New Zealand vs India 1st Test Day 2: McCullum’s double century leaves India reeling

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Both of McCullum’s double centuries have come against India

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed a spectacular double century to leave India reeling on the second day of the first Test in Auckland.

However, India pace bowler Ishant Sharma deserves some credit as well as he picked up six wickets.

Starting out the day on 329/4, McCullum and all-rounder Corey Anderson managed to convert their 78-run partnership into a 133-run partnership, during which McCullum surpassed the 150-run mark and Anderson brought up his half-century, before Anderson was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharma.

Anderson’s fantastic knock of 77 came off 109 balls and included 13 boundaries and a six.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling only made one run before he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at third slip off the bowling of Sharma.

Tim Southee made a quickfire 28 before he was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Ish Sodhi and McCullum stabilised the innings with a 56-run partnership, during which McCullum registered his second double century in Test cricket, before Sodhi was caught by Rohit Sharma at second slip off the bowling of Sharma for 23.

Neil Wagner failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Virat Kohli in the slip region off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

McCullum ended up making 224 off 307 balls, which included 29 boundaries and five sixes, before he was brilliantly caught by Jadeja at long-on off the bowling of Sharma.

Sharma, who recorded his fourth five-wicket haul and his first since July 2011, finished with six wickets, while Zaheer Khan snapped up two and Shami and Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece as New Zealand were bowled out for 503.

Trailing by 503, India got off to a disastrous start as Dhawan was caught by Kane Williamson at gully off the second ball of the innings, which was bowled by Trent Boult.

Boult struck again just four balls later when Cheteshwar Pujara was caught behind for just one run.

Things went from bad to worse as Kohli only managed to make four runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.

Murali Vijay scored 23 runs before he was clean bowled by Wagner.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 79-run partnership, during which Sharma brought up his half-century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Sharma finished on 67 off 102 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six, while Rahane remained undefeated on 23 off 56 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Boult was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Southee and Wagner picked up one wicket each.

India ended the day on 130/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (previous day).

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