BJ Watling scored a magnificent hundred to compelement his skipper's double ton © Getty Images
BJ Watling scored a magnificent hundred to compelement his skipper’s double ton © Getty Images


Feb 15, 2014


Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling‘s record sixth-wicket partnership has finally come to an end, as Watling was trapped LBW by Mohammed Shami in the first over after the new ball is taken. The new Zealand captain, and their wicketkeeper strung the highest ever sixth wicket partnership in Test cricket — 352 runs.


Watling joined his captain in the centre on Day Three when New Zealand were tottering at 94 for the loss of five wickets. Both of them saw off a cautious period as the Indian bowlers too started to lose their zip.


Both of them ensured the Kiwis didn’t lose any more wickets on Day Three as McCullum also brought up his century.


But Day Four was a different equation altogether. Both the batsmen thrashed the Indian attack, as Watling brought up his third ton in Test cricket, and his skipper brought up his second consecutive double ton in as many Tests. He became only the sixth player and the first New Zealand batsman to do so in Test cricket. He had scored 224 in the first Test.


Both the batsmen kept piling misery on the Indian bowlers as they first broke the record of the highest partnership by any two New Zealand batsmen against India in Tests. They broke Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor‘s 271 in 2009 in Napier.