New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is celebrating his 29th birthday today. The right-handed batsman spent his day out on a cricket field, playing the first day of the practice match between New Zealand XI and Board Presidents XI at Air Force Ground in Katunayake.
During the drinks break in the evening, Williamson won the hearts of his fans present on the field as he went towards the boundary ropes to celebrate his birthday with his fans, who came ready with a cake for the Kiwi skipper. The 29-year-old did not disappoint his fans and cut his birthday cake, also spending a few seconds with them. Here is the video –
Williamson is considered to be one of the most loved cricketers and with this act, he again showed why he is the real gentleman.
However, it was a long day out for New Zealand out in the middle. The home side played with quite ease and put up a total of 323/6 in 66 overs that were bowled on the opening day of the match.
Openers Danushka Gunathilaka (98 off 97) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (80 off 90) put up 154 runs for the first wicket in just 27 overs. Though Sri Lanka Board’s President XI could not capitalise on a good start as Ajaz Patel spun a comeback for the Kiwis.
He scalped five wickets in his 10 overs for 41 runs. William Somerville, who made his comeback to the Test side, scalped one wicket for 70 runs in 14 overs. All in all, it was a great day for the home side as they did not let New Zealand bowlers settle.
The ongoing practice match is the sole chance for the visitors to assimilate to the conditions in Sri Lanka before the two teams play two-Test series. The two teams will also lock horns in three T20Is next month, that will be preceded by a T20 practice contest.
Lasith Malinga, who retired from ODI format recently, is expected to lead the home side in the shortest format of the game.