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Statistical highlights, Day 2

December 19, 2004 12:31 IST

· India's total of 540 is their highest against Bangladesh bettering the 526 at Dhaka in the previous Test.

· India made 500 (or more) runs in successive innings for the seventh time in Test cricket. During the 1992-93 season India had put up three totals of 500-plus in consecutive innings -- twice against England and once against Zimbabwe. The following table gives details of instances of 500-plus totals posted by India in successive innings:

Score

Overs

Vs

Venue

Season

560-6d

165

Eng

Madras

1992-93

591

189.3

Eng

Bombay WS

1992-93

536-7d

132

Zim

Delhi

1992-93

 

 

 

 

 

566-6d

142.2

WI

Delhi

1978-79

644-7d

189.4

WI

Kanpur

1978-79

 

 

 

 

 

517-5d

170

Aus

Bombay WS

1986-87

676-6

167.1

SL

Kanpur

1986-87

 

 

 

 

 

511

161.5

SL

Lucknow KDS

1993-94

541-6d

161

SL

Bangalore

1993-94

 

 

 

 

 

657-7d

178

Aus

Kolkata (Calcutta)

2000-01

501

165

Aus

Chennai (Madras)

2000-01

 

 

 

 

 

628-8d

180.1

Eng

Headingley

2002

508

170

Eng

The Oval

2002

 

 

 

 

 

526

136.4

BD

Dhaka

2004-05

540

148.2

BD

Chittagong

2004-05

· India have now made 500-plus total in three consecutive innings of overseas matches – 600 v Pakistan at Rawalpindi in April 2004, 526 v Bangladesh at Dhaka in first Test of this series and 540 here. In fact India have now posted 500-plus total five times in last six overseas Tests.

· Rahul Dravid (160) has now made five scores of 150-plus on foreign soil equalling Sunil Gavaskar's tally. Now only Sachin Tendulkar (7) is ahead of him among the Indian batsmen.

· Sourav Ganguly (88) became most prolific run-scoring Indian captain in overseas matches. He surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin's run-aggregate of 1,517 (ave.37.93) in 27 Tests overseas as captain. Amongst the Indians scoring a minimum of 500 runs overseas as captain, only Sachin Tendulkar has the better average than Ganguly. The Indian captains with maximum runs overseas are:

Runs

Captain

Tests

Inns

NO

Hs

Ave

100

50

0

1576

Sourav Ganguly

26

41

4

144

42.59

2

11

2

1517

Mohammad Azharuddin

27

41

1

192

37.93

5

5

1

1098

Sachin Tendulkar

13

21

1

169

54.90

4

5

1

1023

Sunil Gavaskar

18

29

2

127*

37.89

2

5

1

943

Nawab of Pataudi,jr.

13

25

-

148

37.72

1

7

2

598

Kapil Dev

14

22

3

100*

31.47

1

3

3

527

Vijay Hazare

9

17

1

89

32.94

-

4

2

· Ganguly has now scored three fifties in successive innings against Bangladesh. He had made 84 at Dhaka in November 2000 and 71 at Dhaka in the first Test of this series.

· The 75-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh is the highest for ninth wicket for any side against Bangladesh obliterating the 56 run-partnership between Mluleki Nkala and Brian Murphy for Zimbabwe at Bulawayo QSC in 2000-01.

· Incidentally the previous highest ninth wicket partnership for India against Bangladesh was a paltry 25 between Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in the first Test at Dhaka.

Rajneesh Gupta