Kane’s 23rd ton places NZ on prime

Mount Maunganui, Dec 27

Kane Williamson’s tireless quest for runs continued today as he batted New Zealand into a commanding position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan. Williamson made 129, his 23rd Test hundred, and shared century partnerships with Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls as New Zealand made 431 batting first after losing the toss. At stumps, Pakistan were 30/1.

In his last 10 Tests in New Zealand, Williamson has made two double-centuries, today’s century and three half-centuries. His solidity has been central to New Zealand’s recent rise to join Australia on 116 points atop the official world Test rankings. — AP

South Africa fight back against Lanka

PRETORIA: Opener Dean Elgar fell five runs short of a century as South Africa climbed to 317/4 at the close of play on Day 2 of the first Test against injury-hit Sri Lanka at Centurion Park today. Faf du Plessis (55 not out) and Temba Bavuma (41 not out) will resume on the third morning after adding 97 runs, hoping to push South Africa past the visitors’ first innings score of 396. Reuters

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