India made a spirited comeback in the first Test against New Zealand after conceding a 301-run lead in the first innings. They bundled out the hosts for 105 on day three Saturday and were 87 for one chasing a record 407 runs.
Winning the game will be a tough task but the Indian players’ spirit will be high going into the final two days. Seventeen wickets fell in what turned out be a roller coaster day with India dismissing the Black Caps cheaply after being bowled out for 202 before lunch.
The visitors started well in the second innings through Shikhar Dhawan (49) who saw out the close of play alongside Cheteshwar Pujara (22).
While the highest run chase (418-7) in Tests was achieved by the West Indies against Australia in 2003, the highest in New Zealand came in 1969 when the West Indies scored 348 for five.
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