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McCullum helps Kiwis restrict India A

September 28, 2008 19:33 IST

All-rounder Nathan McCullam scalped a career best six for 90 as New Zeland A bowled out India A for 248 in their first innings on the opening day of their four-day cricket match in Chennai on Sunday.

The off-spinner, who had bowled just 11 overs without success in the tri-series also involving Australia, ran through the inconsistent Indian batting line up, bowling 30.4 overs unchanged after being pressed into the attack in the 16th over.

M Vijay (45) and in-form Yusuf Pathan (44) were the main scorers.

The hosts failed to take advantage after winning the toss on the flat turf and lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 248 in 75.4 overs in post-tea session.

New Zealand started their reply strongly and were 36 for no loss in 12 overs at close of play with Aaron Redmond (31-41b, 4x4, 1x6) and B J Walting (2) at the crease.

McCullum, older brother of Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum, took wickets at vital times and his victims included Vijay, Captain Suresh Raina (21), Jayadev Shah (38) and Pathan.

Fast bowlers Michael Mason (1/23) and Trent Boult (1/42) and spinner Watling (2/31) gave McCullum good support.

After losing opener Sahil Kukreja (5) in the fifth over, the Indians recovered well through Vijay (66b, 7x4) and Shikar Dhawan (27-85b, 2x4). The two appeared to be settling down for a big score when McCullum struck.

He had Vijay snapped up in the slip in the 24th over to break the 71-run second wicket partnership.

Pathan, who was dropped by Mason at point off McCullum with his score on one, and Saha rescued India adding 54 runs for the sixth wicket. Pathan fell going for an unnecessary pull shot just before tea break and was caught at long on by Trent Boult.

McCullum struck again in his next over after the tea break to send back Wriddhiman Saha (25).

The Kiwis polished off the tail with McCullum trapping last man Sudip Tyagi in front of the wicket to complete his six wicket haul.

In reply, Redmond looked positive and timed his shots to perfection and was not troubled by both the new ball bowlers Dinda and Tyagi.

Hoping for a wicket, Raina swiftly introduced double spin attack in the form of leg spinner Mishra and offie Mohnish Parmar. But Redmond was undeterred and even hoisted Parmar for a big six over long on in the eighth over.

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