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Cricket news - Williamson ton stretches New Zealand lead past 350

Kane Williamson registered his sixth 150-plus score

New Zealand's dominating batting display extended into Day 3 of the first Test in Hamilton as Kane Williamson joined the list of centurions in the match, becoming the third to reach three-figures. The New Zealand skipper struck an unbeaten 166 to power the hosts to 605 for 6 at Lunch on Saturday (March 2), stretching the lead to 371.

While Williamson dealt in singles to get to his 20th Test hundred, nightwatchman Neil Wagner handled the job of finding the boundaries as he contributed 47 in a 60-run stand with the New Zealand captain. Following a hat-trick of fours off Ebadat Hossain, Wagner took a liking to Khaled Ahmed's bowling, smashing him for three sixes and a four across two overs. Wagner, however, missed out on a half-century, edging a short delivery to the 'keeper to give Ebadat his maiden Test scalp.

The scoring rate slowed down a bit following the departure of Wagner, but Williamson and BJ Watling did manage to find the fence from time to time. Williamson scored three fours in an over off Abu Jayed as he became the fourth New Zealand batsman to score 6000 runs in Tests, and the quickest from his country to get to the milestone.

The Williamson-Watling combo brought up the fifth fifty-plus stand of the innings to pile on the Bangladesh bowlers' misery, with the New Zealand skipper registering his sixth 150-plus score in Tests to stretch the lead past 150. New Zealand crossed the 600-run mark before Watling departed on the brink of Lunch, caught down the leg side off Mehidy Hasan.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 234 trail New Zealand 605/6 (Kane Williamson 166*, Tom Latham 161, Jeet Raval 132; Soumya Sarkar 2-68) by 371 runs.

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