New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling say the Kiwis were frustrated by the tail end resistance shown by India on day two of the second Test in Wellington, and wished they had removed MS Dhoni far earlier.

After being bowled out on a green deck for 192 on day one, the Black Caps watched as India recorded 438 all out on day two, with Ajinkya Rahane scoring a ton and Dhoni making a nifty 68, in a 120-run stand with Rahane.

As such, New Zealand were left with a deficit of 246, and were on 24 for one at stumps. Watling felt they could have had a much better target if only they'd bagged the India skipper.

Watling said after the day's play: "It is obviously not ideal. We got ourselves into situations where if we had taken another wicket or two, we could have been chasing 100 or a 150.

"Obviously, it is a disappointing result in the end but we have still got three days to grind it out here and the track has definitely looked a lot better to bat on today. It wasn't swinging or seaming as much as it did on day one.

"We went through patches. We didn't start too well and then we pulled it back nicely at times and asked a lot of questions. They had a couple of counterattacks at us and we didn't quite set it up as well as we would like to but all in all, I think we bowled reasonably well and we didn't quite get the rewards in the end.

"Credit must go their batters. Dhawan obviously played really well at the top and got them off to a good start and Rahane's hundred was pretty good. He played very well.

"But Dhoni's counterattack hurt us and that partnership was probably the difference between an ok day and a good day for them. If we had taken a wicket there, we could have been right in the hunt.

"We knew when Jadeja came out, he was definitely going to play his shots. For us, it was about hitting the right areas and we got him reasonably quickly. Dhoni again played really well.

"He played and missed a few times, things could be a little bit different but we knew that he was going to come at us hard and he obviously soaked it up before that new ball. But we were prepared for them coming at us."