It was a great pressure situation for kiwi captian as he has to win the 3rd test against India in order to save the test series, else they would loose to India after 41 years. It all started well as Indian won the toss and elected to bat in Basin Reserve with heavy winds all around the ground.
Sachin, Veeru and Dravid walked out cheaply. With only three batsmen playing all over the day Indian could only managed a mere 379 runs in the 1st innings. Kiwi bowlers enjoyed bowling to Indian batters on the day and Martin got 5 wickets in the 1st innings.