Vangipurappu Laxman and Harbhajan Singh bailed India out of a tight situation in their second innings with an unbeaten 99-run partnership against New Zealand on the last day of the opening Test on Monday.
Resuming on a precarious 82 for six, Laxman (65 not out) and Harbhajan (60 not out) took the hosts to 164 for six for an overall lead of 192, at lunch.
A fiery spell of fast bowling by Chris Martin had reduced India to 15 for five on Sunday, and it required a dogged innings from the dependable Laxman to arrest the collapse.
Harbhajan was extremely positive throughout as he brought up his second half-century of the match, to add to his career-best 69 in the first innings.
He danced down the wicket to pacer Chris Martin and reverse swept the spinners, to hit six fours and a huge six in his knock. The New Zealand bowlers, handicapped by injuries to Hamish Bennett and Jesse Ryder, were unlucky as they found a number of edges only to watch them land short of the fielders.