Tim Southee, who surpassed the record of sixes registered by AB de Villiers, has now equalled the record of sixes listed by Sachin Tendulkar during his 200 Tests. Tim Southee, who is known for his big-hitting skills has achieved the record during the Test match against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

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Southee achieved the feat after coming out to bat at No. 10 on the opening day of the first Test Vs Sri Lanka. En route to his 14 off 19 balls, he slammed Dhanajaya de Silva for his 69th six.

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Tim Southee scored 69 sixes:

Tendulkar reached the milestone in 329 innings, meanwhile, Southee reached it in only 89 innings. Southee is just one six away from levelling with Younus Khan (70 sixes off 213 innings). Southee and Tendulkar are currently 17th in the standings.

Southee might soon surpass the Master Blaster if he continues to play Tests for New Zealand. He is just one hit away from doing so. The right-hander possesses the ability to hit the big shots and can take on the bowlers on his day. He has so far scored 1550 runs in 95 innings at a decent average of 18.02, considering his batting position.

Tim Southee, Sachin Tendulkar
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The record for most sixes in Test cricket belongs to former New Zealand captain and recently appointed KKR coach Brendon McCullum. He has 107 sixes in 176 innings. He is followed by Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Kallis and Virender Sehwag.

Well, coming to the progress of the match, New Zealand scored 249 runs with Ross Taylor knocking 86 runs off it. Akila Dananjaya finished with 5 wickets in the first innings. In reply, Sri Lanka added 267 runs on the board with 3 batsmen scoring fifties.

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In the bowling department, Ajaz Patel picked up 5 wickets while William bagged 3 and Trent Boult accounted for a couple of wickets. In reply, New Zealand lost three wickets for 25 runs but Latham found the feet in the middle.