New Zealand v Zimbabwe, Only Test, Napier, 3rd day January 28, 2012

A day of records

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from an extraordinary day's play when Zimbabwe were bowled out twice

New Zealand decimated Zimbabwe's batting line-up dismissing the visitors for their lowest ever total and followed it up with a crushing innings win. Here are stats highlights from an eventful day of cricket which saw 22 wickets fall.

  • Zimbabwe, in response to New Zealand's 495, were bowled out for just 51. This is their lowest total in Tests. Their previous lowest total was 54 against South Africa in Cape Town in 2005 when they lost by an innings inside two days. Overall, Zimbabwe have now been bowled out for totals less than 100 on eight occasions. Six of those eight totals have come in away Tests and the only two occasions Zimbabwe have been bowled out less than 100 in home Tests have come against New Zealand.
  • Zimbabwe also suffered the ignominy of being bowled out twice in a day. Zimbabwe and India are the only teams to suffer the fate previously. However, they managed to go past their lowest aggregate in a match (158) which came against New Zealand in 2005. Zimbabwe, who faced only 28.5 overs, beat their previous record for the fewest overs faced in a completed innings.
  • Zimbabwe's 51 is now the lowest total by any team in Tests against New Zealand. The previous lowest mark was also set by Zimbabwe in 2005 (59). Overall, teams have been bowled out for sub-100 totals 15 times against New Zealand. This is also the first time that a team has been bowled out for less than 100 in an innings in Napier.
  • New Zealand, by bowling out Zimbabwe for 51, gained a lead of 444 at the end of the first innings. This is the first time that New Zealand have gained a first-innings lead over 400 in Tests. Their previous highest lead (393) also came against Zimbabwe in 2005 in Harare when they bowled Zimbabwe out for 59. Click here for a list of matches when New Zealand have batted first and here for a list of matches when they have batted second.
  • The first five wickets fell for 19 in Zimbabwe's first innings and for 12 in their second innings. The match aggregate of 31 for the top five partnerships is the lowest ever for Zimbabwe in Tests. Their previous lowest was 84 against England at Lord's in 2000.
  • This is Zimbabwe's highest defeat margin (in terms of runs) in Tests. Their previous highest was by an innings and 294 runs against New Zealand in Harare in 2005. The innings-and-301-run victory margin is also New Zealand's largest ever in Tests.
  • New Zealand's total of 495 is their highest against Zimbabwe surpassing their previous best of 487 in Wellington in 2000. Their total of 495 is the third-highest in Napier.
  • Chris Martin picked up his tenth five-wicket haul in Tests. His figures of 6 for 26 are his best bowling figures and the best for a New Zealand bowler against Zimbabwe. Martin's match haul of 8 for 31 is the second-best against Zimbabwe for a New Zealand bowler after Shane Bond's 10 for 99 in Bulawayo in 2005.
  • BJ Watling scored his maiden Test century in his seventh Test. He now has one century and one fifty and averages 34.70.

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