New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi feels the visitors can chase the target of 284 to win the first Test at the Green Park in Kanpur.
New Zealand were bowled out for 296 on the third day to give India an advantage of 49 runs in the second innings.
In the first session, India were reduced to 51 for five after some sharp bowling by Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.
However, Shreyas Iyer, who scored 105 in his debut innings, once again stood up to rescue the hosts as he top-scored for India with 65 runs from 125 balls.
Iyer built some crucial partnerships with Ravichandran Ashwin (52) and Wriddhiman Saha (64) as India declared at 234 for seven to set the Black Caps a target of 285.
I think all three results are possible: Luke Ronchi
Ronchi believes that all three results is possible but if the Black Caps bat with good intent than they might chase the score.
“I think all three results are possible. If we bat with some good intent and make the most of opportunities to score them, then we certainly believe we can chase them down. From the Indian point of view, they’ll be full of confidence that they can stop us from doing that,” Ronchi said in the press conference after Day 4.
It was disappointing: Luke Ronchi On Will Young’s Dismissal
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the wicket of Will Young to get the first wicket of New Zealand in their chase.
Young scored 89 in the first innings but could add just a couple of runs in the second. Ronchi said it was disappointing for him to watch Young get dismiss early in the chase.
“Well, I haven’t spoken to Will about this, but I honestly felt that it was disappointing from my point of view,” Ronchi mentioned.
New Zealand need 280 runs more to win the first Test with nine wickets in hand. Tom Latham (2*) is batting with William Somerville batting with him as the Nightwatchman.