Updated: 02/18/2014 11:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Kiwis raise hopes of wonder-win over India

New Zealand pressed for a remarkable second-Test win against India Tuesday after Brendon McCullum's record triple-century destroyed the visitors' hopes of a series-levelling victory.


Kiwis raise hopes of wonder-win over India

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum bats during day 5 of the 2nd International Test against India in Wellington on February 18, 2014 - by Marty Melville

At tea on the final day India were 90-3 and batting for a draw after being set the near-impossible task of scoring 435 in just over two sessions. 

Virat Kohli, who survived a strong appeal when on 15, was 48 not out, with Rohit Sharma on 15.

New Zealand had been on the ropes on Sunday until McCullum set about his 13-hour 302, a record for the country which left the hosts on 680-8 declared, their highest Test innings.

And New Zealand fuelled hopes of an improbable win when they claimed the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (two) and Murali Vijay (seven) immediately after lunch. 

Trent Boult had Dhawan lbw when the opener shouldered arms to a ball that cut back, while Tim Southee had Vijay caught at third slip by Corey Anderson.

Another wicket was in the offing when Kohli, on 15, appeared to nick Boult through to BJ Watling behind the stumps with India 31-2. 

But despite vociferous appeals from the New Zealanders, and the dismissal supported by TV replays, umpire Steve Davis ruled the batsman was not out.

Cheteshwar Pujara (17) gloved a Southee bouncer down the leg side for another Watling catch with India's score at 54.

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