Away side looking to climb back into the series.
Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni built a solid first innings lead for India over New Zealand Saturday, going to tea at 301-6 on day two of the second Test before being bowled out for 438.
It put India 246 runs ahead of New Zealand’s 192, with Rahane on 118 and Shikhar Dhawan 98.
Rahane, who posted his third Test 50 in only his fifth Test, and captain Dhoni have put on 73 in a crucial stand for the seventh wicket at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
New Zealand, looking to wrap up the series after winning the first Test by 40 runs, took three wickets in the morning but only one in the middle session as their seam attack lacked the hostility captain Brendon McCullum called for.
They had India at 165-5 before allowing Virat Kohli and Rahane to steer the tourists to a first innings lead in a 63-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Neil Wagner, who proved valuable in breaking stubborn partnerships in the first Test, again made the breakthrough for New Zealand when he had Kohli caught at short cover by Hamish Rutherford at 38.
With the new ball then 12 overs away, Dhoni lifted the run rate immediately as he blazed away with four fours from consecutive Wagner deliveries.
When India resumed the day at 100-2, New Zealand made heavy weather of removing nightwatchman Ishant Sharma.
Sharma was twice sat on his backside while subjected to a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, but still managed to extend his score from an overnight three to 26 before he was caught behind.
Shikhar Dhawan reached 98 when an attempt to drive a seaming Tim Southee delivery gave wicketkeeper BJ Watling his second catch.
Jimmy Neesham bowled Rohit Sharma without scoring to claim his maiden Test wicket, but wickets have been difficult to get since then.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult has 2-58 and Southee 2-66.
Scoreboard at completion of India’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Saturday:
New Zealand 1st innings 192 (K. Williamson 47; I. Sharma 6-51, Shami 4-70)
India 1st innings (overnight 100-2)
S. Dhawan c Watling b Southee 98
M. Vijay c Watling b Southee 2
C. Pujara lbw Boult 19
I. Sharma c Watling b Boult 26
V. Kohli c Rutherford b Wagner 38
R. Sharma b Neesham 0
A. Rahane c Boult b Southee 118
M. Dhoni c Watling b Boult 68
R. Jadeja c Fulton b Wagner 26
Z. Khan c Watling b Wagner 22
M. Shami not out 0
Extras: (b8, lb4, w7, nb2) 21
Total: (all out; 102.4 overs) 438
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Vijay), 2-89 (Pujara), 3-141 (I. Sharma), 4-162 (Dhawan), 5-165 (R. Sharma), 6-228 (Kohli), 7-348 (Dhoni), 8-385 (Jadeja), 9-423 (Rahane), 10-438 (Khan)
Bowling: Boult 26-7-99-3 (2w, 1nb), Southee 20-0-93-3, Wagner 22.4-3-106-3 (1nb), Anderson 16-2-66-0 (3w), Neesham 18-2-62-1 (1w)
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Derek Walker (NZL)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)