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Williamson, Watling in record 365-run stand

Sixth-wicket pair bats Sri Lanka out of game; chasing 390, visitor ends day four on 45 for 1

Williamson, Watling in record 365-run stand - Cricket News
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 runs to help New Zealand effectively shut out Sri Lanka from the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday (January 6).  

Williamson remained unbeaten on 242 and Watling made 142 not out as the duo carried New Zealand from a precarious 159 for 2 to 524 for 5 declared in its second innings on the fourth day.  

Chasing 390 at a ground where the record for a successful fourth-innings chase is 277 set by Pakistan 11 years ago, Sri Lanka lost Dimmuth Karunaratne for 17 before Kaushal Silva (20) and Dhammika Prasad (1) held their nerve and carried the side to 45 for 1 at stumps. Sri Lanka needs 345 more runs to win on the final day.   

Williamson faced 438 deliveries and scored 18 fours en route to his marathon, maiden double century. This was Williamson’s ninth Test century and was also the seventh highest by a New Zealander.

While Williamson was more aggressive nearing the declaration, Watling remained cautious and brought up his fourth Test century from 270 balls. Watling struck nine fours and a six.   

Williamson and Watling came together with New Zealand ahead by a mere 24 runs. The duo took their time to settle in but once in, there was no stopping them.  

Sri Lanka had plenty of chances to put an end to the partnership but it slipped up on several occasions and paid a heavy price.

Williamson was dropped by Rangana Herath on 29, by Nuwan Pradeep on 60, by Prasanna Jayawardene, the wicketkeeper, on 104 before Jayawardene missed an easy stumping opportunity on 233.

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