Wellington: Bad light halted India"s march towards historic win after Kiwis lost four crucial wickets in pursuit of an improbable target of 617. Vettori (15) and O'Brien (19) were at the crease when rain stopped play on Day 5 of the third Test. NZ need 336 runs to win with two wickets in hand.
Harbhajan got his fourth wicket of the innings when he removed Tim Southee soon after the lunch interval. Southee hung his bat at a delivery that did not turn and paid the price by getting the outside edge of his bat with Dhoni snapping an easy catch behind the stumps.
Before lunch, Sachin Tendulkar took two wickets in two overs to take India closer to a series victory against New Zealand.
New Zealand scored 87 runs losing 3 wickets in the first session and were put on the back foot by Tendulkar who bamboozled the Kiwis with his leg breaks, top spinners and googlies.
Tendulkar got his second wicket when Franklin went on the back foot, the ball came back in and hit his pads plumb in front. Tendulkar was so sure of the dismissal that he was celebrating even before appealing. Franklin hit 7 fours in his 49-run knock.
India had a 1-0 lead coming into the Test at the Basin Reserve and a draw would be enough to clinch their first series win in New Zealand for more than four decades.
Victory for New Zealand is all but out of reach, with the highest fourth innings winning total in Test cricket history being 418 scored by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.