Kiwis break record as Bangladesh toil
New Zealand posted a record 715-6 declared on day three of the first Test in Hamilton, with Bangladesh facing an innings defeat.
After being dismissed for 234 in their first knock, the Asians then chased leather as Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 200 from 257 deliveries.
The skipper’s double ton followed centuries by Jeet Raval (132) and Tom Latham (161) as the Kiwis amassed their highest ever Test total.
There were also several contributions down the order as the Black Caps pushed on towards a declaration, with Henry Nicholls making 53, Neil Wagner hitting 47, while Colin de Grandhomme needed just 53 deliveries to hammer an unbeaten 76.
The all-rounder smashed five sixes and four fours before the hosts finally called time on their innings.
Bangladesh needed to bat for more than two days to save the match but will start day four on 174-4, still requiring another 307 runs to make New Zealand bat again.
First-innings centurion Tamim Iqbal made a rapid 74 while fellow opener Shadman Islam was more circumspect over his 37, but Mominul Haque (8) and Mohammad Mithun (0) added little to the cause.
Soumya Sarkar remains unbeaten on 39 and will probably need to match Williamson’s feat if the Tigers are to salvage anything from the game.
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