Colin De Grandhomme slams fastest Test fifty for New Zealand

Colin De Grandhomme slams fastest Test fifty for New Zealand

Colin De Grandhomme slams fastest Test fifty for New Zealand

These really are heady days for New Zealand cricket fans.

The first test in Wellington ended in a draw.

The occasion in Wellington was the first wicketless day in a Test in New Zealand and the first anywhere in the world for nearly 10 years.

The Black Caps have made history - in more ways than one.

Latham received a life on 32 when he top-edged Suranga Lakmal to fine leg where the ball slipped through the fingers of a diving Dushmantha Chameera.

Sri Lanka reviewed the decision, but it stuck, handing the Black Caps the win with batsmen Angelo Mathews deciding not to return to the crease after retiring hurt earlier in the innings.

Tim Southee, left, and Neil Wagner celebrate after a Sri Lankan wicket on day four of the second test in Christchurch. They defeated Windies at home and then managed to take the series against England 1-0. Their most impressive win, however, came in the UAE where they defeated Pakistan 2-1 in a three-Test series.

The two teams now meet in a three-match one-day series starting next Thursday in Mt Maunganui.

The Black Caps fortunes are down Boult and his new ball pair Southee, who took three wickets in the innings to follow his vital innings of 68.

After resuming at 4-88 in reply to New Zealand's 178, Sri Lanka was all out for 104 in the space of nine overs, giving New Zealand a 74-run lead.

Canterbury duo Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls were outstanding at their Hagley Oval home, both posting big hundreds and combining for a 214-run fourth wicket partnership.

The conditions were tailor-made for short-ball specialist Wagner, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said, as Sri Lanka were 231 for six at stumps.

Nicholls was not out on a career best 162 with healthy contributions from Jeet Raval (74) and Colin de Grandhomme (71 not out).

De Grandhomme, with six fours and a six to his credit, brought up his half century in 28 deliveries.

Sri Lanka offered greater resistance with the bat in their second dig, taking the match into the fifth day. A repeat of their test-saving effort from the first match in Wellington always seemed unlikely though.

The Black Caps slips cordon ready themselves for a chance on day four of the second test.

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