McCullum and Watling score tons

Last updated 12:37 17/02/2014
Brendon McCullum
MCCULLUM SOLID: The Black Caps have extended their lead over India in the first hour and half of play in Wellington.

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LATEST: The records tumbled all through the second session, as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling continued to dominate India on day four of the second test at the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand went to tea at 440 for five, with McCullum 228 not out and Watling 119 and now lead India by 194 runs, with a day and a session to play.

The match is still up for grabs but, in the meantime, there's been a bit of a statistical frenzy going on.

McCullum joined his business partner, and new Chennai Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming as the only New Zealanders to score three double centuries in test cricket, when he clipped Zaheer Khan off his legs for four.

In doing so, he emulated Glenn Turner's deed of scoring two double centuries in a series, achieved against the West Indies in 1972.

McCullum's have come in successive tests, though, making him the first Black Cap to achieve that feat.

By tea he'd also reached a new highest test score, beating the 225 he scored against in Hyderabad in 2010.

The Black Caps captain clearly likes Indian bowling, with all three of his double hundreds coming against them.

With Watling he's also now added 346 for the sixth wicket.

That eclipsed the old all-time New Zealand record for sixth-wicket partnerships against all countries of 339, set by McCullum and Martin Guptill against Bangladesh in 2009.

McCullum and Watling are now just six runs shy of the world test record for the sixth wicket, held by Sri Lankan brothers Mahela and Prasanna Jayawardene.

The shot McCullum played for his 200 was identical to that of Watling, when he registered his hundred.

Again Khan was the bowler and again he served up a full delivery on leg stump, which was clipped to the square leg fence for four.

Like his skipper, Watling's also posted his highest test score, beating the previous best achieved against Bangladesh in Chittagong last year.

McCullum said at stumps last night that it would take a double century from him and a big contribution from Watling if New Zealand were to have any chance of saving this match.

Even now, they still haven't achieved that. But if the Black Caps do go on and lose this match, some time tomorrow, then this pair can still feel immensely proud of what they've done over the last two days.


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