McCullum Leads Fightback After Harbhajan Century

McCullum Leads Fightback After Harbhajan Century
McCullum Leads Fightback After Harbhajan Century
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New Zealand 350 (McIntosh 102) & 237-4 (McCullum 124no) v
India 472 (Harbhajan Singh 111no, Vettori 5-135)
Second Test, Hyderabad, day four

Harbhajan Singh continued his remarkable run of form with the bat to reach his second international century in as many matches before New Zealand fought back on day four of the second Test against India in Hyderabad.

Harbhajan's unbeaten 111 steered India to a score of 472 in reply to New Zealand's 350 thanks to a rare tenth-wicket century stand between him and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.

New Zealand's fightback was led by Brendon McCullum, who was unbeaten on 124 as the Black Caps closed the day on 237 for four in their second innings.

Harbhajan resumed the day on 85 but he and Sreesanth continued to frustrate New Zealand, putting on 105 for the final wicket with Harbhajan hitting seven fours and seven sixes.

Sreesanth played his part by making 24 in 71 balls before he was trapped in front by Daniel Vettori, who picked up figures of five for 135.

New Zealand openers McCullum and Tim McIntosh (49) then put New Zealand back into the lead with an opening stand of 125.

McIntosh fell when he was caught by substitute Cheteshwar Pujara off Pragyan Ojha and although Martin Guptill (18), Ross Taylor (7) and Jesse Ryder (20) fell cheaply, McCullum stood firm, using his feet effectively against the spinners to hit 11 fours and three sixes.

Unbeaten alongside him was Kane Williamson on 12 while Sreesanth completed a fine day by producing a fine delivery to clean bowl Taylor.

McIntosh made 102 in New Zealand's first innings and the three-match series is level following a draw in the opening match in Ahmedabad.

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