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The second of the three-Test series between India and New Zealand was played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Batting first, India posted 316 runs and in reply New Zealand fell 112 runs shot as they were bowled out for 204. In the second innings of India s batting, top-order crumbled but Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha‘s excellent partnership of 103 runs, for the seventh wicket, rescued India from scarcity. In the end, both scored fifties with Saha remaining unbeaten as India s were all out for 263 and thereby gave New Zealand 376 runs to chase.

It was surely a next to an impossible chase but New Zealand started off well. Further, Tom Latham scored a belligerent 74-run knock but wickets kept falling from the other end. Eventually, New Zealand folded for 197 and India won by 178 runs. Like every other match, this one too ended with some records being made and broken and Abhishek Kumar presents you these interesting statistical highglights.

1. This was India s 11th win in last 12 Tests at home. This is the best win-loss record in a sequence of 12 consecutive Tests. Also, with this win, Virat Kohli beats MS Dhoni s record of most consecutive Tests without a defeat at home.

2. 15 lbw dismissal in this match most in any Test in India beating the previous record of 13 lbws’ in November 1996 which starred India and South Africa, at Ahmedabad.

3. Tom Latham score of 74 is the highest by any visiting team’s opener in fourth innings of Test at Eden Gardens. He also became fifth opening batsman from a visiting side to score a half-century at this venue in the fourth innings after Matthew Hayden (67 in 2001), David Murray (66 in 1978), Les Favell (62* in 1960) and Shahid Afridi (59 in 2005). Latham s 74 is the third highest score by an opener at Eden Gardens after Syed Mushtaq Ali (106 vs West Indies in 1948) and Sunil Gavaskar (83* vs England in 1982).

4. Saha became fourth wicketkeeper-batsman from India to score two fifty plus scores in both innings of a Test at home after Dilawar Hussain, Farokh Engineer and Dhoni. Saha also became fourth wicketkeeper-batsman to do the same at Eden Gardens after Dilawar Hussain (In 1934 vs England), Clyde Walcott (In 1948 vs India) and Dick Spooner (In 1951 vs India).

5. This was India s 250th Test at home which they won by 178 runs against New Zealand. India also became the first team to win 250th Test and same number of Tests on home soil.

6. Saha became the fourth wicketkeeper-batsman from India to be adjudged Man of the Match in a Test after MS Dhoni, Nayan Mongia and Ajay Ratra.

7. Luke Ronchi became the third Kiwi batsman to have got dismissed by the same bowler on four consecutive occasions in a Test played in India. Bevan Congdon was the first Kiwi batsman, who was dismissed by Bishan Singh Bedi on four consecutive times while Daniel Flynn was the second player dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. Ronchi got dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in all four outings in this series.

8. Ashwin has now taken 140 wickets in India. This is the fourth most number of wickets taken by any Indian spinner in home conditions after Anil Kumble (350), Harbhajan Singh (265) and BS Chandrasekhar (142).

9. Saha becomes the second wicketkeeper-batsman to score two unbeaten fifty plus scores in both the innings of a Test after Gerry Alexander of West Indies (63* and 87* vs Australia in 1961). Also, Saha is now the oldest wicketkeeper-batsman at the age of 31-years and 345 days to have scored two fifty plus scores in a Test against New Zealand. Before him, Matt Prior was the oldest to this feat 31-years and 24 days in 2013.

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar s five-wicket haul in the first innings of the match is his first fifer at home. This was the first fifer by an Indian fast bowler since November 2013. Earlier, the feat was claimed by Mohammed Shami with a 5 for 47 in his debut Test against West Indies at the same venue.

11. Including both the team s pacers, 26-wickets were taken in this game. This is the most number of wickets taken by fast bowlers in an India vs New Zealand Test at home. Also, 12 wickets taken by Indian pacers in this match is the most by them at home against New Zealand.

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