Wellington: It was not a perfect start to Indians who chase history at Basin Reserve on Friday. India were 101/2 in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the third Test.
At the end of the first session of the day, Rahul Dravid (9) and Sachin Tendulkar (16) were at the crease.
O'Brien got Kiwis the first breakthrough when Sehwag was cramped for room to an incoming delivery and edged it to keeper Brendon McCullum for the catch. Sehwag hit a six and 7 fours in his 51-ball 48.
In The next over, Franklin took his first wicket in the series when he trapped Gambhir plumb in front of the wicket by a cross seam delivery. Gambhir hit 2 fours in his 23-run knock.
India is on the verge of creating a history in New Zealand. Team India just need a draw to secure its first series win in New Zealand in 41 years.
After beating New Zealand by 10 wickets in the first test at Hamilton and drawing the high-scoring second test at Napier, India can clinch the three-test series with a win or draw at the Basin Reserve.
New Zealand: Tim McIntosh, Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (W), Daniel Vettori (C), Iain OBrien, Chris Martin, Tim Southee.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C)(W), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel.
Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS), Simon Taufel (AUS) and Tony Hill (NZ) (T.V.)
Referee: Alan Hurst (AUS)