New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 5: Match drawn following McCullum’s historic triple century

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McCullum is now the only New Zealand cricketer to have scored a triple century

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum became the first cricketer from his country to score a triple century in Test cricket when he accomplished the feat during the final day of the second Test against India in Wellington.

Despite the match finishing a draw, McCullum would have been celebrating his record-breaking knock and the fact that New Zealand won the series 1-0 after they beat India in the first Test by 40 runs.

Debutant James Neesham and India batsman Virat Kohli both deserve a lot of credit as well as they scored magnificent centuries for their respective sides.

Starting out the day on 571/6, McCullum and Neesham converted their 125-run partnership into a 179-run partnership, during which McCullum brought up his maiden triple century and Neesham his first Test century, before McCullum was caught behind off the bowling of Zaheer Khan.

McCullum’s historic knock of 302 came off 559 balls and included 32 boundaries and four sixes.

Tim Southee only made 11 runs before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at point off the bowling of Khan.

Neesham and Neil Wagner amassed an unbeaten 41-run partnership before McCullum decided to declare when New Zealand were on 680/8 and had a massive lead of 434.

Neesham finished on 137 off 154 balls, which included 20 boundaries, while Wagner remained undefeated on two.

Khan recorded his 11th five-wicket haul, while Ishant Sharma snapped up two wickets and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one.

Needing 435 to end the series as a 1-1 draw, India got off to an awful start as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was given out lbw off the bowling of Trent Boult for just two runs.

Murali Vijay scored seven runs before he was caught by Corey Anderson at third slip off the bowling of Southee.

Pujara failed to have an impact either as he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for 17.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 112-run partnership, during which Kohli registered his sixth Test century, before both teams agreed to end the match as a draw.

Kohli finished on 105 off 135 balls, which included 15 boundaries and a six, while Sharma remained undefeated on 31 off 97 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with two wickets, while Boult chipped in with one.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni congratulated McCullum and New Zealand for winning the series.

“Appreciate what Brendon and BJ did, soak up the pressure when we were bowling well and score freely once the bowlers tired,” he said. “[They] Did well in this Test because we we fought back pretty well ourselves. We bowled the right areas which is important on flat tracks.

“[We]Won the toss and bowled well in the first innings. Second innings also was a good start. [It] Wasn’t bad bowling, but they kept good deliveries out. We had to field for two-and-a-half days and I have to personally appreciate the bowlers. Even when the third new ball was taken, they ran in hard and looked for wickets.

“[I am] Quite disappointed with the ODIs, we were in position to capitalise. The Tests would be tough, there are not many players who have played more than five or six matches. So it was good exposure. Quite a few peole wondered if we could take 20 wickets, especially with the spinner not getting too many wickets. But, we showed that in the first Test and even in the first innings here.

“We have been improving, the pace at which it is happening we can be a much better side.

“It’s a fantastic country, the atmosphere was very good. The wickets are quite flat, good bounce. Small outfield. Good fun for the fans. They appreciate good cricket, enjoy the opposition’s success too. I love this venue and it was really good to witness Brendon’s innings and the way the crowd appreciated his effort.”

McCullum, who was named Man of the Match, was ecstatic to have beaten India 1-0, and said: “Not too bad, obviously pretty tired after batting [in order] to come back from being under so much pressure against some tight bowling. We are going to enjoy this moment. Test series wins don’t come around too often especially against good teams.

“[It’s] Very satisfying, very respectful of all the guys I got past. Almost embarrassed to go past Martin Crowe. Incredibly humbling to get my name there and score the first triple. Thanks to all those who supported me through it all, especially the boys. It’s been very special. Means a lot, we talked the other night when we found ourselves in a precarious situation. But, we didn’t want to end such a good summer on a sour note. We knew we had some scrappers and the whole team did not want to let the opportunity [go] by.

“[It’s been a] Real test of where we are as a team and the development we’ve showed has been very pleasing to us and to the fans. Still got plenty of work to do but we are getting there. The emergence of Corey and Neesham, they’ve been a revelation, and Rosco and Kane with the bat. I can’t talk highly enough of the energy the bowlers have put in over the last two summers. In our own conditions we’re a pretty strong team and will be looking to improve. The crowds have been brilliant. We haven’t often been the most consistent team, but this one is for you.”

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