Kane Williamson in the dark over world record with Martin Guptill in Twenty20
Kane Williamson is widely regarded as a student of the facts and figures of cricket.
But he had no knowledge of any of the details of the world record opening partnership he and Martin Guptill produced for New Zealand in a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in their Twenty20 international in Hamilton.
It was only after the Black Caps' series-levelling victory at Seddon Park as they made 171 without loss in pursuit of Pakistan's 168-7 that he discovered who they'd looted the record from.
The duo went past the previous best mark New Zealand record they'd set together in Twenty20 internationals of 137 made against Zimbabwe in 2011/12, before passing the world's best mark of 170 from South Africa's Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman made against England in 2009/10, with a boundary when two runs were required for victory.
"It's nice to achieve that - it's not something we set out to do," Williamson said.
"If that happens, it's nice, but more importantly we got across the line to set up a nice finish to the T20 series in Wellington."
That match will be on Friday, after Sunday night's victory got New Zealand back on level pegging following Pakistan's series-opening win at Eden Park on Friday night.
"It was a really good performance from the team all round," the captain said.
"An improved bowling effort on a pretty good batting track first, and then for Gup and myself to put a big partnership together was pleasing."
The continuing dominant form of the opening duo - after strong showings against Sri Lanka in limited-overs internationals - raised the problem of New Zealand's middle order batting being short of match practice ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World event in India in March
"You can't have everything I suppose," Williamson smiled.
"If you do things well then guys don't get bats, but they'll be preparing and training for the next game just as normal and I'm sure they'll be ready to go."
The record stand meant the Black Caps finished the match with 2.2 overs up their sleeves.
Williamson, dropped on 61, made 72 not off off only 48 balls, featuring 11 fours, while Guptill's outstanding 2015/16 home season continued with an unbeaten 87 from 58 deliveries while striking four sixes and nine fours.
Pakistan may have won the battle of the sixes with eight, but the Black Caps tallied 20 fours, as Williamson led the way with his neat, inventive strokeplay.
In contrast with the sedate beginnings from Pakistan, New Zealand's chase got off to a rollicking start. The first three overs produced 31 runs and the 50 came up with the last ball of the 5th over to set up the victory.
Pakistan batted first at Seddon Park following skipper Shahid Afridi winning the toss and had Umar Akmal to thank mostly for their tally. He made an unbeaten 56 off just 27 balls (four sixes and four fours) as his 50 came up off only 22 balls - the second-fastest for Pakistan behind his 21-ball half-century against Australia in 2010.
Fellow middle-order bat Shoaib Malik made 39 off 30 balls as he and Akmal added 63 for the fourth wicket off 5.4 overs
Mitchell McClenaghan looked to be the pick of the Black Caps bowlers and had figures of 1-8 off his first three overs before conceding 15 off his last but picking up another wicket.
New Zealand, with a somewhat limited bowling line-up minus Trent Boult and Matt Henry, opened the bowling with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner.
With the pitch on the far edge of the wicket block, one boundary was massively inviting at just 52 metres away and Santner was the chief victim of this. Williamson probably had the left-arm spinner bowling from the wrong end as he was picked up over the leg-side boundary for sixes three times, with Akmal striking two in succession as Pakistan improved their run-rate in the second half of their innings.
Corey Anderson, after his re-introduction to the bowling crease in the opening match in Auckland, impressed with his sharpness in his first three overs. He had figures of 1-12 but conceded 14 off his final over.
"It was a superb effort from him," Williamson said of Anderson's bowling after a long rehabilitation stint from a back injury.
"I suppose part of rehab and getting back into your role is being ready to go at 100 per cent, and he certainly showed that today."
Pakistan 168-7 (Umar Akmal 56 not out, Shoaib Malik 39) lost to New Zealand 171-0 (Martin Guptill 87 not out, Kane Williamson 72no) by 10 wickets.