Kane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricket

first_imgNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an innings when they declared at 715 for 6 on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Sri Lanka, who hold the record for highest total of 952/6 declared, have the most number of 700-plus totals at six. India, Australia and West Indies have done it four times each while England thrice and Pakistan twice have achieved the feat.Captain Kane Williamson, who completed his second double century, struck a four from the last ball of the New Zealand innings to reach 200 before a planned declaration at drinks in the middle session. Colin de Grandhomme, who had been speeding towards a century, was left 76 not out which included five sixes and came from only 53 balls.New Zealand surpassed their previous Test best score of 690, achieved against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014 and led Bangladesh by 481 runs after the tourists made 234 in their first innings.Williamson has become a relentless run-scoring machine for New Zealand with 20 centuries and 29 half-centuries in 71 Tests and an average of 52. He has now scored almost 900 runs in the eight Tests New Zealand has played in the past year, with a double century, two centuries and three half-centuries in that time.Williamson has lifted himself to second place on world Test batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, and on Saturday became only the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to pass 6,000 runs in Tests.At the same time, he has refused to put personal goals against team ones. He intended to declare at the second drinks break on Saturday – the exact midpoint of the match – and he would have done so whether he was 196 or 200.advertisementAs it was, the last of his 19 boundaries lifted him to an unbeaten double century from 257 balls – his second double century after his unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in 2015.The current Test is extraordinary for the fact that the top three New Zealand batsmen have all scored centuries in the same innings.Tom Latham made 161 and Jeet Raval 132 in a record 254-run opening partnership – only the fifth time both New Zealand openers have scored centuries in the same innings – before Williamson’s innings propelled New Zealand on to their highest Test total.In a tiny, unnoticed but poignant footnote, the Bangladesh seamer Ebadot Hossain captured his first Test wicket when he dismissed the nightwatchman Neil Wagner for 47 – Wagner’s highest Test score.Hossain, on debut, should have had his first wicket with the second ball he bowled in a Test but Latham was dropped in the slips. He had to bowl another 147 deliveries at a cost of 104 runs before the maiden wicket finally came his way.Also Watch:last_img read more