Brendon McCullum scored his fourth Test century © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum scored the fourth fastest   double-century of all time © Getty Images

New Zealand finished on a total of 637 for eight at stumps on Day Three of the final test against Pakistan, gaining a massive lead of 286 in the process. With the innings not declared as yet, it is currently the third highest total by New Zealand of all time. Amit Banerjee takes a look some statistics surrounding the impeccable batting performance put up by the Kiwis to gain control of the match.

New Zealand have been in the driver’s seat for the last two days of the ongoing third and final Test at Sharjah. Trailing the series 0-1, they managed to finish on a score of 637 for eight at the end of Day Three, gaining a lead of 286, which allowed them a real chance to claw their way back into the series.

New Zealand managed to put up several individual records, including Brendon McCullum posting the fourth-fastest double-century of all time and registering most double-hundreds for New Zealand. They also surpassed their previous best total against Pakistan — 563 at Hamilton in 2003. Below is the list of highest innings totals by New Zealand against Pakistan:

Total

Year

Venue

Result

637/8*

2014

Sharjah

NA

563

2003

Hamilton

Drawn

492

1985

Wellington

Drawn

482/6

1965

Lahore

Drawn

476

2001

Christchurch

Drawn

 * indicates that the match is still in progress

This was also New Zealand’s third-highest Test score. There is also a possibility of the record being broken on Day Four. Below is the list of New Zealand’s highest Test totals:

Total

Opposition

Year

Venue

680/8

India

2014

Wellington

671/4

Sri Lanka

1991

Wellington

637/8*

Pakistan

2014

Sharjah

630/6

India

2003

Mohali

619/9

India

2009

Napier

* indicates that the match is still in progress. Interestingly, all matches mentioned in the above table were drawn.

Brendon McCullum’s furious hitting for most part for the innings saw New Zealand send the ball over the boundary ropes 19 times to break the record for most sixes in an innings by a side, which was previously held by Australia (17). Following is the table that lists the most number of sixes per Test innings:

Team

No. Of sixes

Opposition

Year

Venue

New Zealand

19

Pakistan

2014

Sharjah

Australia

17

Zimbabwe

2003

Perth

Pakistan

15

New Zealand

2002

Lahore

India

15

Sri Lanka

2009

Mumbai

South Africa

15

West Indies

2010

Basseterre

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)