Kane Williamson of New Zealand on Wednesday achieved a significant milestone in Test cricket, matching the Test century record set by Indian batter Virat Kohli. Williamson secured his 29th century in the longest format of the game during the match against Bangladesh at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Remarkably, Williamson reached this landmark in his 95th Test match, completing the feat in 16 innings fewer than Kohli, who accomplished his 29 Test centuries in 111 innings against West Indies. Notably, Williamson's achievement also puts him on par with the legendary Don Bradman, who had amassed 29 centuries from 52 Test matches at the time of his retirement.
The former New Zealand skipper reached the century mark facing 189 balls but eventually fell victim to Taijul Islam after scoring 104 runs off 205 deliveries. Impressively, this marked Williamson's fourth consecutive century in Test cricket, following his stellar performances against England and Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
Debuting for New Zealand in 2010, Williamson not only equaled the century count but also holds the title of the highest run-scorer in the test format with an impressive number of centuries to his name.
Despite New Zealand's total of 310, Bangladesh's bowlers made an impact early on Day 2, dismissing the top three Kiwi batters with only 98 runs on the board. In a crucial partnership, Williamson and Daryll Mitchell patiently added runs, contributing to a 66-run stand. However, Mitchell's departure for 41, falling to Taijul Islam, marked a turning point. Islam, later in the day, claimed four key wickets, including Williamson after his century, leaving New Zealand struggling at 266 for 8 at the end of Day 2.