On the third day of the 2nd Test held at Basin Reserve stadium, Wellington, New Zealand managed to score 252 runs with loss of five wickets against Team India. Going by the current position and Day 3 overlook, the Kiwis have certainly posed a good fight.
Leading the hosts to the excellent score today was Brendon McCullum, who hit off a century with the clear intention of showing his current form, while Bradley-John Watling slammed an impressive Fifty.
For Team India, the sessions weren’t impressive as fielders missed not one but two very important catches, and a good possibility of a run-out was also neglected.
At start it looked that Kiwis would have nothing to cherish from the day’s play, it was Brendon McCullum who came in for rescue and managed to pull off that critical and engaging partnership worth 158 runs for the very crucial sixth wicket.
The final over of the 98.6 over game was bowled by Mohammed Shami with McCullum ending 114 runs, while Bradley-John Watling played the captain’s knock and was at crease at 51.
Zaheer Khan remained the Indian hero with three quick wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja had one each.
At the end of the day, both McCullum and Watling were on mark and would need to continue their winning spirit for the day to come for ensuring the final tally of runs is imposing enough for Team India.
MS Dhoni and team should be looking forward to quick wickets to bring down the pressure as the increasing chances of an imposing total can be risky!