New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day

New Zealand pace attack on a high

New Zealand's fast bowlers took 20 wickets for the second time in three Tests, and were largely instrumental in the Auckland Test win

S Rajesh

February 9, 2014

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Shikhar Dhawan pulls, New Zealand XI v Indians, Whangarei, 1st day, February 2, 2014
Shikhar Dhawan became only the second Indian opener - after Sunil Gavaskar - to score a fourth-innings century in an overseas Test © AFP
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  • New Zealand's 40-run win in Auckland is their first against India since 2002, when they won by four wickets in Hamilton. It's their tenth overall against India, of which eight have been at home. The margin of the result is the narrowest, in terms of runs, in Tests between these two teams - the previous closest result was 60 runs, when India beat New Zealand in Mumbai in 1969.

  • For India, this is their 10th defeat in their last 11 away Tests, since the beginning of the tour to England in 2011. In the same period, they have a 11-2 win-loss record at home.

  • MS Dhoni has led India to 11 defeats in overseas Tests, the most by any Indian captain. Under him, India have lost 50% of their overseas Tests, winning five and drawing six. The previous record for most overseas defeats for an Indian captain was ten, by Sourav Ganguly (in 28 Tests), Mohammad Azharuddin (27 Tests), and MAK Pataudi (13 Tests).

  • New Zealand's win was fashioned by their fast bowlers, who took all 20 wickets in a Test for the second time in their last three matches - they'd also taken 20 in the innings victory against West Indies in Wellington last year. Overall in their Test history, New Zealand's quick bowlers have taken 20 in a Test match only 12 times. In their last three Tests, New Zealand's pace bowlers have taken 59 out of 60 wickets; the only wicket to have eluded them is that of West Indies No. 11 Tino Best, who was dismissed by Ish Sodhi in the first innings in Hamilton.

  • Over the last few months, New Zealand's fast bowlers have been in outstanding form. In their last eight Tests they've taken 118 wickets at an average of 24.75, and a strike rate of 48.8 balls per wicket. During this period (since May 2013), only Australia's fast bowlers have a better average - they've taken 148 wickets in ten Tests at 23.80.

    Team-wise stats for fast bowlers in Tests since May 2013
    Team Tests Wickets Average Strike rate
    Australia 10 148 23.80 51.8
    New Zealand 8 118 24.75 48.8
    South Africa 4 46 27.95 65.9
    Zimbabwe 2 29 28.10 69.1
    England 12 147 29.72 52.5
    Sri Lanka 5 44 33.20 64.9
    India 5 49 33.77 58.1
    Pakistan 7 56 34.85 72.6
    West Indies 5 21 61.61 89.2
    Bangladesh 4 4 173.00 285.0

  • The result also means no team has won a completed Test after trailing by more than 300 in the first innings. The only such result was in the forfeited game between England and Pakistan at The Oval in 2006, when England trailed by 331 in the first innings. In a regular, completed Test match, the highest first-innings deficit a team has overcome is 291, by Australia against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1992. The next-best is by India, who won after trailing by 274 runs against Australia in Kolkata in 2001.

  • India's total of 366 is their seventh-best fourth-innings total, and their fourth-highest in a loss. Their highest in a defeat is 445, against Australia in Adelaide in 1978.

  • Shikhar Dhawan has become only the fourth Indian opener - after Mushtaq Ali, Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Jaffer - to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test. He is the second, after Gavaskar, do so in an overseas Test. Gavaskar achieved the feat four times, all in away Tests - in Barbados, Port-of-Spain, Brisbane and The Oval. Dhawan's score is the ninth-highest by an Indian batsman in the fourth innings.

  • Neil Wagner's match figures of 8 for 126 are his best in a Test; his previous-best was 7 for 116 against Bangladesh in Mirpur last year.

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Posted by Underbelly83 on (February 9, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

Those top four nations for 'Team-wise stats for fast bowlers in Tests since May 2013' are all four of the Southern Hemisphere teams. Interesting.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 22:47 GMT)

While I was impressed by our country's stats above, the stats aren't a very good reflection, as they cover the period since we came to England last year, and not our home series against England, nor our terrible series in South Africa. Given that in the same period, South Africa have only played 4 tests, Australia have only played England while England have played Australia and us, and India, West Indies, and Bangladesh have played less than 6 tests each, this is not a good pool of data to pick from just yet. Wait until this time next year and then look to pull data going back to May 2013, and then you'd have a better section of data, as NZ have had roughly the same attack since then, and so have most other countries.

Posted by unbeleaveable on (February 9, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

Hopefully Dan will be fit for the WI tour then our bowling unit will be balanced, it will also mean Ish will have more time to develop with less pressure on

Posted by Codfish63 on (February 9, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

The fast bowlers are doing all the work, but at last the batsmen have pulled finger and are standing up to the job as well. As usual with NZ, openers are a worry...

Having posted reasonable scores gives Ish a chance to learn his trade against some of the best players of spin around. He's probably never going to destroy a lineup in NZ, but I'm picking things will be different next time in the sub-continent...

As for India, well, if they didn't throw their wickets away in the 4th innings, and fielded a bit better in the 1st, they could have got over the line.

Some dodgy umpiring calls by Steve Davis, but at least he was consistent(ly bad) with both teams. It's a different game without DRS!

Posted by StevieS on (February 9, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

Muhammad Tanveer do you think Pakistan could beat this current New Zealand team in New Zealand today?

Posted by Cricket_Only on (February 9, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

I don't get it, why there is always some stupid talks about Pakistan in other people's business. India lost a game thats their headache why compare it with poor Pakistan, We have our own crap to figure out. lets forget Pakistan for a short period give them a break. Please

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

The better team won. Indians can only play well in india only on flat tacks where even ashwin or harbhajan can score century. Pakistan has a much much better overseas record than India.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

The bowling figures are up there which says NZ's batting in tests since May 13 has been pretty abysmal until now,

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

good game but always easy to beat india away. with money u cannot win matches away and big loss for india and big3

Posted by Jackpot6 on (February 9, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

I am Indian but as a sports person I must say NZ defeated India in all departments. Well done team NZ you guys played & fired as a unit in all given situations.

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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