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

first_imgKane Williamson hits double century as New Zealand join 700 runs club in Test cricketNew Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 3: New Zealand became the seventh Test nation after Sri Lanka, India, Australia, West Indies, England and Pakistan to post a total of over 700 in an innings.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 09:36 IST Kane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricket (Photo tweeted by @BLACKCAPS)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand became the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark in an inningsKane Williamson hit his second double century in Test cricketWilliamson became only the fourth New Zealander to complete 6,000 runs in TestsNew 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:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Jeet RavalFollow Tom LathamFollow Colin de Grandhommelast_img read more

Lanka says training to continue in India

The External Affairs Ministry said that Sri Lanka air force personnel will continue to receive training in India despite objections raised by political groups in southern Tamil Nadu.In an urgent statement the External Affairs Ministry said that reports about a group of Sri Lankan Airmen under training in Chennai being sent back to Sri Lanka is incorrect. “All Sri Lankan trainees are being sent off today from this station as per instruction of the ministry of defence,” a brief Indian defence ministry statement said on Friday. The Indian media had earlier reported that following pressure from politicians in Tamil Nadu, the Indian defence ministry decided to send back Sri Lankan air force personnel who were undergoing training at the Tambaram airbase in Chennai, India. “They will continue their training in another location in India without any hindrance to their training programme,” the External Affairs Ministry said. read more