Cricket: Sri Lanka losing hope in Wellington encounter?

Cricket: Sri Lanka losing hope in Wellington encounter?

By Staff Writer

06 Jan, 2015 | 2:34 pm

A record partnership of 365 runs in the second innings between Kane Williamson and BJ Watling dashed Sri Lanka’s hopes of winning the 2nd test in Wellington.

The unbeaten partnership for the sixth wicket guided the Kiwis to 524 for 5 before Captain Brendon McCullum declared their second innings after tea on the fourth day of the second test.

Sri Lanka need to score 390 in 107 overs to win and tie the two-match series after New Zealand won the first game by eight wickets in Christchurch.

Williamson, who was dropped thrice by the Lankans, was unbeaten on 242, his first test double century, while Watling remained not out on 142, his fourth test tonne, after the pair had been thrust together after lunch on day three with New Zealand on 159 for 5, a lead of just 24 runs.

However, Sri Lanka began the chase and the openers had a breezy start before Karunaratna was dismissed for 17 runs.

Night watchman, Dhammika Prasad joined Kaushal Silva and at stumps on Day 4, Sri Lanka were 45 for the loss of 1 wicket.