Williamson century rescues Kiwis
India found themselves in real danger of losing the first Test against New Zealand, in Ahmedabad after a top-order collapse left them reeling at 82 for six in their second innings on Sunday.
India were 110 runs ahead of the visitors at close of play on the penultimate day.
After dismissing New Zealand for 459 in the first innings for a slender lead of 28.
New Zealand got off to a positive start in the morning. They nearly matched India's first innings total with debutant Kane Williamson (131) anchoring the innings brilliantly while captain Daniel Vettori (41) chipping in with a useful contribution.
Image: New Zealand's Kane Williamson (right) is congratulated by Daniel Vettori after scoring his century on Sunday
Ojha scripts Kiwis' sudden collapse
Then a sudden collapse saw the Kiwis losing their bottom half for 42 runs after threatening to overtake the Indian total when they were at 417 for five. Williamson, was caught in the slips off Ojha on the stroke of lunch.
The youngster who has had a memorable debut scored 131 runs with the help of 10 boundaries in 299 deliveries.
Part time off-spinner Raina dismissed Vettori for 41 before Hopkins was sent back by Ojha.
New ball bowlers S Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan later packed off Jeetan Patel and Hamish Bennett respectively to terminate the visitors' first innings 28 runs short of hosts' total of 487.
Image: India's Pragyan Ojha (3rd from left) celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of Williamson on Sunday
Martin starts India's downfall
India's second innings began on a disastrous note as they lost their formidable batsmen -- Gautam Gambhir (0), Virender Sehwag (1) and Rahul Dravid (1) -- to leave the holiday crowd in a complete daze as the Kiwis turned the match on its head.
Gambhir's woeful run with the willow continued as he got an inside edge to a Martin delivery as wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins gobbled it behind the stumps.
It was Dravid's whose poor judgement saw the in-form Virender Sehwag fail to return to his crease.
Rahul Dravid was beaten by the delivery that didn't come in but left him to take his edge to wicketkeeper Hopkins for one and give Martin his second wicket.
Image: New Zealand's Chris Martin (left) celebrates with Brendon McCullum after dismissing Rahul Dravid on Sunday
Tendulkar falls cheaply
It was an unbelievable turn of events as the scoreboard read 2/3 with Sachin Tendulkar at crease. Tendulkar hit a couple boundaries as he raced to 12 before Martin brought one back into the batsman and he played to a wrong line that saw the delivery take the inside edge of his bat and the leg stump went for a walk.
Suresh Raina also perished for a duck when he played away from his body only edge it to Ross Taylor at first slip and give Martin his fourth wicket of the innings to reduce India to 15 for five in the 11th over.
Image: New Zealand's Chris Martin (left) celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday
Laxman lone hope for India
The onus was laid on India's crisis man VVS Laxman to bail them out of this mess and captain Dhoni to lead from the front.
But Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22) and VVS Laxman (34 batting) steadied the innings momentarily with a 50-run sixth wicket partnership before the Indian captain also perished at the fag end of the day.
Laxman and Harbhajan Singh (12 batting) were at the crease at stumps
Image: New Zealand's Chris Martin (2nd from left) is congratulated by teammates after claiming the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (right) on Sunday