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Cricket news - Williamson double thrusts New Zealand to their highest Test total

The day began with Williamson dealing in singles to get to his 20th Test hundred.

Kane Williamson's double century and Colin de Grandhomme's blitzy 76 off 53 deliveries provided the platform for New Zealand's highest total in Test cricket as they posted a massive 715 for 6 declared - the second highest total against Bangladesh - in the post-lunch session on Day 3 of the first Test in Hamilton on Saturday (March 2). Facing a humongous task having started their second innings 481 runs behind, Bangladesh rode on Tamim Iqbal's positive batting to go into Tea at 56 for 0.

The second session was all about milestones as Williamson continued to make merry against a hapless Bangladesh attack, with de Grandhomme joining him in the fun. The burly all-rounder dealt in maximums with Mehidy Hasan feeling the brunt of his attack and going on to record the most expensive figures for Bangladesh in an innings. Mehidy ended up conceding 246 runs, the sixth most expensive figures in Test cricket.

There were plenty of landmarks from New Zealand's perspective as they recorded their first 700-plus total, going past the 690 they had posted against Pakistan in Sharjah in November 2014, with the Williamson-de Grandhomme combo bringing up the third century stand of the innings. De Grandhomme got to his fifth Test fifty, off 38 deliveries, while Williamson surpassed Stephen Fleming's knock of 192 against Pakistan in December 2003 to register the highest individual score in Seddon Park. The declaration came soon after Williamson reached his second double hundred, which he got in style when he pulled Abu Jayed for a boundary.

The reply from Bangladesh revolved around Tamim, who dealt in boundaries from the word go like he did in the first innings. Cracking drives through the cover region were on display again while he didn't hesitate to take on the short deliveries as well, clearing the fence behind square off Tim Southee for his first maximum of the innings. Shadman Islam began in a slightly sedate fashion before hitting the straps with a couple of fours off Southee, who yet again had an expensive start with the ball while Trent Boult also went for a few. Having raised a half-century stand with a boundary off de Grandhomme, Tamim saw through a testing over from Neil Wagner to remain unbeaten along with Shadman at the tea break.

The day began with Williamson dealing in singles to get to his 20th Test hundred while nightwatchman 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 the 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. New Zealand crossed the 600-run mark before Watling departed on the brink of Lunch, caught down the leg side off Mehidy.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 234 & 56/0 (Tamim Iqbal 35*, Shadman Islam 21*) trail New Zealand 715/6 decl. (Kane Williamson 200*, Tom Latham 161, Jeet Raval 132; Soumya Sarkar 2-68) by 371 runs.

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