Williamson eyeing another hundred
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who is coming from a career-best knock in his last Test, is six runs shy of a 23rd century at stumps of day one of the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui.
Williamson came into the wicket in the first over as Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Tom Latham (4) on the third ball. Shaheen then dismissed the other opener T Blundell for 5 to reduce the hosts to 13/2 after opting to field first.
The resilient Williamson and Ross Taylor saw through the morning session before runs started to flow on a green track. The duo reached fifties in 150 and 127 balls respectively.
Taylor paced up his innings in the second innings but edged caught behind off Shaheen just after the tea break. He faced 151 balls for 70 runs, including 10 fours and a six. The third wicket partnership added 120 runs.
Henry Nicholls assisted his captain Williamson to finish the day on a high, at 222/3 in 87 overs. Williamson is on 94* from 243 deliveries. He has hit 8 fours and a six. Nicholls is on a 100-ball 42*.
Shaheen bowled 20 overs for his 3/55. Mohammad Abbas was economical despite being wicketless, giving away only 25 runs in 21 overs, 11 of them were maidens.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan is Pakistan’s acting captain in absence of Babar Azam, who is out with wrist injury.
New Zealand 222/3 in 87 overs (Williamson 94*, Taylor 70, Nicholls 42*; Shaheeh 3/55)
Stumps – Day 1