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We Tried Everything We Could – Williamson After Wellington Draw

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lamented that his side couldn't have done much more as Sri Lanka, with assistance from rain on the final day, held on to draw the first Test at Wellington on Wednesday.

Cricketnext Staff |December 19, 2018, 3:57 PM IST
We Tried Everything We Could – Williamson After Wellington Draw

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lamented that his side couldn't have done much more as Sri Lanka, with assistance from rain on the final day, held on to draw the first Test at Wellington on Wednesday.

"We sat down and had a number of conversations with other senior players and at breaks and said 'what's something else we can try?' and we tried pretty much all of it," said Williamson.

"There were a couple of wide balls that lobbed maybe 10m toward point but only 5m in distance. I think that was the best we got.

"Without the bounce and defensive strokes nothing was carrying through to the keeper. We tried a number of short deliveries which might have brought about something foreign in terms of strokeplay but it was very difficult.”

However, Williamson was appreciative of the efforts of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis, who came together when Sri Lanka were reeling at 13/3 on Day and added 274, batting through Day 4 and taking the game to Day 5 before play was called off.

"We shouldn't ignore the fact that the two Sri Lankan batters played beautifully,” he said. “I don't think I've been part of a game where two guys have batted a whole day together and not given an opportunity."

New Zealand would have risen to No. 2 in the ICC Test Rankings had won the series 2-0. The draw also ended their five-test winning streak against Sri Lanka stretching back to Colombo in 2012.

"The first two days were brilliant and put us in a really strong position. Tom Latham bats beautifully with jet lag, so we'll get him on a world trip in a couple of days," Williamson quipped.

"It's one of those things, you feel a bit like it's a five match series with three in the UAE and then a quick turnaround from when we arrived home. It was really nice to get into the routine of playing and after a day it kind of kicks the jet lag out pretty quickly."

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal complemented both his batsmen on their knocks, and said they will be taking the positives from this match into the Boxing Day Test at Christchurch.

“It was a really good game of cricket,” said Chandimal. “It is not an easy task when the opposition get a lead of close to 300.

“(Angelo) Mathews has done really well, especially in last 4-5 Tests. He's an experienced player. Three wickets down in first innings, him and Dimuth (Karunaratne) put really good partnership. Then in second innings, him and Mendis were outstanding.”

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