New Zealand is driving the Christchurch test. Kiwi bowlers maybe awaited for weather like Christchurch. Though they bowled well in Wellington, rain in the fifth day and two Sri Lankan Centurian brought it to draw.
Angelo Mathews and Roshan De Silva started the second day with 88 runs for 4 wickets. They could add 10 runs with this partnership. Then Trent Bolt comes to the drama. He packed Sri Lankan batting order for the pavilion with 15 balls. He spent 4 runs to pick last 6 Lankan wickets.
More specifically, this left-handed fast bowler spent no run in picking last 5 wickets. But Mathews was the visitor of his team mate’s helpless capitulation. He scored 33 runs and only not out batsman.
The scoreboard must entertain you. Last six wickets are by Bolt’s name. First two are caught in slip to Southee and rest are LBW. The swings were noticeable. The batsmen had nothing to deal with his dangerous swing.
After bolts disaster Kiwis got a lead of 74 runs. They scored 231 runs for 2 wickets. The lead 305 runs and 8 wickets in hand. Opener Jeet Raval scored 74 runs. Ross Taylor (25) and Tom Latham (74) will bat in the third day.
Surely, New Zealand is driving the Christchurch test. As leading in Wellington, the test was drawn. So they must pitch in for Christchurch and determine to own the series.
N.B: Collected Pictures.