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Test: McCullum's century keeps NZ's hope alive

Wellington, Feb 16 : New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum smashed a century while B Watling scored a gutsy half-century to help the home side take a slender lead of 6 runs against India at the end of the third day of the second Test match here on Sunday.


Resuming the day at 24 for 1, New Zealand wiped out the 246-run first innings deficit to reach 252 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at stumps on the third day.

India resumed the strongly by picking up four more wickets to reduce New Zealand to 94 for five at one point in the day.

When it seemed that India will not need to bat again, McCullum (114*) and Watling (52*) added 158 runs in the sixth wicket partnership which kept New Zealand's hope in the match alive.

The New Zealand skipper hit his ninth Test century. He smashed 14 boundaries and a six in his knock.

Watling, however, has played 208 knock and smashed four boundaries in his 52-run innings.

The hosts have lost the wickets of Kane Williamson(7), Hamish Rutherford (35), Tom Latham (29) and Corey Anderson (2).

With two days still remaining, the match still remains in India's favour.

Zaheer Khan has picked up three wickets while Mohammed Shami and

Ravindra Jadeja shared one wicket each.

Ishant Sharma, who took six wickets in the first innings, has not picked up a single one far in this innings.

New Zealand were bowled out for 192 in their first innings while India in reply were all out for 438, taking a 246-run lead.

The home side is 1-0 ahead in the series.

--IBNS (Posted on 16-02-2014)

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