Statistical highlights on day three of the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand at Eden Gardens.
# Wriddhiman Saha (54 not out + 39 not out) has scored 93 so far in the Test – his highest aggregate in a Test match on Indian soil.
# For the first time, Saha has scored 30-plus in each innings of a Test match.
# While batting at number 7 or 8, Saha is averaging 71.00 (284 in six innings) this year in Tests. His tally includes a century and a fifty.
# Rohit Sharma’s second fifty on Indian soil is his sixth in Tests.
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# Rohit’s knock of 82 off 132 balls is his highest score under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Rohit (82) has recorded his highest score – his third fifty – vs New Zealand in Tests. His previous highest vs New Zealand was 72 at Auckland in February 2014 – his another fifty against them being 68 not out at Kanpur in September 2016.
# Rohit’a record vs New Zealand is quite impressive – his aggregate being 309 in four Tests at an average of 51.50. Rohit’s 82 is his third highest score in Tests at home behind the 177 at Kolkata and 111 not out at Mumbai – both vs West Indies in November 2013.
# Virat Kohli (45 off 65 balls) has recorded his highest score as captain vs New Zealand in Tests. The said innings is his highest in the current rubber.
# Since registering 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July 2016, Virat is without a fifty in seven innings in succession in Tests.
# Jeetan Patel (47 off 47 balls) has recorded his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 27 not out vs South Africa at Cape Town in April 2006.
# Patel’s innings is the highest by New Zealand’s number nine batsman at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, surpassing the 43 by Graham Vivian in March 1965.
# West Indian batsman, Norbert Phillip (47 in December 1978) and Patel share the highest individual innings by a number nine batsman in a Test innings vs India at Eden Gardens.
# 14 fifties have been recorded in the series so far without a century – the second highest tally in a Test rubber next only to the 18 involving Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Pakistan in 1993-94.
# In both the innings of the Kolkata Test, Indian openers could make 34 runs – Shikhar Dhawan 1 & 17 & Murali Vijay 9 & 7. The last occasion when the Indian openers accumulated less than 34 runs in both innings of a Test match was 33 in the Mumbai Test vs England in March 2006 – Wasim Jaffer 11 & 10, Virender Sehwag 6 (first innings) & Irfan Pathan 6 (second innings).
# Rohit and Saha were involved in a stand of 103 – India’s highest seventh-wicket partnership vs New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, beating the 56 between Salim Durani and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in March 1965.
# In the last five Tests at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, including the present one, four century stands for the seventh wicket have been recorded.
# Mitchell Santner (3/51) has produced his best bowling performance in Tests, surpassing the 3 for 94 vs India at
Kanpur last month.
# The Indian fast bowlers have bagged eight wickets (5 by Bhuvneshwar and 3 by Shami) in New Zealand’s first innings – the first such instance for India in Tests vs New Zealand, bettering the 7 (6 by Javagal Srinath and one by Venkatesh Prasad) at Mohali in October 1999).