McCullum, Watling prolong India's wait for first win on New Zealand tour

McCullum, Watling prolong India’s wait for first win on New Zealand tour

Cricket fans in India dreading the 3 AM start would have to suffer it perhaps one more day. India will go into Day 4 of the Wellington Test five wickets short of their first overseas win in nearly three years. Zaheer Khan’s penetrative opening spell today helped reduce New Zealand to 94-5 as they trailed India by 246. But India dropped Brendon McCullum twice—both fairly easy chances—allowing the Black Caps captain to score his second hundred of the series, backed ably by BJ Watling in a 62-over-long defiance that has yielded 158 runs so far. Despite this monumental fight-back, New Zealand are just six runs ahead, leaving India favourites to level the series.

McCullum had moved painstakingly to 9 when he nearly fell to MS Dhoni’s silly mid-on tactic. Virat Kohli received the easiest of catches off McCullum’s bat, went for it one-handed and fluffed it. Later on 36, Ishant Sharma misjudged a return catch that seems to have travelled slower than he expected. Just a few overs later, India missed a run-out when Watling’s bat deflected a throw. Ravindra Jadeja, who had to collect that throw, appealed for obstruction but the umpire had none of it.

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