Brendon McCullum is congratulated by Kane Williamson after reaching his double-ton © AFP
Brendon McCullum is congratulated by Kane Williamson after reaching his double-ton © AFP

Nov 29, 2014

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum brought up his fourth Test double century off 186 balls during the first session of Day Three of the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah. New Zealand reached a total of 348 for one at the end of 62 overs, with Kane Williamson batting on 118 off 150 balls at the other end. New Zealand were trailing Pakistan’s score by another nine runs. This is also the fourth-fastest double century of all time in Tests.

McCullum had brought up the fastest century on the second day, bringing up the milestone in just 78 balls. The New Zealand skipper, who began to attack the Pakistani attack right from the word ‘go’, formed a crucial second-wicket partnership with Kane Williamson, which was worth 297 runs at the time of McCullum reaching his double-ton.

New Zealand had earlier finished on a score of  249 for one on the Day Two, with Brendon McCullum bringing up his century off just 78 deliveries, the fastest century ever by a New Zealand batsman, beating the record previously held by Ross Taylor by three balls. Rahat Ali was the sole wicket-taker for the Pakistanis, dismissing Tom Latham on a score of 13. Pakistan were earlier bowled out for a total of 351, with spinner Mark Craig registering his career-best figures of seven for 94, which also were the second-best bowling figures by a New Zealand spinner. Mohammad Hafeez had top-scored for the Pakistanis with a knock of 197, his highest Test score.

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