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Zimbabwe battles hard after Williamson record

New Zealand captain becomes youngest and quickest to score hundreds against all Test nations as his side piles up 582 for 4 declared

Zimbabwe battles hard after Williamson record - Cricket News
Kane Williamson became the first New Zealand batsman to score centuries against all other nine Test-playing nations.
Kane Williamson became the first New Zealand batsman to score centuries against all other nine Test-playing nations to muscle his side to a commanding position in the second Test against Zimbabwe on Sunday (August 7).
 
Williamson, who will turn 26 on Monday, also became the youngest and the quickest of the 13 batsmen to achieve that feat, and Ross Taylor weighed in with his second hundred of the series as New Zealand declared its first innings closed at 582 for 4 at tea.
 
Showing plenty of spunk and courage, Tino Mawoyo and Chamu Chibhabha held firm in the 30 overs to stumps as the host reached 55 without loss. It was a marked improvement from its batting travails in the first Test when Zimbabwe was 36 for 4 and 17 for 4 in its two innings on its way to an innings defeat at the same Queens Sports Club venue.
 
The openers were intent on survival in the early part of the innings, scoring just 20 runs from the first 19 overs to blunt the threat of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Once the new ball was seen off, they batted a little more freely, with Chibhabha on 31 and Mawoyo on 20 at stumps.
 


New Zealand started the day on 329 for 2 with Williamson on 95, and he quickly eased to his 14th Test century but fell not long afterwards, caught at gully off Michael Chinouya for 113. When Henry Nicholls missed a sweep and was trapped in front by leg-spinner Graeme Cremer for 15, New Zealand was 389 for 4 as Zimbabwe enjoyed rare bowling success.
 
However, the dismissal of Nicholls brought BJ Watling out to join Taylor. The two had put on 253 in the first Test, and carrying on from there, were involved in an unbroken stand of 193 for the fifth wicket when the declaration came during the tea interval.
 
Taylor, who made 173 not out in the previous Test, was again unbeaten, this time on 124 as he became the second New Zealand batsman after Tom Latham to record centuries in both Tests this series. Watling, also a centurion last week, was unbeaten on 83 at the interval and passed up an offer from Williamson to go on and continue his century.
 
"I think it was more important to give ourselves the time to bowl," said Watling, the wicketkeeper-batsman. "We had enough runs on the board and we knew it was going to be hard work to take 20 wickets."

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