New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum scores 3rd Test double ton against India

Brendon McCullum ended Day 4 on 281 not out with New Zealand leading by 325 runs.

updated: February 17, 2014 13:30 IST
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The New Zealand skipper is making a habit of leading by example in this series, and he did it once again when he notched up his third Test double hundred against India on Day 4 of the second Test in Wellington on Monday. (Highlights)

Unbeaten overnight on 114, McCullum upped his scoring rate in the first session as he unleashed a flurry of boundaries on the Indian bowlers after weathering the first half-hour of play at the Basin Reserve. However, he was cautious to keep the good deliveries away and avoided unnecessary risks. McCullum, who reached his century on Day 3 with a six off Ishant Sharma, reached his 200 with a firm flick of the pads off Zaheer Khan in the second session. He reached the landmark in 395 balls with the help of 24 fours and one six. This was his third score of two hundred or more in Tests, all of which have come against India. (Scorecard)

McCullum found a reliable partner in BJ Watling who was willing to stick it out in the middle. His partnership with Watling is already the best stand by any Kiwi pair against India in Tests. His knock was not a chance-less innings though. McCullum was dropped twice as Virat Kohli failed to hold on to a sitter and Ishant Sharma was unable to take a sharp return catch. But the Kiwi captain made the most of this opportunity to get a big score which was what his team needed after staring at a first innings deficit of 246. (Day 4 report)

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