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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NZ series - McCullum force draws the match in Hyderabad

New Zealand national cricket teamImage via WikipediaBrendon McCullum scored a double-century to help his team draw the second test match in the series against India. With this result, the Black Caps have gained two draws against the No.1 test team in the World. Thus, they have achieved what their coach Greatbatch had remarked before the tour. Whatever happens in the final test is a bonus for them. But, having got to this level, they must be surely fancying their chances in the last test to leave the shores at 0-0 in the test series.

Can they go one step further and win the series? Not impossible but extremely difficult. India has to cooperate in their campaign to win in Nagpur by playing badly. The series is set at an interesting stage now after 2 test matches. India will hope that they get a favorable surface (didnt they get it this match?) in the next match.

Will there be any changes from the Indian side? Zaheer Khan has been ruled out because of his strain. Ishant Sharma will make his comeback into the playing eleven. Harbhajan cannot be dropped because of his exploits with the bat - even he will agree that his bowling form has been patchy to say the least. The batsmen will continue to get another chance at the attack next test - how the NZ bowlers recoup after the two tests remains to be seen.

Still, the Indians will be the favorites to win the final match - how it pans out, will be seen.

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