Cricket records tumble in massive NZ Test innings


Sarkar and Mahmudullah shared a 235-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but a severe lack of support ultimately translated to hefty defeat.

"Tamim batted very well against them, Wagner was bowling from round the wicket into his body, Tamim is the best batsman in the team when it comes to pull and hook shot".

New Zealand faced their first challenge since Bangladesh's arrival on their shores about three weeks ago in the Hamilton Test.

It is only the 13th time in the history of Test cricket, and the second time by New Zealand, that the first three batsmen have scored centuries in the same innings. That wicket quickly brought others in its wake, and Boult was soon celebrating a five-for when he had the tailender Abu Jayed bowled playing down the wrong line.

Williamson led the way on a record-breaking day in NZ cricket. We knew it would be a big push.

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"It was really hard for us to adapt on a surface that wasn't offering much to the seam bowlers or the spin bowlers". They were just trying to stick with plans for a long period, and perhaps force an error.

It was Soumya's maiden hundred and the fifth and highest century for Mahmudullah as they pounded the boundaries and took control of the short-ball barrage that decimated their first innings.

The pair managed to take the visitors through to 174-4 at the close of play and continued to thwart the hosts' bowlers during Sunday's first session. Parore had 201 dismissals for New Zealand in 78 Tests.

Mahmudullah reached his century after lunch from 183 balls, though he hit 16 fours and a six. This was the sixth-best stand in terms of runs for Bangladesh, with the highest being 359 between Shakib Al Hasan and Rahim which was against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017. Mahmudullah battled on and was the second to last wicket to fall, caught by Boult off Southee. "Having 120-odd for one wicket we then collapsed and I think that was the main opportunity that we missed". I thought throughout the whole Test the bowlers were outstanding.

Williamson's 200 not out, which earned him the Player of the Match award, has lifted him from 897 points to within seven points of India captain Virat Kohli, who is perched at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings with 922 points.

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