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Auckland Test: McCullum betters Astle; Zaheer gets 200 wkts away

Last updated on: February 06, 2014 18:27 IST

McCullum betters Astle; Zaheer gets 200 wkts away

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Brendon McCullum rewrote New Zealand's history books, while Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma reached personal milestones.

Check out the statistical highlights from Day 1 in the opening Test between India and New Zealand in Auckland.

# Brendon McCullum took his tally to 4827, at an average of 36.29, in 83 Tests. He surpassed Nathan Astle's tally of 4702 runs (ave.37.02) in 81 Tests. McCullum is fourth in the list of top run-scorers for New Zealand in Tests. 

# His unbeaten knock of 143 is his second hundred as captain. He posted 113 vs the West Indies at Dunedin in December 2013.

# His eighth Test century is his third against India. He scored 115 at Napier in March 2009 and a career-best 225 at Hyderabad in November 2010. He has five hundreds in Tests at home. 

# He is the first New Zealand skipper to post a hundred against India at Eden Park in Tests.


Image: Brendon McCullum
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Williamson notched his fifth Test century

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Kane Williamson (113 off 172 balls) recorded his highest Test score in New Zealand, eclipsing his only other century at home - 102 not out vs South Africa at Wellington in March 2012. 

# Williamson's century is his fifth in Tests and second against India. On his Test debut vs India, he posted 131 at Ahmedabad in November 2010. 

# For the first time Williamson registered six consecutive innings of fifty or more in international cricket, all vs India, the scores being 71, 77, 65, 60 and 88 in ODIs & 113 in the current Test. 

# His splendid century at number three is the first in almost nine years for New Zealand in Test cricket. Hamish Marshall (160 vs Sri Lanka at Napier in April 2005) was the last to score a ton at this batting position.


Image: Kane Williamson
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Williamson and McCullum were involved in a record stand

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Williamson and McCullum were involved in a stand of 221, New Zealand's second highest fourth-wicket stand against India. Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor had put on 271 at Napier in March 2009, the highest ever stand for any wicket for New Zealand vs India. 

# This stand is the fifth highest for New Zealand for the fourth wicket in Tests. The run-rate (4.33) of this partnership is the second-best for any wicket for New Zealand against India, behind the 4.56 by Ryder and Taylor during their partnership of 271 for the fourth wicket at Napier in March 2009 (minimum qualification: 150). 

# Two hundreds have been registered in the same Test innings for the second time for New Zealand vs India at Eden Park, Auckland. Andrew Jones (170 not out) and Martin Crowe (113) had scored the hundreds in the second innings in February 1990.


Image: Williamson congratulates McCullum
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Zaheer the third Indian to take 200 Test wickets overseas

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The number three and five batsmen registered centuries for the fourth time in a Test innings for New Zealand -- the first three occasions being two vs Sri Lanka and one vs the West Indies. 

# New Zealand (329 for four) posted 300 or more on the first day of a Test for the fourth time against India, their highest ever being 387 for nine at Auckland in February 1990. 

# Zaheer Khan (200 - average of 31.16 - in 53 Tests) became the third Indian bowler to complete 200 wickets or more overseas, joining Anil Kumble (269 - average of 35.85 - in 69 Tests) and Kapil Dev (215 - average of 32.85 - in 66 Tests).

#Ishant Sharma completed 150 wickets in Tests with the dismissal of Hamish Rutherford. The Delhi bowler is the 12th Indian attain the landmark, in his 54th Test.


Image: Zaheer Khan
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