India won the 1st Test against New Zealand by 197 runs at Kanpur © AFP
India won the 1st Test against New Zealand by 197 runs at Kanpur © AFP

Day Five of the first Test between India and New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur probably went in an expected way. New Zealand began the day with their score of 93 for 4 and with Mitchell Santner and Luke Ronchi at the crease. Further, they lost Ronchi followed by BJ Watling and Mark Craig’s wicket. All these three wickets fell under 38 runs. Santner tried to hold the match but could not do it for long and as a result of which he too lost his wicket and soon they were all out for 236 and India won their 500th Test by 197 runs. We did not have two complete sessions of play and thus not many records were notched up but the Test had plenty of those. Abhishek Kumar presents those interesting statistical facts from this interesting Test.

1. This was India’s 130th Test win from 500 matches, 88th at home from 249, 7th at Kanpur from 22 and 19th against New Zealand from 55.

2. 1,193 runs were scored in this Test without a hundred. This is the most number of runs scored in a Test in Asia without any hundred.

3. Ravichandran Ashwin’s strike rate of 51.20 is the best among all spinners who have taken 200 or more wickets in Tests and overall, he has the 10th best.

4. Santner becomes the first Kiwi player to score 50 or more runs and claim five wicketsin a Test in India since 1988. John Bracwell was the previous Kiwi player to do so in a Test in India in 1988 at Mumbai.

5. Santner faced 286 balls in this Test. This is the second most number of balls faced by any Kiwi player between No. 6 to 11 in India after Kane Williamson, who faced 299 balls during Ahmedabad Test in 2010.

6. There were 10 fifties in this but no hundred scored. There has been only two Tests with more than 10 fifties without any hundred, they were South Africa vs England at Durban in 1928 and India vs Australia at Bombay in 1964.

7. Ashwin registered another 10-wicket haul in his Test career and this was his 5th one. He has now joint second most 10-wicket haul as an Indian bowler with Harbhajan Singh with five 10-for while Anil Kumble had 8.

8. With Williamson’s wicket, Ashwin completed his 200 Test wickets and become second fastest bowler to reach this landmark after Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett.

9. Four catches were taken by Ross Taylor in this Test. This is the most number of catches taken by any Kiwi player in India in Tests.

10. Jadeja became the first player to take a five-for and score a fifty in a team’s 500th Test and second Indian overall to do this against New Zealand after Javagal Srinath at Auckland in 1999.

11. Third instance of Kiwi spinners taking 10 or more wickets in a Test against India. Previous two Tests in which 10 or more wickets were taken by New Zealand spinners were the second Test between India and New Zealand at Nagpur in 1969 and first Test between these two teams at Ahmedabad in 2010.

12. By taking Kohli’s wicket, Kiwi spinner Mark Craig claimed his 50th Test wicket and he is third fastest spinner from New Zealand to reach this landmark. He took 15 Tests and is placed after Daniel Vettori (14) and Hedley Howarth (14).

13. Pujara and Vijay added 245 runs together for second in this Test. This is the most number of runs scored for second wicket by a pair from India in Tests against New Zealand. Previous record was of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid for 238 runs for second wicket in 2010.

14. Vijay became fourth Indian opener to have score two 50 plus scores in a Test against New Zealand after Ajay Jadeja, Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag.

15. First instance of three hundred run stand for second wicket in a Test since 1972. Pujara and Vijay already have 100-run partnership in both the innings while Kane Williamson and Tom Latham did that in the first innings.

16. This is the second instance where India had affected 6 dismissals in an innings through lbw. First such instance happens against West Indies in December 1994 at Mohali. Overall record for most lbw dismissals by any team in an innings of a Test is held by England for 7 lbw’s, which came against Zimbabwe in June 2003. Even Australia had 7 lbws against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2005.

17. Jadeja averages 16.35 with 56 wickets in Asia, which is the best among all spin bowlers who have taken at least 50 wickets or above in Tests. Also, three out of five fifers in Tests came in the first innings of a Test, while two came in second innings.

18. Jadeja registered another five-for for India and became second spinner to do this in a team’s 500th Test after Suleiman Benn, who did for West Indies against Bangladesh in 2014.

19. This was the 6th century stand between Williamson and Latham in Tests, which is the joint most by any Kiwi pair after Andrew Jones and John Wright, who too have same number of hundred-run stand in Tests.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricketCountry.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)