New Zealand's McCullum plays a shot as India's captain Dhoni watches in Hyderabad.
New Zealand's McCullum plays a shot as India's captain Dhoni watches in Hyderabad. Reuters

Brendon McCullum's masterful double ton ensured that the second test between India and New Zealand finished in a draw, leaving the three-match series tied at 0-0 before the final test at Nagpur.

The Kiwi opener scored 225, his career best, which played a huge role in setting a target of 327 runs for the Indians to chase in the final session after New Zealand declared at 448/8 during tea.

When stumps were called, India were 68/0 with Virender Sehwag (54) and Gautam Gambhir (14) at the crease.

India's hopes of bagging a few early wickets on day five so as to force a result were dashed when the overnight pair of McCullum and Kane Williamson (69) held firm. By the time the pair's 124 run association was broken with Willamson being given out to a dubious leg before wicket (lbw) decision, the Kiwis had already taken a 223-run lead and even the most optimistic fan wouldn't have fancied a result.

All lingering doubts disappeared when McCullum raced to his double hundred with a wide array of strokes.

The draw means that if the Nagpur test has a winner, it will take the series as well.

Elsewhere, Chris Gayle became only the fourth man in cricket history to make more than one triple century. His 333, including 34 fours and nine sixes, came against Sri Lanka in the first innings of day two.

Gayle was supported by Adrian Barath (50), Darren Bravo (58), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (32) and Brendan Nash (64) to set Sri Lanka a target of 580 runs in the first innings.

At stumps on day two, Sri Lanka trail West Indies by 526 runs after setting up 54 though they lost Dilshan for a duck early in their innings.

In the other piece of cricketing action, where Pakistan took on South Africa in Dubai, Younis Kahn's unbeaten 130 helped Pakistan secure a draw when a defeat looked most likely.