Kane Williamson notched his second double century in tests and his first in more than four years as the Black Caps ripped up the record books in the first test against Bangladesh in Hamilton.
The Black Caps captain resumed unbeaten on 93 and reached his ton early on day three, becoming the first New Zealander to score 20 test centuries, before the hosts accelerated to their highest test total in reply to Bangladesh’s 234 all out at Seddon Park.
Already top of New Zealand’s list for test centuries scored, Williamson was in the middle with nightwatchman Neil Wagner when first raising his bat on Saturday, but he would do so again in the second session with the Black Caps declaring on 715-6, a whopping 481 runs ahead.
Bangladesh were completely demoralised as the Black Caps scored freely at 4.38 runs an over in an innings that broke all kinds of records.
It was Seddon Park’s highest test total, New Zealand’s biggest first-innings lead in tests, and the second highest test total against Bangladesh after Sri Lanka’s 730-6 declared in Dhaka in January, 2014.
The Black Caps also bettered their previous highest test total of 690 set against Pakistan in Sharjah in November, 2014.
Williamson fell short of a century at stumps on Friday when the Black Caps were on the brink of an unprecedented feat: three test centurions in one day.
Openers Jeet Raval (132) and Tom Latham (161) had shared 254 for New Zealand’s first wicket, breaking plenty of milestones, but Williamson and his side would set even more after he brought up three figures in 143 balls.
The skipper, who passed 6000 runs in tests before lunch, led with consummate ease as the scoreboard looked uglier at every glance for Bangladesh, whose inexperienced bowling attack posed little threat.
Wagner chipped in with his best test score (47 from 35 balls) in a breezy knock that ended when debutant seamer Ebadat Hossain took his first wicket in tests from an edge through to wicketkeeper Liton Das.
BJ Watling then departed for 31, nicking one to Liton down leg from spinner Mehidy Hasan, whose horrible final figures of 2-246 go down as the most runs conceded by a bowler in a test innings in New Zealand.
As Colin de Grandhomme played with his trademark gusto – rapidly scoring his fifth test 50 (76 from 53 balls) after getting a life when dropped on the boundary by Mohammad Mithun – Williamson batted on and on.
He cruised past Seddon Park’s highest individual test score (192) before reaching 200 off 257 balls having hit 19 fours – his last, a perfectly executed pull shot, bringing the declaration with the Black Caps 715-6 from 163 overs.
Williamson’s only previous double century was his unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 2015 – his highest test score.
With Williamson’s masterful knock, New Zealand’s top three had all scored centuries in the same innings of a test for the first time since Mark Richardson (145), Lou Vincent (106) and Scott Styris (119) did so in a drawn match against India in Mohali in October 2003.
The feat had only happened on 12 occasions in tests prior to Raval, Latham and Williamson repeating it for a 13th time, the second achieved by New Zealand, and the first since South Africa’s top three of Dean Elgar (113), Aiden Markram (143) and Hashim Amla (132) managed it against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein in October, 2017. (Courtesy Stuff)