Lush green surroundings and breathtaking views and amidst it a beautiful game of Cricket. That is what makes New Zealand a special country when it comes to playing cricket. Apart from that, there is something more that adds to having a memorable experience of playing cricket in this part of the world. Yes, it is none other than the Kiwi crowd.
The spectators are known for being passionate about the game and thoroughly enjoy the game by being a part of it in some way or the other. Ashburton man Liam Fuller is the coolest spectator in Christchurch on Saturday, as he took a one-handed catch in the crowd at Hagley Oval, all while holding a full beer.
Here is the video of the catch by the spectator:
A new entry into the Crowd Catch Hall of Fame 🏏 #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/TbaUTGfCnF
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 11, 2023
The first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka stands in an interesting situation at the time of stumps on Day 3. Sri Lanka found themselves at 83/3 after playing 38 overs in their second batting innings, with a lead of 68 runs. Earlier in their first batting innings, the visitors managed to reach a score of 355 runs, while New Zealand was bowled out on 373 runs.
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Prior to the first Test, Australia sat at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table with 11 wins, three losses, and four draws. The Aussies had a points percentage of 68.52, having earned 148 points in total so far. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma-led India was second in the points table with 10 wins, five defeats, and two draws.
Interestingly, both teams have played six series each. While Australia had a points percentage of 68.52 with 148 points, India had a points percentage of 60.29 and 132 points in total.
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On the other hand, Sri Lanka sat third after registering five wins, four losses, and a draw. They had a points percentage of 53.33 with 64 points. Sri Lanka and India are looking to earn the last spot in the ICC World Test Championship final for the 2021-23 season that is scheduled to be played this summer.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Blair Tickner
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kasun Rajitha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara