India opened the day on 100/2 with nightwatchman Ishant Sharma at the wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan, and pressed home the advantage by adding a further 41 runs before Trent Boult finally nabbed Sharma for 26. Two further Indian wickets fell by lunch, but by then India had secured a first innings lead, surpassing New Zealand's measly 192. At 228/6 India were in a little trouble, but a solid middle session saw them take charge, building to 301/6 by tea. In the last session Ajinkya Rahane (118) and wicketkeeper-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68) stamped their authority on proceedings, with Rahane's century his first in tests. After a false dawn when the industrious Neil Wagner had a Peter Fulton catch disallowed as a no-ball thanks to his wide run-up, New Zealand finally dismissed India for 438, a daunting first innings lead of 246.
Typically, in a season in which New Zealand's openers have had (or earned) little luck, Peter Fulton was then dismissed lbw for 1 by Zaheer Khan to leave the home side's total looking somewhat precarious at 24/1, 222 runs behind with three days to play. Unless Hamish Rutherford pulls a big innings out of the bag today New Zealand might be looking for two new test openers come the mid-year tour to the West Indies.
|Basin Reserve from the Vance Stand|
|Southee to Sharma - how often does NZ have 4 slips & a gully?|
|Virat Kohli (I think) - wearing Praveen Kumar's test number 269?|
|Tim Southee signing autographs|
|Umpire Kettleborough: "I've got a ball!"|
|Rahane departs having scored his maiden test century (118)|
|Last man out: Zaheer Khan c Watling+ b Wagner 22|
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