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by John Pennington Tuesday 6 January 2015
New Zealand 221 & 524-5 dec. (Williamson 242no) vSri Lanka 356 (Sangakkara 203) & 45-1Second Test, Wellington, day fourScorecard
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a new Test record of 365 for the sixth wicket as New Zealand bounced back to put Sri Lanka under pressure on day four of the second and final Test in Wellington.
New Zealand started the day 118 runs ahead with five wickets remaining in their second innings and they would later declare on 524, without losing another wicket.
Williamson struck 242 not out in 438 balls and Watling 142 not out in 333 balls as the pair put on a record-breaking performance.
The record they broke was one that Watling himself shared in - the 352 between himself and Brendon McCullum against India at the same ground last year.
In all, Williamson hit 18 fours with Watling adding nine fours and one six.
Nuwan Pradeep ended with figures of three for 117, Rangana Herath one for 154 and Dhammika Prasad one for 102.
The declaration set Sri Lanka a target of 390 to win and they closed on 45 for one, still needing another 345 on the final day to level the series.
They lost the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, who was caught by Hamish Rutherford of the bowling of off-spinner Mark Craig for 17.
That came after he and his opening partner Kaushal Silva had survived a pace onslaught from Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell as New Zealand looked to build on their batting performance.
Kaushal Silva was unbeaten on 20 with night-watchman Prasad not out on one.
The home side leads the series 1-0 following an eight-wicket win in Christchurch.
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