New Zealand were bowled out for 262 as the visitors conceded a 56-run lead in their first innings against India on the third day of the opening Test in Kanpur on Saturday.
Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja, who took a five-wicket haul, and Ravichandran Ashwin shared nine wickets between them to derail the opposition reply after the Black Caps resumed the day on 152 for one.
New Zealand faltered after the departure of overnight batsmen Kane Williamson and Tom Latham, losing three quick wickets at the start of play.
Off-spinner Ashwin struck in the fifth over of the day to get Latham trapped lbw for 58 and break the 124-run partnership for the second wicket.
The left-handed Latham, who added just two runs to his overnight score, was done in by a drifting ball bowled by Ashwin from around the wicket.
In the very next over Jadeja’s left-arm spin got new man Ross Taylor trudging back to the pavilion for nought after being given lbw.
But it was the wicket of Williamson, who scored 75, that turned the tables for the hosts as Ashwin got the dangerman bowled off a beautiful delivery that spun a lot.
India XI: M Vijay, L Rahul, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Sharma, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, M Shami, U Yadav
New Zealand XI: T Latham, M Guptill, K Williamson, R Taylor, L Ronchi, M Santner, BJ Watling, M Craig, I Sodhi, T Boult, N Wagner