Tea Bangladesh 234 and 56 for no loss (Tamim 35*, Shadman 21*) trail New Zealand 715 for 6 dec (Williamson 200*, Latham 161) by 425 runs
New Zealand mounted 715 for six on Bangladesh, their highest total in Test history, on the third afternoon in Hamilton. They broke the 690 they had made against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014, with the last 110 runs coming in 15.1 overs following the lunch break.
Kane Williamson reached his second double-hundred but it was Colin de Grandhomme who invigorated Seddon Park with his five sixes, mostly high over the leg-side fence. He was unbeaten on 76 off 53 balls, having also struck four boundaries.
Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam began well by putting together another 50-plus opening stand, following up on their 57-run stand in the first innings. It was some respite for a side that had been subjected to Neil Wagner‘s pummeling in the morning and more devastation by de Grandhomme, in the afternoon.
A couple of overs after they came out after lunch, he launched Khaled Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan for sixes over fine-leg and mid-on. Soon after being dropped on 39 by Mohammad Mithun at long-on, de Grandhomme pulled Abu Jayed over midwicket and swept himself off his feet hitting Mehidy over square-leg. That shot brought up New Zealand’s highest team score, and another six later in the over brought up their first 700-plus total.
Williamson, upon reaching his second double-century with a pull through fine-leg, declared with a lead of 481 runs. New Zealand had earlier raced off the blocks on the third morning, as Wagner blasted three sixes and six fours in his 35-ball 47. Williamson, at the other end, calmly reached his 20th Test century and after Wagner’s dismissal, with a tuck off the hips, he went on to reach 6,000 runs too. He became the second fastest among the six New Zealanders who have reached this milestone.
As Williamson provided his usual solidity at his end, BJ Watling got out for 31 after they added 96 runs for the sixth wicket, making way for de Grandhomme to do his thing in the post-lunch session.
Mehidy finished with 2 for 246, the worst bowling figures by a Bangladeshi in a Test innings, crossing Taijul Islam’s 4 for 219 against Sri Lanka from last year. The three-man pace attack, gave away 369 runs for one wicket in their 87 combined overs.