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New Zealand vs India, 2nd Test, India tour of New Zealand 2014

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- Match drawn | New Zealand Vs India Live Score, 2nd Test

The biggest positives for India in the Test match will be Rahane's hundred and Ishant's 6 wicket haul in the first innings. In the second innings, Zaheer's 5 wicket haul, which came after 1236 days, comes as a big boost before India's next assignment in England which is 5 months away. It's been a privilege to bring you the series. See you on another occasion. Take care, goodbye!
Having dominated for close to two and half of days, India couldn't wrap things up according to their wish on the third day and the McCullum-Watling partnership worth 352 runs, a record for the 6th wicket in Tests, helped the hosts gain the upper hand from nowhere. They not only scored runs, but also ate valuable time which meant the visitors had only a few overs to play on the final day. Virat Kohli didn't want to waste the opportunity and went on to make a hundred in India's second effort.
McCullum: 'Obviously feeling tired after the knock. It's pleasing to win against a very good Indian side, something that doesn't come easily. It's very satisfying, very respectful of all the guys that I went past today. There are a lot of big names in that list and it's incredibly humbling to go past them. Thanks everyone for helping me out and keeping faith in me. We talked about how bad it will be to let this go after having such a great summer. The guys didn't want to lose this game and I thought we came through nicley. I am sure everyone who supports cricket in this country will be pleased. We still have got plenty of work to do, we are getting there. Corey and Neesham, those sort of guys have been revelations. Rossco and the older guys have been outstanding as well. We are a strong team at home and we will certainly enjoy the moment. Thank everyone who turned up to support us.'
Dhoni: 'We need to appreciate how Brendon batted with Watling. The bowlers started well but were tired as the duo batted on. I think we hit the right areas. Even in the first Test, the second innings bowling was very good. Here, I don't think it was bad bowling, it's just that they kept out good deliveries. Even when we took the third new ball, the bowlers did their part and were ready to fight. I think we will have to accept the result. It's been a tough tour, not many players have played here before. In the Test matches, we had to play three seamers and with the spinner being not that effective, the fast bowlers had to do well and I am glad that we did well as a unit. Overall a good performance from the team, we have been improving. The crowd has been very good. The support was good to see. The wickets in the ODIs were flat and that brings in the crowd as it encourages entertaining cricket. I love this country, especially Wellington. We will be back next year for the World Cup.'
Brendon McCullum is the Man of the Match for his sensational 302 in the second innings.
Jimmy Neesham also batted exceptionally well to make a hundred on debut. BJ Watling's 100 on Day 4 can't be left out either, after all that's why New Zealand were able to save this Test match. The Indian bowlers looked very flat and tired, absolutely no peneration in the bowling and the entire side will be looking forward to getting home.
So India have to wait for 5 more months to achieve an overseas Test win. Probably, this was their best chance in recent times but they simply weren't good enough to grab key moments. Let's take nothing away from Brendon McCullum, who became the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple-hundred in the longest format of the game. Yes, he had a lot of chances, but he made the most of them.
'Enough?,' asks Brendon McCullum to Rohit as the last hour of the final day was about to commence, the batsman says 'yes' and the NZ skipper shakes hand with him and Kohli. The game ends in a draw. So New Zealand have won the series 1-0 and India end the tour without a win. The players wait for McCullum to lead them off the field. The Indian players come downstairs and shake hands with the hosts.
End of over 52, 0 runs (. . . . . . )
IND: 166/3
Rohit Sharma - 31(97) This over: 0 runs
Virat Kohli - 105(135) This over: 0 runs
Corey Anderson
(4.0 - 1 - 6 - 0)
51.6 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, full delivery outside off stump, left alone
maiden over bowled by Corey Anderson
51.5 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, Rohit defends off the front foot
51.4 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, back over the wicket, Rohit defends it into the off-side
51.3 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, goes round the wicket and delivers a good length delivery on the off stump, Rohit defends well
51.2 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, fullish and swinging away, Rohit ia not interested to play at those
51.1 Corey Anderson to Rohit Sharma 0
no run, good length delivery on the off stump, Rohit defends off the back foot
End of over 51, 2 runs (1 . . . 1 . )
IND: 166/3
Virat Kohli - 105(135) This over: 1 runs
Rohit Sharma - 31(91) This over: 1 runs
Neil Wagner
(11.0 - 3 - 38 - 0)
50.6 Neil Wagner to Virat Kohli 0
no run, covers the off pole, lunges forward and leaves the fuller length delivery alone

Match details

Toss : India won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Steve Davis (Australia) and Richard Kettleborough (England)

TV umpire : Derek Walker (New Zealand)

Match referee : Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Teams

New Zealand : Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum(c), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling(wk), James Neesham, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

India : Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma.

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