Latham sees 'massive chance' in second innings


New Zealand have a "massive chance" to make up for a poor start to the third Test against India in their second innings, says Tom Latham.

India declared on 557-5 on Sunday, and the Black Caps got their response off to a solid start with opening duo Latham and Martin Guptill building a 118-run partnership.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin's six-for helped roll the tourists for 299, with India reaching stumps on day three at 18-0 with a 276-run lead.

Latham is hopeful for an improved performance when the Black Caps return for their second innings, suggesting a result could still be salvaged.

"It's [the wicket] obviously deteriorating and turning more. We weren't at our best, we lost wickets that we weren't happy with. Hopefully we can rectify that in the second innings," said Latham.

"It was nice me and Gup [Guptill] built a partnership chasing such a big total, but unfortunately we lost wickets in clumps.

"It was not our day through the middle of the innings, it's hard to start on that wicket. Unfortunately our guys couldn't get in, but [we have a] massive chance to do so in the second innings.

"We've got to stick to the gameplan on the surface and stay true to what we believe works. If you have the right technique and mental state you can score runs out there."

Murali Vijay was warned by the umpires in India's second innings for running on the pitch, and Latham was uninterested in suggestions he may have done it deliberately after Ravindra Jadeja was fined for a similar offence.

"It's out of our hands as players, we've got nothing to do with it. It's up to the umpires, they make the call," he added.

"Guys are going to walk on the wicket. We've got a big job to do in the second innings. We are going to focus on that."