Vijay, Pujara build commanding 1st test lead for India vs NZ

New Zealand's Ross Taylor, right, reacts after being dismissed by India's Ravindra Jadeja on the third day of their cricket test match at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, India, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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KANPUR, India (AP) Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in firm control of the first test on Saturday as the hosts reached 159-1 in their second innings at stumps on day three to lead New Zealand by 215 runs.

Vijay was 64 not out in Kanpur and Pujara undefeated on 50.

After tea, Vijay was sedate at one end while Pujara started in whirlwind fashion with regular boundaries. He maintained a high tempo throughout his innings, and reached his second 50 in the match – a feat matched by Vijay, whose 14th test 50 included seven fours and a six.

The two batsmen batted fluently and gave no chances to the bowlers, scoring at nearly four per over during their 107-run stand.

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja took his fifth five-wicket haul in test cricket for India.

New Zealand collapsed from 152-1 overnight to 262 all out in its first innings, in reply to India's 318.

New Zealand lost its last five wickets for just seven runs with Jadeja finishing on 5-73.

The drama began in the 92nd over when Ravichandran Ashwin (4-93) had Mitchell Santner (32) caught behind, breaking his 36-run partnership with BJ Watling (21).

In the 95th over, Jadeja took three wickets in five balls to wreck the visitors' innings. Mark Craig (2) was trapped lbw, as was Sodhi (0) for a golden duck, putting the left-arm spinner on a hat trick. Trent Boult (0) denied Jadeja but was caught at short leg off the last delivery, the ball clipping his boot on its way to Rohit Sharma at short leg.

Ashwin caught and bowled Watling in the next over.