New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test: Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls hit double hundreds as New Zealand punish Sri Lanka on day two cricket news

New Delhi: Star batsman Kane Williamson and… Henry Nicholls With the help of a double century, New Zealand destroyed Sri Lanka’s bowling by scoring 580 runs for four declared on the second day of the second Test on Saturday. Williamson and Nicholls shared a 363-run partnership.
Sri Lanka were 26 for 2 at the close of play at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Sri Lanka lost the first Test in Christchurch by two wickets on Monday.
Williamson also scored his 27th century in Tests in the second innings of that match, but Saturday’s brilliant effort with Nicholls was a very different order of dominance.
After a rain-interrupted first day, Williamson made an unbeaten 26 to start with his country at 155–2 and barely put a foot wrong until he was dismissed for 215 deep in the late afternoon.


The 32-year-old became the first New Zealand batsman to score 8,000 Test runs as he brought up his sixth double century in a 296-ball innings, hitting 23 fours and 2 sixes.
Nicholls scored at a slightly lower rate at the other end as he put up with recent poor form with his highest Test score of 200 not out. It was the first time that two New Zealand batsmen scored a double century in an innings.

Sri Lanka are not the first team to have regretted winning the toss and choosing to bowl on a clear greentop to see the Black Caps bat for a few days.
After Williamson’s departure, Daryl Mitchell scored 17 and Tom Blundell scored 17 not out as New Zealand took the lead before the declaration.
Among the visiting bowlers, pacer Lahiru Kumara (0-164) suffered the most but both Asita Fernando and Kasun Rajitha were also well into three figures in the debit column.

Matt Henry wasted little time in showing him how to bowl on the track, luring opener Oshada Fernando to push the ball which Blundell swallowed from behind the wickets.
Doug Bracewell celebrated his return to Test cricket after a gap of nearly seven years with the wicket of Kusal Mendis, who was dismissed for a duck after Doug Conway took a brilliant catch at point.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who was unbeaten on 16, and nightwatchman Prabhat Jayasuriya, unbeaten on four, will look to tackle Sri Lanka on Sunday with a massive 554-run stand.
(with inputs from Reuters)


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