Rahul Dravid and M S Dhoni resumed their devastating partnership after lunch, first taking India's lead to 200 in the 118th over and the moving the score to over 400/5. Shortly afterwards, Dhoni brought up his fifty with a streaky boundary between the keeper and first slip off Vettori. He had hit 8 fours up to that point in what had been a fairly breezy innings.
In the 131st over, Dhoni reasserted his authority over McKay by giving him the charge and carting him for a huge straight six to take India to over the 450-run mark. Later in the over, he drilled the ball past the bowler for a boundary. It would be fair to say that the batting pair had made mince-meat of the bowlers who were toiling for a breakthrough, but were getting taken for runs instead.
In the 139th over, Dhoni slammed Tim Southee for a boundary to take India to alead of over 300 runs. With his century approaching, he was far from running out of steam. In the 141st over, India moved past the 500-run mark with chances of any sort of come back looking very bleak for the Kiwis. India were squarely and firmly in control. The batting pair took India's score to a mammoth 510/5 at tea. Can the Kiwis wrest back control of the match in the last session of play of Day 3?