Carrying on their steady opening stand after lunch, Tim McIntosh and Brendon McCullum didn't let the Indian bowlers get on top of them. The pair moved on at a relatively brisk rate, playing some powerful strokes around the ground including a big six from McCullum off Bhajji in the 18th over. At the end of the 22nd over, New Zealand had succeeded in erasing half India's 122-run lead from the first innings with all ten wickets intact.
In the 23rd over, Ojha was in for some stick when McCullum launched into him for another six and then a four in the next ball, taking the score to 71/0. At the end of the 27th over, McCullum ran a single from a sweep shot off Harbhajan to reach his half-century off just 67 balls, with New Zealand score at 84/0. A few overs later, McIntosh got stuck into Ojha, taking him for 10 runs including one towering six over long on.
In the 30th over, New Zealand had moved past the 100-run mark. A couple of overs later, McCullum went after Harbhajan, taking 9 runs off him including one straight six. Shortly afterwards, he hit a four off Sreesanth to put his side ahead of India with the score at 125/0 in 35 overs. That was when Ojha got the breakthrough, getting McIntosh caught at short leg for 49. Guptill joined McCullum in the middle as the two played out the last few overs before Tea, taking New Zealand's second innings total to 131/1 in 40 overs with a lead of 9.