Pujara credits 'crucial' McCullum

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Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara admitted India were outdone by New Zealand pair Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling on day three of the second and final Test in Wellington on Sunday.

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara admitted India were outdone by New Zealand pair Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling on day three of the second and final Test in Wellington on Sunday.

McCullum scored a superb century and Watling a fine half-ton amid an important 158-run stand, which saw the hosts climb to 252 for five – and a slender lead of six runs.

"We would have been a little more happy if we got a few more wickets. But we are still in a very good position to win the Test," said Pujara.

"You have to give credit to the batting team. The partnership was really good. Brendon batted well and that partnership was crucial for them.

"Ultimately they were the winners in the last session, but if we get a couple of early wickets, then we can go through the tail-enders."

Captain McCullum and wicketkeeper-batsman Watling will resume on 114 not out and 52 not out respectively, as the Kiwis eye resurgence at the Basin Reserve.

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