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Stats: Ishant completes 'century' overseas

February 14, 2014 19:34 IST

Stats: Ishant completes 'century' overseas

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Pacer Ishant Sharma claimed a career-best six-wicket haul before India scored 100 for 2 by close of play on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand, in Wellington, on Friday.

Ishant was the pick of the tourists' bowlers, who were given first use of a green, bouncy Basin Reserve wicket after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won his seventh successive toss.

The tall right-armer took 6 for 51 as the hosts were shot out for 192 after tea.

Mohammed Shami provided admirable support and was rewarded with four wickets for 70 runs.

Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 71 and Ishant, sent in as night-watchman after Chesteshwar Pujara was out for 19, was not out on three at the close.

Statistical highlights of the first day's play:

- Ishant Sharma (6/51) recorded his career-best performance in Test, his second instance of five wickets in an innings vs New Zealand and his fifth overall.

- Ishant's previous best figures in a Test innings was six for 55 against West Indies at Bridgetown in June 2011. His performance is the best by an Indian pacer in a Test innings in New Zealand, surpassing his own figures of six for 134 at Auckland in the first Test of the ongoing series.

- Ishant became the first Indian fast bowler to claim six wickets in a Test innings twice in New Zealand. No other Indian pacer has accomplished the feat even once.


Image: Ishant Sharma
Photographs: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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Ishant eighth Indian to take 100 or wickets away from home

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- Ishant is the eighth Indian bowler and the fourth seamer to complete 100 wickets or more away from home in Tests. The eight bowlers are Anil Kumble (269), Kapil Dev (215), Zaheer Khan (202), Harbhajan Singh (148), Bishan Singh Bedi (129), Javagal Srinath (128), Ishant Sharma (102) and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (100).

- With his tally of 15 wickets (average 14.20) in three innings, Ishant now holds a record by an Indian medium pacer in a Test series against New Zealand, outstripping the 13 wickets each captured by three bowlers -- Ramakant Desai in 1964-65; Javagal Srinath in 1999-2000 and Zaheer Khan in 2008-09.

- Ishant became only the second Indian pace bowler to claim five wickets or more in an innings twice in New Zealand in Tests. Zaheer Khan holds an Indian record for registering three five-wicket hauls in Tests in New Zealand -- two at Wellington and one at Hamilton.

- Mohammed Shami (4/70) recorded his best bowling figures in an innings overseas -- his second best in a Test innings after the five for 47 against the West Indies at Kolkata in November last year. His previous best figures against New Zealand was three for 37 in the second innings at Auckland in the first Test of the ongoing series.

- Shami took his tally to 25 wickets (average 25.88) in his first six Tests. His tally includes three instances of four wickets or more in an innings.

- Zaheer, for the first time in a completed innings, could not take a single wicket against New Zealand in New Zealand.


Image: Ishant Sharma
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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Dhawan completed a tally of 500 runs in seven Tests

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- For the first time in Tests, Shikhar Dhawan recorded consecutive innings of fifty-plus, scoring 115 at Auckland and 71 not out at Wellington.

- Dhawan, thanks to his brilliant unbeaten 71, completed a tally of 500 runs in seven Tests. His tally currently stands at 505 runs in ten innings at an average of 56.11, including two centuries and a fifty.

- Bradley-John Watling registered his fifth duck in Tests -- his first vs India.

- Jimmy Neesham (33 off 35 balls) registered a strike rate of 94.28 -- the best by a New Zealand No. 8 batsman on Test debut apart from the highest by any New Zealand batsman on Test debut against India (minimum qualification 30).

- All ten wickets have been claimed by Indian fast bowlers in a Test innings twelve times. The Wellington Test is the first instance when they captured all ten wickets in a Test innings against New Zealand.

- The last instance when all ten wickets in an innings for India were captured by speedsters was in the Ahmedabad Test vs West Indies in November 1983 -- Kapil Dev (9/83) and Balwinder Sandhu (1/45).


Image: Ishant Sharma
Photographs: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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