India vs New Zealand statistical review: Second Test, day three

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were involved in a partnership of 122 – India’s fifth highest sixth-wicket stand against New Zealand AFP

Bangalore: Sep 2, 2012

Statistical highlights after day three of the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand.

# Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to record five instances of five wickets or more in an innings in the first eight Tests. His tally includes three instances against New Zealand and two against the West Indies.

# Ashwin (49 wickets at an average of 26.63) requires just one wicket to become the first Indian bowler to complete 50 wickets in eight Tests.

# In the present series, Ashwin has bagged 18 wickets at 13.11 runs apiece. This aggregate is the highest by an Indian bowler in a two-Test series against New Zealand.

# Virat Kohli has scored 450 runs in eight innings at an average of 56.25 in Tests this year, including two centuries and two half-centuries – the most by an Indian batsman this year.

# Kohli’s first century on Indian soil is his second in Tests. His brilliant 103 off 193 balls is his first hundred against New Zealand – his first century in Tests being 116 against Australia at Adelaide in January 2012.

# Mahendra Singh Dhoni (62 off 94 balls) registered his fifth fifty against New Zealand – his 26th in Test Cricket.

# Dhoni, with 3644 runs at an average of 37.95 in 69 Tests, has overtaken Rodney Marsh’s tally of 3633 (ave.26.51) in 96 Tests as wicketkeeper.

# Kohli and Dhoni were involved in a partnership of 122 – India’s fifth highest sixth-wicket stand against New Zealand.

# For the first time in a Test match against India, eight batsmen got out ‘lbw’.

# Ross Taylor has become the 12th New Zealand batsman to complete 3,000 runs in Tests, aggregating 3025 at an average of 42.60 in 41 matches.

# Only Martin Crowe (45.36) has a better average than Taylor amongst the twelve New Zealanders with 3,000 runs or more.

# Tim Southee (7/64) produced his best bowling figures in a Test innings. Only once in a Test before the Bangalore game, he had taken five wickets in an innings – 5/55 against England at Napier in March 2008.

# Southee, in the course of his career-best bowling effort, has completed his 50 wickets in Tests – 52 at an average of 39.30 in 19 Tests.

# Southee’s excellent bowling feat is the second best by a New Zealand bowler against India, next only to Richard Hadlee’s 7 for 23 at Wellington in 1975-76.

# Apart from Hadlee and Southee, Simon Doull is the only other New Zealand bowler to bag seven wickets in an innings against India – 7 for 65 in the 1998-99 Wellington Test.

# Southee’s this bowling effort is the best by a New Zealander in a Test match on Indian soil, outstripping the 6 for 27 by Dion Nash at Mohali in October 1999.

# Southee’s figures of 7 for 64 are the second best by a bowler at this venue, next only to India’s Maninder Singh’s 7 for 27 against Pakistan in 1986-87.

# Southee’s performance is the sixth best by a New Zealand bowler in Tests, behind the 9 for 52 by Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985-86. (PTI)