New Zealand declare, set India 327

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 14:34 [IST]
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New Zealand declare, set India 327

Soon after lunch, Harbhajan was able to break McCullum and Williamson's crucial stand when he got the latter out lbw in the 108th over. New Zealand's score was now 345/5, with the lead at 223. But McCullum who was joined by Vettori, was well on his way to reaching a double hundred. In the 111th over, McCullum got stuck into Raina, reversing sweeping him twice for two boundaries and moving onto 185.

Vettori was in for some luck in the 115th over when Cheteshwar Puajara dropped him off Raina at silly point. Nothing appeared to be going right for India who were still struggling to topple the Kiwi batsmen. It seemed like McCullum was in a hurry to get to his next landmark when he lofted Ojha for a huge six over long-off in the 116th over. He moved onto 195 with that hit.

McCullum finally reached his double century by a paddle scoop for four off Raina in the 119th over. He had faced 286 balls and hit 18 fours and 4 sixes upto that point. Vettori was not one to be overshadowed and he lofted Ojha for a huge six over long on in the next over. But he had played one shot too many when in the 121st over, he was out trying to drive Raina through short cover where Dravid took the catch. New Zealand were now 396/6.

Then with Gareth Hopkins as his new partner, McCullum took New Zealand to the 400-run mark by reverse sweeping Ojha for another boundary. In the 127th over, the batting pair took New Zealand's second innings total to 423/6, thus placing the lead at just over 300 runs. But McCullum was not tiring.

In the next over, he slapped Sreesanth for two consecutive boundaries, one wide of mid off and the other to backward of point, but eventually was done in by his own hitting when he ballooned a Sreesanth delivery to mid-on where Raina took the catch. The Kiwis were 431/7.

Kiwi wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins and Tim Southee endeavoured to take the score forward. But Southee barely got into double figures before he was out bowled to Sreesanth for 11. Then Brent Arnel and Gareth Hopkins took New Zealand to tea with the score at 448/8, a score on which the Kiwis declared, thus setting India a target of 327.


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