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Williamson's unbeaten hundred steers NZ to victory

By Real11 - Mar 13 2023 254 Views
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Williamson's unbeaten 27th test ton secured a 1-0 victory for NZ 

The Hosts NZ won the first test match of the 2-match test series that is being played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Black Caps won the match by 2 wickets on the last ball of the fifth day of the first test match in a thrilling encounter. In the second innings of the match, while chasing the target of 285 runs, the former skipper of the side Kane Williamson scored a brilliant century for New Zealand.

32-year-old right-handed batter Williamson scored an unbeaten 121 and helped his side to cross the line on the very last ball of the match. The Visitors SL, who came out to bat first in the match, put 355 runs on the board. In response, New Zealand scored 373 runs. In their second innings, Sri Lanka scored 302 runs and gave the host New Zealand a target of 285 runs. 

Tim Southee-led NZ came out to chase down the targets after losing 8-wickets. Apart from Williamson, Daryl Mitchell scored 81 runs in 86 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. At the same time, Tom Latham added 24 and Michael Bracewell added 10 for the team. The rest of the team's batters could not even cross the double figure.

By registering victory in this match, New Zealand made the way to the final of the Test Championship easier for India. That is, with this victory over New Zealand, the Indian team has reached the final of Test Championship final where India will face off against Australia from June 7-June 11 in the Oval.

In both innings of the test match for New Zealand, Kiwis batters showcased excellent centuries. In the first innings for the host batter, Daryl Mitchell scored 102 runs with the help of 6 fours and 2 sixes. With the help of Mitchell's century, the team managed to score 373 runs in the first innings. 

After this, chasing the target in the second innings, the team's former captain Kane Williamson brought the team to the threshold of victory by playing a century knock. Williamson played an unbeaten inning of 121 runs with the help of 11 fours and 1 six. While bowling in the first innings, Black Caps skipper Tim Southee took 5 wickets for 64 runs. Apart from this, Matt Henry took 4 wickets in his name after spending 80 runs. At the same time, Michael Bracewell managed to take a wicket. 

In the second innings, Asitha Fernando presented a brilliant bowling performance from Sri Lanka. He took 4 wickets after conceding 85 runs. Apart from this, Lahiru Kumara took 3 wickets for 76 runs. Whereas, Kasun Rajitha got 2 wickets and Prabhat Jayasuriya got 1 wicket.

For the Hosts, Blair Tickner took 4 wickets in the second innings after conceding 100 runs. Apart from this, Henry got 3 wickets and Tim Southee got 2 wickets. In the fourth innings of the match, Lankan bowlers produced some lethal deliveries to dismiss NZ batters, but at last SL bowlers failed to win the team. In this innings, Sri Lankan bowler Asitha Fernando took 3 wickets after giving 63 runs. At the same time, Prabhath Jayasuriya managed to take 2 wickets. Apart from this, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajita took 1-1 wickets in their account.

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