3rd Test: Kane Williamson’s hundred a very special innings, says Craig McMillan as gripping day awaits
Kane Williamson (139*) and Henry Nicholls (90*) put on 212. @AFP

All three possible results are on the cards on day five of the third Test in Abu Dhabi today, after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson produced a superb unbeaten 139 in the company of Henry Nicholls who is 90 not out during an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 212.

Pakistan were all over New Zealand after the record-breaking Yasir Shah helped keep them at 60/4, but in a stunning turnaround Williamson and Nicholls batted two wicketless sessions to take the tourists to 272/4 at stumps on Thursday.


Williamson’s 19th Test hundred is his sixth in the second innings of a Test and increased to 67.65 in the second innings.

“It was a very difficult innings. The great thing about Kane is he makes it look easy at times when those who’ve been out there realise how difficult it is. Such is the class of the man he makes batting look ridiculously easy,” said New Zealand’s batting coach Craig McMillan.

“I don’t want to rank it because it’s his 19th Test century and there’s going to be a number more in years to come. Suffice to say it’s a very special innings and hopefully it can propel us to a test victory which would make it even more special.”

With the series tied at 1-1, the final day of this last Test promises to be fascinating with both sides capable of winning.