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Stats: Harbhajan continues golden run with bat

Source: PTI
November 15, 2010 18:23 IST
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The statistical highlights at the end of fourth day's play in the second Test between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad, on Monday.

# Harbhajan Singh became the first number eight player to record back to back centuries in Tests.

# Harbhajan and S Sreesanth had shared a tenth wicket partnership of 105 -- India's highest against New Zealand and their third highest, next only to the 133 between Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004-05 and 109 between Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed against Pakistan at Delhi in 1952-53.

# Harbhajan's tally of seven sixes is the best by an Indian batsman against New Zealand and the second best by an Indian in Test cricket. Navjot Singh Sidhu had recorded eight during his innings of 124 against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993-94. Virender Sehwag had also posted seven sixes during his innings of 293 against Sri Lanka at Mumbai (BS) last year.

# India have posted two stands of 100-plus -- 160 for the opening wicket and 105 for the tenth, providing the second incident in Tests when century stands for the first and tenth wickets were registered in the same innings.

# New Zealand was the first team to do so against Pakistan in 1972-73 -- 159 for the first wicket between Rodney Redmond and Glenn Turner and 151 for the last wicket between Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge.

# The 105-run stand between Harbhajan and Sreesanth is only the second 100-plus partnership for the tenth wicket by any pair against New Zealand. Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath had added 114 for Australia at Brisbane in 2004-05.

# Tim McIntosh and Brendon McCullum added 125 for the first wicket -- New Zealand's first century stand for the opening wicket since June 2004. Stephen Fleming and Mark Richardson had recorded 163 against England at Nottingham in 2004.

# McCullum's superb unbeaten 124 is his second Test hundred against India and his sixth overall. In the 2008-09 Napier Test against India, he had made 115 off 140 balls.

# McCullum, in the course of his century, has completed his 3,000 runs in Tests -- 3066 (ave.36.50) in 54 Tests.

# McCullum also became the 11th player to complete 3,000 runs or more for New Zealand in Tests.

# Daniel Vettori (5/135) has bagged five wickets in an innings 19 times in Tests -- twice against India.

# Vettori has captured five wickets or more in an innings six times in New Zealand and 13 times away from home.

# Since capturing 6 for 56 against West Indies at Dunedin in December 2008, Vettori has claimed five wickets in an innings for the first time.

# As New Zealand skipper, Vettori has bagged five wickets or more in an innings six times.

# Harbhajan has registered his career-best all-round performance - 111 not out and 4/76 -  in a Test match.

# Harbhajan is the second player to produce the above all-round performance for India against New Zealand. Vinoo Mankad had recorded 231 and captured four for 65 in the second innings of the 1955-56 Madras Test.

# Harbhajan has recorded 14 sixes in 2010 -- the most by any batsman this year. No other batsman has even hit 10 sixes.

# Sreesanth took 71 balls to register 24 -- his longest innings in Tests, surpassing his 54-ball innings - an unbeaten 29 against West Indies at St. John's in June 2006.

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