before pulling as this is helped down to fine leg
99.2
0
Bracewell to Sangakkara, no run, defended with an angled bat towards the off side
99.1
0
Bracewell to Sangakkara, no run, clipped through midwicket by Sangakkara as New Zealand have made a more concerted effort to stop the twos and prevent the southpaw from hogging the strike

END OF OVER:
99 | 3 Runs | SL: 342/8

  • Suranga Lakmal5 (21b)
  • Kumar Sangakkara191 (292b)
  • Mark Craig16-3-48-0
  • Doug Bracewell23-2-92-3

Zeeshan Mahmud: "Sanga method? He basically thinks opponents are giant lobster. He boils them and before they know it, they are finished."

98.6
0
Craig to Lakmal, no run, stays on the back foot now as he diffuses this latest threat from Craig
98.5
0
Craig to Lakmal, no run, really unlucky for Craig as he manages to induce an inside edge as Lakmal is late in coming down, with the ball spooning close to short leg, but away from his clutches in the end
98.4
1
Craig to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time clips it to deep midwicket, electing to take the 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