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We weathered the storm, says proud Watling

Last updated on: February 17, 2014 13:14 IST

We weathered the storm, says proud Watling

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The cricketing cliche of tackling each ball on its merit and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second Test against India.

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The hosts were 571 for six at close of the fourth day's play, a lead of 325 runs, with McCullum unbeaten on 281 and seemingly in control of the outcome of the match and series, having won the first Test by 40 runs.

Watling scored 124 in a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 352 with his captain as the pair resurrected New Zealand's second innings from 94 for five just after lunch on the third day.


Image: BJ Watling celebrates his century.
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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'Definitely proud of the way we went about things today'

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"It was just a grind. We just took each ball at a time, each over at a time, each hour at a time," Watling said of the partnership he and McCullum put together.

"Each session was just about starting again and keeping the partnership going and trying to get as many runs and take as much time out of the game as possible.

"They came at us hard and we weathered the storm and then got a few runs away and just kept trying to take them as deep as we could.

"Definitely proud of the way we went about things today."

The pair's resilience told on India's attack as the day wore on, with all their three frontline pace bowlers notching more than 39 overs each.


Image: BJ Watling celebrates his century
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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'It was a long day for all of us'

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"The first two days we dominated the match; today it was a totally different day," India opener Shikhar Dhawan said.

"It was a long day for all of us.

"We came with the mindset we were going to get them all out and chase whatever the target, but it didn't go our way.

"McCullum and the other batsmen batted beautifully. We have to take it in our stride and be ready for tomorrow."

India must win the match to level the two-Test series after the hosts won the first game at Eden Park.

Dhawan said the team is confident of trying to chase down a total, if need be on the flat wicket.

"The wicket has improved; it got a bit slower and, of course, we're going to bat tomorrow," he added.

"They're going to put us in to bat and tomorrow morning we will (look) forward to getting them out and then whatever the target is, we will play accordingly and according to the situation."


Image: Shikhar Dhawan
Photographs: BCCI

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