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Statistical highlights: Mohali Test, Day 1

December 19, 2008

Statistical highlights on the opening day of the second cricket Test between India and England [Images] in Mohali on Friday.

# Rahul Dravid's [Images] ninth Test fifty against England is his 54th overall. Friday's innings is his first half-century after eight innings.

# Dravid's tally of 54 half-centuries is exceeded only by Australia's [Images] Allan Border [Images] (63).

# Gautam Gambhir's [Images] outstanding knock of 106 not out off 229 balls is his first hundred against England -- his fourth in Test Cricket. He has posted three hundreds in India and the remaining one on foreign soil.

# Gambhir has taken his run-aggregate this year to 964 in eight Tests at an average of 68.85, including three hundreds and five fifties.

# Gambhir has registered two successive centuries at Mohali. In his previous innings against Australia at this venue, he had made 104 in 2008-09. 

# When his score reached 20 during his innings of 65 not out, Dravid became the first batsman to make 8,000 runs at No.3 position -- 8045 in 167 innings at an average of 53.99.

# Gambhir and Dravid were associated in a stand of 173 runs (unfinished) for the second wicket -- India's highest for the said wicket at Mohali, eclipsing the 105 (undefeated) between Virender Sehwag [Images] and Dravid against England in 2005-06.  The aforesaid stand is India's highest for any wicket against England at Mohali, surpassing the 136 between Deep Dasgupta and Rahul Dravid for the third wicket in 2001-02.

# The previous best stand for the second wicket at Mohali was 151 between Mark Richardson and Scott Styris for New Zealand [Images] in 2003-04.

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