Craig McMillan adds to India~~s woes

Published: Saturday, October 18, 2003, 18:51 [IST]
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Mohali: Craig McMillan cracked an unbeaten 100 to help New Zealand post an imposing 630-6 declared in the first innings against India in the second and final cricket Test in Mohali. The middle-order batsman hit one six and seven fours in his sixth Test century as the New Zealand batting juggernaut continued to roll on. India scored 15 for no loss in reply at lunch on the third day, with openers Akash Chopra (6) and Virender Sehwag (8) at the crease on Saturday. New Zealand added 94 runs to their overnight total of 536-5, losing only wicketkeeper Robbie Hart (11) in the process.

Tail-ender Daniel Vettori also made the most of a hapless Indian attack as he contributed an unbeaten 48 in an unfinished 70-run stand for the seventh wicket with McMillan. McMillan became the fourth New Zealander in the match after Mark Richardson (145), Lou Vincent (106) and Scott Styris (119) to score a century. India continued to struggle for wickets for the third successive day on an easy- paced track as their seamers and spinners lacked penetration to check the flow of runs. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the lone wicket-taker in the morning session when he bowled Hart round his legs in the third over of the day.

The New Zealander added just one run to this overnight score of 10 before being dismissed sweeping. There was no respite for India as McMillan and Vettori continued to gather runs with ease against a tiring Indian attack. McMillan was more aggressive than his partner, lofting off-spinner Virender Sehwag for a six during his 130-ball knock. Vettori also played his shots with freedom, reverse-sweeping the Indian spinners on a couple of occasions for boundaries. He hit five fours in his 50-ball innings. New Zealand declared their innings closed immediately after McMillan reached his hundred with a single off Sehwag.

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