India vs New Zealand 2017, 1st ODI, Stats: Virat Kohli's record-breaking 31st century goes in vain
What many thought would be a walk in the park for a rampant Indian team, New Zealand trumped the hosts by six wickets, courtesy a match-winning 200-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Ross Taylor (95) and Tom Latham (103*). The latter, especially, didn't allow the Indian spinners to dominate the proceedings and along with his senior partner, paced the chase perfectly.
Latham went on to complete his century in the 47th over of the match and was rightfully awarded the man of the match award, despite Virat Kohl's heroics.
This result marks a brilliant start to the series, and the Indian team will have a lot to play for in the subsequent two matches in Pune and Kanpur respectively.
Though the team as a whole was not up to the mark, today was a special day for skipper Kohli, who broke quite a few records en route his 125-ball-121. Here are a few interesting numbers from the first ODI of the three-match series.
1 - Virat Kohli has only one unbeaten century in the first innings of an ODI, out of 12. However, at the same time, he has a mind-boggling 12 not-out hundreds in the second innings, out of 19.
1 - This match is the first instance of India losing an ODI at home despite a Virat Kohli century.
2 - Kohli became the second player after RCB teammate AB de Villiers to score a century in his 200th ODI appearance.
2 - Kohli has now the second most number of centuries (31) in ODI cricket as he surpassed Ricky Ponting's tally of 30 hundreds with this knock. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more ODI centuries than him now (49).
2 - Latham is just the second NZ player to score a century while chasing in India in ODI matches.
3 - Kohli is only the third Indian batsman, and the second captain, to score an ODI century at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Only Mohammad Azharuddin and Tendulkar had a hundred there before today.
3 - Hardik Pandya is the third Indian after Kapil Dev and Robin Singh with 500+ runs and 25+ wickets in a year in ODIs.
4 - The 121-run knock from Kohli is the fourth biggest at the Wankhede. Only Sanath Jayasuriya, Faf du Plessis and Mark Waugh have played bigger knocks there.
6 - Tom Latham has two half-centuries and a century (today) in six ODIs in India.
8 - Kohli has the most number of ODI centuries (8) in the month of October.
12 - Rohit Sharma has gotten out to left-arm seamers 12 times since 2014, most by any Indian batsman. Shikhar Dhawan follows him with 10 dismissals. Both of them lost their wickets to Trent Boult today.
13 - This was Kohli's 13th home ODI century, which brought him on level with Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla. Only Tendulkar (20) has more.
17 - The Indian skipper became the fastest batsmen to 1000 ODI runs against New Zealand. He took 17 matches to surpass the mark.
19 - Virat Kohli now has 19 centuries as a captain in international matches, as many as Brian Lara and Michael Clarke. Only Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith have more.
31 - Kohli has more centuries in ODI cricket (31) than Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root combined (27).
32 - Ross Taylor has been involved in the second most century-stands (32) among NZ cricketers. Only Nathan Astle has been involved in more (36).
192 - Indian skipper has taken 192 innings to reach his 31st ODI century. Sachin Tendulkar took 271.
200 - The legendary partnership between Taylor and Latham was the highest by a New Zealand pair against India. Previous best was a 1880-run stand between Scott Styris and Ross Taylor.
200 - Kohli, who played his 200th ODI today, has most runs, highest average and most centuries after as many matches in 50-over cricket.
281 - This is the highest ever chase by New Zealand against India in ODIs. Previous highest was 279.