Shikhar Dhawan's valiant century in vain as Kiwis win 1st Test by 40 runs

Shikhar Dhawan worked hard for his second Test century on Day 4 of the Auckland Test to keep India on track in their chase of 407 which the visitors fell short of by 40 runs.

updated: February 09, 2014 11:54 IST
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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed his second Test ton, first since his sensational debut against Australia at Mohali in 2013, to power India on in their chase of 407 on Day 4 of the 1st Test against New Zealand at Auckland. A laboured effort from the left-hander saw India negotiate the final and the first passage of play on the third and fourth day in their chase of 407. (Scorecard | Highlights | Pics | Match report)

He reached his ton off 169 balls and the innings was punctuated with 11 fours and 1 six.

Dhawan, who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings, was lucky not be back in the pavilion for another low score when he was dropped by Brendon McCullum early on in the innings late on the third Day. He made use of this opportunity to slam a ton and play the anchor in India's attempt to chase down a big total against New Zealand.

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