India put up a formidable total against New Zealand in second test at Wellington on the third day. India were all out for 438, getting a lead of 246 runs, with excellent batting performances from Rahane and Dhawan particularly. Dhawan missed out on a hundred by a whisker, getting out to a fine catch at 98. Rahane displayed a fine touch with the willow and went on to score his maiden test hundred, finally falling for 118. Skipper Dhoni too put up a flashy 68, looking dangerous before falling for Boult caught behind the wicket. Boult, Wagner and Southee took three each for the Kiwis.
The host started their second innings just with about half hours play left, finally ending the day by loosing Fulton LBW to Zaheer. India are in firm control at the end of third day. If the pacers manage to repeat a similar show of their first innings, it is difficult to stop India for New Zealand with two full days of play left.