New Zealand vs India: Shikhar Dhawan misses ton but shows form firmly back

Shikhar Dhawan missed a century by two but his 98 off 127 - with 14 fours and a six, showcased the south-paw's excellent skill with the bat.

updated: February 15, 2014 14:14 IST
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Shikhar Dhawan followed up his 115 from the second innings of the opening Test with a 98 in the second Test against New Zealand. While the Indian opener missed his third ton, it was an innings of substance which kept Kiwi bowlers guessing for most parts of India's 1st innings romp in Wellington. (Scorecard | Day 2 Highlights)

Unbeaten on 71 overnight, Dhawan on Saturday continued where he left off on Day 1. His knock of 98 contained 14 fours and a six coming in just 123 deliveries. Playing with equal ease on both sides of the wicket, Dhawan displayed composure at the crease as he looked to make good use of the start he had got. This was after Ishant Sharma (6/51) and Mohammed Shami (4/70) had bowled out the hosts for 192. (Day 2 Pics)

When he reached his half-century on the first day, Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian opener to register a fifty in the first innings of the Wellington Test. Overall, he is the second Indian opener to record an innings of fifty-plus score at Wellington. Gautam Gambhir had registered 167 in the second innings of the 2008-09 Test.

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