• Mathews, Mendis frustrate Black Caps

    Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis produced a masterclass of resistance on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand to keep Sri Lanka’s hopes alive at Wellington.

    The pair resumed battle on 20-3 in the morning and batted together throughout the day in an incredible feat of attrition, Mendis ending undefeated on 116 off 287 balls (12×4), with Mathews not out on 117 off 293 balls (11×4). It was only the 22nd time in Test history that no wickets have fallen in an entire day of Test cricket (see bottom of page).

    The pair spent 577 balls together in building their fourth-wicket partnership of 246 which, although it is their best stand against New Zealand, remains a long way from entering into Sri Lanka’s Test record books for best partnerships.

    Sri Lanka’s top Test partnerships for each wicket 

    Wkt Runs Partners Opposition Ground Match Date
    1st 335 MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya Pakistan Kandy 2000
    2nd 576 ST Jayasuriya, RS Mahanama India Colombo (RPS) 1997
    3rd 624 KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene South Africa Colombo (SSC) 2006
    4th 437 DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera Pakistan Karachi 2009
    5th 280 TT Samaraweera, TM Dilshan Bangladesh Colombo (PSS) 2005
    6th 351 DPMD Jayawardene, HAPW Jayawardene India Ahmedabad 2009
    7th 223* HAPW Jayawardene, WPUJC Vaas Bangladesh Colombo (SSC) 2007
    8th 170 DPMD Jayawardene, WPUJC Vaas South Africa Galle 2004
    9th 118 TT Samaraweer, BAW Mendis India Colombo (PSS) 2010
    10th 79 WPUJC Vaas, M Muralitharan Australia Kandy 2004

    Source: Cricinfo

    Mathews celebrated his ton with a series of on-field push-ups which he followed with a display of flexing his biceps to let fans and selectors know that he still has the appetite to do his duty for his country. Mathews has now scored nine tons in his 78 Test matches (141 innings) and will be eyeing his Test-best score of 160, which he registered against England in 2014. That innings formed part of his best year in Test cricket, scoring 1,160 Test runs in 20 innings.

    Mendis registered his sixth Test ton in his 64th innings, which was his third Test ton in 2018, following his 102 against the West Indies in June and his Test best of 196 against Bangladesh in January.

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    Tim Southee ended with 2-36 off 20 overs (econ 1.80), with Trent Boult, the other wicket-taker from the previous day, ending with figures of 1-50 (econ 2.38). Ajaz Patel toiled manfully without reward, his 26 overs costing just 46 runs at a rate of 1.76 to the over.

    Sri Lanka have a lot of work yet to do to save the Test as they head into the final day still 37 runs behind New Zealand and with seven wickets still in hand, although the prospects of rain tomorrow could play into their hands.


    Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images


    Match Day Runs Location Date
    Australia v England 3 283 Melbourne 1st Jan 1925
    West Indies v Australia 4 307 Bridgetown 14th May 1955
    India v New Zealand 1 234 Chennai 6th Jan 1956
    West Indies v Pakistan 3 357 Kingston 26th Feb 1958
    West Indies v England 5 207 Bridgetown 6th Jan 1960
    West Indies v Australia 1 263 Bridgetown 5th May 1965
    West Indies v New Zealand 3 218 Georgetown 6th April 1972
    India v West Indies 4 306 Kolkata 29th Dec 1978
    India v England 2 217 Chennai 13th Jan 1982
    Sri Lanka v Pakistan 5 240 Colombo (PSS) 22nd March 1986
    India v Australia 4 235 Mumbai 15th Oct 1986
    England v Australia 1 301 Nottingham 10th August 1989
    South Africa v Australia 3 288 Johannesburg 28th Feb 1997
    Sri Lanka v India 3 283 Colombo (RPS) 4th August 1997
    Sri Lanka v India 4 265 Colombo (RPS) 5th August 1997
    West Indies v Australia 2 340 Kingston 13th March 1999
    India v Australia 4 335 Kolkata 11th March 2001
    Bangladesh v South Africa 2 280 Chittagong (MAA) 24th April 2003
    Sri Lanka v South Africa 2 357 Colombo (SSC) 27th July 2006
    Bangladesh v India 1 326 Dhaka (SBNS) 25th May 2007
    Bangladesh v South Africa 1 405 Chittagong (CDS) 29th Feb 2008
    New Zealand v Sri Lanka 4 239 Wellington 18th Dec 2018

    Source: Cricinfo

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