KANPUR - Batsman Murali Vijay Thursday said India had built a platform to pile on the pressure against New Zealand in the hosts' 500th Test match after he starred with the bat on the opening day in Kanpur.  Despite being pegged back, India would still be pleased to get around the 300-run mark on a turning track at Kanpur's Green Park stadium. "We are in a good position, we have put runs on the board. What we have got to do now is go there and put pressure on them. It's a good total to play around with," Vijay told reporters. "We have plans, the wicket is on the slower side and it is going to be difficult to score runs...so it's going to be difficult for them as well."

Santner broke the big partnership after getting Pujara caught and bowled as India lost three wickets in the second session of play. Vijay continued to thwart the bowling attack as New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson kept the Indian batsmen guessing by juggling his pace and spin options. His move paid off when medium-pacer Neil Wagner claimed Indian skipper Virat Kohli's scalp, caught at long-leg for nine after pulling at a bouncer. Santner, who was given the second new ball along with Boult in the 81st over, struck soon to get the wicket of Rohit Sharma for 35. India, who took tea at 185 for four, lost five wickets in the final session of play after managing 106 runs in 31 overs. Santner, while praising the efforts of Vijay and Pujara, insisted that the visitors were also on a strong footing. "After losing the toss, we were in a reasonable position. Our pacers did well to start with bouncers," Santner said. "They batted well. Both Pujara and Vijay were quite positive. They had a plan against the spinners and they rotated the strike well."