SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AFP) – 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 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 pulversie a hapless 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.
Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs and drawing the second in Dubai.
New Zealand surpassed Australia’s record of 17 sixes in a Test innings against Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003.
This also becomes the highest total by New Zealand against Pakistan, 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 all Test cricket of 297 with Williamson.
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.