Black Caps determined to recover - Watling


New Zealand are determined to bounce back positively after seeing India gain a tight grip on the first Test on day three, says BJ Watling.

The Black Caps lost four wickets in the first session in Kanpur on Saturday, while a late collapse saw India claim a further five for the cost of just seven runs, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (4-93) and Ravindra Jadeja (5-73) drawing heavy turn from the track.

India consequently began their second innings with a 56-run advantage and they extended that to 215 by stumps, with KL Rahul (38) the only man lost.

Watling is confident the Black Caps are ready to mount a recovery at Green Park on Sunday, highlighting the need for a strong first session.

"I know we have a great bunch of fighters in this team and we love playing the game," said Watling.

"We know we are under a bit of pressure now and we have just got to find a way to try put the pressure back on them. That is all we can do at the moment. I know our attitude is right and we'll come out and fight tomorrow.

"It was a tough day. We have to look forward to tomorrow and make sure we make the adjustments that are required. We need to improve, but I know the boys are determined.

"We are trying to learn these conditions and figure out ways to score runs and take wickets. We would definitely like to do things better tomorrow and know the boys are determined to do that.

"We have got to look at that first session tomorrow, try and restrict them and take as many poles as we can tomorrow morning. That's our main focus at the moment, and then trying to deal with our second innings with the bat."