New Zealand pacer Trent Boult starred with both and ball to put New Zealand in command at stumps on Day 3 three of the ongoing first Test against India here at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Boult chipped in with a valuable 38 run cameo to help New Zealand reach 348, before rounding off an all-round display on Day 3 by returning figure of 3/27.
At Stump’s, India were 144/4, trailing the Kiwis by 39 runs and with a mountain to climb on day four.
After bundling out New Zealand for 348, India had a slow and shaky start to their second innings. Prithvi Shaw once again failed to impress as he was dismissed for Boult, reducing India to 27/1.
Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara then stitched 51 runs to steady India’s ship, before Boult knocked the latter’s timber in the 32nd over.
Pujara dismissal saw India reeling behind at 78/2.
Mayank Agarwal completed a hard-fought half-century before Southee broke his persistence, reducing India to 96/3.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s torrid tour continued as he was dismissed for 19 by Boult. Kohli’s dismissal left India at 113/4.
But, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari ensured did not lose any other wicket before stumps on Day 3.
Earlier in the day, Boult played a 38-run cameo to help New Zealand cross the 340-run mark after Ishant Sharma’s fifer had given India a glimmer of hope.
Also, Ravichandra Ashwin scalped three wickets for India.
Rahane and Vihari will resume play on day four of the first Test on 25 and 15, respectively.