McCullum Dictates Day One As Sri Lanka Toil Hard
New Zealand 429-7 (McCullum 195) v
First Test, Day One, Christchurch
It was a spectacular Brendon McCullum show at Hagley Oval, Christchurch as New Zealand amassed mammoth 429 runs on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan bowlers had a tough day in office as McCullum dictated the proceedings throughout the day's play.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first.
The pacers justified Mathews' decision by picking early wickets of Hamish Rutherford (18), Tom Latham (27) and Ross Taylor (7) thus reducing New Zealand to 88 for the loss of three wickets post lunch break.
However, skipper Brendon McCullum along with Kane Williamson shifted the momentum back towards New Zealand with a 126-run partnership stand for the fourth wicket. The duo accumulated runs at an impressive run rate of 5.55 runs per over.
Williamson (54) departed after reaching his fourteenth career Test fifty as Dhammika Prasad managed to pierce through his defenses.
All-rounder James Neesham helped McCullum to carry-on the momentum gained from previous partnership as the pair piled-on massive 154 runs for the fifth wicket partnership.
Brendon McCullum, the man on mission, meant business as he took the attack to Sri Lankan bowlers. In the course of his inning, McCullum scored the fastest Test hundred by a New Zealand breaking his own record against Pakistan at Sharjah.
The entertaining knock came to an end as McCullum was dismissed just five runs short of a well deserving double century by Tharindu Kaushal. He scored 195 runs from 134 balls with the help of 11 huge sixes and 18 fours.
Neesham (85) edged one to Sangakkara as Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews provided the crucial breakthrough later in the day.
Bradley-John Watling (26) was dismissed by Mathews (2-34) in the final over as Sri Lanka salvaged some momentum at the end of the day's play.
Sri Lanka will be hoping to wrap up the New Zealand tail early on day two as the home side will be expecting the first innings total to reach closer to 500 runs.
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