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India vs Bangladesh, 2019: 2nd Test, Day 3 – India’s world record spree, Domination of Indian pacers, India’s best streak ever and more stats

All the statistical highlights from India’s 12th consecutive Test series victory on Indian soil.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India needed less than an hour of the first session on the 3rd day to wrap up the Kolkata Test against Bangladesh to win the 2-match series by 2-0 margin. India took three wickets in about 50 balls while Mahmudullah did not come out to bat due to a hamstring injury. Umesh Yadav took all the wickets that fell in the 3rd day’s play to complete a 5-wicket haul. He finished with 8 wickets in the game while Ishant Sharma ended up with 9 wickets. Ishant won the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series awards.

All the statistical highlights from India’s 12th consecutive Test series victory on the Indian soil:

India sets World record:

4 – India won each of their last four Test matches by an innings margin; the first-ever instance of a team winning four consecutive Test matches by an innings margin.

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347/9 – The total of 347/9 is the 2nd lowest total by India that resulted in an innings victory. India won the 1990 Chandigarh Test against Sri Lanka by innings & 8 runs where they were bowled out for 288.

The total of 347/9 is also the lowest declared total for India where they ended up winning by innings margin and the 9th lowest declared total overall. India won the 1978 Sydney Test against Australia by a margin of innings & 2 runs after declaring their first innings on 396/8.


India’s best streak ever:

7 – India won each of their last 7 Test matches; a streak that began in West Indies tour this year. This is the longest winning streak in Test cricket for India surpassing the six consecutive win in 2013.


Best Test for pacers at home:

19 – Number of wickets picked up by Indian pacers in this Test match; the most by them in a Test match at home. The previous most wickets by Indian pacers in a home Test was 17 wickets in 2017 against Sri Lanka also hosted by the Eden Gardens.

These two Tests are the only instances of the Indian spinners failing to take a wicket in a home Test. Each of the last 37 wickets of visiting teams in the Test matches at this venue have be picked by the Indian pacers.


2 – Ishant Sharma (9) and Umesh Yadav (8) became the first Indian fast bowling pair to claim 8 or more wickets in the same Test match. They are also only the 2nd Indian pair of pacers to take 5-wicket hauls in the same home Test match. Kapil Dev and Madan Lal achieved this feat in the 1981 Mumbai Test against England as both the bowlers picked five wickets in the 4th innings.


India’s record-breaking year:

37.19 – Difference between India’s batting and bowling average in Test cricket this year; the biggest difference for any team in a calendar year in Test cricket. In fact, no other team has had an average difference of more than 30 runs after playing at least five Tests in a calendar year.


19.66 – India’s bowling average of 19.66 in Test cricket in 2019 is the 2nd highest for any country in a calendar year in the last 60 years. West Indies had a bowling average of 19.09 in 1986. (Min: 5 matches)

[Considering the matches started in a calendar year]


A wicket every 4.2 overs:

26.3 – Indian pacers had a bowling strike-rate of 26.3 in this Test series; the 2nd for a team’s pacers in a home Test series. (Min: 25 wickets) During the 2018 home series also against Bangladesh, the West Indies pacers had a strike rate of 19.7 as they claimed 38 wickets in the 2-match series.


Kohli surpasses Border:

33 – Number of Test wins as captain for Virat Kohli; the 5th most victories for any captain in Test cricket. Kohli went past Allan Border’s 32 Test wins with the Kolkata Test win.


Ashwin goes past Dravid; Kohli joins Dhoni and Sachin:

33 – Ravichandran Ashwin now has been part of 33 Test wins at home; the 2nd most by an Indian behind Sachin Tendulkar (52). Ashwin went past Rahul Dravid who was part of 32 home Test wins. Cheteshwar Pujara is currently tied with Dravid by being part of the Kolkata Test.


100 – Virat Kohli became only the 3rd Indian to be part of 100 International wins on Indian soil. Sachin Tendulkar featured in 149 International wins while MS Dhoni was involved in 124 wins on Indian soil including three for Asia XI.

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