The Kotla encore
Stats highlights from India's five-wicket win in Delhi, which puts them 1-0 up in the three-Test series
- India's win continues their excellent home record in recent years. Since the beginning of 2008, India have won 11 Tests and lost only two out of 20 home matches. No team has a better record at home. It was also India's 11th Test win at the Feroz Shah Kotla - their win-loss record at this ground is 11-6, which makes it India's fifth-best among venues where they've played at least ten Tests.
- India's total of 276 is their third-highest in a successful fourth-innings run-chase in Tests, and their tenth such score in excess of 200. Six of those scores have come in the last four years. It's also the joint second-highest in Delhi, and quite coincidentally, it's exactly the score that West Indies had achieved to win at the same venue 24 years ago.
- This is the 18th occasion that India have won a Test after conceding a lead at the end of the teams' first innings. Thirteen of those instances have been at home. The last time they achieved it was against Australia in Mohali in 2010 when they won a nailbiter, chasing down 216 with one wicket in hand. VVS Laxman was unbeaten on that occasion too. (Click here for a list of matches where India won after batting first and here for a list of matches when India fielded first.)
- R Ashwin became only the third India player to win the Man of the Match award on debut. The previous one had been RP Singh, for match figures of 5 for 164 in a high-scoring draw in Faisalabad in 2006. (Click here for the full list. Before 1990, this award wasn't declared for all matches.)
- Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his 100th international century yet again, but during the course of his 76 he became the highest run-getter in fourth innings of Test matches, going past Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar, though, averages 39.86 in fourth innings, compared to Dravid's 41.86. Tendulkar also became the highest run-getter at the Feroz Shah Kotla, going past Dilip Vengsarkar. Vengsarkar, though, averages almost 22 runs more than Tendulkar at this ground.
- Laxman, meanwhile, continued his fine run in fourth innings. Since the beginning of 2010, his fourth-innings scores read thus: 103*, 73*, 32*, 3*, 56, 4, and 58*.
With inputs from Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan.
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter
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