New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Mathews, Mendis bat all day to keep Sri Lanka alive

Angelo Mathews 117 not out New Zealand Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4 Wellington cricket

Angelo Mathews celebrated his ninth Test hundred by doing a set of push-ups

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Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews and batsman Kusal Mendis batted the entire fourth day in Wellington, scoring 117 not out and an unbeaten 116 to keep their side alive against New Zealand.

Starting off the day on 20/3, Mathews and Mendis not only denied New Zealand a single wicket, but also forged an unbeaten 246-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their hundreds.

Kusal Mendis 116 not out New Zealand Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4 Wellington cricket

Kusal Mendis scored his sixth Test century

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This marked the 22nd instance where no wickets have fallen on a day in a Test match. However, the last time this rare feat occurred was back in February 2008, where South Africa scored 405 runs without losing a wicket against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Mathews and Mendis’ current stand is the highest for Sri Lanka in the second innings of a Test match, as it surpassed the 240-run partnership put together by Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga against Pakistan in Colombo in March 1986.

New Zealand did everything in their power to get a breakthrough on the penultimate day, but Mathews and Mendis withstood everything the Black Caps threw at them.

As a result of their sublime effort, Sri Lanka only trail by 37 runs going into the final day.

Mathews finished on 117, which came off 293 balls and included 11 boundaries, while Mendis remained undefeated on 116, which came of 287 deliveries and included 12 boundaries.

Sri Lanka ended day four on 259/3 and will continue batting on Wednesday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT.

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