Bangalore Test, Day 2: Statistical Highlights

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  • ** Shane Watson makes a come back into the Test side after close three years. His last Test appearance was against West Indies at Brisbane in November 2005. Watson is playing in his first Test outside of Australia.
  • * Michael Hussey (146) registered his 9th Test hundred and his second against India. This was only his second century outside Australia the first being 182 against Bangladesh at Chittagong. It is interesting to note that every time Hussey has scored a century Australia have ended up on the winning side. 
  • ** Hussey (146), meanwhile, achieved his highest score in Tests against India, by just edging past his previous best of unbeaten 145 at Sydney earlier this year.

    ** The 59 run stand between Hussey and Brett Lee for the 8th wicket was Australia’s best at this venue bettering the 44 between Michael Clarke and Jason Gillespie in 2004.

    ** The Indian pacers today claimed 9 wickets. However this is still second to when the pacers claimed all 10 wickets to fall against Pakistan at Karachi inJanuary, 2006. On that occasion Irfan Pathan (5), RP Singh (3) and Zaheer Khan (2) claimed the wickets in Pakistan’s first innings. However the last occasion this occurred on Indian soil was also against Pakistan, way back in February 1999, when Javagal Srinath (8) and Venkatesh Prasad (1) claimed nine out of ten wickets lost.

    ** The unbeaten 68 run 1st wicket stand between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir was their fifth 50-plus stand for the opening wicket in a row. This pair had put on 167 and 90 at Galle and followed this with 51 and 62 at Colombo, PSS in the next. Incidentally, this is the first time any Indian opening pair has managed to achieve the rare feat of putting on 50-plus stand in a row.

    ** The above partnership has also taken the Sehwag-Gambhir’s partnership for the opening wicket to 1501 runs. In Indian Test cricket history, only Sunny Gavaskar & Chetan Chauhan (3010 runs) and Gavaskar and Aunshuman Gaekwad (1722) have aggregated more runs for the first wicket together.

    Bangalore Test, Day 1: Statistical Highlights