Wellington: India declared at 434 for seven in its second innings in the third and final Test here Monday, setting New Zealand a huge target of 617 to win the match and level the series.
By tea New Zealand were 136 for four at tea, scoring 99 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in the second session. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh grabbed two wickets each.
Shortly before lunch, Rahul Dravid broke the record of Mark Waugh for most catches in Test cricket when he took his 182nd catch to dismiss Tim McIntosh to put New Zealand at 30/1.
Victory was not on the radar for New Zealand, with the highest fourth innings winning total in Test cricket history being the 418 scored by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.
India added another 85 runs in 18 overs before declaring on the morning of the fourth day, leaving New Zealand's often batting fragile line-up with the huge task of surviving nearly two days to save the Test.
The tourists lead the series 1-0 and need only a draw from this final Test to ensure their first series win in New Zealand since 1968, with only weather likely to save New Zealand from a heavy loss.
New Zealand have had their backs against the wall since Saturday, when they were dismissed cheaply for 197 in reply to India's first innings total of 379.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took his score to 56 and Zaheer Khan was unbeaten on 18 when Dhoni declared the 116-over innings after 75 minutes play on Monday.
Yuvraj Singh also helped pile on the misery for New Zealand, scoring a quick 40, including three consecutive fours and a six off one Iain O'Brien over.