DUNEDIN, Dec 12: Kane Williamson joined the elite 1,000 runs-a-year club today as New Zealand built a commanding 308-run lead over Sri Lanka with two days remaining in the first Test in Dunedin.
Only the threat of rain and a flattening pitch loomed as possible barricades for New Zealand, who closed day three on 171 for one with nine wickets in hand.
Tom Latham was on 72 with master batsman Williamson on 48.
Williamson, who started his innings with 992 runs for the year, reached 1,000 driving Rangana Herath elegantly over mid-off to the boundary. He joins England�s Alastair Cook and Joe Root and Australians David Warner and Steve Smith as the only players to achieve the milestone in 2015 but his batting average of 94.54 is considerably superior to the other four.
Brendon McCullum, with 1,164 runs in 2014, is the only other New Zealander to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Williamson�s class shone as New Zealand ramped up their dominance over Sri Lanka, removing their last six wickets on Saturday to have the tourists all out for 294, 137 runs in arrears.
Guptill and Latham set about building on New Zealand�s advantage, moving swiftly to 79 before Guptill�s luck ran out when he was bowled by a shooter from Rangana Herath for 46. The first-innings century-maker had earlier survived caught and bowled chances to Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal and being dropped on 19 by Kusal Mendis at cover. Latham, who posted his seventh Test 50 with a single off Milinda Siriwardana, has been content to build partnerships first with Guptill then an unbroken 92-run stand with Williamson.
New Zealand 1st innings 431
Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight 197-4): D Karunaratne c Watling b Santner 84, K Mendis c Watling b Boult 8, U Jayasundera c Watling b Wagner 1, D Chandimal c Guptill b Southee 83, A Mathews c Watling b Southee 2, K Vithanage c Watling b Southee 22, M Siriwardana c Taylor b Wagner 35, R Herath c Boult b Wagner 15, D Chameera c Taylor b Boult 14, S Lakmal not out 18, N Pradeep c Watling b Santner 3. Extras: (b1, lb4, nb4) 9. Total: (for 10 wickets, 117.1 overs) 294. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-29, 3-151, 4-156, 5-198, 6-209, 7-252, 8-273, 9-287, 10-294. Bowling: Boult 22-7-52-2, Southee 27-4-71-3, Bracewell 21-6-42-0, Wagner 25-5-87-3, Santner 21.1-8-37-2, Williamson 1-1-0-0
New Zealand 2nd innings: M Guptill b Herath 46, T Latham batting 72, K Williamson batting 48. Extras: (b1, nb4) 5. Total: (1 wicket, 48 overs) 171. Fall of wicket: 1-79. Bowling: Lakmal 9-0-26-0, Mathews 4-1-4-0, Chameera 10-0-40-0, Pradeep 9-1-29-0, Herath 8-1-39-1, Siriwardana 7-0-28-0, Jayasundera 1-0-4-0. � AFP