McCullum triple ton seals Test series

Brendon McCullum scores 1st triple ton for NZ as the Kiwis draw 2nd Test against India to take series 1-0.

    Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi cricketer to score a triple century [AFP]
    Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi cricketer to score a triple century [AFP]

    New Zealand recorded their first Test series victory over India since 2002 when the second match ended in a draw on Tuesday after Brendon McCullum had become the first New Zealander to score a Test triple century.

    Captain McCullum's 302 anchored New Zealand's record 680 for eight declared, setting the visitors the impossible task of scoring 435 runs in 67 overs to achieve the victory they needed after the hosts won the first Test at Eden Park by 40 runs.

    Fifth day scorecard

    New Zealand first innings 192
    India first innings 438
      
    New Zealand second innings 680-8d
    India second innings

    M Vijay c Anderson b Southee 7
    S Dhawan lbw b Boult 2
    C Pujara c Watling b Southee 17
    V Kohli not out 105
    R Sharma not out 31

    Extras (w 2, nb 2) 4
    Total (3 wickets; 52 overs) 166
    Fall of wickets 1-10, 2-10, 3-54

    New Zealand had India in trouble early in their second-innings with the sniff of an unlikely victory in their nostrils but once Virat Kohli knuckled down to record his sixth Test century, McCullum and MS Dhoni decided to call the game off with 15 overs remaining.

    Tim Southee took two wickets after lunch to reduce India to 54 for three before Kohli (105 not out) and Rohit Sharma (31 not out) batted out the remainder of the day's play to take their side through to 166 for three.

    "Without being disrespectful I probably didn't know the magnitude of it (scoring 300) until the last 24 hours," McCullum said. "I watched Martin Crowe score his 299 and thought it would have been an amazing feat if he scored 300 but probably didn't quite understand how much it meant to the whole country.

    "I think in terms of New Zealand cricket and moving forward for this team, we have finally broken that 300 barrier and hopefully some of these guys will continue to break that."

    McCullum reached the milestone many had been waiting for when he dabbed Zaheer Khan behind square for his 32nd four and received a sustained round of applause that went on for more than a minute, while his father Stu jumped to his feet in celebration.

    The 32-year-old's innings lasted just two more balls when he feathered a catch off Zaheer to Dhoni.

    His triple century was the 28th in Test cricket and the New Zealand skipper became the 24th player to score one.

    Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Don Bradman all struck two triple tons.

    McCullum scored 535 runs in the two-match series, having also scored 224 in the first game in Auckland.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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