Taylor And Williamson Stand Gives New Zealand Hope

Taylor And Williamson Stand Gives New Zealand Hope
Taylor And Williamson Stand Gives New Zealand Hope
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New Zealand 223-2 (Taylor 119no) v Sri Lanka
Second Test, Colombo, day one
Report by John Pennington

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson forged the 21st double-century partnership of the calendar year in Test cricket to rescue New Zealand on day one of the second game  against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

The pair came together with their side on 14 for two in the fourth over but then Taylor's 119 not out and Williamson's 95 not out helped them reach stumps on 223 for two.

Play was ended slightly prematurely due to rain and that was the only thing that threatened to get in the way of the batsmen's charge after Sri Lanka dominated the early exchanges.

Welcoming back fit-again Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara had Martin Guptill caught by Angelo Mathews and Shaminda Eranga trapped Brendon McCullum in front. Both men had made just four and the Black Caps, who lost the opening Test by 10 wickets, were in all sorts of trouble.

However, Williamson and Taylor played a pair of patient, resolute innings, showing great concentration and discipline in the face of some tidy Sri Lankan bowling.

Taylor reached his half-century 10 balls quicker than Williamson, in 79 deliveries and then made his eighth Test century in 189 balls.

The pair had put on 209 together at stumps and the double-century partnership came up off 444 balls.

Sri Lanka's spinners Rangana Herath, Suraj Randiv and Dilshan got through the bulk of the work, bowling 21, 23 and four overs respectively but Taylor and Williamson proved equal to everything they could muster.

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