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Stats Analysis

Stats - New Zealand pull off rare follow-on comeback

New Zealand became just the second team to win a Test by one run, and the fourth to win after following on

New Zealand players celebrate their historic win  •  Getty Images

New Zealand players celebrate their historic win  •  Getty Images

1 Margin of New Zealand's win by runs in Wellington, the joint-narrowest win recorded in Test cricket. West Indies also won by one run against Australia in the 1993 Adelaide Test while defending a target of 186.
4 Instances of a team winning after following on in a Test match, including New Zealand's win against England in Wellington. All the previous instances came against Australia - twice by England (Sydney 1894 and Leeds 1981) and India in Kolkata in 2001.
0 Number of times England lost a Test match out of the 177 instances where they took a 200-plus runs first-innings lead before their defeat at the Basin Reserve. The previous highest first-innings lead resulting in a loss for England was 177 runs against Australia in 1961 at Old Trafford.
226 First-innings lead conceded by New Zealand in this Test match, the highest they overcame to win a Test match. The previous biggest first-innings deficit overcame by New Zealand to win a Test match was 144 runs against Pakistan in 1994 in Christchurch.
6 Consecutive Test matches won by England before their 1-run defeat in Wellington. It is their joint-longest winning streak in Tests since their record eight successive wins in 2004. England also won six consecutive Test matches in 2010.
0 Test series lost by New Zealand at home since losing to South Africa in March 2017. New Zealand featured in 11 home series since, winning eight and drawing three. They won eight consecutive home series after the series defeat against South Africa, but their three previous series, all since 2022, ended with a score line of 1-1.
248 Runs by Joe Root in this Test match, the second-highest aggregate for an England batter in a losing cause. Herbert Sutcliffe scored 303 runs (176 and 127) against Australia during their 81-run defeat in Melbourne in 1925.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo