Williamson ton continues NZ domination
A hundred on home ground from New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has kept his side on top at the end of day two of the first Test against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui.
The Blackcaps were 222/3 overnight after they were put into bat. Williamson, who was on 94*, reached his 23rd Test hundred in 261 balls. This is his second consecutive century in this format after making a career-best 251 against West Indies.
Williamson’s innings did not grow too big as he left for 129 runs from 297 deliveries, striking 12 fours and a six. His 133-run partnership with Henry Nicholls broke when the latter did not review a caught dismissal which actually hit his arm. Nicholls made 137-ball 56.
BJ Watling played a vital knock in taking New Zealand’s first innings total to 431 in 155 overs. The wicket-keeper batsman played 145 balls for 73 runs that included eight boundaries.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he bagged four wickets for 109 runs. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah chipped in with three wickets for 113.
Pakistan were given 20 overs to bat before the day’s play ended. Shan Masood (10) was the only man to fall just before the stumps. Kyle Jamieson, who had earlier scored 32 off 69 with the bat, took the only wicket for five runs in six overs which included four maidens.
Abid Ali (19*) and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (0* off 15) are unbeaten as Pakistan ended the day with 30/1.
New Zealand 1st innings: 431 allout in 155 overs (Williamson 129, Watling 73; Shaheen 4/109, Yasir 3/113)
Pakistan 1st innings: 30/1 in 20 overs (Abid 19*, Shan 10; Jamieson 1/5)
Pakistan trail by 401 runs
Stumps – Day 2