New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led from the front as the hosts ended Day 1 at 222 for 3 after losing two quick wickets at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 94 of Day 1 of Mount Maunganui Test (AP Image)
- New Zealand were 13 for 2 at one stage on Day 1 of the first Test against Pakistan
- Kane Williamson and and Ross Taylor partnered for 120 runs
- Kane Williamson is just 6 runs away from his 23rd Test century
Pakistan would have definitely fancied their chance of ending the Day 1 of the first Test match agaisnt New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on high after dismissing both their openers with just 13 runs on the board but Kane Williamson showed why he is one of the most dangerous batsman going around in the world.
After Tom Latham (4) and Tom Blundell (5) departed, captain Kane Williamson joined forces with Ross Taylor to add 120 vital runs for the 3rd wicket. In innings full of class, the two gun batsmen gave no chances to the visitors to bounceback in the match.
Williamson and Taylor had played 281 balls together when the latter edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan. The wicket was Afridi’s third scalp of the day. Henry Nicholls, who had scored 174 runs against West Indies in his last Test outing, was the next to join his captain.
New Zealand lost no further wicket on the starting day as Nicholls (42*) and Williamson (94*) batted handsomely and ended up accumulating 89 runs before stumps was called by the umpires.
Day 1 of the Test match saw Kane Williamson equal former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming’s record of most 50-plus scores for the country in the longest format. The two batting heavyweights now have 55 fifty-plus scores each. Also, Williamson is just 6 runs away from his 23rd Test hundred. Meanhwile, Ross Taylor playing his 438th international match, surpassed Daniel Vettori’s tally of 437 matches for New Zealand.