India seals spot in WTC final after Kane Williamson guides NZ to a thrilling last ball win against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval | NZvsSL

Xtra Time Web Desk: It needed Kane Williamson to dive full stretched as BlackCaps won a thriller in the first test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday. The win guarantees India a place in the World Test Championship final where they will meet Australia at the Oval from June 7-11.

Kane Williamson was the star on Day 5 as he scored a brilliant century (121 not out) to guide New Zealand pulled off their third highest successful run chase (285).

Indeed, just when you thought the drama of New Zealand’s one-run win over England less than a fortnight ago couldn’t be matched, the Black Caps and Sri Lanka turned in a doozy final day at Hagley Oval.

As the sun settled on the Garden City, there was an anxious wait for both teams, too, as umpires checked to see if Williamson had got home at the non-strikers end, after failing to connect with an Asitha Fernando delivery and running for his life.


Sri Lanka 355 and 302 (Angelo Mathews 115; Blair Tickner 4-100, Matt Henry 3-71) lost to New Zealand 373 and 285-8 (Kane Williamson 121*, Daryl Mitchell 81; Asitha Fernando 3-63) by two wickets.