• Williamson once again leads NZ charge

    Kane Williamson struck a third century in as many Test matches as New Zealand started their first innings strongly on Monday.

    Having dismissed Pakistan for 297 on the opening day, the Black Caps got off to a steady start with the bat in Christchurch.

    Openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell battled to a 50-run partnership for the first wicket before both were sent packing by respective Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi deliveries.

    At 52-2, Williamson and Ross Taylor started to rebuild their side’s innings before the latter was dismissed by Mohammad Abbas for only 12.

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    Williamson, though, continued in his dominant fashion and received welcome assistance by Henry Nicholls as they began to pile on the runs.

    The pair made life difficult for the Pakistan bowlers in the two afternoon sessions, with Williamson reaching his 24th Test century.

    Nicholls also brought up his half-century and batted towards an unbeaten 89 by close of play on day two.

    The 215-run partnership between himself and Williamson (112) guided New Zealand to 286-3 at stumps, trailing Pakistan by 11 runs.

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    Andre Huisamen