Wellington: New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman Bradley-John Watling, who was involved in a world record sixth wicket partnership with skipper Brendon McCullum (281 not out) for 352 runs, was proud to see off the "storm" on the penultimate day of the second and final Test here yesterday.
Bradley-John Watling bats during the Day Four of the second Test yesterday. Pic/AFP
"I am definitely very proud of the way we went about things today. I think Brendon batted extremely well again and to be in the position we are now than what we were two days ago, we are pretty pleased with how things went," said Watling after the day's play.
"It was just a grind. We just took each ball at a time, each over at a time, each hour at a time. They came at us hard and we weathered the storm and then got a few runs and just kept trying to take them as deep as we could. To lose one wicket throughout this fourth day is a pretty pleasing effort," he added.
Watling, who scored 124 and was the only wicket to fall yesterday, came in at 94-5 and put on that record stand to defy the Indian hopes. "At five for 90-odd, you are feeling the pressure a bit.
They are bowling well and taking wickets, so it's again just trying to get through there and try and create a partnership and try and take it deep. Yesterday, it was pretty much about batting through the day, and try to fight our way back into the game. Today was pretty much the same," he said.