Player of the Match
Player of the Match
72.4
W
Southee to Pradeep, OUT, 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

N Pradeep b Southee 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

69.6
W
Craig to Thirimanne, OUT, 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

RAS Lakmal run out (Bracewell/†Watling) 6 (31m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

61.4
W
Craig to Herath, OUT, 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

HMRKB Herath lbw b Craig 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

61.3
W
Craig to Chandimal, OUT, 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

LD Chandimal c †Watling b Craig 13 (26m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

55.4
W
Craig to Jayawardene, OUT, 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

HAPW Jayawardene c Williamson b Craig 10 (51m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 27.02

42.3
W
Bracewell to Mathews, OUT, 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

AD Mathews c Williamson b Bracewell 8 (10m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

40.2
W
Bracewell to Silva, OUT, 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

JK Silva c Craig b Bracewell 50 (178m 121b 3x4 0x6) SR: 41.32

24.6
W
Boult to Sangakkara, OUT, 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

KC Sangakkara c †Watling b Boult 5 (29m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 27.77

18.4
W
Boult to Prasad, OUT, 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

KTGD Prasad c Neesham b Boult 6 (19m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

13.2
W
Craig to Karunaratne, OUT, 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

FDM Karunaratne c Rutherford b Craig 17 (58m 34b 4x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

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