India swept aside Bangladesh by an innings-and-46-runs in Kolkata to extend their already comically huge lead in the World Test Championship, but the most newsworthy notes came via the statistics.
The victory was India’s fourth-straight win by more than an innings – a record in Test cricket – and took just two days and 47 minutes to complete.
The record for the shortest Test match completed in India with a positive result was broken, with the 968 balls (161.2 overs) required to see off Bangladesh a full 60 balls fewer than Virat Kohli’s rampant side needed to dispatch Afghanistan (1028, 171.2 overs) last year.
The win extended India’s streak in the Test arena to seven victories – a national record (obviously) – but the most curious note came from the manner in which the victory was achieved.
Not a single Bangladeshi wicket from the 20 so hastily removed came via the arm of an Indian spinner.
Ishant Sharma (nine), Umesh Yadav (eight) and Mohammed Shami (two), along with Mahmudullah’s second innings retired hurt accounted for all 20 dismissals – the first time ever an Indian spinner hasn’t taken a wicket in a Test match win on home soil.
That method to victory was also just the second time India have emerged victorious in that fashion regardless of location, with their 63-run victory over South Africa on a seamer-happy Johannesburg pitch in 2018 the only other occasion.
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