• Kiwi triple-play tons crush Tigers

    Three big centuries from New Zealand’s top three took the hosts to their highest Test score as the home side ended day three of the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton in the driving seat.

    Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval got the New Zealand innings off to a superb start, making their way past Bangladesh’s first innings total of 234 without the loss of a wicket.

    Raval was the first wicket to fall with the score on 254, but not before going to his maiden Test century (132 off 220 balls) in his 28th Test innings to add to his seven Test half-centuries.

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    Latham’s 161 was his ninth Test century in his 75th innings, with his last four knocks in Test cricket yielding scores of 264 not out, 10, 176 and 161 for a total of 661 runs at an average of 203,66.

    Kane Williamson notched up his 20th Test century in his 126th innings and went on to reach 200 off 257 balls, at which point he declared his side’s innings closed. It was the second Test double century of his career, following his 242 not out against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 2015.

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    The New Zealand tail wagged prodigiously as New Zealand powered their way to a score of 715-6 off 163 overs. Henry Nicholls (53 off 81 balls) and Neil Wagner (47 off 35) chipped in with well-played innings, while Colin de Grandhomme once again hit lustily to end unbeaten on 76 off just 53 balls (4×4, 5×6, S/R 143.39).

    Highest teams innings totals in Test cricket

    Team Score Opposition Ground Match Date
    Sri Lanka 952/6d India Colombo (RPS) 2 Aug 1997
    England 903/7d Australia The Oval 20 Aug 1938
    England 849 West Indies Kingston 3 Apr 1930
    West Indies 790/3d Pakistan Kingston 26 Feb 1958
    Pakistan 765/6d Sri Lanka Karachi 21 Feb 2009
    Sri Lanka 760/7d India Ahmedabad 16 Nov 2009
    India 759/7d England Chennai 16 Dec 2016
    Australia 758/8d West Indies Kingston 11 Jun 1955
    Sri Lanka 756/5d South Africa Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 2006
    West Indies 751/5d England St John’s 10 Apr 2004
    West Indies 749/9d England Bridgetown 26 Feb 2009
    West Indies 747 South Africa St John’s 29 Apr 2005
    Australia 735/6d Zimbabwe Perth 9 Oct 2003
    Sri Lanka 730/6d Bangladesh Dhaka 27 Jan 2014
    Australia 729/6d England Lord’s 27 Jun 1930
    India 726/9d Sri Lanka Mumbai (BS) 2 Dec 2009
    New Zealand 715/6d Bangladesh Hamilton 28 Feb 2019

    New Zealand’s 715-6 was their highest Test score, beating the 690 they racked up against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2014. In that match, Williamson scored 192 off 244 balls as part of a 297-run partnership for the second wicket with Brendon McCullum (202 off 188 balls).

    At the close of day three, Bangladesh trailed by 307 runs with just 6 wickets remaining, as New Zealand look to complete a heavy innings defeat on the visitors.


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