Auckland: Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson smashed brilliant centuries to lead New Zealand's spirited fightback and take the opening day honours in the first cricket Test, on Thursday.
New Zealand reached a position of strength after a disastrous morning session to finish the day on 329 for four at the Eden Park. Skipper McCullum (143 batting) and Corey Anderson (42 batting) were in the middle at the close of play.
McCullum, who slammed his third ton against India and his eighth Test century overall, reached the three-figure mark with a towering six off Ravindra Jadeja, while Williamson (113) hit his fifth Test ton with the help of 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes.
New Zealand's cause was helped by four dropped catches and inconsistent bowling under pressure by the visitors as the duo of Williamson and McCullum put on a 221-run stand for the fourth wicket to lift the hosts from a precarious 30 for three.
After being sent into bat under overcast conditions conducive to seam bowling, New Zealand could manage only 54 runs in the pre-lunch session losing both their openers, Peter Fulton (13) and Hamish Rutherford (6), and in-form batsman Ross Taylor (3).
But Williamson and McCullum swung the first day in New Zealand's favour by adding 125 runs in 27 overs in the post-lunch session.