Repeat of Eden Gardens at Basin Reserve by Brendon McCullum
Zee Media Bureau/Yogesh Pandey
Wellington: Team India`s bowling again looked helpless. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum unleashed an attack that was too heavy for Indian seamers to cope with.
Day 4 of the second and final Test at Basin reserve saw McCullum bludgeoning Team India`s bowling mercilessly, and Indian fans having a deja vu feeling of India vs Australia match played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2001. Unfortunately, this time, their own team was at the receiving end. And also, McCullum played an innings quite identical to VVS Laxman`s.
The record 352-run partnership between McCullum and BJ Watling for the sixth wicket has somewhat dismantled Dhoni`s bid of winning a Test match away and end nearly three years drought of a win overseas. The hosts have now beaten the blues that gripped them for first two days of the Test match.
MS Dhoni tried every trick to stop the duo, but in vain. Even new balls could not cut ice, and McCullum, despite struggling with shoulder and back pains, reached his consecutive double century, by hitting a classy four off Zaheer Khan on the leg side. He remained unbeaten for the consecutive second day at 281 - a score that reminds Indians fans of a tremendous knock played by VVS. The Kiwi skipper will now look to reach his first triple-century, before the home crowd, on the final day.
McCullum-led Kiwis, will look for a whitewash on the 5th and final day, having turned the tables on Indian side.
Indian team will hate to face a defeat like this, after dominating the initial three days of the match.
"There is still one more day left tomorrow. We will try our best to win but even if we lose, there`s a lot to learn from it. There is disappointment but we have played some good cricket, especially getting them out for a low score in the first innings," Shikhar Dhawan said at the post match press conference.
With one day remaining, Indian batsmen now have an uphill task ahead of them of drawing the Test, after McCullum`s captain`s knock.