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McCullum, Williamson star for New Zealand

Record second-wicket stand of 297 helps side end third day on 637 for 8, leading by 286 against Pakistan

McCullum, Williamson star for New Zealand - Cricket News
The New Zealand players didn't celebrate out of respect for Phillip Hughes on a day that they dominated from start to finish in Sharjah as Pakistan was sent on a leather hunt. 
 
Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand skipper, hit a blistering 188-ball 202 to set the tone on Day 3 of the third and final Test. The good work was then carried forward by Kane Williamson, who made 192, while Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and the tail also made merry against a tired attack as New Zealand finished with 637 for 8, an overall lead of 286.
 
Resuming on 249 for 1, McCullum unfurled a succession of boundaries to inch closer to his double century. The tragedy that led to the passing of Hughes, the Australia opener, has left the cricket fraternity forlorn, and McCullum, who had partnered Hughes at New South Wales, was particularly shaken by the incident. He brought up his fourth double-century in Tests by quietly embracing Williamson.



McCullum, who reached the mark off 186 balls with a six off Yasir Shah, was bowled a couple of balls later by the same bowler. He finished his innings on 202 from 188 balls with 21 fours and 11 sixes, guiding New Zealand to within six runs of Pakistan’s first innings total of 351. More importantly, New Zealand had added 297 runs, making it the highest second-wicket stand by any Kiwi pair.
 
Williamson, who was equally aggressive en route to his eighth Test century, crossed his career-high 161, but fell within striking distance of what could have been a second double ton in the match. His 192 from 244 balls contained 23 fours and a six.
 
With little pressure applied by the Pakistan bowlers, Taylor and Anderson struck fifties before being dismissed by Shah and Rahat Ali respectively. For a while after tea, it looked like Pakistan would have an hour's batting at least, but those plans were delayed by Mark Craig (34 not out) and Tim Southee (50).
 
Southee became the fifth New Zealand player after Richard Hadlee, John Bracewell, Chris Cairns and Daniel Vettori to go past the mark of 1000 Test runs and 100 wickets.
 
New Zealand also had another landmark to cherish. The team hit 19 sixes in the innings, surpassing the previous best held by Australia, which hit 17 sixes against Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003.

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