2nd Test, Day 5: India vs New Zealand - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
On the final day of the second and final Test, first the inevitable happened in the morning as New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum completed his triple ton and gave India an impossible target of 435 runs in the remaining 67 overs to achieve. But Indian openers crumbled and at one stage India were reeling at 55 for three. But then Virat Kohli scored a magnificent century and stitched an unbeaten 112-run stand with Rohit Sharma for the fourth wicket before both the teams decided to end the match in a draw. It means India's poor overseas performance continues as they lost the two-match series 0-1.
India, 2nd Innings
Over 52 || Score 166/3
Minutes after Kohli completed his sixth Test ton, both the teams decided to end the game as the match headed towards a sure shot draw. So the second and final match of the series has ended in a draw, which means India have lost the series 0-1 to New Zealand. Another shameful overseas Test series defeat for India under the captaincy on MS Dhoni.
Over 49 || Score 163/3
Kohi smashed his sixth Test hundred >in the 49th over with the help of an on drive. What a player he has been turning out to be for India. He completed his ton in mere 129 balls. In between India have crossed the mark of 150 runs and Rohit-Kohli have completed hundred-run partnership too, for the fourth wicket.
Over 47 || Score 147/3
Kohli is once again justifying his new 'run-machine' tag in the Indian team after the retirement of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The Delhi boy has reached to 91 and is just nine runs shy of his hundred. Kohli has been cutting, pulling and driving confidently, whereas Rohit Sharma on the other hand is playing a bit more cautiously. From here on India required 290 runs to seal the match, a target which is impossible now. So the match is heading towards a draw, which means India is on the verge of losing another overseas Test series.
Over 40 || Score 124/3
Rohit and Kohli are playing solid cricket in the middle at the moment. They are leaving good balls and collecting boundaries off the loose ones. Kohli has swiftly reached to 72, whereas Rohit is unbeaten on 22. Meanwhile, India have crossed the mark of hundred runs as well.
Over 34 || Score 97/3
In the morning, the inevitable happened as the NZ skipper completed his triple ton. But just before that Jimmy Neesham slammed his first hundred on his début. The home side soon declared their innings after piling up the mammoth total of 680 for eight, which is also their highest total in Test cricket, to gave India the target of 435 runs in last 67 overs of the match. But India faltered in the beginning as they lost both the openers in the fourth and fifth overs within a gap of mere two balls. Then in the 22nd over Southee got the better of Cheteshwar Pujara and kept India reeling at 55 for three. Since then Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are playing cautiously to draw the Test match. Meanwhile, Kohli has completed his half-century.
CA Pujara c †Watling b Southee 17 (50b)
M Vijay c Anderson b Southee 7 (22b)
S Dhawan lbw b Boult 2 (10b)
Wellington: India`s listless bowlers allowed New Zealand off the hook as the home team rode on skipper Brendon McCullum`s monumental double century to continue their remarkable fightback and take a commanding lead on the fourth and penultimate day of the second cricket Test here on Day 4.
On Monday, McCullum remained unbeaten on 281 runs and shared a world record partnership of 352 runs for the sixth wicket with BJ Watling (124), helping their side reach a formidable 571/6 at stumps and take the game away from India at the Basin Reserve.
India, who had New Zealand in a spot of bother at 94 for five in their second innings yesterday, are now facing the prospect of even losing the match with the hosts swelling their lead to 325 runs. The duo defied the visitors for 123 overs and turned around a 246-run deficit into a massive lead with one day left in the match.