Williamson: We tried everything against Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews rescued Sri Lanka after New Zealand looked destined for a crushing win in the first Test.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and wicket-keeper BJ Watling during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Basin Reserve.   -  Getty Images

Denied by a resolute fourth-wicket stand between Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews and rain, Kane Williamson said New Zealand tried everything to force a victory against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Basin Reserve.

Only 13 overs were bowled on the final day due to the weather, with Mendis (141 n.o.) and Mathews (120 n.o.) taking their unbroken fourth-wicket stand to 274.

The Sri Lankan duo batted all day on Tuesday to frustrate a Black Caps side that looked to be heading for an emphatic win when it reduced the tourist to 13/3, only for Mendis and Mathews to come to the rescue.

Williamson said New Zealand ran out of ideas as Sri Lanka moved on to 287/3 before the rain brought the match to a premature end. Asked what he might have done differently, the New Zealand captain said: "Maybe everything.

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"I don't know. Everything we did didn't provide too many opportunities. We sat down and had a number of conversations with other senior players and said 'what's something else we can try?' We tried pretty much all of it.

"Very rarely do you go a whole day where there's not an opportunity – regardless of what you try. That's a credit to the way the two Sri Lankan batsmen played, to deny us for the whole day."

He added: "There wasn't much happening,

"Nothing was carrying through to the keeper. We tried a number of short deliveries which we'd like to think might have brought about something foreign in terms of strokeplay, but it was very difficult.

"It's tough when there isn't some assistance. Not that you expect a lot, but whether it's turn or some variable bounce - you can apply some pressure in a way. It did flatten out a lot and made life fairly difficult."