Kane Williamson’s record day has been showered by bad weather in Auckland as New Zealand finish day two of the D/N first Test with a lead of 171 runs against England at Eden Park.
New Zealand were 175/3 on day one after England were bowled out for a mere 58 runs in the first innings.
Blackcaps skipper Williamson required nine runs to complete his century. In the second morning, he reached his 18th Test hundred in 196 balls. He now has the most number of Test hundreds for New Zealand, surpassing Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor’s tally of 17.
Rain interrupted the play then. The tea break was taken by that time. Soon after play resumed, James Anderson got the big wicket of Williamson. Williamson made 102 runs from 220 deliveries including 11 fours and a six.
Rain came in to play again when the hosts were 229/4 in 92.1 overs. The players were taken off. After several inspections match officials decided to call off second day’s play. Day three’s play will start half an hour earlier at 1:30.
Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling are unbeaten at the crease. Nicholls is one short of a half-century, 49* off 143 balls with 3 fours. Watling is on 20-ball 17*. Moeen Ali will resume his over tomorrow.
England 58 allout
New Zealand 229/4 in 92.1 overs (Williamson 102, Nicholls 49; Anderson 3/53, Broad 1/37)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com