Vettori's unique feat
Stats highlights from the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, which the visitors won by three wickets.
- Daniel Vettori became the first player to score at least a half-century and take four wickets in two innings of a Test. He is only the third player, and the second captain, to score at least fifty in each innings and take eight or more wickets in a match.
- Before the Test series against Australia in 2005, Vettori averaged 20.58 with the bat and 35.06 with the ball in 59 matches. However, his all-round performances have improved consistently in the last three-and-a-half years. In the 25 Tests during this period, Vettori has averaged 43.56 with the bat, and 27.65 with the ball.
- New Zealand successfully chased a target in excess of 300 for the second time, and the first time away from home. Before this win, the highest score they had chased to win a match in the subcontinent was 82, against Pakistan at Lahore in 1969.
- Left-arm spinners accounted for 22 wickets in this match, which is the second-highest in all Tests. In the Bangalore Test between India and Pakistan in 1987, Maninder Singh, Ravi Shastri and Iqbal Qasim took 24.
- Shakib Al Hasan finished with match figures of 9 for 115, which is third in the all-time list for Bangladesh. The only bowler to take ten or more wickets in a match is Enamul Haque, who took 12 for 200 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka in 2005.
- The overall run-rate for the match was 2.25 per over, which makes this the slowest Test since April 2001, when West Indies and South Africa managed a combined run-rate of 1.99 in Antigua.
- Bangladesh's three-wicket defeat is their second-narrowest margin of defeat (in terms of wickets), after their one-wicket loss to Pakistan in 2003.
Siddhartha Talya is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo