New Zealand Vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Statistical Highlights
The hosts New Zealand comfortably beat the visitors India in the first game of the two-match Test series at Basin Reserve (Wellington). With this ten-wicket victory, the hosts have taken the 1-0 lead in this series with one Test to go.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl first. While India were bundled out for just 165 runs in their first innings, the hosts scored 348 runs in their first innings and earned the lead of 183 runs.
In the second innings, the visitors were once again bowled out for 191 runs. The hosts chased down the nine runs target without losing any wicket.
Brief Scores: India – 165 (Ajinkya Rahane 46, Mayank Agarwal 34; Kyle Jamieson 4/39) & 191 (Mayank Agarwal 58, Ajinkya Rahane 29; Tim Southee 5/61)
New Zealand – 348 (Kane Williamson 89, Kyle Jamieson 44; Ishant Sharma 5/68) & 9/0 (Tom Latham 7*, Tom Blundell 2*)
The Result – New Zealand won by ten wickets
Here are some of the important statistical highlights of this Test match:
i) The visitors India lost this match by ten wickets.
- It was India’s first defeat in the ICC World Test Championship history. Before this match, India played seven matches in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship and won all those matches.
- Since the Perth Test in December 2018, it was the first Test defeat for India. Between this period, India played nine Tests (won eight and drew once). This defeat also ended India’s seven-Test winning streak.
i) It was the 100th Test victory for New Zealand.
- New Zealand became the seventh team to win 100 or more Test matches.
ii) New Zealand beat India by ten wickets.
- It was the third time in Test cricket history when New Zealand beat India by ten wickets. The other two times happened at Christchurch in February 1990 and at Wellington in December 2002.
i) It was the 100th Test for Ross Taylor.
- Ross Taylor became the fourth New Zealand cricketer to play 100 Test matches. The other three New Zealand cricketers in this list are Daniel Vettori (112 Tests), Stephen Fleming (111 Tests) and Brendon McCullum (101 Tests).
i) As a captain, Kane Williamson has scored 7,075 international runs.
- Kane Williamson became the second New Zealand captain to score 7,000 runs in international cricket. Stephen Fleming was the first Blackcaps captain to reach this milestone as he scored 11,561 international runs as a captain.
i) Pacer Tim Southee has taken 304 international wickets at home.
- Tim Southee became the first New Zealand bowler to claim 300 international wickets at home. During this match, he surpassed the former left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori (299 wickets) and became the most international wicket-taker for New Zealand at home.
ii) Tim Southee has taken 166 home Test wickets.
- It is the second most home Test wickets for a New Zealand bowler. During this match, Southee surpassed Daniel Vettori (159 wickets) in this list. Only the former right-arm fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee is ahead of Southee in this list with 201 home Test wickets.
iii) Tim Southee had the match bowling figures of 41.1-11-110-9.
- It was the second-best Test match bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler against India in New Zealand. The record is 22.3-1-58-11 by Sir Richard Hadlee at Wellington (in February 1976).
- It was the fourth-best Test match bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler against India at the overall venues.
iv) Tim Southee has taken 42 international wickets against India at home.
- It is the most international wickets for a New Zealand bowler against India at home. The previous record-holder was Sir Richard Hadlee with 40 home international wickets against India.
v) Tim Southee has won his fifth Player of the Match award in Test career (all in the home venues).
- It is the joint second-most Player of the Match awards in home Test career for a New Zealand player. While Daniel Vettori also won five Player of the Match awards in home Test career, John Wright is leading this table with six Player of the Match awards in home Test career.
i) Test debutant Kyle Jamieson hit four sixes during New Zealand’s first innings.
- It is the joint-second most sixes in an innings for a Test debutant as he became the third batsman in this list to hit four sixes. The record-holder is New Zealand cricketer Tim Southee who smashed nine sixes in an innings on his Test debut (against England at Napier in March 2008).
i) Coming to bat at the no.11 position during New Zealand’s first innings, Trent Boult scored team’s 100% runs before losing his wicket. The right-handed batsman scored 38 runs.
- It is the highest individual Test score for a batsman who scored all the runs for the team while he was at the crease in an innings. The previous record-holder was the former Indian captain Kapil Dev with 36 runs (against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in 1985).
i) By the end of this match, Virat Kohli has taken 250 international catches.
- Virat Kohli became the fourth Indian non-wicketkeeper to take 250 catches in the international career. The other three Indian non-wicketkeepers in this list are Rahul Dravid (335 catches), Mohammad Azharuddin (261 catches) and Sachin Tendulkar (256 catches).
i) The tall right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma has taken 122 Test wickets in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia).
- It is the second most Test wickets for an Indian bowler in the SENA countries. During this match, while Ishant surpassed the former left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan (119 wickets) in this list, only the former leg-spinner Anil Kumble is ahead of Ishant with 141 Test wickets in the SENA countries.
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