(CNN) -- Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 70 as India closed the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton in a strong position.
Tendulkar plays stylishly through the covers during his unbeaten second day innings.
Test cricket's leading run scorer had Yuvraj Singh (8no) with him at the crease as the tourists reached 278 for four wickets, just one run behind New Zealand's moderate first innings total.
Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid also hit half centuries for India on a placid wicket following the early loss of Virender Sehwag to a brilliant run out by James Franklin.
Gambhir, who reached the landmark for the 10th time in Tests, joined forces in a 105-run second wicket partnership, before being dismissed for 72 by Chris Martin.
Dravid duly reached his 54th Test fifty with his 10th four and he added 16 more before being bowled by Iain O'Brien to leave India 177 for three.
Tendulkar and VVS Laxman then joined forces, but the former had a let off when he had made just 13 when Daniel Flynn just failed to catch him at midwicket.
But Laxman became Martin's second victim for 30 until Tendulkar and the dangerous Yuvraj took India to the close without further close and with plenty of batting to come down the order.
In other cricket news on Thursday, England captain Andrew Strauss declared himself fit to lead them in the opening match of the one-day series against West Indies in Guyana on Friday.
Strauss, in tremendous form in the Test series, has been struggling with a hamstring injury sustained in the Twenty20 defeat in Trinidad last Sunday.
"I had a little bit of a hamstring niggle but I've been working hard with the medical staff and I feel absolutely 100 per cent fine," he told Press Association.
England are chasing their first win of the winter in any form of cricket as they build up to the Ashes series against Australia later this year.