New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 3: McCullum keeps New Zealand afloat

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McCullum scored a vital century

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum led by example on the third day of the second Test in Wellington as he smashed a magnificent unbeaten century to keep his side afloat against India.

McCullum was well supported by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who scored a fantastic half-century.

Starting out the day on 24/1, New Zealand’s batting duo of Hamish Rutherford and Kane Williamson only managed to add three runs onto their 23-run partnership before Williamson was caught behind off the bowling of Zaheer Khan for seven.

Rutherford ended up making 35 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Khan.

Tom Latham managed to score 29 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

All-rounder Corey Anderson failed to have an impact either as he was caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for just two runs.

However, from that point on, it was all New Zealand as McCullum and Watling amassed an unbeaten 158-run partnership, during which McCullum brought up his ninth Test century and Watling his half-century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

McCullum finished on 114 off 237 balls, which included 14 boundaries and a six, while Watling remained undefeated on 52 off 208 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Khan was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets, while Jadeja and Shami chipped in with one wicket apiece.

New Zealand ended the day on 252/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time, 22:00 GMT (previous day).

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