Williamson, Nicholls double tons put New Zealand on top in 2nd Test

Aggressive double centuries for Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls powered New Zealand’s dominance within the second Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka in Wellington on Saturday.

The Black Caps declared their first innings at an imposing 580-4 earlier than decreasing Sri Lanka to 26-2 at stumps on day two, leaving the vacationers with a really slim prospect of squaring the two-match sequence.

The in-form Williamson scored 215 and Nicholls posted a career-best 200 not out, with the pair’s third-wicket stand of 363 just about batting Sri Lanka out of the competition.

Their partnership was the fifth-highest by any New Zealand mixture and so they grew to become the nation’s first batters to succeed in 200 in the identical innings.

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne will resume on 16 on Sunday and nightwatchman Prabath Jayasuriya stays on 4, with the deficit a frightening 554 runs. 

Sri Lanka’s bowlers struggled to generate life on a flat Basin Reserve pitch, forcing Karunaratne to set defensive fields throughout a lot of the mammoth partnership.

Williamson and Nicholls batted at a energetic clip from the outset, advancing rapidly from a 155-2 in a single day rating and barely trying troubled as they unleashed an array of attacking strokes by the primary two classes.

Williamson was impenetrable as he reached three figures for the third time in successive Assessments, turning into the primary New Zealander to cross 8,000 runs within the course of.

It was a sixth double-century for the 32-year-old — whose unbeaten 121 was pivotal in a final-ball first Take a look at in Christchurch earlier this week.

Having resumed on 26, Williamson struck 23 fours and two sixes earlier than holing out within the deep off spinner Jayasuriya as he tried to escalate the scoring fee.

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Nicholls marched on from his in a single day 18 to succeed in three figures earlier than pushing previous his previous-best rating of 174.

His aggressive 240-ball knock, which featured 4 sixes, represented a outstanding return to type for the left-hander, whose place within the crew was beneath strain after failing to succeed in 40 in his 15 earlier innings.

Nicholls stated he was conscious of criticism of his ongoing choice however stated he was made to really feel comfy by assist from his teammates and coach Gary Stead.

“Everybody within the group’s been nice and you actually really feel that assist,” he stated.

“For me, it was nearly trusting that I had performed it earlier than. It hasn’t occurred as a lot as I’d like within the final interval.

“Now the problem is doing it once more understanding that the blueprint is there.”

‘Missed our lengths’

Nicholls in contrast the partnership with a 369-run stand with Williamson in opposition to Pakistan in Christchurch two years in the past.

“The best way Kane’s enjoying, he’s in an actual zone on the market. It was good to make that partnership into one other actually massive one.”

Kasun Rajitha, who was off the sector for a interval nursing a shoulder harm, lodged the most effective bowling figures of 2-126.

Sri Lanka spinner Dhananjaya de Silva stated the vacationers had been responsible of permitting the double centurions an excessive amount of leeway.

“Clearly Kane and Henry batted very nicely. We now have to be at our greatest after we’re going through these gamers however we missed our lengths,” he stated.

De Silva stated Sri Lanka hadn’t given up on squaring the sequence though he conceded will probably be very tough to drive a victory.

“We’re not enjoying for a draw, we’re enjoying for a win.

“So we have now to bat for at the very least one and a half days. We’ll see what is going to occur,” he stated.

Their response started poorly.

Matt Henry eliminated opener Oshada Fernando for six earlier than fellow-seamer Doug Bracewell dismissed Kusal Mendis with out scoring through a spectacular catch at level from Devon Conway.

It got here from Bracewell’s third ball of the match in what’s his first Take a look at look for greater than six years.