New Zealand kept India firmly on the back foot on day two of the first Test in Auckland, posting 503 before reducing the tourists to 130-4 by stumps.
It could easily have been worse for India, and it required a stand of 79 from Rohit Sharma (67) and Ajinkya Rahane (23) to guide them to stumps without further incident. At one stage they had been reduced to 10-3 and were staring down the barrel of a huge embarrassment.
Brendon McCullum was the mastermind. Resuming on 143 not out from overnight, he batted with just the right balance of defensive stability and risk-taking aggression to compile his second double-century against India. His was the last wicket to go down, by which point he'd made 224.
Corey Anderson upped the run rate in the morning, and he looked destined for a century of his own until he was adjudged lbw to Ishant Sharma. Replays suggested the delivery was both high and going down the leg side, but it ended his innings on 77.
McCullum's best support then came from Tim Southee, who played an entertaining 28 from 20 balls before being bowled, walking too far across his stumps. Ish Sodhi also managed a quick 23. They too fell victim to Sharma, who tidied up his figures dramatically to end up with 6-134.
|New Zealand vs. India: 1st Test Scorecard, Day 2|
|New Zealand 1st Innings|
|Fulton||lbw||b Zaheer Khan||13||54||35|
|Rutherford||c Rahane||b I Sharma||6||42||30|
|Williamson||c Dhoni||b Zaheer Khan||113||249||172|
|Taylor||c Jadeja||b I Sharma||3||22||15|
|B McCullum||c Jadeja||b I Sharma||224||461||307|
|Anderson||lbw||b I Sharma||77||138||109|
|Watling||c Dhawan||b I Sharma||1||18||6|
|Sodhi||c Ro Sharma||b I Sharma||23||38||27|
|Wagner||c Kohli||b Jadeja||0||5||7|
|Extras||3nb 5w 1b 5lb||14|
|Total||all out||503||(121.4 ovs)|
|India 1st Innings|
|Dhawan||c Williamson||b Boult||0||2||3|
|Pujara||c Watling||b Boult||1||3||3|
|Kohli||c Fulton||b Southee||4||17||13|
|Ro Sharma||not out||67||139||102|
|Extras||3nb 0w 5b 1lb||9|
|Total||for 4||130||(39.0 ovs)|
But New Zealand achieved what they wanted from the morning: score quickly and turn the screw on India. When they got the new ball in their hand early in the afternoon, the India batsmen duly cracked.
Trent Boult needed just three balls to take the first wicket, a sharp edge from Shikhar Dhawan held well by Kane Williamson at gully.
And three balls later Cheteshwar Pujara followed with a loose shot to the slips.
Virat Kohli fared little better, bested by a sharp bouncer from Tim Southee that appeared to catch the tip of his thumb.
India did begin to recover, but trailing by 373 runs they still have a huge amount of batting to do on day three.
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