Bangalore: The day belonged to two bowlers from either side - R Ashwin and Tim Southee. Both got hard-earned wickets for their individual teams as the match became tentalisingly poised for a result either way. Virat Kohli too notched up a maiden Test century at home, his first one came in Australia.
# Ravichandran Ashwin is the first Indian bowler to capture 49 wickets (ave. 26.63) in the first eight Tests. Narendra Hirwani had taken 44 wickets (ave 21.14) in his first eight Tests.
# Ashwin has captured 18 wickets at 13.11 runs apiece in the present rubber. The said tally is the most by
an Indian bowler in a two-Test series against New Zealand.
# The above figures are the best by an Indian bowler in a two-Test series against New Zealand. These figures are the best by an Indian bowler in a two-Test series excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
# Irfan Pathan had taken 21 (ave.11.28) wickets in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe in 2005-06. He had also claimed 18 wickets (ave.11.88) in two Tests against Bangladesh in 2004-05.
# Ashwin has become the first Indian bowler to post five instances of five wickets or more in an innings in the first eight Tests - three times against New Zealand and twice against the West Indies.
# Virat Kohli has totalled 450 runs in eight innings at an average of 56.25 in Tests this year, including two hundreds and two fifties - the most by an Indian player this year.
# Kohli's first hundred at home is his second in Tests.
# Kohli's superb 103 off 193 balls is his first century against New Zealand - his first hundred being 116 against Australia at Adelaide in January 2012.
# Tim Southee (7/64) has recorded his best ever figures in Tests - his second instance of five wickets or more in an innings. He had first taken five wickets in an innings (5/55) against England at Napier in March 2008.
# Southee's marvellous bowling performance is the second best by a New Zealand bowler against India, next only to Richard Hadlee's 7 for 23 at Wellington in 1975-76. Simon Doull is the only other New Zealand bowler to take seven wickets in an innings against India - 7 for 65 at Wellington in 1998-99.
# Southee's aforesaid figures are the best by a New Zealander in a Test match on Indian soil, surpassing the 6 for 27 by Dion Nash at Mohali in October 1999.
# Southee, during his career-best bowling performance,
has completed his 50 wickets in Tests - 52 at an average of 39.30 in 19 Tests.
# Southee's performance is the best by a bowler against India at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
# Southee's above figures of 7 for 64 are the second best by a bowler at this venue, behind Maninder Singh's 7 for 27 against Pakistan in March 1987.
# Southee's aforesaid figures are the sixth best by a New Zealander in Tests, next only to the 9 for 52 by Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985-86.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has recorded his fifth fifty against New Zealand - his 26th in Tests.
# Dhoni took his runs' tally in Tests to 3644 at an average of 37.95 in 69 Tests, eclipsing Rodney Marsh's tally of 3633 (ave.26.51) in 96 Tests as wicketkeeper.
# Pragyan Ojha has posted two ducks in Tests - both against New Zealand.
# Kohli and Dhoni have shared a stand of 122 - India's fifth highest sixth-wicket partnership against New Zealand.
# Ross Taylor is the twelfth New Zealander to complete 3,000 runs in Tests - 3025 at an average of 42.60 in 41 matches.