Twitter Reactions: Kane Williamson-led NZ makes a comeback after early jolts from Pakistan’s Shaheed Afridi

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  • New Zealand posted 222/3 on Day 1 of the first Test against Pakistan.

  • Shaheen Afridi picked up all three wickets for Pakistan.

Kane Williamson (Image Source: @Blaccaps)
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In the first Test of the two-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the Black Caps captain Kane Williamson once again showed who is the ‘boss’ in the challenging conditions.

The home team were in trouble early on Day 1, after losing both the openers for 13 runs. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi drew the first blood on the third ball of the match when he sent back Tom Latham (4). Afridi carried his momentum and soon dismissed Tom Blundell (5).

Then the experienced pair of Williamson and Ross Taylor took charge and steadied the ship. The duo got to lunch with no further damage and 55 runs on the board. Post the break, Taylor brought up his half-century off 127 balls in the 51st over.

In the next over, Taylor and Williamson brought up the 100-run partnership between them – the 10th time they had reached that milestone together in a decade as teammates. Soon, Williamson also reached his 33rd fifty in the longest format.

While Taylor was cruising towards the triple-figure, Afridi again came for Pakistan’s rescue. The left-armer removed Taylor for a well-made 70.

Williamson kept on tickling the scoreboard and formed another crucial stand of unbeaten 89-runs with Henry Nicholls for the fourth wicket before the umpires declared stumps.

The Black Caps scored 94 runs in the final session of the day and lost only Taylor. At the end of day’s play, the hosts reached 222/3 in 87 overs, with Williamson unbeaten on 94 and Nicholls on 42.

Williamson equals Stephen Fleming’s record

On the opening day of the match, Williamson added another feather to his cap after he equalled the record for most fifty-plus scores in Test cricket for New Zealand. He now stands alongside former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming.

Not only Willamson, but Taylor also achieved a milestone as he became the most capped player for his country across all three formats of international cricket. Taylor has now represented New Zealand in 438 matches, and with that, he went past Daniel Vettori’s tally of 437 games for New Zealand.

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