New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes his team would be right back in the game if their pacers can pick up few early Indian wickets on Day 3 of the second and final cricket Test.

India on Saturday bounced back after tottering at 80 for four at one stage, courtesy a brilliant unbeaten 93 by Virat Kohli, who led the fightback and helped the hosts to reach 283 for five at close.

"It is too early to say anything as the wicket still looks pretty good. If we pick up early wickets tomorrow, we can restrict India from causing further damage. Then I think we are right in the game," he told reporters at stumps.