Kane Williamson reached his century off 124 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kane Williamson reached his century off 124 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 29, 2014

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson brought up his eighth Test hundred during the first session of Day Three of the third Test against Pakistan on Saturday. Williamson had earlier completed a 200-run partnership with New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who was batting on 166 at the time of Williamson’s completion of his century. New Zealand were batting on a score of 297 for one at the end of 52 overs, trailing by 54 runs.

Williamson struck eleven fours and a six during his innings, which was a silent and mature one compared to McCullum’s quickfire innings that saw him hit 18 fours and nine sixes. The duo have been rock-steady at the crease for over 40 overs now, and look to guide their side beyond Pakistan’s total.

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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