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Cricket: Defiant McCullum, Watling keep New Zealand alive

A dogged 158-run stand by century-maker Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling kept New Zealand alive in the second Test against India on Sunday, although the odds continue to favour the tourists. After New Zealand looked on the ropes at 94-5, McCullum and Watling ensured India will have to bat again as they wiped out the 246-run first innings deficit to reach 252-5 at stumps on the third day. McCullum, who brought up his ninth Test century with a powerful six off Ishant Sharma, was on 114 with Watling on 52.

Cricket: Defiant McCullum, Watling keep New Zealand alive

A dogged 158-run stand by century-maker Brendon McCullum and B.J. Watling kept New Zealand alive in the second Test against India on Sunday, although the odds still favour the tourists. After New Zealand looked on the ropes at 94-5, McCullum and Watling ensured India will have to bat again as they wiped out the 246-run first innings deficit to reach 252-5 at stumps on the third day. McCullum, who brought up his ninth Test century with a powerful six off Ishant Sharma, was on 114 with Watling on 52.

Cricket: New Zealand 146-5 at tea

New Zealand were 146-5 in their second innings, requiring a further 100 runs to make India bat again at tea on the third day of the second Test in Wellington on Sunday. Brendon McCullum was not out 44 with BJ Watling on 24. For India, Zaheer Khan has taken 3-34. New Zealand won the first Test in the two-Test series by 40 runs. cf/ajc/st

Cricket: Ryder's booze-up costs him New Zealand T20 spot

Jesse Ryder's fall from grace continued Sunday when the big-hitting left-hander was left out of the New Zealand squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month in Bangladesh. Ryder's omission comes less than a week after he was dropped from the New Zealand Test squad following a late-night drinking session that ended just hours before the start of the first Test against India. New Zealand selection boss Bruce Edgar confirmed that Ryder had been almost assured of making the World Twenty20 squad, but was ruled out because of his behaviour.

Cricket: Khan double has New Zealand reeling

India snapped up a further three wickets early on the third day to have New Zealand firmly on the ropes in the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. New Zealand went to lunch at 87-4, requiring a further 159 runs to make India bat again. Brendon McCullum was not out 14 with Tom Latham out on the last ball before lunch for 29. Zaheer Khan had taken 3-28. India need to win the Test to save the series after losing the first Test by 40 runs.

Cricket: New Zealand 24-1 at stumps

New Zealand were 24 for one at stumps in their second innings after India posted a first innings lead of 246 on the second day of the second Test in Wellington Saturday. Hamish Rutherford was not out 18 and Kane Williamson was on four. India were all out for 438 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 192. Ajinkya Rahane made 118 and Shikhar Dhawan 98. For New Zealand, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner took three wickets apiece. cf/mp/st

Cricket: India 100-2 in reply to New Zealand's 192

India were 100-2 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 192 at stumps on the first day of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve on Friday. Shikhar Dhawan was not out 71 with nightwatchman Ishant Sharma on three. Sharma took a career best 6-51 and Mohammed Shami 4-70 in New Zealand's innings where Kane Williamson top scored with 47. New Zealand won the first Test by 40 runs. cf/ajc

Cricket: Sharma's career best figures put India on top

A career-best six-wicket haul by Ishant Sharma put India firmly in charge at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday. New Zealand were rolled for 192 in their first innings and at the close India were 100-2 with Shikhar Dhawan on 71 and Sharma, playing the nighwatchman role, on three. Murali Vijay was the first wicket to fall, caught behind by BJ Watling off Tim Southee for two. He tried to pull out of the way of a rising delivery but it cut back sharply to skim his gloves on the way to the keeper.

Cricket: Sharma's triple strike rocks New Zealand

A fired-up Ishant Sharma claimed three wickets for one run as New Zealand sank to 51-4 by lunch on Friday, the first day of the second Test against India. After being sent into bat on a green Basin Reserve wicket, New Zealand progressed cautiously to 23 without loss before the introduction of Sharma saw India take a firm grip on the first session. In the space of 14 deliveries he removed both openers, Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton, as well as debutant Tom Latham to finish the session with three for 14 from nine overs.

Cricket: New Zealand 51-4 at lunch

New Zealand were 51-4 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday. Ishant Sharma was the chief destroyer, taking three for 14. India won the toss and put New Zealand into bat on a bowler friendly green wicket. cf/mp/st
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