Carrying on their dominance from the first session of play, the Indian bowlers finished off the New Zealand innings for 350 when Harbhajan Singh struck to remove Chris Martin for 3 in the 118th over. Bhajji and Zaheer Khan had been rewarded for the bowling efforts with 4 wickets a piece. Meanwhile, the Kiwis had amassed a healthy total, but would it be enough to intimidate India's long and powerful batting line-up?
In response, India got off to a positive start with Gambhir edging a four over slip in the second over itself. Sehwag was initially a little more circumspect, especially while playing Martin. But both batsmen helped themselves to 10 runs off Southee in the 8th over, including a Sehwag four which was crashed through the covers. In the 11th over, Sehwag got stuck into Martin, hitting him for two consecutive boundaries, taking India to 39/0.
Once the openers had worked off the sheen of the ball and had caused it to swing less, they were more comfortable picking runs. They reached the 50-run mark in the 15th over when Gambhir drove Southee through the covers for a boundary. In the next over, Sehwag went for a big shot but didn't connect properly. However, it wobbled to mid-on and fell well short of the fielder. By the end of the 18th over, the openers had safely carried India to Tea with the score at 62/0.