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New Zealand vs Pakistan: Black Caps pile on milestones as Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls pile on runs

The Black Caps have piled on the runs, and the milestones, early on the third day of the second test against Pakistan in Christchurch.

Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls, playing on bravely with a strained left calf which is visibly troubling him, have put the tourists to the sword in the morning session, scoring 114 runs to move New Zealand through to 400-3 at lunch.

That’s a lead of103 runs over Pakistan, who scored 297 on day one, and there are no signs the foot will come off the throat in the afternoon.

Henry Nicholls congratulated by Kane Williamson of New Zealand after scoring a half century.

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Henry Nicholls congratulated by Kane Williamson of New Zealand after scoring a half century.

Williamson is on 153 and Nicholls 138.

Nicholls, battling on despite suffering the injury late on the second day, resumed on 89 and was the first to notch a milestone, bringing up his seventh test century with the 10th boundary of his innings.

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He continued to ride his luck, however, after being dropped on 92 when Azhar Ali shelled a relatively simple chance at gully, and then again on 133 when Naseem Shah dropped a tough caught and bowled chance. On Monday, Nicholls was caught behind off a no-ball when on 3, and put down by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan on 86.

Henry Nicholls of New Zealand receives medical help from the physiotherapist.

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Henry Nicholls of New Zealand receives medical help from the physiotherapist.

Soon after Williamson, who had started the day on 112, became the third New Zealander behind Ross Taylor and Stephen Fleming to score 7000 test runs, in just his 83rd test, when he got to 123.

Highlighting his world-class status, only 12 players have got to 7000 runs in fewer innings than Williamson’s 144.

The next milestone was notching a record fourth-wicket partnership for New Zealand against all countries, eclipsing the 271 Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder put together against India in Napier in 2009.

By lunch, the Williamson-Nicholls effort was unbeaten on 329 runs, just the sixth New Zealand test partnership for any wicket against any opposition to surpass 300 runs.

Williamson then passed 150 for the eight time in test cricket, just before lunch.

Nicholls had earlier been cleared to bat on after a morning net session, though the Black Caps said he would need to manage the injury for the remainder of the test, then undergo rehabilitation following further assessment.

Resuming at 286-3, the pair faced three maiden overs to start the day but once they got going, the runs flowed freely.

New Zealand are keen to press on and build a big first innings lead as they seek to sweep the two-match series 2-0 and move to No 1 in the world test rankings, and keep alive hopes of making the World Test Championship final in June.


Ross Taylor – 7379

Stephen Fleming – 7172

Kane Williamson – 7030*

Brendon McCullum – 6453

Martin Crowe – 5444

John Wright – 5334

Nathan Astle – 4702

Daniel Vettori – 4523

Tom Latham – 3929

BJ Watling – 3766


Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones – 467 for the 3rd wicket v Sri Lanka, Wellington, 1991

Glenn Turner & Terry Jarvis – 387 for the 1st wicket v West Indies, Georgetown, 1972

Kane Williamson & BJ Watling – 365* for the 6th wicket v Sri Lanka, Wellington, 2015

Brendon McCullum & BJ Watling – 352 for the 6th wicket v India, Wellington, 2014

Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum – 339 for the 6th wicket v Bangladesh, Hamilton, 2010

Kane Williamson & Henry Nicholls – 329* for the 4th wicket v Pakistan, Christchurch, 2021

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