The New Zealand Davis Cup team has fallen three-nil to India after losing a tough encounter in the Asia/Oceania Group I relegation playoff in Chandigarh today.
With the tie coming down to the vital doubles match to keep New Zealand in the tie it was down to the combination of Dan King-Turner and Michael Venus to keep it alive.
However against the top 100 ranked ATP doubles player Divij Sharan and Vishnu Vardham they played out an enthralling contest pushing the Indians all the way only to fall in five sets 6-7(5) 6-4 3-6 7-6(5) 3-6 which sealed the tie for India 3-0.
Earlier in the day there had been a two-hour delay due to rain, while rain had also hampered day one play along with bad light.
On day one King-Turner was beaten in five set contest by Indian No. 1 Yuki Bhambri and Rubin Statham was down two sets to one before his match was held over to the second day. He eventually lost to Vardhan 6-2 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2.
New Zealand's non-playing captain, Marcel Vos believed there was only a few points difference between the two sides and the result could have been a lot different.
"The guy playing Rubin came out strong again, serving big and taking his game to Rubin," said Vos.
"While Mike and Dan played well together in the doubles. I wanted to see how Dan pulled up after the five setter the previous day.
"But it was a high quality doubles match which could have gone either way.
"We did everything we could to deal with the conditions as well as possible and to play as well as possible," continued Vos who said his team members put in 100 per cent to their matches.
"We got on the wrong end of two five setters. I'm proud of the guys that they gave everything, it was just a couple of points here and there."
The reverse singles will be played on the final day with Michael Venus and Artem Sitak set to take the court for New Zealand.
New Zealand will now play away to Chinese Taipei 19-21 October in a bid to remain in Asia/Oceania Group I.
Davis Cup - Asia/Oceania Group I Relegation Playoff clash New Zealand v India Schedule
Friday 14 September
Yuki Bhambri (India) bt Dan King-Turner (New Zealand) 3-6 0-6 6-2 6-4 6-2
Vishnu Vardhan (India) bt Rubin Statham 6-2 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2
Saturday 15 September
Day Two 6.30pm (NZ start time)
Vishnu Varham/Divij Sharan bt Dan King-Turner/Michael Venus 6-7(5) 6-4 3-6 7-6(5) 3-6
Sunday 16 September
Day Three reverse singles 4.30pm (NZ start time)
Michael Venus v Yuki Bhambri
Followed by Artem Sitak v Vishnu Vardhan.