17 Nov 2010

McCullum leads Blacks to draw in Hyderabad

6:06 am on 17 November 2010

The New Zealand opening batsman Brendon McCullum celebrated a career best 225 on the final day of the second test against India in Hyderabad, steering the Black Caps to a second draw in the three-test series.

McCullum spent nine hours at the crease before New Zealand declared at tea on the final day on 448 for 8, and India went through the motions in scoring 68 without loss when the game was called off an hour before the scheduled close.

The Black Caps' draw was virtually secured when McCullum and Kane Williamson extended their partnership by another 102 runs as they batted through the opening session on the final day.

20 year old Williamson further underlined his promise with an innings of 69, after his century on debut in the first test.

The series decider starts in Nagpur on Saturday.