The Black Caps piled up on the runs and milestones on the third day of the second test against Pakistan in Christchurch.
Kane Williamson has reached his fourth test double century while Henry Nicholls completed his seventh Test hundred when New Zealand struck the tourists with the sword.
Williamson is unbeaten at 200 while Nicholls dropped out for 157 just after lunch, but not before a stack of milestones was recorded.
Nicholls, who bravely hit a strained left calf that visibly troubled him, resumed 89 and was the first to hit a milestone and mark his seventh century of testing at 10. Limit of his innings built up.
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However, he continued to ride his luck after falling to 92 when Azhar Ali fired at a relatively easy chance at Gully, and then again at 133 when Naseem Shah dropped a tough chance at catching and bowling. On Monday, Nicholls was born on Jan.. caught by a no-ball and on 86. dejected by wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan.
Shortly after Williamson, who started the day at 112, became the third New Zealander behind Ross Taylor and Stephen Fleming to finish in just his 83rd. Test scored 7000 test runs when it reached 123.
Highlighting his world-class status, only 12 players have 7,000 runs in fewer innings than Williamson’s 144.
On the next milestone, the pair achieved a record partnership for New Zealand with the fourth wicket against all countries, outperforming the 271 Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder matched against India in Napier in 2009.
When Nicholls left and Mohammad Abbas got hooked, the partnership had produced 369 runs.
It ranks third on the all-time list for New Zealand, for every wicket against a country, behind only Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones (467 for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in Wellington 1991) and Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis ( 387 for the first wicket against the West Indies in Georgetown in 1972).
Williamson went on to post a joint New Zealand record of four hundred double tests with 327 balls, joining Brendon McCullum as the only New Zealander to accomplish this particular feat.
Nicholls had previously been cleared for hitting after a morning net session, despite the Black Caps saying he would have to treat the injury for the remainder of the test and undergo rehabilitation after further assessment.
Resumed at 286-3, the couple faced three maidens to start the day, but once they kicked off the legs flowed free.
By mid-afternoon, New Zealand 509-5 was 212 ahead, with Williamson and Daryl Mitchell (30 not outside) at the crease.
New Zealand is keen to build a big lead in the first innings to win the series 2-0 by two games, get to No. 1 in the world rankings and keep hopes of the world championship finals in June.
Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones – 467 for 3rd. Wicket versus Sri Lanka, Wellington, 1991
Glenn Turner & Terry Jarvis – 387 for 1. Wicket versus West Indies, Georgetown, 1972
Kane Williamson & Henry Nicholls – 369 for 4th. Wicket versus Pakistan, Christchurch, 2021
Kane Williamson & BJ Watling – 365 * for the 6. Wicket versus Sri Lanka, Wellington, 2015
Brendon McCullum & BJ Watling – 352 for the 6. Wicket versus India, Wellington, 2014
Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum – 339 for the 6. Wicket versus Bangladesh, Hamilton, 2010
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