Indian cricket squad ended their tour of New Zealand on an unsatisfactory note today. Brendon McCullum, the Kiwi captain, single-handedly took away the game otherwise set very comfortably in favor of India at the end of third day. The black caps declared their second innings at 680 for 8. McCullum reached the first ever triple by a New Zealand batsman soon after play started this morning, he was finally out for 302 to Zaheer. Debut batsman JDS Neesham played a fine knock and went on to score a fast century, remaining unbeaten at 137 at the time of declaration.
The Kiwis set an impossible target of 435 runs with just about 50-60 overs left in the day. Virat Kohli shined again in the Indian squad with a fine 105 in just 135 deliveries. Dhawan, Vijay and Pujara fell cheaply in the pre-concluded draw for India. India finally posted 166 for 3 at the close of play. The high points for India from the match remain Rahane and Kohli’s centuries, apart from Sharma, Shami’s attacking performances with the bowl in the first innings. Though Zaheer took a fiver in the second innings, it is not much of a show in front of McCullum, Watling and Neesham’s over all dominance on Indian pacers.
As India had lost the first test already, the series now goes to New Zealand. How ever, India remained at No.2 spot in world test rankings despite the loss to New Zealand, The Kiwis have reached the seventh spot in the same row.