(CNN) -- An unbeaten 102 from Gautam Gambhir and a classy half century from third wicket partner Sachin Tendulkar have given India an excellent chance of saving the second Test against New Zealand in Napier.
The pair were still at the wicket at the close with the tourists 252 for two wickets, still trailing by 62 runs going into the final day.
India were forced to follow-on after being bowled out for 305 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 619 for nine wickets declared.
They started the fourth day on 47 for one and staring defeat in the face, but determined batting from Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar nullified the home victory bid.
Gambhir and Dravid batted steadily through the morning and into the afternoon session to add 133 runs for the second wicket in 63 overs.
Dravid reached his 56th Test half-century with a classic off drive for two runs off New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who toiled all day for little reward.
But it was Vettori who took the only wicket of the day as he removed Dravid for 62 as his delivery flicked the pad and Jamie How taking a diving catch.
TV replays appeared to indicate that umpire Ian Gould was mistaken in believing he had hit it, but there is no referral system operating in this Test series.
Gambhir and Tendulkar upped the scoring rate in the final session with the latter racing to his 52nd Test half century in just 89 balls.
He brought up his milestone with a single off Vettori and three balls later Gambhir hit his 14th boundary to bring up his 265-ball 100.
New Zealand hopes of leveling the series now rest on Vettori and spin partner Jeetam Patel having more luck on the final day. India won the opening Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets.