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NZ hits 5-536 and not finished yet

17/10/2003 09:20:18 PM Comments (0)

New Zealand is set to further compound India's Mohali misery by batting into the third day after racking up 5-536 on the second day of the second cricket Test.

After Mark Richardson, Lou Vincent and Scott Styris became the first New Zealand top three to score centuries in the same Test innings, Craig McMillan took over the reins to be 58 not out off 78 balls at the close.

Wicketkeeper Robbie Hart was there on 10 as the home side completed their 180th over with more to come on Saturday in the series decider.

It was McMillan's third successive Test half-century, the 19th of his career, after an impressive double of 54 and 83 not out in Ahmedabad.

The tourists were in sight of their highest innings score overseas of 7 (dec)-553, set 18 years ago against Australia in Brisbane, after passing their previous best against India of 502 set in Christchurch in 1967-68.

Styris fell in the third over after tea for his best test score of 119 in just his seventh match.

India's best bowler Anil Kumble forced him on to the back foot and trapped him leg before wicket, ending a knock of 293 minutes, 231 balls, 10 fours and two sixes.

McMillan and Nathan Astle then added 60 in 17 overs for fifth wicket to nudge New Zealand's total over 500.

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh though broke the stand at 507 when Astle was caught behind trying to cut, making Singh the 10th Indian bowler to reach 150 test wickets.

The milestones kept tumbling as New Zealand broke the test record at the ground of 515 for nine by India against Sri Lanka in 1997-98.

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