Career-best performances by Guptill, McCullum puts New Zealand in command

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Wellington, Feb 16 (ANI): Career-best performances by Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum at Seddon Park has put New Zealand in command in the one-off cricket test against Bangladesh.

Guptill hit 189, his maiden test century, and McCullum 185 as they shared a record stand of 339 for the sixth wicket before New Zealand declared at tea on the second day at 553 for seven.

Bangladesh was 87/1 in their reply to New Zealand's total of 553/7, NZ Herald reports.

Guptill and McCullum had earlier ticked off a number of records in a magnificent partnership, which represented the third highest sixth wicket stand in test history for any country and the third largest for any wicket for New Zealand.

McCullum, who hit 96 runs in the first session after resuming this morning on 58 with his side on 258 for five, advanced to the highest test score by a New Zealand wicketkeeper, surpassing the 173 scored by Ian Smith against India at Auckland in the 1989-90 season.

Guptill like McCullum he reached three figures before lunch against a tiring Bangladeshi attack.

They continued to prosper after lunching at 432 for five, adding another 65 runs to the tally while barely playing a false stroke between them before McCullum's dismissal.

Guptill followed soon after in an attempt to pull Rubel presenting wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim with a thin top edge. (ANI)

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