Harbhajan Singh took 6 for 63 - his best figures in New Zealand - to set up a ten-wicket win which gave India the first Test victory in 33 years in the country
Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has criticised the team's showing and called for an improved performance in the second Test in Napier
In the end it didn't seem like it had been 33 years in coming. The Indian team hadn't lined up at the picket fence waiting for the winning runs nor did they rush onto the field to soak up what they hadn't experienced on several previous tours - a Test win
One of the criticisms that Harbhajan Singh has had to live with is his performance overseas. After all, how many times had he won India a Test outside the subcontinent? One has to strain the mind to think of such instances.
A low catch during the third day's play of Hamilton Test could create a controversy involving Sachin Tendulkar, who was "100% confident he had taken it"
Stats highlights of the third day of the first Test between New Zealand and India in Hamilton
Andy Moles, the New Zealand coach, was not a happy man after his team had looked dispirited throughout the third day and faced a strong possibility of going down 1-0 in the series
Bring back Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock and Wasim Akram because we have a conundrum here that only they can solve. The way Sachin Tendulkar has batted on this tour, and in the matches leading up to it, it seems he has hit the kind of patch he did in the mid
India scored only 249 runs and lost only four wickets. But what the second day lacked in drama, it made up in intensity
Rahul Dravid has carried his form from the Mohali Test before Christmas and the Indian domestic season on to New Zealand. He put India on the right track before missing out on what could have been his fifth century in his last seven first-class matches
Chris Martin, the New Zealand seamer, the New Zealand seamer, believes his performance on the second day has helped put his doubters at bay
Daniel Vettori can be an irritating tailender, robbing the game of all its momentum, playing little dab shots, with soft hands, and taking single after single. But he isn't. He gets to play very little for Northern Districts, his state side, given his int
It was an exhilarating day's play. Six wickets in the first session, followed by two superb centuries, a good comeback by the bowling side and a blazing start by the visitors
The hapless Chris Martin came in to bat with five balls to go in the Harbhajan over, with Ryder looking on from the non-striker's end, two short of a maiden Test century.
Plays of the Day from the first day of the Hamilton Test between New Zealand and India from March 18 to 22, 2009
Sachin Tendulkar scored his 42nd Test century and gave Seddon Park abatting masterclass as India established a stranglehold on proceedings onthe third day
Half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar ensured that India made slow but steady progress on the second day and were only one run behind New Zealand when bad light stopped play at Seddon Park
Jesse Ryder and Daniel Vettori scored sparkling centuries and added 186 in283 balls as New Zealand recovered from a precarious 60 for 6 to post 279
If Munaf Patel goes through the series with the same intensity and results, the final block of this largely settled team could fall into place
Plays of the Day from the third day of the Hamilton Test between New Zealand and India
It is not unusual for sport to adjust its timing to suit the structure and space of television but Test matches starting at noon will still feel strange
Match home for the first Test between New Zealand and India in Hamilton between March 18 and 22, 2009