Tuesday, 06 January 2015 - 13:02
Lankans chase 390 runs to win
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling used the slow grind to drive away the thoughts Sri Lanka had at the start of day four of winning the Wellington Test and levelling the series.
In the process, they first broke the 27-year-old record of New Zealand's highest sixth-wicket partnership against Sri Lanka, and then smashed the all-time record for the sixth-wicket stand set up last year by Watling and Brendon McCullum at the same ground, making redundant the bronze plaque ground authorities had set in concrete.
During the course of their unbeaten 365-run partnership, Williamson reached his maiden Test double-century, while Watling grafted his way to his fourth Test hundred.
The two batsmen stretched Sri Lanka's wait for a wicket to almost eight hours, before McCullum provided the visiting fielders some relief by declaring an hour before the close of play.