New Zealand's bowlers began Day 3 of the third test on a positive note. The debutant pace bowler Andy McKay, picked up his maiden test wicket by dismissing Tendulkar for 61 in the 84th over. The fatal ball was a short of a length, angling across Tendulkar and inducing the edge to the wicketkeeper. The new batsman in the middle VVS Laxman, counter attacked by slapping McKay for two fours in his next over.
But pretty soon, seamer Chris Martin got on top of Laxman, getting him out bowled with an in swinger in the 89th over for a mere 12. Suresh Raina, on a poor run with the bat, struggled to reverse the trend. But he was out caught at short leg off Vettori for just 3.
Then captain M S Dhoni came to the crease with India tottering at 328/4. Together with Dravid, he built a staedy and useful partnership. His batting took on an aggressive tone early on when he smacked McKay for three consecutive fours in the 99th over, one past mid on, one through point and one through the covers. He was a little more cautious from then on right upto lunch when Dravid and he had taken India to 386/5 with a lead of nearly 200.