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Test ends in a draw; McCullum scores triple, tons for Neesham, Kohli

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Brendon McCullum talks about his knock of 302

Brendon McCullum talks about his knock of 302

Brendon McCullum on Tuesday became the 1st New Zealand player to score a triple century in Test Cricket. Naturally his knock of 302 is also New Zealand’s highest individual score. The previous New Zealand record was the 299 against Sri Lanka held by Martin Crowe for nearly 14 years.  Apart from McCullum, James Neesham went onto score a ‘Century on Test Debut’. India were more than happy to bat for just a little over two sessions for a draw.

Virat Kohli sizzled for India to score his 6th Test century. India batted out 52 overs to score 166 for 3 for the draw. Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 31 from 97 balls while Virat Kohli cracked 105 not out in just 135 balls with 15 fours and a six.

India’s openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan fell early. Murali Vijay ended up with yet another failure on this short tour after he got out edging Tim Southee to slips for 7. Shikhar Dhawan was out lbw to Trent Boult for 2. Cheteshwar Pujara was caught behind off Tim Southee for 17. India slipped to 54 for 3 before Kohli and Rohit steadied the ship.

Earlier New Zealand surprised everyone by prolonging their second innings despite Brendon McCullum completing a triple century and Jimmy Neesham scoring a debut ton. McCullum was dismissed for 302 (from 559 balls with 32 fours and 4 sixes) edging Zaheer Khan to MS Dhoni. Brendon McCullum batted out for as many as 775 minutes!

Jimmy Neesham scored 137 not out in 154 balls with 20 fours in his second Test innings. New Zealand declared at 680 for 8 in 210 overs and thus leaving India an improbable target of 435. Brendon McCullum for his match-saving knock got the Man of the Match award. New Zealand have won this 2-match Test Series 1-0.

Watch Video: Brendon McCullum talk about his triple century knock


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