Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 365 runs for 4th wicket    AFP
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 365 runs for 4th wicket AFP

Day two of the third Test between India and New Zealand began with hosts on 267 for three with captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. The second day of the match started with Rahane’s getting to his century and then Kohli’s to his 150. Both kept on batting with Kiwi bowlers looking clueless about taking wickets. Rahane went past 150 and scored his career best 188 runs, which followed Kohli’s double ton. Kohli’s double was quite special as he became the first Indian captain to do that twice in Tests. Kohli got out on 211 and then Rahane too walked back to pavilion after scoring a gritty 188. Later, Rohit Sharma completed his half-century and India finally declared the innings at 557 for five. New Zealand batted only nine overs and scored 28 without losing any wicket. The second day was full of records, Abhishek Kumar presents few interesting statistical facts from Day two of this match.

1. India‘s total of 557 for five is third highest against New Zealand in Tests after 583 for seven in 1999 and 566 for eight in 2010.

2. Rahane became 36th Indian batsman to touch 2,000 runs landmark in Tests.

3. Kohli became first Indian captain to score double hundred twice in Tests. Other than Kohli, four Indian captains has scored double hundred but only once and they are Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi against England in 1964, Sunil Gavaskar against West Indies in 1978, Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in 199 and MS Dhoni against Australia in 2013.

4. Kohli’s score of 211 is now the third highest score by an Indian captain in Tests after Dhoni (224 vs AUS in 2013) and Sachin Tendulkar (217 vs NZ in 199). Also, his 211 is now the second highest score by any teams captain agaisnt New Zealand in Tests.

5. Partnership of 365 runs between Kohli and Rahane is now the highest by any Indian pair for fourth wicket in Tests. Previous record was of 353 runs between Tendulkar and VVS Laxman against Australia in 2004. Overall, this is the fifth highest partnership for any wicket by an Indian pair in Tests. Also, this is the fourth highest partnership by an Indian pair at home for any wicket.

6. Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double tons in Test in the same year. Also, he became fourth Indian captain to score 150 plus twice in Tests in the same year after Vijay Hazare in 1951, Gavaskar in 1978 and Mohammad Azharuddin in 1990.

7. Kohli scored 211, while Rahane made 188. This is the second such instance when both number four and number five batsman for India amassed 150 plus in a Test innings. First such instance came between Tendulkar (241*) and Laxman (178) against Australia in 2004.

8. Rahane’s score of 188 is now the fifth highest score by an Indian batsman at number five position after Dhoni (224), Laxman (200*) and Azharuddin (199 & 192).

9. 672 balls faced by Kohli and Rahane together during their partnership of 365 runs. This is the most number of balls faced by any pair in Tests for fourth wicket (where numbers of balls faced are known). Overall, this is the fifth longest partnership for any wicket in terms of balls faced after Mahela Jaywawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (942 balls vs SA in 2006), Boeta Dippenaar and Jacques Rudolph (740 balls vs BAN in 2003), Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling (738 balls vs IND in 2014) and Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (686 balls vs PAK in 2000).

10. Mitchell Santner conceded 137 runs from 44 overs. This is the fourth most runs conceded by a Kiwi spinner against India after Daniel Vettori (200 in 1999, 178 in 2010 & 171 in 1999).

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