India would have begun the second day of third test against New Zealand with one clear-cut objective: to bowl New Zealand out. The Indian bowlers got right down to business when in the fourth over of the day itself, Ishant Sharma got Brendon McCullum caught behind for 40. It was an invaluable breakthrough as McCullum was the last of the recognised batsmen and India now just had the tail to polish off.
Sure enough, debutant Andyu McKay went for 5. But Southee offered some belligerent resistance, smashing Harbhajan for two sixes and a four in the 65th over. In the 67th over, he went after Ojha, carting him for a six over long-on, but was out next ball when he holed out to Sehwag at mid on. India had wrapped up the New Zealand innings for a meagre 193 and were in a strong position early on Day 2.
Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag gave India a brisk start by slamming the ball all over the park. Sehwag got after Southee and Martin early, sending the former for one four in the second over and the latter for two, in the third over. Then Gambhir got stuck into Southee in the 4th over, first hitting him for a boundary courtesy a glance fine and then slapping him to square leg for another four.
The fours kept coming from the other end as well with Sehwag especially severe on Southee. Sehwag welcomed Vettori into the attack in the 10th over with a huge six over long on. Vettori was in for more bad luck when Ryder dropped a tough chance at short leg from Gambhir. Not fazed by that bit of good fortune, Sehwag raced to his half-century in just as many balls with India on a healthy 79/0 in 16.2 overs.
The two batsmen took India into lunch with the score at 89/0 after 19 overs.