(CNN) -- Centuries by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder inspired a New Zealand fightback on day one of the first Test against India.
Vettori's third Test century helped New Zealand fight back to post 279 in the first Test against India.
A horror start had the hosts reeling at 61 for six at lunch after India won the toss and opted to bowl first at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
But Vettori and Ryder steadied the ship with a 186-run partnership to take New Zealand to 246 before Vettori was finally caught behind by MS Dhoni off Munaf Patel for 118 -- his third Test century.
Ryder faced some nervous moments in the nineties before earning a deserved maiden Test century. At 98 the left-hander was forced to watch as Chris Martin, described by many as the worst batsmen in Test cricket with an average of just 2.17, fended off Harbhajan Singh for almost a full over before Ryder was handed his chance.
He took it, smacking his 14th boundary of the innings to reach 102 in 161 balls before skying the next Ishant Sharma delivery to VVS Laxman and bringing New Zealand's innings to a close on 279.
In reply, Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag survived seven overs to be 29 for nought at the close, trailing by 250 runs going into day two.
Sehwag hit five boundaries, including three off one Kyle Mills over, to be 22 not out, while Gambhir was unbeaten on six.