McCullum posts second double ton against India
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum bats during day four of the second International Test match against India in Wellington on February 17, 2014 - by Marty Melville
Fighting off pain from back, knee and shoulder injuries, the New Zealand captain reached 200 midway through the afternoon session on the fourth day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
After nine hours at the crease he reached the milestone belting Zaheer Khan to the boundary.
It is the third double century of his 84-Test career -- only the second New Zealander behind Stephen Fleming to achieve the distinction -- and all have been scored against India.
He made 225 in Hyderabad in 2010, before scoring 224 in the first innings of the first Test of this series to pave the way for New Zealand's eventual 40-run victory.
His rearguard knock in the second innings of the second Test avoided the ignominy of an innings defeat.
It began with New Zealand in serious trouble at 52-3 and requiring a further 194 runs to make India bat again.
The situation was more dire at 94-5 when McCullum was joined by fellow century maker BJ Watling in a record breaking stand for the sixth wicket.
McCullum had lives on nine and 36, dropped by Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma, but otherwise has produced an exemplary captain's knock to save his side.
He put away his natural attacking instincts to carefully pick off the runs as required as New Zealand went into the fourth day with a six run lead that has since been extended to more than 150 with McCullum and Watling still together.
They have set a new record for any New Zealand partnership against India, overtaking the 271 made by Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder in 2009.
It is the second best sixth-wicket stand, behind the 339 gathered by McCullum and Martin Guptill against Bangladesh four years ago, and the fourth best New Zealand stand against all countries.
At the end of the first Test in Auckland last week, McCullum rated his 224 as probably his finest innings, but this performance to keep New Zealand in the second Test has overshadowed that.
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