Wellington, Feb 17 IANS | 8 months ago

Captain Brendon McCullum (169 batting) and B.J. Watling (90) continued to thwart India by taking New Zealand to 347 for five at lunch on day four, opening a 101-run lead in the second and final Test at the Basin Reserve here Monday.

A rare Test win overseas beckoned India when stumps were called Sunday. However, the NZ duo put together an unbeaten 253-run partnership for the sixth wicket to complete the hosts' comeback.

McCullum and Watling were hardly troubled by a tiring Indian attack, who have been bowling at the same pair for one whole day now.

McCullum, who was dropped twice on day three, offered half a chance to Shikhar Dhawan at second slip, but other than that, has been an exceptional.

Watling too has given his skipper able company, barely giving Indian bowlers a sniff.

India are still in the driver's seat but need to break this partnership quickly before the hosts reach a safe position from which they can start a counter-attack.

For New Zealand the idea would be to do more of the the same and extend their lead further.

(Posted on 17-02-2014)

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