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Stats Analysis

The records Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls broke

Their 369-run partnership is the highest in Tests between New Zealand and Pakistan

Shiva Jayaraman
Williamson and Nicholls have added 1041 runs over just 12 partnerships in the last three years  •  Getty Images

Williamson and Nicholls have added 1041 runs over just 12 partnerships in the last three years  •  Getty Images

2 New Zealand partnerships in Test cricket bigger than the 369-run stand between Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls. Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones hold the record for their third-wicket stand of 467 against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 1990-91. Second on the list is the opening stand of 387 between Terry Jarvis and Glenn Turner against West Indies in 1972. The partnership in this match is the highest for New Zealand in Tests in over 30 years. Click here for New Zealand's highest stands in Test cricket.
0 Triple-hundred stands by a New Zealand pair against Pakistan in Tests before this. The previous highest partnership of 297 had come between Brendon McCullum and Williamson in Sharjah in 2014-15. In fact, this is the highest partnership ever in Tests between the two teams. The previous highest was a 350-run partnership between Asif Iqbal and Mustaq Mohammad in Dunedin in 1972-73.
2009 The last time a pair put on a bigger partnership in Tests against Pakistan: Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera had added 437 runs for the fourth wicket in Karachi in 2009. The 369-run stand in this match is the fourth highest in Tests against Pakistan. Conrad Hunte and Garry Sobers added 446 for the second wicket in Jamaica back in 1957-58, which is the highest. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag had an opening partnership of 410 in Lahore in 2005-06, which is the other higher stand against Pakistan.
1 Partnerships that have added more runs in Tests in New Zealand. The one between Crowe and Jones in 1990-91 in the only higher stand than the one in this match. Incidentally, Williamson was involved in the third-highest stand in Tests in New Zealand as well. He had added an unbeaten 365 with BJ Watling for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 2014-15. Click here for the highest partnerships in Tests played in New Zealand.
13 Number of 300-plus stands against Pakistan in Tests since the turn of the century - the most against any team. India are next on this list, having conceded eight such stands. Before the year 2000, Pakistan had conceded just two such stands in 261 Tests. Since 2000 they have played 172. Incidentally, including the one in this Test, the last three triple-hundred stands have come against Pakistan. They share this dubious record with three other teams though: England, Australia and India having been on the receiving end of three consecutive triple hundred stands in Tests in the past.
1041 Runs added by Williamson and Nicholls in just 12 Test partnerships in the last three years. They are the second-most prolific pair in this period behind Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who have added 1275 runs in 19 partnerships. Williamson and Nicholls have put on four century stands and two fifty stands between them in these 12 partnerships. The Kohli-Rahane pair is the only one with more century stands than these two New Zealand batsmen.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo @shiva_cricinfo