Sharjah: 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.
NZ's Brendon McCullum (right) congratulates Kane Williamson on his century on the third day of third Test vs Pakistan on Saturday. Pic/AFP
NZ's record 19 sixes
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 pulverise 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.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had to contact its New Zealand counterpart in order to convince the Kiwi team to continue with the series in the UAE following the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, a source in the PCB told PTI on Saturday.