Brendon McCullum blazes to glory, dedicates it to Phillip Hughes
Brendon McCullum smashed a double-hundred but Kane Williamson missed his by eight runs as New Zealand posted their highest total against Pakistan in the third Test in Sharjah on Saturday.cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2014 03:01 IST
Brendon McCullum smashed a double-hundred but Kane Williamson missed his by eight runs as New Zealand posted their highest total against Pakistan in the third Test in Sharjah on Saturday.
McCullum, nicknamed Bazz, hit 188-ball 202 while Williamson made 192 as New Zealand closed the third day at 637-8 with a world record of 19 sixes to pulverise Pakistan. That gave New Zealand a mammoth lead of 286 runs over Pakistan's first innings total of 351, setting them up strongly for a series-levelling win.
This also becomes the highest total by New Zealand, beating the 563 they made at Hobart in 2003. Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and Tim Southee all made 50 each to enjoy a dominating day for their team.
In the morning, McCullum became one of only four batsmen to score three double-hundreds in a year. The New Zealand skipper also created a new second-wicket record for New Zealand in Test cricket of 297 with Williamson.
Over the roof
McCullum jumped out of his crease to hit Shah over the stadium roof at long-on for his 11th six to complete his double-hundred off just 186 deliveries.
This is his third double-hundred this year, following his two against India at home in February, making him the fourth batsmen to score three or more double-hundreds in a year.
It was an innings of full control which battered the Pakistani bowlers into submission, studded with 21 fours and 11 sixes.
McCullum was finally bowled by Shah, much to the relief of the Pakistan bowlers who were looking for wickets after New Zealand resumed the day on a strong 249-1.
The McCullum-Williamson stand bettered New Zealand's all-time previous second-wicket stand.
An emotional McCullum said his thoughts were with Hughes during the knock.
"On behalf of the Blackcaps I want to make the following statement. Our focus at the moment is not on our performances, it is all about Phil," said McCullum.
"We are heartbroken for Phil's family, Greg, Virginia, Megan and Jason. No one should go through what you guys are going through right now."
Brief scores: Pakistan 351 trail New Zealand 637-8 (B McCullum 202, K Williamson 192; Rahat Ali 4-89) by 286 runs