Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja revived India in an unbeaten partnership of 113 to 258-4 against New Zealand at stumps on the first day of the first cricket test on Thursday.
India were reduced to 145-4 halfway through the middle session but Iyer progressed to 75 not out in his test debut, and Jadeja was 50 not out.
Play was called off owing to bad light with six overs remaining.
India was well placed at 82-1 at lunch — Mayank Agarwal fell early for 13 to Kyle Jamieson — but lost the other opener Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Gill scored his fourth test half-century when Jamieson bowled him through the gate on 52 off 93 balls. Gill hit five fours and a six.
Eight overs later, Pujara was caught behind off Tim Southee in a repeat of the batsman’s dismissals against Australia and England — edging outside off stump. Pujara scored 26 and India was 106-3.
Rahane added 39 runs for the fourth wicket with Iyer when Jamieson returned and castled Rahane on 35 for his third wicket.
New Zealand’s gains in the middle session began to fade, however, as Iyer and Jadeja dug in.
Fans slammed Pujara and Rahane after another failure in Test cricket. They also urged them to take retirement from international cricket.