Kane Williamson scored fourth double-century of his career as New Zealand declared with a 362-run lead over Pakistan on the third day of the second Test on Tuesday.
Williamson’s nine-hour innings and a 369-run fourth-wicket partnership with Henry Nicholls, who made 157, propelled New Zealand to 659-6 in reply to Pakistan’s 297. Williamson briefly delayed his declaration to allow allrounder Daryl Mitchell, son of former All Blacks rugby coach and current England assistant coach John Mitchell, to reach a maiden
Mitchell put on 133 with Williamson for New Zealand’s sixth wicket. He was 69 not out when tea was taken late after a rain-affected second session and returned knowing he had only a handful of overs to reach his hundred.
He was 93 when he came to the fifth over which Williamson indicated was positively the last of the New Zealand innings. With a single, a pair of twos and a boundary, he reached his century from the fifth ball and was left 102 not out.
Pakistan had been in the field for 158.5 overs, almost two full days, and the task of facing New Zealand’s fresh attack before stumps was a daunting one. Shan Masood fell for a duck in the eighth over and Pakistan went to stumps at 8-1, still 354 behind.
Williamson also had been a feature of almost all of the second and third days. He went to the crease in only the 20th over of New Zealand’s innings early on the second day when they were 52-1 and he left 130 overs later when it was 585-6.
Unflappable, he was 199 when the second and shorter rain break of the day occurred on Tuesday and returned to post his double-century from 327 balls. In doing so he became only the second New Zealand after Brendon McCullum, his predecessor as captain, to post four double-centuries in Tests.
And at 123 he surpassed 7000 runs in Tests, following his current teammate Ross Taylor and former captain Stephen Fleming as one only New Zealanders to achieve that mark. His marathon 573-ball 238 included 28 boundaries.