Kiwis in control after Williamson double ton


A double century for Kane Williamson, his first in Tests, saw New Zealand set Sri Lanka a nigh impossible 390 to win the second Test in Wellington, and at stumps on day four they had reached 45 for one.

Williamson made 242 not out, as he and BJ Watling batted for nearly the whole day and put on a partnership of 365 not out for the sixth wicket, When the Kiwis declared on 524 for five, Watling was on 142 not out.

The day began with the Black Caps batsmen already well set, with Williamson already on 80 and Watling on 48. Their progress was steady but not spectacular, at just over three to the over, but they didn't need to be flashy as they build the lead.

Williamson's century came just after drinks in the morning, off 243 balls, while Watling reached lunch on 76. The afternoon saw much of the same, with Watling's ton arriving just before tea, while Williamson had already reached his 150.

The blonde batsman was quite a bit quicker than his wicketkeeper partner, and the 200, a second of the game after Kumar Sangakkara's, arrived just after tea, off 394 deliveries. It included 13 fours, not a high proportion at all.

Eventually Brendon McCullum decided enough was enough and declared, leaving Sri Lanka with 17 overs to face in the evening. While they would view the 390 as unlikely, they would have liked to go into the hut with 10 wickets in hand.

They nearly made it too, but Dimuth Karunaratne was unable to resist till the close, out for 17 to Mark Craig just before stumps. Dhammika Prasad came in as night watchman, and was on one, while Kaushal Silva had reached 20.