Ravichandran Ashwin’s 10-wicket haul in the match helped India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against New Zealand by beating them by 197 runs in the first Test Test at Kanpur.
Chasing 434 for victory, New Zealand started the day having already lost four wickets. Although Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner batted valiantly, they eventually succumbed to India’s spinners led by Ashwin who notched up another five-wicket haul.
Eventually the kiwis were bowled out for 236 just after lunch on the final day to hand India a comfortable victory..
Here are some interesting numbers from the final day’s play:
2 – Luke Ronchi now has two fifties in his two Tests. His 80 against India was his second-best Test score and his 88 against England last year remains his highest.
5 – Ashwin now has five 10-wicket hauls in Tests, equalling Harbhajan Singh. Anil Kumble is the only Indian bowler who has more 10-wicket hauls with 8.
10 – There were 10 fifties in this match without a single century. Only one Test match in India has had more fifties without a century adn that was the India-Australia match in 1964 in Mumbai which had 11 fifties.
11 – Virat Kohli has now gone 11 consecutive Tests without defeat as Indian captain, equalling MS Dhoni’s tally. The record for most consecutive Tests without defeat for an Indian captain belongs to Sunil Gavaskar who went 18 matches without defeat, Kapil Dev is second with 17 and Mohammad Azharuddin went 14 games.
19 – Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 19th Test five-wicket haul in his 37th Test. Only two bowlers have taken more five-fors in their first 37 Tests.
19 – India’s win over New Zealand was their 19th win over the visitors. They have played 55 Tests against the Black Caps and have won 19, drawn 26 and lost just 10.
59.25 – Luke Ronchi may have only played two Tests but he has made a great so far, averaging 59.25. He has scored 237 runs from four innings and has never scored fewer than 31.
88 – Playing in their 249th home Test, India registered their 88th win at home. Overall, this was their 130th Test win.
197 – This was India’s third-biggest win in terms of runs over New Zealand. Their biggest win was their 272-run win at Auckland in 1968.
1160 – The number of runs scored in this Test, which had no centuries. Only three Tests have had more runs scored without a century in the history of Test matches.
1988 – The last Kiwi player to pick up five wickets or more and score 50 in a Test in India was John Bracewell in the 1988 Test against India in Mumbai. Santner achieved this feat in this match.
1998 – Shane Warne was the last player to pick up five wickets and score more than fifty in his maiden Test in India in 1998. Santner followed in his footsteps by doing the same in this Test.
2001 – The last time New Zealand’s No.5 and No.6 made more than 30 in both innings of a Test was in Brisbane against Australia. Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner achieved this feat in this Test.