New Zealand's most senior batsman Ross Taylor produced a 'schoolboy' display of cricket as the Black Caps slumped towards a first test defeat to India in Kanpur overnight.

Taylor, who had been edgy throughout his second innings of the test, produced some ordinary running between the wickets to be run out late on day four. To be fair to the former skipper, his running was fine but it was the grounding of his bat that was the issue.

Coming back for a second run to Luke Ronchi, he failed to ground his bat in his crease and was run out by Umesh Yadav's direct hit from deep mid wicket.

Taylor walked back to the pavilion for 17, following a second ball duck in the first innings, leaving New Zealand 56 for four in a chase of 434 for an unlikely victory.

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Ronchi (38) and Mitchell Santner (8) got New Zealand through to 93 for four at stumps - still 341 runs shy of a record chase.

It was the seventh time Taylor, playing in his 133rd innings, has been run out in test cricket, putting him one behind Adam Parore (128 innings) and Stephen Fleming (165 innings) for the most in New Zealand history.

The world record is 12, held by Australian Alan Border.

It was Taylor's second run out within a month, after suffering the same style of dismissal against South Africa in Centurion.