New Zealand's 23-year-old sensational batsman Kane Williamson's purple patch seemly transcended from ODIs to Tests as he scored his 5th Test ton in the final session on the first day of the first Test against India at Auckland.
After Ishant Sharma's twin strikes and Zaheer Khan's one wicket rocked the Kiwis, Williamson assumed the all-too-familiar role of steadying the New Zealand ship. With skipper Brendon McCullum for company, he did that far too easily as the impact of the Indian bowling began to wane away. (Final report)
Scoring 113 off 172 balls, Williamson played some exquisite strokes all-round the park. Williamson displayed his trademark confident and positive demeanour in his approach, putting the bad balls away with a the calm and ease of a seasoned pro. The full deliveries were deftly hit to the straight boundary and the short deliveries pulled and hooked without much trouble. He also took up the onus of going after India's only spin option Ravindra Jadeja and collected a handful of boundaries off the left-arm spinner. (Live Blog)