Bangalore Test Preview: New Zealand Face Uphill Task

At Bangalore New Zealnd would give their best to avoid not only the 10th test series defeat against India, but also the third consecutive series defeat. Not only has the entire New Zealand squad scored as many runs in test matches as alone Tendulkar in Indian squad has, but also overall India outclasses New Zealand making them difficult to count their chances for a victory.

History is against them as India has not only won most of the series, they even lead in most of the batting, bowling and team records in their bilateral test series.

While earlier the battle was even in their bilateral series, the Indian team with top 4 batsman including Dravid and Tendulkar created many batting records in favor of India. Both of them are the only two batsmen to have scored more than 1000 runs in their bilateral series.

Highest Total in an Inning
New Zealand has scored 600-plus total twice while India has not reached that total even once. Yet, when it comes to 500-plus totals New Zealand have scored only thrice while India has crossed the mark on 6 occasions. India has the dubious record of getting bowled out below 100 runs on 4 of the 5 occasions that the bilateral series has witnessed.

Highest Individual Score
While Dowling of New Zealand has scored the highest 239 runs in an innings in the bilateral series, Indians have scored 7 of the 11 double centuries that their bilateral series have recorded. Even in the 83 centuries scored till 2012 Hyderabad test, Indians have scored 46 of them.

Highest Partnerships
India even leads in 100+ partnerships with 60 such partnerships as compared to 47 by Kiwis. Except for 2nd and 7th wicket, for other wickets India has scored more centuries than New Zealand.

Maximum Centuries
Dravid with 6 centuries and Tendulkar with 4 centuries have scored maximum centuries. For New Zealand 4 batsmen have scored maximum 3 centuries against India.

Maximum 50s
Congdon of New Zealand leads all with 9 half-centuries. Tendulkar is second with 8. A half-century in Bangalore can make a tie even in 50s.

Sutcliff the Best Batsman in A series
Not only 611 run by Sutcliff is the highest in their bilateral series, the top 5 highest aggregate in a series has 4 Kiwi batsmen.

Hadlee the Best Bowler But Prsanna is the Deadliest
Hadlee with 65 wickets is the leading wicket taker in their bilateral test series. For India Bishan Singh Bedi with 57 wickets has the maximum wicket. Yet with just an average 3 wickets in every inning (55 wickets in 28 innings of 10 tests), Prasanna emerges as the most dangerous bowler between the two countries.

Ashwin with 12/85 has provided the best bowling spell in a test between India and New Zealand. Venkaraghavan held the record earlier with 12 wickets. For New Zealand, Hadlee’s 11/58 is the best.

Indian bowlers rule even the record of maximum wickets in a series.

Even Indian captains have been more successful than their counterparts. India has recorded the second biggest win in 51 tests of the bilateral series between them in the first test at Hyderabad, in Bangalore they would look to make a clean sweep.

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