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McCullum milestone seals series success

Brendon McCullum became his country’s first Test triple-centurion as New Zealand wrapped up a series win over India.

By sealing a draw at the Basin Reserve, the Black Caps completed one of the greatest turnarounds in cricketing history to seal a 1-0 triumph in the two-match rubber.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, centre, became the first player from his country to score a Test triple-century in Wellington

When skipper McCullum joined forces with BJ Watling on the third day, New Zealand were 94 for five in their second innings – 152 runs adrift of India.

But the duo put on an incredible 352-run stand as Watling struck 124, an effort that was backed up by a similarly heroic 137 not out from debutant Jimmy Neesham.

That ultimately secured a total of 680 for eight, which ensured India had no chance of forcing a win.

The tourists ended their second innings on 166 for three as Virat Kohli struck 105 not out.

But there was no disputing that the real star was McCullum, who followed up his 224 in the first Test with an even bigger score.

All eyes were on the New Zealand skipper in the morning and he did not disappoint, cutting Zaheer Khan for four to pass 300 the over after Neesham had registered his own ton.

Any thoughts of him going on and passing Brian Lara’s 400 not out were quickly put to rest, however, as he chopped on Zaheer for 203.

The declaration came soon after, albeit following Tim Southee's departure to Zaheer, with India set a nominal 435.

Trent Boult and Southee raised brief hopes of an unlikely home win, the former trapping Shikhar Dhawan lbw before the latter had Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind the wicket.

However, Kohli put the worries to rest, striking a superb sixth Test hundred as  Rohit Sharma hitting 33 not out.

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