Williamson draws closer to eclipsing Kohli in Test rankings

Williamson draws closer to eclipsing Kohli in Test rankings

Williamson draws closer to eclipsing Kohli in Test rankings

The match had belonged to New Zealand long before they declared their first innings at a colossal 715 for six - a first innings lead of 481 - but Soumya and Mahmudullah were determined to make crossing the finish line as hard as possible for the hosts.

As day four wore on at Seddon Park, the swashbuckling fifth-wicket stand of 235 between Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah was feeling more and more like the unbeaten 274-run partnership shared by Mendis (141) and Mathews (120), who batted out an entire day to rescue an epic draw with the help of rain also washing out the final day at the Basin Reserve.

Though Mahmudullah soldiered on, he was not able to stave off defeat for too long as the Bangladesh innings was wrapped up soon after tea.

Mahmudullah battled on but his support quickly dwindled as Boult claimed 5-123 _ his eighth five wicket bag in Tests. New Zealand skipper Williamson resumed the day on 93 and calmly worked his way to his 20th century, the most by a New Zealander, and in his 71st Test he passed 6,000 runs faster and with a better average than any of his countrymen. It was an ironic end to the Test match; Mahmudullah could have been out first ball on day three if the third umpire had overturned an on-field decision of not-out under very similar circumstances.

However, Trent Boult picked up his ninth Test five-wicket haul and bowled out Bangladesh for 429, way short of New Zealand's 715 for six declared in the first innings.

New Zealand finished a free-scoring morning at 605 for six, extending their lead to 371 after putting on 154 in the session.

Parore has 201 dismissals as a wicketkeeper, while former captain Brendon McCullum retired in 2016 with 209 dismissals, but 31 of those were after he gave up the gloves in 2013.

The pair managed to take the visitors through to 174-4 at the close of play and continued to thwart the hosts' bowlers during Sunday's first session with Sarkar going from 39 to his century, bringing it up with a single off Southee.

Tamim Iqbal scored a hundred in the first innings whereas Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar scored centuries in the second innings. "But I think batsmen will be feeling positive leading in the second Test", Mahmudullah said. "I think it is their primary method, which I hope our batsmen have understood and keep in mind for the second Test", he said.

"They try to swing the new ball to induce the edges and when the cherry gets older they tend to bowl bouncers to intimidate the batsmen".

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