At the end of fourth day of the first test New Zealand were struggling at 93/4 in 37 overs as they face a daunting task to save the match against India. The visitors lost four wickets in quick succession the second innings as India declared their second innings for 377/5.
Ashwin picked three early wickets and provided India the much needed breakthrough. He became the fastest Asian bowler to claim 200 Test wickets in 37 wickets. Before start of the match Ashwin had 193 wickets in 36 Test matches.
The hosts took an overall lead of 433 runs against the visitors who came out to chase the target of 434. Rohit Sharma (68) and Ravindra Jadeja (50) remained unbeaten as both the sides went for Tea break. New Zealand now require another 341 runs with 6 wickets remaining as they come out to bat on fifth and final day. Earlier in the day, India lost three wickets in Murali Vijay (76), Virat Kohli (18) and Cheteshwar Pujara (78) during the morning session of fourth day.