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Statistical highlights: day four
December 14, 2008
Statistical highlights on the fourth day of the first Test between India and England [Images] inj Chennai on Sunday.
# Paul Collingwood [Images] (108) recorded his 7th Test hundred - his second against India. In the 2005-06 Nagpur Test, he had played a beautiful innings of 134 off 252 balls.
# With two outstanding innings, Andrew Strauss [Images] (123 & 108) is now the second batsman to maker a hundred in each innings of a Test match for England against India. Graham Gooch (333 & 123) had made a triple century and a century at Lord's in 1990.
# Strauss is the tenth player to record a century in each innings of a Test match for England. Herbert Sutcliffe had achieved the distinction two times - 176 & 127 vs Australia [Images] at Melbourne in 1924-25 and 104 & an unbeaten 109 against South Africa [Images] in the 1929 Oval Test.
# Besides Strauss and Sutcliffe, eight other English players have achieved the distinction: Eddie Paynter, Dennis Compton, Jack Russell, Wally Hammond, Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart, Michael Vaughan [Images] and Marcus Trescothick [Images].
# Strauss' third hundred against India is his 14th in Test Cricket.
# Strauss and Collingwood shared a partnership of 214 -- England's best ever stand for the fourth wicket against India in India, surpassing the 206 between Ted Dexter and Ken Barrington at Kanpur in 1961-62.
# The 214-run partnership between Strauss and Collingwood is the highest ever stand for the fourth wicket at Chepauk, eclipsing the 190 between Mohinder Amarnath and Mohammad Azharuddin for India against England in 1984-85.
# With Strauss' wicket, Harbhajan Singh [Images] (310) has become the second most successful off-spinner in Test annals, overtaking Lance Gibbs' tally of 309. Sri Lanka's [Images] Muttiah Muralitharan [Images], who holds a world record for most wickets in Test Cricket, is the leading off-spinner with 756 wickets.
# Andrew Flintoff [Images] is without a fifty in his last nine innings in Test Cricket.
# Flintoff, in four Tests this year, has averaged 22.50 - 135 in eight innings.
# Zaheer Khan [Images] (2/41 + 3/40) registered his best figures in a Test match at Chennai.
# Virender Sehwag (1445 at an average of 60.20 in 13 Tests) has become the leading run-getter in the calendar year 2008, outstripping South Africa's Graeme Smith's [Images] aggregate of 1363 (ave. 71.73) in 13 Tests.
# Sehwag's 18th Test fifty is his fourth against England.
# Sehwag's 83 is his highest Test innings in the fourth innings of a Test match.
# With his 32-ball fifty, Sehwag has set a record for the fastest Test half-century by an Indian batsman against England. Sehwag's 32-ball half-century is now the second fastest by an Indian batsman in Test cricket, next only to Kapil Dev's [Images] 30-ball fifty against Pakistan in the 1982-83 Karachi Test.
# Sehwag now has 65 sixes in Test cricket - a new Indian record for most career sixes, bettering Kapil Dev's tally of 61.
# Sehwag and Gambhir registered their fifth century partnership for the first wicket - their first against England. The 117-run stand between this pair is the highest ever for the opening wicket for India against England at Chennai, beating the 53 between Mushtaq Ali and Pankaj Roy in 1951-52.
# For the first time in India, England (316 & 311/9 wickets declared) have made 300 runs or more in each innings of a Test match.
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