New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 4: New Zealand in firm control behind McCullum’s double century

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McCullum remained unbeaten on a career-best score

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed an unbeaten double century against India on the fourth day of the second Test in Wellington to keep the Black Caps in complete control heading into the fifth and final day.

McCullum was brilliantly supported by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who scored a magnificent century.

Starting out the day on 252/5, McCullum and Watling managed to convert their 158-run partnership into an incredible 352-run partnership, which is now the highest sixth-wicket stand in Test cricket history.

During the partnership, McCullum brought up his third double century, while Watling registered his third Test century before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Watling’s career-best knock of 124 came off 367 balls and included 13 boundaries.

However, New Zealand continued to torment India as McCullum and James Neesham amassed an unbeaten 125-run partnership, during which McCullum cruised past the 250-run mark and Neesham brought up his half-century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

McCullum finished on a career-best 281, which came off 525 balls and included 28 boundaries and four sixes, while Neesham remained undefeated on 67 off 96 deliveries, which included nine boundaries.

Zaheer Khan continues to be the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets, while Shami snapped up two and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one.

New Zealand ended the day on 571/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time, 22:00 GMT (previous day).

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