Henry Nichols is playing with such a fortune! (Updated)
This is the fate of Henry Nichols!
The left-arm Kiwi top order is seeing incredible good fortune in the 2020-21 Test season. No one else has got ‘life’ like him five times this season. A few days ago, he played an innings of 174 against the West Indies in Wellington with three ‘lives’. In the latest Mount Manganui Test, New Zealand got ‘life’ on the way to 56 runs in the first innings. And got ‘life’ today.
Nichols was dismissed by Shahin Afridi for 3 runs. But Afridi’s ball was not considered as it was not legal. Even today he used the gift given by the opponent. The hosts are in a good position at the end of the second day of the Christchurch Test against Pakistan, thanks to the fragrance of Williamson’s century and Nichols’ century. New Zealand made 286 for 3 on the second day of the Christchurch Test.
Unbeaten Kiwi captain Williamson scored 112 runs in a great century. Nichols was unbeaten on 89 at the other end. The hosts trailed Pakistan by 11 runs in the first innings. Williamson also wants to make it to the list of 7,000 runs in Tests and only 11. If Williamson can do that in the 144th Test innings tomorrow, Brian Lara will surpass Ricky Ponting.
If Shahin Afridi had not made a mistake in the ‘no’ ball, Pakistan would have taken three wickets in the first session. Two openers, Tom Latham (33) and Tom Blandell (16) did not last long. Ross Taylor (12) is back at the start of the second session. Williamson put New Zealand in a strong position with an unbeaten partnership of 215 off 340 balls with Nichols for the fourth wicket. His bat has become wider with the wicket being set. Williamson remained unbeaten on 78 with Nasim Shah hitting four fours in his over to reach 94. He scored a century in all Tests at home this season.
Nichols’ last four innings in Tests are three fifties. If he scores 11 more runs tomorrow, he will score two centuries in the last four innings. But if the opposing team did not give the gift of life in this way, they would have to go back below fifty in four innings. And then the question would have arisen about his place in the team. But luck is on his side so much that he is being praised for his great batting form.
Meanwhile, there is no question how to play in Yule, Williamson is teaching. The Kiwi captain has no sixes in his 175-ball innings. There are 16 fours. Williamson started batting slowly in the first session. He played 105 balls to pick up the fifth. As the wicket was set, he got the next 35 balls to score a century.
A total of seven bowlers were used by Pakistan captain Mohammad Rizwan. Afridi took 1 wicket for 45 runs. Mohammad Abbas and Fahim Ashraf took one wicket each.