Second NZ Vs India Test ends in draw

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 15:54 [IST]
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Set with the gigantic target of 327 to win, Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had no option but to bide their time at the crease for the remaining 17 overs. While Gambhir merely hung around, Sehwag played some attractive strokes. But early in his innings, Sehwag would perhaps consider himself lucky to be dropped at slip off Guptill's bowling.

That did little to faze him though, as he hit Guptill for a six a few balls later. Gambhir and Sehwag took India to 68/0 at the end of the test match with Sehwag finding just enough time to reach another fifty, while Gambhir was not out on 14. The second test had ended in an inevitable draw.

The final day of the second test began with New Zealand resuming its bid for a draw. In fact, Williamson set the tone for the day when he smashed Sreesanth for three fours in the first over of the day. Meanwhile, the centurian Brendon McCullum kept up his end admirably.

In the 89th over, Williamson took two runs off Ojha to reach his fifty and then smashed a four to take New Zealand to over the 300-run mark. A few overs later, McCullum picked Ojha for three runs to bring up his 150. Harbhajan Singha and Pragyan Ojha were bowling in tandem, but the right-left combination of spin did little to faze the batsmen as they moved on without much difficulty. They batted out the last few overs before lunch, taking New Zealand to 339/4 in 105 overs.

Soon after the break, Harbhajan was able to break the stand when he got Williamson 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, reverse-sweeping him twice for two boundaries and moving onto 185.

Vettori was fortunate to be dropped off Raina at silly point in the 115th over. But 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 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.

McCullum was tiring now for though he slapped Sreesanth for two consecutive boundaries, he ballooned the next 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 by Sreesanth for 11. Then Brent Arnel and Gareth Hopkins took New Zealand to tea with the score at 448/8. It was the score on which the Kiwis declared.


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