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McCullum and Watling put together a herculean 352 run stand to bail the Kiwis out of trouble

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It was a historic day 4 at Wellington in the 2nd Test match between New Zealand and India as the Kiwi overnight pair of Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling put together a world record 352 run stand for the 6th wicket to ensure that the hosts are in good position to save the Test Match at the very least. Starting the day on 252/5, just 6 runs ahead of India, New Zealand were propelled to a mammoth 571/6 thanks to a Herculean 280*  by Brendon McCullum and a fine 124 by his partner BJ Watling. New Zealand therefore head into Day 5 325 runs ahead of India and well on course to saving the Test match.

The overnight pair of Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling resumed the day with the Kiwis on 252/5, just 6 runs ahead of India and battling to save the Test match. The wicket had flattened out considerably though with 3 days of baking under the sun, which worked to the advantage of the two set batsmen. Both Watling and McCullum picked off easy runs in the first half hour of play as India skipper MS Dhoni set attacking fields and the duo scored close to 5 runs per over.  McCullum and Watling added 56 runs in the first hour play without giving the Indians any sniff of a wicket and set the tone for what was to be a humungous effort from the duo. The second hour of the day saw a half chance missed by Shikhar Dhawan at Gully when McCullum edged a superb delivery from Zaheer Khan. That was the only moment of concern for the Kiwis in the session though as they marched along to lunch at 347/5, 101 runs ahead of the Indian total.


The second session saw the Indians come hard at the battling pair with a quick burst from Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan but to no avail. The Indians beat the bat on a couple of occasions but induced no edges as the elusive sixth wicket never seemed to come. McCullum and Watling meanwhile were breaking record after record and put on over 300 for the 6th wicket to get New Zealand’s lead closer to 200 and also probably edge the hosts close to unimaginable safety in the Test match. BJ Watling got to his 3rd Test hundred at a strike rate well under 30 runs per 100 balls but made sure that he tired and blunted out the Indian attack that had run completely short of Ideas. McCullum too soon reached his 3rd double hundred against Indian and moved on to a career best score of  228 not out before Tea. At tea, the kiwis lead by 193 runs still with 5 wickets in the bag but threat of a third new ball looming.

The Third session finally saw India get some rewards for their hard toil of a 160 overs on a flat pitch as Mohammed Shami trapped BJ Watling LBW off the 2nd ball   with the third new ball with the Kiwi lead on 200.

That was about it for Dhoni’s men though as New Zealand’s capable No.8 on debut, James Neesham(67*) joined the party with another attacking 125 run stand with the unflappable Brendon McCullum, who was marching towards his triple hundred.

New Zealand ended the day almost certainly out of the woods on a hefty 571/6 in a Test Match that looked impossible for the hosts to save,

Mini Scorecard:

1st innings

New Zealand 192 all out (52.4 overs, 3.63 rpo)

K Williamson 47(100) I Sharma 6/51

J Neesham 33(35) M Shami 4/70

India 438 all out (102.4 overs, 4.26 rpo)

A Rahane 118(158) T Boult 3/99

S Dhawan 98(127) N Wagner 3/105

2nd innings

New Zealand 571/6 (189 overs, 3.02 rpo)

B McCullum 280 *(525) Zaheer Khan 3/129

BJ Watling 124(367)  M Shami 2/136