The opening day of the second Test between India and New Zealand proved to be a mixed affair with both sides having their fair share of the advantage through the course of the day. The hosts eventually finished on 239 for 7 with Cheteshwar Pujara making 87 and Ajinkya Rahane making 77. Matt Henry and comeback man Jeetan Patel were the stars for the visitors with 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively.
Here are some interesting stats from the day 1 of the Test:
5- Friday’s half-century on Day One of the second Test against New Zealand was Cheteshwar Pujara’s 5th in the month of September across all matches. He scored consecutive half-centuries in Kanpur and made two fifties in the Duleep Trophy, prior to that.
17- Today was the first instance in 17 years that three wickets fell in the morning session of a Test match at the Eden Gardens. The last time it happened was in 1999 when India lost by 3 wickets against Pakistan.
87- Virat Kohli’s recent poor run of form further extended on Friday, when he was once again dismissed for a low score. He has now made 87 runs in his last seven innings with a best score of 44.
175- Since January 2015, Jeetan Patel has picked up 175 wickets in first-class cricket, which is the highest for any bowler in that period of time. He took two wickets on Friday, including the key scalp of Ajinkya Rahane.
23- Since making that splendid 187 on Test debut, Dhawan has scored a mere 207 runs at an average of 23 with a best score of 45 not out. He was dismissed for 1 earlier today.
1- The number of Tests that Kane Williamson has missed since making his debut in 2010. He missed the Dunedin Test against the West Indies in 2013. Today was the second time that he missed a Test match for his country.
7- Today was the 7th consecutive instance when India had won the toss in a Test played at home. They are two matches away from equalling their personal record of 9, which they had achieved between 1961 and 1964.
38- The number of Tests taken by Ravichandran Ashwin to take 200 wickets and score 1500 runs . He went past the previous record that was held by Sir Ian Botham, who achieved the feat in 41 matches.