New Zealand are facing a mountain to even draw the second cricket Test against India in Wellington.
At stumps on day two the hosts are 24 for one in their second innings at the Basin Reserve, trailing India by 222 runs, after the tourists were dismissed for 438 in reply to New Zealand's first innings score of 192.
Peter Fulton was the man out for the Black Caps, judged lbw for one.
Kane Williamson will resume tomorrow on 4 and Hamish Rutherford 18.
India started day two on 100 for 2 and put on 338 runs which featured 98 from Shikar Dhawan and 118 from Ajinkya Rahane, his maiden Test century.
Tim Southee took three wickets for 93 runs off 20 overs, Trent Boult took three for 99 off 26 and Neil Wagner took three for 106 off 22.
India's tail wagged in the evening session before Wagner took the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja for 26 and Zaheer Kahn for 22.
Boult had Rahane caught in the slips after MS Dhoni was caught behind off Trent Boult for a swashbuckling 68 off 86 balls.
The tourists lost one wicket for a hundred runs in the afternoon session, with Hamish Rutherford catching India's premier batsman, Virat Kohli, for 38 off the bowling of Wagner.
In the morning session, New Zealand took the wicket of the night watchman Ishant Sharma for 26, before Tim Southee had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind for 98.
Jimmy Neesham claimed his maiden Test wicket when Rohit Sharma played on for nought.
On day one, the New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum lost an incredible eighth straight toss and was gone for eight before lunch, when his side were 51 for four.
Both of the Black Caps' openers again went cheaply and debutant Tom Latham was out for a duck.
Corey Anderson was out for 24, BJ Watling for a duck and Kane Williamson 47.
Debutant Jimmy Neesham shored things up with 47 runs for the seventh wicket with Williamson before he went for 33, while Tim Southee hit a quickfire 32.
Indian paceman Ishant Sharma recorded his best Test figures with six wickets for 51.
The final wicket to fall was Trent Boult for two. Neil Wagner was five not out.
The Black Caps lead the two-Test series 1-0.