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
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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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  • mcsdl on January 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Zimbabwe will be contesting India and England for number 7 and 8 spots in test rankings soon...!

  • MASQ on January 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I think, before playing every international team, zimbabway need to play a series their country A team first, this is the only way out they can promote themselves.

  • roadrunner440 on January 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Be interesting to see how the Indian boys would like a test series over here in NZ with our 4 pronged seam/swing attack and Vettori :)

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    ZIMBABWE SHOULDNT BE GIVEN TEST STATUS THEY R WAY BAD THEN BANGLADESH...BANGLADESH ALSO PLAYED WITH NEWZEALAND THEY DIDNT PLAY SO BAD LIKE THIS ...INFACT LAST TIME BANGLADESH WHITEWASHED NEWZEALAND :D

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    sorry. no the 84 nz vs england was over 2 days

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    sure nz bowled out england twice in one day in 84-85?

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    BRAVO ZIM!!!U HV MADE THS TEST SERIES MORE INTRSTNG...ICC SHD SERIOUSLY THNK OF A IND vs ZIM IN ZIM,,,,, WD DFNTLY B A VRY ADVENTROUS SERIES...:)

  • tfjones1978 on January 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    The ease at which Zimbarbwe got smashed is concerning here. Zimb were 15 wickets for 63 runs at one stage and were looking at an innings & 400 run loss. Lets hope that Zimb dont join Bangladesh as an unwinnable team against top 8 teams. I think this shows that Bang & Zimb both need to play Intercontential Cup matches in addition to playing test cricket. Bang & Zimb should join the ICup with the winner of ICup qualifying for test cricket for four years. ICup should be every two years, meaning two teams every four years will qualify to play test cricket for four years.

  • rohita25 on January 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    congrates to new zealand team.....welll i think they should have shown some mercy towards the visitors by making some good track for bat this was the greeen top pitch...take this series as a practice series

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Stats galore but bad advertisement for Test cricket.

  • mcsdl on January 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Zimbabwe will be contesting India and England for number 7 and 8 spots in test rankings soon...!

  • MASQ on January 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I think, before playing every international team, zimbabway need to play a series their country A team first, this is the only way out they can promote themselves.

  • roadrunner440 on January 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Be interesting to see how the Indian boys would like a test series over here in NZ with our 4 pronged seam/swing attack and Vettori :)

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    ZIMBABWE SHOULDNT BE GIVEN TEST STATUS THEY R WAY BAD THEN BANGLADESH...BANGLADESH ALSO PLAYED WITH NEWZEALAND THEY DIDNT PLAY SO BAD LIKE THIS ...INFACT LAST TIME BANGLADESH WHITEWASHED NEWZEALAND :D

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    sorry. no the 84 nz vs england was over 2 days

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    sure nz bowled out england twice in one day in 84-85?

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    BRAVO ZIM!!!U HV MADE THS TEST SERIES MORE INTRSTNG...ICC SHD SERIOUSLY THNK OF A IND vs ZIM IN ZIM,,,,, WD DFNTLY B A VRY ADVENTROUS SERIES...:)

  • tfjones1978 on January 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    The ease at which Zimbarbwe got smashed is concerning here. Zimb were 15 wickets for 63 runs at one stage and were looking at an innings & 400 run loss. Lets hope that Zimb dont join Bangladesh as an unwinnable team against top 8 teams. I think this shows that Bang & Zimb both need to play Intercontential Cup matches in addition to playing test cricket. Bang & Zimb should join the ICup with the winner of ICup qualifying for test cricket for four years. ICup should be every two years, meaning two teams every four years will qualify to play test cricket for four years.

  • rohita25 on January 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    congrates to new zealand team.....welll i think they should have shown some mercy towards the visitors by making some good track for bat this was the greeen top pitch...take this series as a practice series

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Stats galore but bad advertisement for Test cricket.

  • SyedMusharraf on January 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Congrates to Zimbabwe for records-breaking performance.

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  • SyedMusharraf on January 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Congrates to Zimbabwe for records-breaking performance.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Stats galore but bad advertisement for Test cricket.

  • rohita25 on January 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    congrates to new zealand team.....welll i think they should have shown some mercy towards the visitors by making some good track for bat this was the greeen top pitch...take this series as a practice series

  • tfjones1978 on January 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    The ease at which Zimbarbwe got smashed is concerning here. Zimb were 15 wickets for 63 runs at one stage and were looking at an innings & 400 run loss. Lets hope that Zimb dont join Bangladesh as an unwinnable team against top 8 teams. I think this shows that Bang & Zimb both need to play Intercontential Cup matches in addition to playing test cricket. Bang & Zimb should join the ICup with the winner of ICup qualifying for test cricket for four years. ICup should be every two years, meaning two teams every four years will qualify to play test cricket for four years.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    BRAVO ZIM!!!U HV MADE THS TEST SERIES MORE INTRSTNG...ICC SHD SERIOUSLY THNK OF A IND vs ZIM IN ZIM,,,,, WD DFNTLY B A VRY ADVENTROUS SERIES...:)

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    sure nz bowled out england twice in one day in 84-85?

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    sorry. no the 84 nz vs england was over 2 days

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    ZIMBABWE SHOULDNT BE GIVEN TEST STATUS THEY R WAY BAD THEN BANGLADESH...BANGLADESH ALSO PLAYED WITH NEWZEALAND THEY DIDNT PLAY SO BAD LIKE THIS ...INFACT LAST TIME BANGLADESH WHITEWASHED NEWZEALAND :D

  • roadrunner440 on January 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Be interesting to see how the Indian boys would like a test series over here in NZ with our 4 pronged seam/swing attack and Vettori :)

  • MASQ on January 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I think, before playing every international team, zimbabway need to play a series their country A team first, this is the only way out they can promote themselves.