New Zealand's openers fall around for 70 runs and 34.2 overs on Day 3. India's fast bowlers did the best they could with the new ball in helpful conditions and yet found themselves chasing the game.
Was it the pace attack's inability to bowl a little fuller and generate lateral movement as efficiently as the Kiwis had? The margins of difference seemed razor thin. India's pace trio bowled impressive lines around the wicket to the two left-handed openers but perhaps lacked the degree of swing which could have made an early difference.
New Zealand were 101/2 in 49 overs after India folded for a below par 217.The first breakthrough came not from the pacers as expected but from off spinner Ashwin snare Tom Lathem for 30.