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Kane Williamson scores his career-best 251 and places NZ on top in the 1st Test

December 5, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The West Indies might have been having a good second day, but it was Kane Williamson who stood solo against it to post his third double century. West-Indies scalped the wickets of Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, and Daryl Mitchell in the first two sessions. The bowling performance was much improved on the first day when WI won the toss and chose to field.

However, Williamson was an unassailable barrier to the effort of the visitors. New Zealand declared its first innings at 519 for seven after Williamson scored an impressive 251 runs knock.

The Kiwi skipper had an incredible let-off in the hour before tea. After posting his double century from 369 balls, his technique and application went offensive for the visitors. He hit two fours and a six from consecutive balls from Kemar Roach.

Williamson brought up his 200 with a boundary of Roach

Williamson then edged the next ball from Roach to stand-in wicketkeeper Sharmarh Brooks. He began to walk, but the television umpire intervened and called it no-ball. This allowed Williamson a dramatic spare.

Roach was immensely unlucky, but he was by far the best of the West Indies bowlers in the match. He was the only one who troubled Williamson most often. 

Williamson resumed on Friday at 97 after helping New Zealand to 243-2 on the first day. He started by extracting a single then reached his first milestone of the day, his 22nd century. The NZ batsman also brought up his double century with a boundary of roach. His double-century included 30 boundaries.

Kane Williamson had partnerships of 154 runs with Tom Latham and 83 with Taylor for the third wicket. He showed no signs of concern and stayed calm as stumps approached on the first day. 

The batsman resumed on the second day as if his innings had not been interrupted by a long night of anticipation. Williamson was poised, carefree, and entirely in command at the crease. His Partners came and went, but Williamson remained composed and stable.

The Indies' were in a more position because Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich are both injured. The duo may not be able to bat.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth