In the history of Test cricket, spanning 135 long years, there are only seven isolated instances of each side winning either of the first two Tests in the four-match series.
The on-going series between India and England in which the former won the first game by nine wickets and the latter bagged the second match by ten wickets provides the latest of these occurrences.
Of the previous six instances, the side winning the first Test match failed to pocket that particular series thrice and managed to win it twice. The remaining encounter ended in a stalemate by two all margin.
Incidentally, India were involved once before against New Zealand way back in the away contest in 1967-68 which they won by 3-1 margin under the leadership of late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.
When it came to host nations, they had been successful in the ultimate series victory on only two occasions. Under this backdrop, can India emerge victorious in the current intriguing series?
Following are details of four-test series in which teams shared the honour with a victory each at middle stage of the series and the eventual result of that particular series arranged in chronological order:
|Season||Host country||Team to win first Test||Team to win second test||Result of the series|
|1934-35||West Indies||Eng (4 wickets)||WI (217 runs)||WI (2-1 margin)|
|1950||England||Eng (202 runs)||WI (326 runs)||WI (3-1 margin)|
|1967-68||New Zealand||Ind (5 wickets)||NZ (6 wickets)||Ind (3-1 margin)|
|1983||England||Eng (189 runs)||NZ (5 wickets)||Eng (3-1 margin)|
|1998-99||West Indies||Aust (312 runs)||WI (10 wickets)||Drawn (2-2 margin)|
|1999||England||Eng (7 wickets)||NZ (9 wickets)||NZ (2-1 margin)|
|2012-13||India||Ind (9 wickets)||Eng (10 wickets)||To be seen|