2nd Test, 2nd day: Williamson, Nicholls hit double centuries
Wellington: Kane Williamson (215) and Henry Nicholls (200 not out) hit double hundreds and stitched a mammoth 363-run stand as New Zealand dominated Sri Lanka’s bowlers to post 580/4 in their first innings on the second day of the second Test on Saturday. Declared on the run. Sri Lanka lost their two wickets for just 26 runs till stumps. Matt Henry and Dag Bracewell took one wicket each. Sri Lanka is now under immense pressure to avoid a clean sweep in the two-match series. Sri Lanka lost the first Test by two wickets on the last ball in Christchurch last week.
There were two heroes for the hosts in Saturday’s game who played amazing innings. He became the first New Zealand teammate to score a double century in an innings. During his innings of 215, Williamson became the first New Zealand batsman to complete 8000 Test runs. This was the sixth double century of Williamson’s career. Both batsmen batted aggressively and boundaries kept coming out of their bats. Both added 149 runs in the first session. This was Williamson’s 28th Test century. Williamson scored 215 runs in 296 balls with the help of 23 fours and two sixes before getting out.
Nichols also did not lag behind. He hit 15 fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 200 off 240 balls. This is the 18th time in Test cricket and the first time for New Zealand when two double centuries have been scored in the same innings. New Zealand declared their innings at 580/4 as Nicholls completed his double century. New Zealand is currently ahead of Sri Lanka by 554 runs.