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BAN vs NZ 1st Test: Kane Williamson century rescues New Zealand on Day 2 | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Kane Williamson once again proved to be New Zealand’s rescuer, crafting a composed century to guide the visiting team to 266-8 by the end of day two in the opening Test against Bangladesh.
Facing a challenging spin-focused attack on a turning Sylhet track, New Zealand’s batters struggled. However, Williamson’s masterful innings of 104, adorned with 11 boundaries, spanned nearly five hours.This landmark hundred, his 29th in Tests, placed him on par with legendsDon Bradman and Virat Kohli.
As the captain and Kyle Jamieson return on Thursday, they aim to overturn the 44-run deficit in what’s expected to be a tightly contested match.

Bangladesh had set a total of 310, with Tim Southee claiming the final wicket of Shoriful Islam on the day’s first delivery.
Despite early setbacks—losing Tom Latham, Devon Conway, and Henry Nicholls before reaching the 100-run mark—Williamson formed crucial partnerships, notably with Daryl Mitchell (41) and Glenn Phillips (42), while holding one end firmly.
Achieving his century with a single off Nayeem Hasan, Williamson’s staunch defense was eventually breached by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (4-89).
At 253/5, New Zealand seemed poised to take the lead, but Bangladesh’s four-wicket surge in the final session leveled the match’s balance.


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