Wellington, Feb 18: New Zealand was in full control of the second and final Test against India thanks to a record 352-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Brendon McCullum (281 batting) and B.J. Watling’s (124). The hosts ended the day at 571 for six, 325 runs ahead of India at the Basin Reserve here . The McCullum-Waling partnership was the highest in the world for the sixth wicket.
The match is completely out of India’s hands. To their credit Indian bowlers never let their shoulders fall. Ishant Sharma, who picked up six wickets in the first innings, bowled well, but without much luck. Mohammad Shami, who was the sole wicket-taker Monday, too bowled in good areas. Zaheer Khan, though, laboured throughout the day. He bowled without any sting and found the going tough while fielding as well.
The Indian bowlers looked short of ideas and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to change things around. But that too didn’t work as McCullum and Watling continued to pile on the runs.
The Kiwi pair piled on the misery for Indian bowlers who had failed to take a wicket in more than 120 overs.
Brief Score Of India vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Wellington:
New Zealand 192 (Kane Williamson 47, James Neesham 33, Tim Southee 32; Ishant Sharma 6 for 51, Mohammed Shami 4 for 70) & 571 for 6 (Brendon McCullum 281*, BJ Watling 124, James Neesham 67*; Zaheer Khan 3 for 129) lead India 438 (Shikhar Dhawan 98, Ajinkya Rahane 118, MS Dhoni 68; Trent Boult 3 for 99, Tim Southee 3 for 93) by 325 runs.
New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, James Neesham, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.