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Statistical highlights: India v Aus, 2nd Test, Day 1

October 17, 2008

First day's highlights in the second Test between India and Australia [Images], in Mohali, on Friday.

# When on 15, Sachin Tendulkar [Images], in the course of his innings of 88, became the leading run-scorer (12,027) in Test cricket, bettering West Indian Brian Lara's [Images] aggregate of 11,953 in 131 Tests.

# Country-wise break-up of Tendulkar's runs:

New Zealand [Images]16275106221748.27351
Sri Lanka [Images]19272140814856.3273-
West Indies [Images]16252132817957.73373
South Africa [Images]20362120216935.35353
England [Images]22353199419362.31610-

# Tendulkar's 50th fifty in Test cricket is his tenth against Australia. He became the second Indian and the fourth in Tests to post 50 half-centuries or more. Allan Border [Images] tops the chart with 63 such knocks, followed by Rahul Dravid [Images] (53), Steve Waugh (50) and Tendulkar (50).

# Tendulkar, when on 61, achieved another distinction. He became the first player in Test cricket to score 12,000 runs.

# Sourav Ganguly [Images] (7015) became the fourth Indian player after Tendulkar (12027), Dravid (10,341) and Gavaskar (10,122) to register 7,000 runs or more in Test cricket.

# Ganguly's 35th fifty in Test cricket is his seventh against Australia.

# India's score of 311 for five wickets off 85 overs is the second best score by a team in a day's play at Mohali. On the first day of the Mohali Test against Pakistan in 2004-05, India had scored 312.

# Virender Sehwag [Images], with his innings of 35 off 36 balls, took his runs tally this year to 1088 at an average of 64.00 in 10 Tests. Only South Africa's Graeme Smith [Images] has scored more runs than Sehwag this year --- 1179 at an average of 69.35, including four centuries and four fifties in 11 Tests.

# Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir [Images], in their last seven innings, recorded six stands of 50-plus -- 167 and 90 against Sri Lanka at Galle; 51 and 62 against Sri Lanka at Colombo; 70 and 16 against Australia at Bangalore and 70 at Mohali on Friday.

# Gambhir (67 off 140 balls) posted his highest score against Australia, bettering his 29 at Bangalore in the first Test of the series.

# Gambhir's first fifty against Australia is his seventh in Test cricket.

# Ganguly and Tendulkar were associated in a stand of 142 -- India's best for the fifth wicket at Mohali, bettering the 80 between the same pair against England in 2001-02.

# After Cameron White, in the Bangalore Test, Peter Siddle became the second Australian to capture Tendulkar's wicket as his first on Test debut.

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