Kane Williamson and Tom Latham's unbroken century stand put New Zealand in a promising position before rain brought an early close on day two of the first Test against India in Kanpur.
Williamson (65no) and Latham (56no) took the tourists to 152-1 at tea, in reply to India's 318 all out.
Rain then prevented any further play, leaving the Kiwis in an apparently favourable position - albeit with work still to do on a pitch expected to increasingly help home spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin.
Only seamer Umesh Yadav has managed a wicket as yet, however, Martin Guptill's early strokeplay ending when he was lbw pushing forward to a touch of inswing before lunch.
Williamson then refused to let India's two front-line spinners dominate and was repaid with a half-century from only 78 deliveries.
The New Zealand captain had one moment of concern, on 39, when a protective flap on the back of his helmet flew off as he was facing Ashwin. It hit the stumps, but did not dislodge the bails.
Headgear played a big part in an escape too for Latham. He was caught at short-leg off Jadeja, when a sweep bounced up off his boot on 47, but not out because the ball hit the close-in fielder Lokesh Rahul's helmet as he held it.
The left-hander reached his 50 in Ashwin's next over, from 119 balls.
India's last pair had earlier kept the New Zealand reply waiting. Resuming on 291-9, Jadeja finished with an unbeaten 42 at almost a run a ball as he and Umesh Yadav took their last-wicket stand to 41 and the total beyond 300. Yadav eventually gloved behind, though, off Neil Wagner.
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