New Zealand applied a strategic choke on the Indian top order in the second innings and in the process edged ahead in the first Test.
India vs New Zealand: Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari guide visitors to 114/4 on Day 3 of first Test; Black Caps lead by 39 runs
The Indian batsmen, caught between over-cautiousness and impetuosity, produced yet another inept batting performance to put New Zealand firmly on the driver's seat at the end of the third day's play in the first Test.
India vs New Zealand: Ishant Sharma defends Jasprit Bumrah, says it's 'funny' how people change perceptions after one innings
Ishant Sharma joined his pace partner Mohammed Shami in responding to those who have been critical of Bumrah's barren run that started during the ODI leg of the New Zealand tour.
India vs New Zealand 1st Test in Wellington weather update: Overcast conditions, late showers expected on first three days
Here is the weather update for the first Test match between India and New Zealand that begins on 21 February at Basin Reserve in Wellington
India vs New Zealand, Test series preview: Trent Boult's return bolsters Kiwi pace attack while visitors look to continue dream Test run
With both sides evenly matched in their bowling attacks and given that the pitch will be a paradise for them, it might come down to who has the better batsmen. And here, the famed Indian batting might just have that additional edge, given their heroics in the WTC thus far.
Virat Kohli has no doubts that World Test Championship has added a context to the traditional format making the contests more exciting with points on offer.
India vs New Zealand: Fully-fit Trent Boult says he can’t wait to get Virat Kohli out on return to international cricket
Trent Boult was out of action for the past six weeks due to a fracture on his right hand sustained during the Boxing Day Test against Australia and missed out on the limited-overs leg of the India series.
Ross Taylor says his form, fitness and motivation at end of 2020 will determine decision to play 2023 ODI World Cup
Ross Taylor will become the first cricketer in the world to complete 100 games across three international formats when he steps out for the first Test against India at Basin Reserve on 21 February.
Cheteshwar Pujara marks winning ICC Test Championship as bigger achievement than lifting ODI or T20I World Cup
India Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara said winning the ICC Test Championship will be a much bigger achievement than claiming an ODI or T20I World Cup title.
India vs New Zealand: Ross Taylor says mistakes make you grow as a person on cusp of 100th career Test
Only Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori have played more Tests than Ross Taylor, who will only enter an elite club by playing his 100th Test in the series opener against India, beginning in Wellington on 21 February.