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By Shrikant Shankar
Feb 18, 2014
India drew the second Test with New Zealand in Wellington on February 18, 2014. India were chasing an improbable 435-run target as New Zealand had declared their second innings at 680 for six. Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 105 and Rohit Sharma was on 31 as India finished at 166 for three. New Zealand have won the two-match Test series 1-0.
Earlier on Day Five, Brendon McCullum had become the first New Zealand player to score a triple century in Test cricket. He scored 302 runs while debutant James Neesham scored an unbeaten 137.
The post-tea session began with India at 90 for three. Kohli got two runs towards backward square-leg and reached his half-century. This was Kohli’s 10th half-century in Test cricket. Kohli then hooked a bouncer from James Neesham for a single to bring up India’s 100.
Trent Boult bowled a full delivery and Kohli hit that down the ground for a four towards long-on for a four. Neesham bowled a short delivery and Kohli pulled that in the air towards square-leg for a four.
Boult bowled a full and wide delivery outside off-stump and Kohli played a brilliant cover drive for a four. Southee tried to bounce Kohli again, but he swiveled on his back-foot and pulled it for a four towards mid-wicket.
Rohit then played a late cut to a back of a length delivery from Boult and got a four towards third-man. Southee bowled a full delivery outside off-stump and Kohli played another cover drive for a four. Rohit then played a back-foot square drive for a four.
Kohli then got to his century by hitting two fours in-a-row down the ground towards long-on. This was Kohli’s sixth century in Test cricket. He has scored three centuries away with one each coming in Australia and South Africa.
As the Test was just trudging along, the umpires asked McCullum whether the match could be called as a draw and he said ‘yes’. The match was drawn before it headed to the last hour of play.
New Zealand won the two-match Test series 1-0. McCullum was the obvious choice for the Man of the Match.
New Zealand 192 (Kane Williamson 47, James Neesham 33, Tim Southee 32; Ishant Sharma 6 for 51, Mohammed Shami 4 for 70) & 680 for 8 (Brendon McCullum 302, BJ Watling 124, James Neesham 137*; Zaheer Khan 5 for 170) drew with India 438 (Shikhar Dhawan 98, Ajinkya Rahane 118, MS Dhoni 68; Trent Boult 3 for 99, Tim Southee 3 for 93) & 166 for 3 (Virat Kohli 105*; Tim Southee 2 for 50).
Man of the Match: Brendon McCullum
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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