Best New Zealand-India stats: Mithali and Jhulan's record tallies, Bates' first ton and Jackie Lord's over India

Shajin Mohanan S
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New Zealand players congratulate Smriti Mandhana on scoring a century. © Getty Images

New Zealand started the home series against India on a high by beating the visitors in the one-off T20I by 18 runs at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown. But with an impending World Cup, both the hosts and the visitors will be looking to be on the right side of the numbers at the end of the five-match ODI series, that’s scheduled to start on Saturday (February 12) at the same venue.

New Zealand have played India in 48 matches over the years and have an upper hand with 28 wins as opposed to India’s 19. What are some of the other interesting numbers? Women’s CricZone lists the best of them from their many encounters over the years along with the standout individual achievements.

1 – The 1997 World Cup match in India between India and New Zealand ended in a tie after both teams scored 176 runs each. At one stage, the hosts were cruising to a win but lost the last six wickets for 24 runs to be bowled out in the final over. This is the only instance of a tie between these two sides, with all the other 47 matches producing a winner.

2 – Number of runs Mithali Raj needs to complete 1000 runs against New Zealand. She has scored 998 runs – the most by any batter in matches between these teams – in 28 innings at an average of 43.39. For New Zealand, Haidee Tiffen finished her career with 680 runs from 20 innings against India.

3 – Three players have scored centuries in New Zealand and India contests. Suzie Bates was the first to score a ton as New Zealand won by 91 runs at Chepauk in Chennai in 2007.  Since then Raj (109) at the World Cup in 2017 and Smriti Mandhana (105) in Napier in 2019 have scored hundreds in ODIs against New Zealand, taking the century count to three.

5 – Anju Jain and Karuna Jain hold the record for most dismissals affected as wicket-keepers in an ODI between India and New Zealand.

6/10 – Jackie Lord’s bowling figures in Auckland during the World Cup in 1982 as India were bowled out for just 37 runs . This is still the best individual performance by a bowler in ODIs between the two sides. Three bowlers each from both countries have taken five-wicket hauls in these matches. For the visitors, Jhulan Goswami’s 6 for 31 in Southgate tops of the chart.

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26 – India’s lowest total in ODIs came against New Zealand during their encounter in St. Saviour, Jersey during the 2002 tri-series. Rachel Pullar was the chief destroyer with figures of 5 for 10. In fact, India’s top three low scores (26, 37, 49) in the ODI format have come against New Zealand.

41– Number of wickets taken by Goswami in ODIs against New Zealand. She has taken those wickets at an average of 19.78 from 27 matches. This is her second best against any side in the format, with her tally of 74 against England topping the list.

51.16 – Raj’s batting average as skipper in matches against New Zealand. She has led India in 18 matches against the hosts, scoring 614 runs with one century and four fifties.

80.75 – The partnership average for Mandhana and Raj in ODIs against New Zealand. They have scored 323 runs together from five matches with two century stands.

122 Highest individual scored by a batter in New Zealand – India contests is by Suzie Bates. She achieved this when she became the first centurion from either of the sides in Chennai in 2007, it was her maiden ton in ODIs and since then she has made nine more hundreds in the format.

157 Highest individual score by a batter in ODIs in New Zealand came when Rachel Priest scored 157 against Sri Lanka in 2015. This is also the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODIs.

186 – The margin by which India beat New Zealand during the World Cup 2017. This is their largest margin of victory in terms of runs in a World Cup match. Raj’s 109 and Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s 5 for 15 were the highlights of that match in Derby.

190 The runs scored by India openers Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues during the first ODI in Napier in 2019 – the highest partnership in matches between India and New Zealand. While Mandhana scored her first century against the hosts, Rodrigues’ produced her career-best knock of 81 not out. In the same tour, Mandhana and Raj combined to score 151*, making it the second best stand in India- New Zealand matches.

1444 Number of runs scored by Smriti Mandhana in ODIs since World Cup 2017 from 30 matches. Only Tammy Beaumont (1721 runs from 41 matches), Alyssa Healy (1635 from 33), Laura Wolvaardt (1521 from 44) and Lizelle Lee (1508 from 34) have scored more in ODIs during the same period.

1977 Runs scored by Amy Satterthwaite in ODIs played in New Zealand. She's scored them at an average of 53.43 – including five centuries and 11 fifties – from 50 matches.