Wellington, Feb 17 IBNS | 6 months ago

The second Test match is slowly moving out of India's grip as skipper Brendon McCullum remained unbeaten at 281 runs at the end of the fourth day as the home side stood firmly with a 325 runs lead here on Monday.


India had a disappointing outing as they managed to pick up only the wicket of BJ Watling, who scored a heroic 124 before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami.

New Zealand stood at 571 for six at the end of the day.

Jimmy Neesham came to the crease and built up an unbeaten 125 runs seventh wicket partnership with McCullum.

However, new records were made by Watling and the New Zealand skipper as they posted 352 runs on the sixth wicket, shattering 351-mark by Mahela and Prasanna Jayawardene.

McCullum scored the new sixth wicket partnership in Tests.

McCullum turned out to be the hero for the home side as his patient 525-ball knock was laced with 28 boundaries and four sixes. He is still on the crease after spending nearly six sessions at the crease where spectators saw him clearly dominate the India bowlers.

The Indian bowlers, who had bowled out the home side for 192
in the first innings, looked helpless in the second as they could just take one wicket in the day.

Zaheer Khan, who has picked up three wickets in the innings, failed to take one on Monday.

India had bowled out New Zealand for 192 before posting 438 all out in their first innings.

(Posted on 18-02-2014)


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