Hyderabad: After asking New Zealand to follow on, India picked up the wicket of Martin Guptill before rain forced the third day's play to be abandoned just before 3pm. New Zealand were on 41 for one, still 238 runs behind India's first-innings score of 438. New Zealand began their second innings extremely cautiously, with Brendon McCullum being the picture of restraint against spin and pace.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni tossed the new ball to Pragyan Ojha, who made the most of the pronounced seam and hardness of the red cherry. With close-in fielders surrounding the batsmen, runs were hard to come by. At the end of eight overs New Zealand had not managed to score even one run per over, and it was only when Guptill lofted Ojha back over his head and followed it up with a forcing shot for consecutive boundaries did a semblance of normalcy return to proceedings. Guptill, who was let off when Virat Kohli failed to latch on to a sharp chance off Ojha at gully, found that his luck deserted him soon after. Padding up to Ojha, Guptill watched in dismay as Ian Gould, the umpire, upheld a loud shout for lbw. Replays suggested that the ball was gripping the surface and might have spun away to miss the stumps, but New Zealand had lost their first wicket with 26 on the board.