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McCullum, Williamson defy India in Hyderabad test

McCullum, Williamson defy India in Hyderabad test

Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson shared a defiant partnership to take New Zealand's second innings score to 92-1 at lunch on the fourth day of the first test against India on Sunday.
McCullum was not out on 39 with three fours off 124 deliveries at the break with Williamson on 31 with two fours off 96 balls as New Zealand, following on with a 279-run first innings deficit, fought hard in a first session played in overcast conditions.
The visiting side needs another 187 runs to make India bat again.
Resuming at 41-1 after a two-hour rain delay, the New Zealand pair added 51 runs in the first session for an unbroken stand of 66, the first half-century partnership for New Zealand in the match.
In its first innings, New Zealand scored 159 in reply to 438.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni predictably started the day with spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin expecting the pitch to aid turn.
But with no success in the first 15 overs, he was forced to bring on pace bowler Zaheer Khan and subsequently other seam bowler Umesh Yadav, but the batsmen were not bothered either by spin or pace bowling.
India is looking to go one up in the two-test series. The second game of the series will be held in Bangalore from Aug. 31 and will be followed by two Twenty20 games in the southern cities of Visakhapatnam on Sept. 8 and Chennai on Sept. 11.


Updated : 2021-07-28 21:03 GMT+08:00