NZ had several opportunities to take T2 by the throat and blew it some instance. At the end of D1, 420-450 beckoned, but some inspired catching (nice slip catch by Raina) and luck (what a runout) had NZ all out for the Gary Sobers 365.
Then at 80/4, India were in deep doo (whats with SRT? and Pujara has to stop being a compulsive *** -- 3rd dismissal in 5 Tests; talk to Gavaskar mate), when NZ inexplicably bowled Jeetan Patel continuously at Raina. Not bouncing him repeatedly with pace at both ends, or even at one end, but Patel and mostly stuff up to the bat. Raina & Kohli pulled India out of the hole, with Raina playing some shots that shows why his talent as a stroke-maker knows no bounds, but also some wafts that make Indian fans despair about his ability to handle against anything not in his half of the pitch. Yet NZ, persisted with spin and fairly nonthreatening pace. He was lucky to have Patel bowl only the 3rd no ball of his career (in 15+ Tests) on a stumping, but was desperately unlucky to fall for the second time for a tickle down the leg side.
Kohli will get the kudos for his century, but to me the knock that put India back in the game for Dhoni's. He bristled aggression and took the game away from NZ. But for Southee's inspirational spell on the 3rd morning, NZ would have faced a 50 run deficit. Instead Southee was allowed to bowl at least two overs too many in a kind, but non-ruthless decision, to try for his 8th wicket -- not to mention he was completely knackered, and will this have an impact late on D4 as he tries to break India's 6th wicket partnership. Boult probably bowled almost as well as Southee (IMO, he was better on D2, but Southee was amazing with the 2nd new ball) but had 1/90 to compare with 7/60.
NZ really should have got more than 232/9 on this non-crumbling beauty. 300 would have been par once the opening spell was blunted (Zaheer didn't bowl well at all), but 250-odd should favor India, even on a paceman's wicket.
Normally 250 would be very very hard in Bangalore, but this is not a typical crumbling Indian beauty with uneven bounce. Instead, it is more like an Australian wicket which plays pretty true on 4. I would say 60-40 India at this point, with the new ball being the key. If India get to lunch fewer than 3-down they will be favorites to win. Unless Patel channels his inner Venkataraghavan, or Boult becomes as lucky as he has been luckless, India should win this one with 5 or 6 wickets in hand. OTOH, India's tail starts at #9, so 7-down with more than 25 to go, will be a nail-biter.
Excellent Test after the T1 snooze-fest, but NZ probably didn't do enough to make this as tight as it could have been (NZ 250/7 at this stage would be evenly poised, IMO).