Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan put up a record-breaking    Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan put up a record-breaking Getty Images

Nobody, perhaps not even the greatest New Zealand supporter, would have given their team the slightest chance after Bangladesh declared on the third morning on 595 for 8. While Shakib Al Hasan had broken all sorts of records with 217, Mushfiqur Rahim joined in the fun as well, smashing 159. The pair added 359, once again, breaking plenty of records in the process. New Zealand responded with 539. Then Bangladesh collapsed out of nowhere, for a mere 160 in less than 58 overs. Set to chase 217, New Zealand won a spectacular race against time, chasing down 217 at almost 5.50 an over. Kane Williamson led the charge with a 90-ball unbeaten 104, while Ross Taylor scored 60. New Zealand won by 7 wickets.

Of course, such remarkable Tests account for plenty of records. For example, Bangladesh registered the highest team score in a defeat. The previous record, of 586, dates back to 1894-95, and came in a timeless Test.

550+ scores in Test defeat
Score Team Against Ground Season
595/8 decl. Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17
586 Australia England SCG 1894-95
574/8 decl. Pakistan Australia MCG 1972-73
556 Australia India Adelaide Oval 2003-04
556 Bangladesh West Indies Mirpur 2012-13
551/6 decl. England Australia Adelaide Oval 2006-07

Bangladesh scored 160 in the second innings, which was 435 fewer than their first-innings total. This is the third-highest fall between innings in a single Test. Do note the fact that Bangladesh had actually declared their first innings.

Biggest difference between first and second innings by the same side
Difference Inn 1 Inn 2 Team Against Ground Season
456 590 134 West Indies India Wankhede 2011-12
456 579/3 decl. 123 Pakistan West Indies Dubai 2016-17
435 595/8 decl. 160 Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17
426 506 80 South Africa Australia MCG 2010-11
422 551/6 decl. 129 England Australia Adelaide Oval 2006-17
420 586 166 Australia England SCG 1894-95
419 668 249 Australia West Indies Kensington Oval 1955
For a side batting first
551 106 657/8 decl. Pakistan West Indies Kensington Oval 1958-59

As evident from the above table, the highest rise between innings was 551. This was the same Test where Hanif Mohammad played his immortal 16-hour marathon.

Shakib also became the seventh batsman in history to score a double-hundred and a duck in the same Test.

Double-hundred and duck in the same Test
Inn 1 Inn 2 Player Team Against Venue Season
0 231 Dudley Nourse South Africa Australia Old Wanderers 1934-35
209 0 Imtiaz Ahmed Pakistan New Zealand Lahore 1955-56
201 0 Seymour Nurse West Indies Australia Kensington Oval 1965
208 0 Viv Richards West Indies Australia MCG 1984-85
242 0 Ricky Ponting Australia India Adelaide Oval 2003-04
245 0 Shoaib Malik Pakistan England Abu Dhabi 2015-16
217 0 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17

As is evident, Dudley Nourse is the only one to score a duck in the first innings and a double-hundred in the second.

Shakib s 217 is also the fifth-highest score by anyone in a Test history. Unsurprisingly, Brian Lara occupies two of the first four slots. Shakib fell 25 short of Ricky Ponting.

Highest scores in a defeat
Score Player Team Against Venue Season
242 Ricky Ponting Australia India Adelaide Oval 2003-04
226 Brian Lara West Indies Australia Adelaide Oval 2005-06
222 Nathan Astle New Zealand England Christchurch 2001-02
221 Brian Lara West Indies Sri Lanka SSC 2001-02
217 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17

Had Shakib and Mushfiqur added another 5 runs, they would have held the new world record for the highest partnership in a losing cause. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), they are now second.

300+ partnerships in a losing cause
Stand Batsmen Team Against Venue Season
363 Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan England Headingley 2006
359 Shakib Al Hasan Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17
310 Kevin Pietersen Paul Collingwood England Australia Adelaide Oval 2006-07

Shakib and Mushfiqur also posted the third instance of one batsman scoring a double-hundred and another 150 in a defeat.

200 and 150 for the same side in a defeat
Score Player Score Player Team Against Venue Season
201 Syd Gregory 161 George Giffen Australia England SCG 1894-95
206 Paul Collingwood 158 Kevin Pietersen England Australia Adelaide Oval 2005-06
217 Shakib Al Hasan 159 Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh New Zealand Basin Reserve 2016-17

New Zealand s records:

– Williamson is the only New Zealand batsman to score 2 hundreds in fourth-innings chases. Jeremy Coney, Shane Thomson, Glenn Turner, John Wright, and Bryan Young have one each.

– Williamson is also the only New Zealand batsman to score 3 hundreds in the fourth innings of a Test. He went past Bevan Congdon, who has 2.

– Williamson s career aggregate, which was 4,648 runs before the Test, currently stands at 4,805. In the process he has gone past Nathan Astle s 4,702, and is currently at sixth on the all-time New Zealand list.

– New Zealand s breakneck chase came at 5.47 runs an over. Of all sides that have chased down over 200, only England have done it quicker: at The Oval in 1994 they chased 205 against South Africa in a mere 35.3 overs, at 5.77 an over.