Playing "normal cricket" will be the key to India's success in the second Test against New Zealand if they have to chase a target of 250-plus, according to Virat Kohli who struck a 103 in the home team's first innings.

Kohli said that the match was in India's favour and the hosts would be looking to take the remaining one wicket to minimise the target with New Zealand ahead by 244 at stumps on the third day with the last pair at the crease.

At a personal level, Kohli said he was pleased with his batting form and that it was always special to score a century for the country.

"It's always satisfying to get a Test hundred. People asked me this earlier as well, which 100 is most special to you and I said the 100 in Adelaide against Australia. I didn't have that feeling ever in my life, before or after – and I felt it today again.