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Stats Analysis

Stats - A rare defeat for South Africa in Centurion

India registered their eighth Test win in 2021, their joint second-most in a calendar year

3 Test defeats for South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, where they played 27 Test matches and won 21. Their previous two Test losses at this ground came against England in 2000 and against Australia in 2014.
4 Number of Test wins for India in South Africa, including the latest victory in Centurion. Two of those wins came in Johannesburg, in 2006 and 2018, and the other in Durban in 2010.
3 Instances of South Africa being bowled out under 200 in both innings of a home Test since their readmission. The other two instances came in Johannesburg - against Australia in 2002 and India in 2018. Before this match, South Africa were never bundled out under 200 in a Test innings in Centurion.
8 Test wins as captain for Virat Kohli against South Africa, the joint-most for any captain against them. Ricky Ponting also won eight (out of 12) Tests as captain against South Africa.
3 Consecutive wins for India in Boxing Day Tests, having defeated Australia in Melbourne in 2018 and 2020. India won only one of their 14 Boxing Day Tests before this streak - against South Africa in Durban in 2010.
19.10 Bowling average of India in the Centurion Test. Only six times did the Indian bowlers take all 20 wickets in an away Test match at a lower average. The 783 balls they bowled in this match are also the fourth-fewest while taking all 20 wickets in an away Test.
8 Wins for India in Test cricket this year, the joint second-most they won in a calendar year. They also had eight wins in 2010. Their best is nine Test wins in 2016. Four wins this year came outside Asia, the joint-most for them in a calendar year, alongside the four wins in 2018.
12 Instances of India bowling out the opponents under 200 runs in Test cricket this year. Only England - 13 times in 1978 - have bowled out opponents for less than 200 on more occasions in a calendar year.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo