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Stats: Zaheer, Kohli set new marks in drawn Wellington Test

February 18, 2014 18:31 IST

Stats: Zaheer, Kohli set new marks in drawn Wellington Test

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New Zealand registered their first Test series victory over India since 2002 when the second match in Wellington ended in a draw on Tuesday, after Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealander to score a Test triple century.

Captain McCullum's 302 anchored New Zealand to a record 680 for eight declared, and set India the impossible task of scoring 435 runs in 67 overs for the victory they needed after losing the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland, by 40 runs.

McCullum’s effort overshadowed some fine performances by India’s Zaheer Khan and Virat Kohli in the Test.

During the course of the final day’s play several milestones were  established. A look at some statistical highlights.

Zaheer Khan (5-170) registered his eleventh instance of five wickets in an innings in Tests, his fourth against New Zealand -- three at Basin Reserve, Wellington and one at Westpac Park, Hamilton.

# Zaheer became the first Indian bowler to produce four five-wicket hauls in Tests in New Zealand.

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# Zaheer bowled 50 overs or more in an innings for the first time and produced his first instance of conceding 100 runs or more apart from recording a five-wicket haul. His tally of runs is the highest conceded by an Indian speedster in a Test innings outside the sub-continent.

# Overall, only Kapil Dev has conceded more runs in a Test innings - 38.4-3-220-7 against Pakistan at Faisalabad in January 1983 (excluding slow bowlers).

# Zaheer, while registering eight five-wicket hauls in overseas Tests, became the first bowler to record three five-wicket hauls versus New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

# Zaheer has captured 17 wickets (ave.24.41) in three Tests - the most any bowler versus New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, bettering the 16 (ave.17.00) in three Tests by Courtney Walsh.

Only New Zealand's Chris Martin has produced more five-wicket hauls (four) than Zaheer at this venue.


Image: Zaheer Khan
Photographs: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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Kohli's first century in the fourth innings of a Test

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Virat Kohli (105 not out off 135 balls) recorded his first Test century in the fourth innings of a Test. His innings is his highest against New Zealand, bettering the 103 off 193 balls at Bangalore in August 2012.

# Kohli's third Test century overseas is his sixth in Tests - his first two on foreign soil were 116 off 213 balls versus Australia at Adelaide in January 2012 and 119 off 181 balls versus South Africa at Johannesburg last December.

# Kohli became the fourth Indian batsman to record a hundred in the fourth innings of a Test match against New Zealand. Rahul Dravid (103 not out) and Sourav Ganguly (101 not out) scored hundreds at Hamilton in January 1999 and Shikhar Dhawan - 115 at Auckland in February 2014.


Image: Virat Kohli of India celebrates his century during Day 5
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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Dhoni sets new 'keeping record

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has effected 19 dismissals in four Tests - an Indian record by a wicketkeeper against New Zealand in New Zealand.  His overall tally of 33 dismissals in nine Tests is a record by a wicketkeeper in India-New Zealand Tests.

# Bradley-John Watling, with 15 dismissals, set a record by a wicketkeeper for most dismissals in a Test series in India-New Zealand Tests.

# Watling became the only New Zealand wicketkeeper to effect 15 dismissals in a two-Test series. Only Kamran Akmal, with 16 dismissals against the West Indies in 2005, has effected more dismissals in a two-Test series than Watling.


Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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New Zealand post their highest total in Tests

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New Zealand won their first Test series against India since winning 2-0 in 2002-03 in New Zealand. The 2003-04 Test series was a drawn rubber and after that they lost the next three to India in 2008-09; 2010-11 and 2012.

# India have lost four consecutive overseas Test series - 0-4 to England in 2011; 0-4 to Australia in 2011-12; 0-1 to South Africa in 2013-14 & 0-1 to New Zealand in 2013-14.

# New Zealand (680 for eight wickets declared) registered their highest total in Tests, surpassing the 671 for four vs Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91 - the two highest totals in the second innings by any side in Test cricket.


Image: New Zealand players and management pose for a team photo
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
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McCullum amassed 535, a record by any captain in a two-Test rubber

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Brendon McCullum (302) became the first New Zealand player to post a triple century in Tests, bettering Martin Crowe's 299 vs Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91.

# McCullum is the second player to post a triple hundred in the second innings. Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad had recorded 337 versus the West Indies at Bridgetown in January 1958.

McCullum is now the first captain to achieve the distinction in the second innings of a Test match.

# McCullum become the eighth captain in Tests to register an innings of 300 or more. Brian Lara is the only one to post an unbeaten 400 - against England at St.John's in April 2004.

# McCullum became the first batsman to record a triple hundred in India-New Zealand Tests. Overall, eight captains have 300 or more to their credit in Tests.

# McCullum has got the Man of the Match award four times in Tests - three times against India.

# McCullum, in all, batted for 775 minutes, the longest by a New Zealand batsman and the eighth longest in the history of Test cricket.

# McCullum amassed 535 at an average of 133.75 – a record by any captain in a two-Test rubber. His overall record against India is quite impressive, totalling 1224 runs at an average of 68.00, including four hundreds. He is the only one to manage 1,000 runs or more against India.


Image: Brendon McCullum
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Neesham's unbeaten 137 is highest by No 8 on Test debut

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Jimmy Neesham, with his unbeaten 137 off 154 balls, established a record as number eight batsman.  His innings is the highest on Test debut, bettering Pakistan's Azhar Mahmood's 128 not out against South Africa at Rawalpindi in October 1997.

# Scott Styris (107 vs West Indies at St. George's in June 2002) and Bruce Taylor (105 vs India at Kolkata in March 1965) were the first two number eight batsmen to record hundreds on debut for New Zealand.

# Seven players have recorded Test hundreds while batting at number eighth position on debut. Besides Neesham, Azhar, Styris and Taylor, Roger Hartigan (Australia), Deepak Shodhan (India) and Thilan Samaraweera (Sri Lanka) registered centuries at number eight on debut in Tests.

# Neesham's aforesaid century is the tenth by a New Zealander on Test debut.


Image: Jimmy Neesham
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Dhawan is India's top-scorer

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For India, Shikhar Dhawan top-scored in the just-concluded series, totalling 215 (ave.53.75) in four innings.

# Ishant Sharma, with 15 wickets at 25.13 runs apiece, is the leading wicket-taker in the rubber.  The said tally is his best in a two-Test series.

# Two New Zealand batsmen at number seven or lower registered hundreds in a Test innings for the second time – the first instance being when Brendon McCullum (111) and Daniel Vettori (127) scored hundreds as number seven and eight respectively against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2005.

# Three batsmen have registered centuries in the same Test innings for New Zealand six times.


Image: Shikhar Dhawan
Photographs: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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