Former New Zealand Test skipper Kane Williamson has hit his second hundred of the ongoing first Test against South Africa. In the game, the home team, NZ was asked to bat first after losing the toss. They made the most of the opportunity with Williamson (118) and Rachin Ravindra (240) scoring a hundred each and the team reached 511 all-out.
In reply, the Proteas, with the second-string side, were bowled out for 162 with Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner taking three wickets each. On the other hand, Kyle Jamieson and Ravindra took two each. Despite the lead of 349, the former World Test Championship winners decided to bat again. In the second innings, the former Test skipper scored another hundred in his Test career.
With this, for the first time in his career, Williamson has scored two hundreds in a single Test. Meanwhile, at the end of Day Three, the Blackcaps have scored 179/4, leading by 524 runs. At the start of Day Four, the home side is expected to declare the innings and ask the Proteas to try and chase down and NZ would look to bowl out the opposition.
Kane Williamson becomes the third NZ player to get stumped at home after scoring a hundred
The New Zealand white-ball captain has become the third batter to get out stumped at home after scoring a Test hundred. The first one was Stewie Dempster against England way back in 1930. Apart from him, Graham Dowling suffered the same against India in the historic 1968 series.
In that series, the Asian side won the four-match Test series by 3-1 and it was India's maiden overseas Test series win. The team was led by none other than Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, aka Tiger Pataudi, who happens to be the Late Father of Saif Ali Khan, a renowned Bollywood actor.
This is how Twitter reacted
Carrying the Nz batting since i started watching cricket— SpidY (@spidy805) February 6, 2024
They are fortunate to play against the South Africa B team because the main team players are busy in SA T20.— Pritam Pandey ✌️ (@ViratFan100) February 6, 2024
Century number 31 for Williamson. The run machine has added another one to his tally. Eat. Sleep. Score a Test ton. Repeat. That's the Kane routine we know.— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) February 6, 2024
Unreal statpadding against the third string SA side.— Sudharshan R (@rsudharshan95) February 6, 2024
They chose to bat again after having a lead of 349 runs just to help stat pad these tons?
Kane mama is in class form pic.twitter.com/dstrPouset— White knight 🦇 (@santhoshtiger14) February 6, 2024
Kane Williamson is a great player, his skill, his technique and his art are excellent, He plays very well, He is the best players in all three formats, He is playing for new Zealand since long time, He is my favourite.— Zaib Afridi (@ZaibAfridi313) February 6, 2024
His 31st Test hundred not only solidifies his status as one of the best batsmen of the modern era but also surpasses the great Don Bradman and Virat Kohli in the all-time list of Test centurions.— Sonam Murarkar (@murarkar_sonam) February 6, 2024
Kane Williamson is a pure class#NZvsSA— Habib Malik (@HabibMalik626) February 6, 2024
aab kuch nalle ayenge or bolenge statpadding and blah blah blah par ye nhi dekhenge khud ki team ke players flat pitch pe against inexperience spinner pe phek ke chale jate ha 😭😭🤢🤢🤢.— Kawal7828 (@kawal7828) February 6, 2024
Kane Williamson is currently the best Test Batsman in the world better than Steve Smith right now. 7 hundreds in last 7 test matches. Wow! Absolutely a Champion Player.— Pawan Singh (@pawansingh456) February 6, 2024