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India's Wellington woes

March 31, 2009

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Statistics are reflections of facts.

At the start of the India-New Zealand Test series, stats pointed to two facts: it had been 33 years since the visitors won a Test match in New Zealand -- since January 1976 in Auckland -- and their solitary Test series success came way back in 1967-69.

The 33-year-wait ended with India's thumping 10-wicket win at Seddon Park (Hamilton).

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    And with India drawing the second Test, the second stat is also in danger of being rendered obsolete.

    The lone glitch, if history (and stats) are to be taken into account, is pertaining to the venue: Wellington's Basin Reserve.

    Of the only five Test venues in New Zealand with at least 10 matches to its credit, Wellington is the place where Indians have performed the worst.

    The visitors have four successive Test defeats -- in their last four trips -- to show for their efforts at the Basin Reserve. Another glaring fact is that their lone win (in 1968) in Wellington coincided with the sole series win.

    With New Zealand needing to win the final Test to square the ongoing series, Wellington will ensure either of the two things: a first series win for India in Kiwi country in 41 years or a fifth straight win for New Zealand against the visitors at the venue.

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    Text: Bikash Mohapatra | Photographs: Reuters

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