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McCullum ton gives Black Caps hope

Brendon McCullum struck another century as New Zealand fought back on the third day of the second Test against India.

The hosts closed on 24 for one on day two after Peter Fulton was pinned leg before by Zaheer Khan for one, giving India every chance of wrapping up a win inside three days.

But captain McCullum’s 114 not out, which followed a double-century in the Black Caps’ opening-Test win, ensured the Black Caps closed on 252 for five, a lead of six.

The hosts lost Kane Williamson in just the second over of the day as he feathered behind off Zaheer Khan, who ousted Hamish Rutherford likewise for 35.

McCullum and Tom Latham began the rebuilding job thereafter, only for Mohammed Shami to have the latter caught behind.

In-form Corey Anderson did not last long either, hitting a return catch back to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Struggling at 94 for five, New Zealand needed a miracle. It came, however, in the form of McCullum and BJ Watling.

With McCullum reining in his natural instincts to play a ‘proper’ Test innings and Watling eschewing risk, the duo were able to show the necessary fight.

By the close, their stand had reached 158, with the former unbeaten on 114 from 237 balls and the latter’s 52 having spanned 208 deliveries.

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