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Kiwis post another record

October 18, 2003 15:25 IST

The New Zealand batsmen continued to dominate the Indian bowling on the third day of the second Test at Mohali, with Craig McMillan becoming the fourth batsman after Mark Richardson, Lou Vincent and Scott Styris to get a hundred in the match.

It is the tenth instance in Test history that four batsmen have scored hundreds in the same innings. Interestingly, the Indian team figures in five such instances, but on the wrong end on all of them.

Despite this battering from the Kiwis, the Indian team can take solace from the fact that two teams have performed even worse. The West Indies, in 1954-55 versus Australia at Kingston, and Bangladesh, in 2001-02 versus Pakistan at Multan, conceded as many as five hundreds!

The accompanying table lists all instances of four (or more) hundreds in an innings :
100s For Vs Venue Season
5 Australia (758-8d) West Indies Kingston 1954-55
5 Pakistan (546-3d) Bangladesh Multan 2001-02
4 England (658-8d) Australia Nottingham 1938
4 West Indies (631) India Delhi 1948-49
4 Pakistan (652) India Faisalabad 1982-83
4 West Indies (550) India St.John's 1982-83
4 Pakistan (600-8d) Sri Lanka Galle 1999-00
4 Sri Lanka (610-6d) India Colombo 2001-02
4 New Zealand (534-9d) Australia Perth 2001-02
4 New Zealand (630-6d) India Mohali 2003-04

Extras make their mark

The Indian bowlers and fielders conceded as many as 53 extras during New Zealand's first innings in the ongoing Test. This is the fifth instance when India have conceded 50 or more extras in an innings.

Though it is one of the worst performances by an Indian team on the extras front, it falls well short of their all-time record. They had conceded 60 extras in England's total of 633 for five declared in the Birmingham Test in 1979.

The following table gives details of all instances when India conceded 50 or more extras in an innings :
Extras B LB NB W Opponents (Score) Venue Season
60 4 27 18 11 England (633-5d) Birmingham 1979
55 16 22 12 5 England (477-4) The Oval 1990
53 21 28 3 1 New Zealand (630-6d) Mohali 2003-04
51 12 31 7 1 England (515) The Oval 2002
50 18 18 14 0 England (564) Nottingham 1996

The 28 leg-byes by India are also the joint-fourth highest conceded by any side in Test cricket.

The details :
LB Conceded by Country Venue Season
31 India England (515) The Oval 2002
30 England West Indies (411-5d) Manchester 1976
29 Zimbabwe England (415) Lord's 2000
28 Sri Lanka New Zealand (307) Dunedin 1994-95
28 India New Zealand (630-6d) Mohali 2003-04

Rajneesh Gupta