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McCullum hits maiden double century as Kiwis force draw

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Brendon McCullum 225 Hyderabad TestThe Second Test Match at Hyderabad ended in a high scoring draw to keep the 3-Test Series still leveled at 0-0. Brendon McCullum showed that he had enough patience to play the long innings and in the process brought up his maiden double century. McCullum batted out for almost two full sessions on the final day to score a career best of 225 from 308 balls with 22 fours and 4 sixes. Young Kane Williamson batted confidently along with him to seal the fate of the match in the first session with the Kiwis not losing a single wicket.

New Zealand went to Lunch at 339 for 4 in 105 overs with McCullum on 171 and Williamson on 66 defying the second new ball comfortably. The two batsmen were very positive in their approach as the lead moved towards the safe zone in no time. After lunch, India got the wicket of Kane Williamson (69 from 146 balls with 9 fours) who was given out lbw to Harbhajan, a dubious decision from Umpire Simon Taufel as the ball was turning past the leg stump from round the sticks.

McCullum brought up his double century in the afternoon with an adventurous scoop shot over the keeper’s head. His new partner – Daniel Vettori was playing the big shots to everybody’s surprise. The New Zealand Captain scored 23 (from 52 balls with 3 fours and a six) before getting caught brilliantly by a diving Dravid at short extra covers to help Suresh Raina to another Test wicket. Just before Tea, McCullum got out slogging a slower leg break from Sreesanth to straight mid on and Tim Southee getting his stumps shattered by the same bowler. New Zealand declared its innings at 448 for 8 in 135 overs at Tea leaving India a target of 327 in one session.

India settled to 68 for no loss in the 17 overs that were bowled in the hour after Tea. Virender Sehwag eased to 54* from 57 balls with 6 fours and a six while Gautam Gambhir was desperate to survive and could only get 14* from 48 balls. Brendon McCullum received the Man of the Match for his batting efforts.

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