Southee picked three wickets; Pant top-scored with 41
Kyle Jamieson beat Virat Kohli thrice in the first 10 balls he bowled to the Indian captain on the sixth morning. On the 11th ball, he found Kohli’s edge to the wicketkeeper. That was the start of a mini-collapse from India which saw them lose their three most experienced batters in Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane.
Pujara, like Kohli, was castled outside off-stump, edging to the first slip after he was set up by full and straight balls from the New Zealand pacers all morning. Tim Southee, who opened the attack with Jamieson, even had a silly mid-on and short leg in place to try and cut the airy flick that Pujara plays.
Boult, who came in as second-change after Neil Wagner and replaced Jamieson, struck in his third over as he had Rahane strangled down the leg-side. It meant that India had lost three wickets for only 38 runs as New Zealand looked favorites to get many more at that point in time.
Rishabh Pant played his part in weathering the storm but was guilty of playing one shot too many, especially against Wagner who was bowling attacking full lengths at him.