Player of the Match
Player of the Match
70.5
4
Williamson to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, turn and bounce from Williamson as Thirimanne cuts this late behind square to find a boundary through third man
69.5
4
Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, this time targets deep extra-cover as he gets this away to the rope with a couple of bounces. Tossed up by Craig and invited the lofted chip
69.4
4
Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, straying on the pads as Thirimanne reaches his fifty with a paddle sweep through backward square leg. Well-played innings in rather dire circumstances for his side
68.6
4
Southee to Lakmal, FOUR runs, manages to get an edge which carries very low to James Neesham at second slip, who is unable to get a hold of it as it bursts through to the third man boundary. This may have just bounced before it arrived to the slipper so it would be hard to punish him for it
68.4
4
Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, slanting outside leg as Thirimanne utilises the angle to hook this through fine leg, beating the fielder to the rope. Rutherford, at deep fine leg, didn't look to have picked it early
65.4
4
Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, this time darted in wide of off as Thirimanne manages to ease this away square off the wicket for a boundary
62.2
4
Boult to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, similar delivery as before and this time Thirimanne gets it right as he is nicely behind the ball to find the straight boundary
59.5
4
Craig to Chandimal, FOUR runs, invites the lofted shot over midwicket, and gets it as Chandimal finds the boundary this time
59.1
4
Craig to Chandimal, FOUR runs, once again looking for the lofted sweep to this tossed up delivery from Craig, with the shot ultimately proving safe as there is plenty of space on offer square off the wicket on leg
49.6
4
Craig to Jayawardene, FOUR runs, short from Craig just outside off as Prasanna uses his feet to back away and cut this powerfully through the covers for another boundary
49.2
4
Craig to Jayawardene, FOUR runs, a bit short and turning in from outside off as Prasanna works with the angle to play a lofted sweep through backward square, and finds the boundary
43.3
4
Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, meets this fuller ball with a straight bat as this is timed beautifully to the straight boundary for four. Beautiful balance there from Thirimanne
41.4
4
Craig to Mathews, FOUR runs, short again from Craig as this time Mathews gets him away squarer off the wicket, bringing up consecutive boundaries. Also gets Sri Lanka past 100 this innings as well
41.3
4
Craig to Mathews, FOUR runs, dropped too short outside off as Mathews is able to rock back and gain some fluency in his innings with a cut in front of square which travels all the way to the boundary
32.2
4
Southee to Silva, FOUR runs, short ball which just sat up for the batsman as Silva latches onto this one in a flash to pull this through midwicket for a boundary
23.1
4
Southee to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, straying on the pads and too full as Sangakkara just flicks this away effortlessly to the backward square boundary. Easy on the eyes that as the balance was spot-on
18.1
4
Boult to Prasad, FOUR runs, slices this one away off the back foot as he looked to create space through backward point. Slightly streaky shot though as this races away to third man for a boundary
11.5
4
Bracewell to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, better shot from Dimuth now as he punches this square off the wicket, getting enough timing on it for it to reach the square boundary despite the valiant dive from Neesham
11.3
4
Bracewell to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, has a crack at this short of a length outside off, getting away a streaky shot past gully to pickup four
6.5
4
Boult to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, honing onto the pads with a fuller length delivery which is just glanced down to fine leg for a boundary
5.2
4
Southee to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, fuller this time as Dimuth is invited into the drive through long off, which he pulls off to a tee
4.2
4
Boult to Silva, FOUR runs, short and wide as Silva is given room to free his arms and cut this away fiercely behind point for a boundary
2.6
4
Boult to Silva, FOUR runs, goes round the wicket now to Silva as he gets the opener to tickle this one down the pads, with the fielder at short backward square unable to get close to it as it streaked past to the boundary. Close, but no cigar I am afraid for New Zealand

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