New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington, 1st day

India's rare fast-bowling feat and Ishant's best

Stats highlights from the first day of the 2nd Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, Wellington

Shiva Jayaraman

February 14, 2014

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Ishant Sharma struck twice in the first session, New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 1st day, February 6, 2014
Ishant Sharma's career-best haul put India in the driver's seat in the second Test, at the Basin Reserve © Getty Images
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  • Ishant Sharma made use of the helpful conditions at the Basin Reserve to take his second five-wicket haul of the tour and register his best bowling figures in Tests, dismissing six New Zealand batsmen for 51 runs. His previous best in Tests had come against West Indies in Bridgetown in 2011 when he took 6 for 55. Ishant has now taken 164 Test wickets at 36.56, including five five-wicket hauls.

  • Ishant has taken 15 wickets from three innings in this Test series, which equals the second-highest wickets taken by him in a series. His best was India's tour to West Indies in 2011 when he took 22 wickets at 16.86 in three Tests. He has taken 15 wickets in a series earlier also, against Australia in the home series in 2008-09.

  • Corey Anderson was Ishant's 100th wicket in away Tests. He is the eighth India bowler - and the fourth seamer - to do so.

  • Mohammed Shami ended up with four wickets in New Zealand's innings. This is the first instance in over 30 years that two India fast bowlers have taken all ten opposition wickets to fall in an innings. The last such occurrence was in 1983 in Ahmedabad, when Kapil Dev took nine wickets against West Indies in the second innings of the Test and Balwinder Sandhu took one. There are only two other such instances, against England in Mumbai in 1981, when Kapil and Madan Lal took five wickets each, and against Australia at the SCG in the same year, when Kapil and Karsan Ghavri took five wickets each in Australia's first innings. Including this innings, there are only 12 instances of India fast bowlers taking all ten wickets in an innings in Tests.

  • That India have lacked fast bowlers is apparent from the fact that Ishant's two five-fors in this series is only the second time since 2005 that an India fast bowler has taken two or more five-wicket hauls in a series. The other instance in this period was also by Ishant, against West Indies in 2011.

  • Zaheer Khan ended up wicket-less from the 17 overs he bowled today. The New Zealand batsmen looked most comfortable against him and were in control playing 88 of the 104 deliveries he bowled at them. Mohammad Shami, despite having an economy of 4.15 in the innings, was the bowler who troubled batsmen the most, getting them to play false-shots on 33% of the deliveries he bowled.

    New Zealand batsmen's shot control factor v India bowlers
    Bowler Deliveries faced in control not in control not in control %age
    Zaheer Khan 104 88 16 15%
    Ravindra Jadeja 12 10 2 17%
    Ishant Sharma 105 79 26 25%
    Mohammed Shami 102 68 34 33%

  • India's batsmen looked more comfortable than the New Zealand batsmen in negotiating the opposition's attack, as was evident from their control factors: India's batsmen were in control playing 88% of the deliveries that were bowled at them as compared with their counterparts who had a control factor of 77%.

    New Zealand v India, batsmen shot control factor comparison
    Bowler Deliveries faced in control not in control not in control %age
    New Zealand 317 243 74 23%
    India 168 144 24 14%

  • New Zealand's first-innings total of 192 is the lowest they have scored in the first innings of a Test at this venue since 1997, when England bundled them out for 124 runs. Between these two occasions, there have been eight instances of the hosts batting first at the Basin Reserve in a Test. This is also the lowest first-innings total at this venue since 2008, when Bangladesh were bowled out for 143 by the hosts.

  • Two New Zealand players, Jimmy Neesham and Tom Latham, made their debut today. While Neesham had a decent first day scoring a rapid 33 runs, Latham was dismissed for a duck. He is the 35th New Zealand debutant to be dismissed for a duck. He is also the third New Zealand No.4, and the first since John Reid in 1979, to be dismissed for a duck in his first Test innings.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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Posted by nakihunter on (February 14, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

The first point is not correct. 1996 lords - Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad & ganguly took all 10 wickets in the first innings. Also 1996 at kingmead Srinath, Prasad, Johnson & Ganguly took all 10 wickets. 1997 Barbados Prasad, Kuruvilla & Ganesh got all 10 wickets in the second innings. Kandy 2001 Prasad, Harvinder Singh, Zaheer & Ganguly took all 10 wickets in the first innings.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

How funny it seems, when India get bowled out for a low score on a green top, Indian batsmen are flat track bullies and can't handle pace on green tops. But when Eng/SA/Aus/NZ etc get out cheaply on a green top, it is a difficult pitch to bat. LOL

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

whats really heartening to see that Shami is doing really well, he has got speed and accuracy and manged to unsettle the batsmen very often. If he succeeds to carry forward this kind of form, it will be bug boon for Indian fast bowling/

Posted by Krade on (February 14, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@Mohammad Wahid Hossain -- All the wickets taken by only TWO indian pace bowlers has occurred 4 times. However, all wickets taken by only indian PACE bowlers has occurred 12 times

Posted by Fan1969 on (February 14, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Pacers only have got 10 wickets 12 times and just two pacers have shared all 10 wickets on 4 of these 12 occasions.

Given India have achieved it twice in 2 months (SA Dec 18th and today) I wonder when will it happen again. The next NZ innings will be a test again of these pacers.

Posted by myStraightTalk on (February 14, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

I can still bet Ishant is not the good and consistent bowler. Look at his test average before anyone supporting him. I will still support all those Ishant haters. Dont ever ever compare him with Kapil and other good bowlers. Get your facts first.. Remember he got 6 wicket in 1st Test and still india does not win. A good fast bowler should take wicket even when the wicket is not helping them and NZ fast bowler will show Ishant how to do that during the 2nd day when the pitch behave opposite way during the 2nd day.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

I don't no where I'm missing the point! Indian pacers (bullet point four) took all 10 wickets 4 times or 12 times?

Posted by DaGameChanger on (February 14, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Last thing Pujara needs is advice from Pakistani fans that too on batting side lol. Nobody from both sides is bowling at serious pace. The two who can bowl are Varun and Milne and both are not playing. Pujara was easily negotiating Steyn and Co in SA. The ball he got out was a peach, he understands that, no need to overanalyse it.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (February 14, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Some1 here said pujara is having weakness of getting out lbw against pace, wow stop joking mate, no batsmen is comfortable against d ball doing something after pitching on off stump line and as far my knowledge till now he has got out lbw 3 times against pace(1 to steyn in his debut overseas tour n another today n 3rd one to siddle althogh he got inside edge) so get d stats right before u give comments against any player mate and i really cant understand why people call it as a weakness when the batsmen gets out in a similar manner on quite a few occasions, 1st english fans against clarke wen he got out to a bouncer n now u....

Posted by IndTheBest on (February 14, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Great performance by Ishant and Shami. Before this series started I never thought Ishant can do that. He proved me wrong but I have no complained about it. However, Indian team should not carried away with this small win. There are always areas for improvements. I strongly feel that they should always go with 4 fast bowlers to get better results. Think if Ishwar Pandey was 4th seamer available to attack, things would be different. Jadeja should come to bat ahead of Dhoni in test matches.

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