Nagpur:Rahul Dravid's broad defensive bat when New Zealand bowled well, and quicker accumulation when they didn't, crushed the fight the visitors put up in the morning session with three wickets for 32 runs. Along with a quicker and more urgent MS Dhoni, Dravid added 193 runs. Although Dravid missed out on a double-century, and Dhoni on his century, India ruled out a New Zealand win and left themselves two days and 13 overs to force a result.
With the new ball turning square, two days and 13 overs seemed like time enough. Harbhajan Singh did the smart thing to do when the ball is turning so much, going round the wicket and trapping Tim McIntosh lbw with a topspinner.