BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Basin Reserve

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Southee dominates day one at the Basin

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Tim Southee was at his best on the opening day against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve, the veteran quick claiming 5-67 - his eighth five wicket bag in Tests.

Southee, along with the rest of the BLACKCAPS seam attack put the Sri Lankan top order under early pressure in the first session, the visitors heading to lunch at 73/3.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne (79) and Angelo Mathews (83) managed a century stand in the middle session, however both fell either side of tea to give the BLACKCAPS the afternoon ascendancy.

Southee, along with Neil Wagner used the short ball effectively after tea to dismiss the Sri Lankan lower order.

Niroshan Dickwella (73*) played a fighting knock at number seven, batting well with the tail against the second new ball.

After a day of toil with the ball, Trent Boult was finally rewarded on the last ball of the day, dismissing Kasun Rajitha meaning Sri Lanka will resume on 275/9 on day two.

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Latham delights with super century

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Tom Latham’s 121* was the highlight on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka as the BLACKCAPS finished the day with a 29-run lead and eight first innings wickets remaining.

Latham shared in a superb 162-run stand with captain Kane Williamson, the pair delighting the Basin crowd with some excellent stroke play.

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When Williamson departed for 91 off just 93 balls, Ross Taylor picked up where he left off, the number four reaching his 30th Test half century just before the close of play.

In the process, Taylor became New Zealand’s second most prolific Test run scorer, passing Brendon McCullum total of 6453 runs, still sitting behind Stephen Fleming on 7172 runs.

Earlier, Tim Southee claimed the final Sri Lankan wicket within the first half hour of play, Southee finishing with figures of 6-68, his best at the Basin and fourth best in Tests.

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Latham doubles up as BLACKCAPS bat big

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Tom Latham recorded his highest Test score (264*) while also cementing his spot at number six in the New Zealand top ten highest Test scores of all time as he batted his side into a dominant position after three days of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington.

The left-hand opener was a picture of concentration as he cooly produced the BLACKCAPS first double century in almost three years, in the process recording the highest score worldwide for a player carrying their bat.

Latham also recorded the second highest score by a New Zealand opener and the third longest Test innings - 694 minutes. 

It was a strong all-round day of batting from the BLACKCAPS; Ross Taylor (50) was unable to add to his overnight score, however Latham found a partner in Henry Nicholls (50) who went about compiling his fourth half century in consecutive Test matches.

Colin de Grandhomme chipped in with a quick-fire 49 as the BLACKCAPS pushed past the 500 mark, eventually dismissed late in the day for 578 leaving 12 overs for the New Zealand bowlers on day three.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult then caused some early trouble with the new ball, claiming three Sri Lankan wickets before the close of play.

The visitors will resume on 20/3 with Kusal Mendis (5*) and Angelo Mathews (2*) at the crease.

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Mendis & Mathews stay in the fight

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Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews have fought hard with the bat on day four at the Basin Reserve, registering Sri Lanka's highest ever partnership against the BLACKCAPS in Tests while batting the entire day. 

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The visitors started the day on 20/3, still a further 276 runs required to make the BLACKCAPS bat again.

Mendis and Mathews showed patience and poise at the crease, taking on the short ball while looking relatively untroubled by the BLACKCAPS attack.

Just after the tea break Mendis passed triple figures, the sixth time he has achieved the milestone in Test match cricket.

Mathews followed suit an hour later, the former captain whipping a ball through to the mid wicket boundary, bring up his century to generous applause from the Basin Reserve bank.

The pair batted the entire day, Sri Lanka finishing 259/3 a further 37 runs behind New Zealand's first innings total.

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Eyes on Hagley after Basin Reserve draw

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The first Test between Sri Lanka and the BLACKCAPS has ended in a draw with rain meaning only only an hour of play was possible on day five.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews resumed for the visitors at 259/3 putting on 28 runs in the morning session before light rain started to fall and lunch was taken.

The visitors went to the break at 287/3, trailing New Zealand by nine runs with Mendis on 141* and Mathews 120*.

Despite the best efforts of the ground staff and umpires, persistent drizzle meant the players weren’t seen after lunch, the captains shaking hands at 3:50pm.

The Test series now heads to a decider at Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting on Boxing Day.

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