HAMILTON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit the best Take a look at rating of his profession on Friday with an imposing 251 because the hosts posted an imposing 519 for seven declared on day two of the primary Take a look at in opposition to the West Indies in Hamilton.
In reply, the injury-hit West Indies had been 49 with out loss with John Campbell on 22 and Kraigg Brathwaite on 20 after cautiously negotiating the 26 overs to stumps at Seddon Park.
After two months taking part in in the identical Indian Premier League workforce as West Indies skipper Jason Holder, Williamson, 30, slipped seamlessly again into the strict calls for of the red-ball recreation.
He was thrust into the Take a look at after 5 overs and over the following 10 hours and 24 minutes he confronted 412 deliveries, caressing the ball to all factors as he picked the deliveries that wanted to be performed and infrequently touched anything.
Williamson’s third double century, eclipsing his unbeaten 242 in opposition to Sri Lanka almost six years in the past, included 34 fours and two sixes. It prolonged his New Zealand report to 22 Take a look at centuries — three greater than present team-mate and former skipper Ross Taylor.
“It wasn’t really at the forefront of my mind,” the grasp batsman stated, when requested about reaching his highest Take a look at rating. “You just want to keep going and try to get yourself and the team in a position of strength, and getting to 240 the job wasn’t done.”
West Indies quick bowler Roach praised Williamson’s ‘fantastic’ innings however stated the West Indies remained assured.
“Kane’s obviously the main person for them, and kudos to him, it was a fantastic innings, one of the best I’ve seen,” Roach stated. “However, take away Kane’s innings and we had been in on the different batsmen and didn’t let the opposite batsmen settle as lengthy.
“To survive this evening definitely shows a lot of confidence in the team and we will take more confidence into day three.”
The primary indicators that Williamson was considering of declaring got here when he sharply lifted the scoring price after passing 200.
His subsequent 51 got here off 42 deliveries. In a single Roach over he smacked two fours and a six earlier than being given out on 222, caught behind, solely to be recalled when replays confirmed the supply was a no-ball.
It was Alzarri Joseph who lastly eliminated the New Zealand talisman along with his sole wicket of the innings, a brief supply that Williamson mistimed and was caught at mid-wicket by Roston Chase.
He walked off to a standing ovation and with the West Indies gamers dashing over to congratulate him on a masterful efficiency.
Three overs later, as soon as Kyle Jamieson reached his half-century, Williamson declared.
The tall Jamieson, along with his unbeaten 51, is proving a stable performer in his third Take a look at outing and was the one different batsman so as to add considerably to the New Zealand complete on day two.
Taylor, who was 31 not out in a single day, might solely add seven earlier than he was caught behind by Shamarh Brooks who took over the gloves from the injured Shane Dowrich.
Henry Nicholls’ low-scoring streak continued when he went for seven, extending his run and not using a half-century to 13 innings.
Tom Blundell supported Williamson for greater than 90 minutes however made solely 14, whereas Daryl Mitchell might solely add 9 with Tim Southee not out for 11 on the shut.
For the West Indies, Gabriel took three for 89, Kemar Roach took three for 114 and Joseph one for 99.
Traditional first drop Darren Bravo didn’t area Friday due to an Achilles heel pressure and is predicted to bat down the order at seven, whereas common wicket-keeper Dowrich didn’t participate on day two due to a hand damage and should not bat in any respect.
NEW ZEALAND (1st Innings, in a single day 243-2):
T.W.M. Latham b Roach 86
W.A. Younger b Gabriel 5
Ok.S. Williamson c Chase b Joseph 251
L.R.P.L. Taylor c Brooks b Gabriel 38
H.M. Nicholls c Holder b Roach 7
T.A. Blundell lbw b Gabriel 14
D.J. Mitchell c Holder b Roach 9
Ok.A. Jamieson not out 51
T.G. Southee not out 11
EXTRAS (B-11, LB-23, W-1, NB-12) 47
TOTAL (for seven wkts decl, 145 overs) 519
FALL OF WKTS: 1-14, 2-168, 3-251, 4-281, 5-353, 6-409, 7-503.
DID NOT BAT: N. Wagner, T.A. Boult.
BOWLING: Roach 30-7-114-3 (3nb); Gabriel, 25-6-89-3 (8nb); Holder 31-12-60-0 (1nb); Joseph 31-8-99-1 (1w); Chase 25-0-109-0; Brathwaite 3-0-14-0.
WEST INDIES (1st Innings):
Ok.C. Brathwaite not out 20
J.D. Campbell not out 22
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-1, W-1, NB-1) 7
TOTAL (for no wkt, 26 overs) 49
TO BAT: R.L. Chase, S.S.J. Brooks, J. Blackwood, S.O. Dowrich, D.M. Bravo, J.O. Holder, Ok.A.J. Roach, A.S. Joseph, S.T. Gabriel.
BOWLING (to-date): Southee 9-3-20-0;
Boult 5-1-6-0 (1w); Jamieson 6-2-7-0; Wagner 6-1-11-0 (1nb).
Revealed in Daybreak, December fifth, 2020