India-Australia: Statistical Highlights
Bangalore: Following are the statistical highlights of the opening day of the second and final cricket Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday.
Simon Katich and Shane Watson have shared a stand of 99 for the opening wicket -- Australia`s best at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, surpassing the 91 between Mark Taylor and Michael Slater in March 1998.
Marcus North, in the course of his best ever innings against India, has completed his 1,000 runs in Tests, aggregating 1034 at an average of 36.92 in 19 Tests.
Suresh Raina has captured his first Test wicket, his victim being Ricky Ponting.
Ricky Ponting (1939 at an average of 47.29 in 25 Tests) has become the top run-scorer for Australia against India in Tests, overtaking Matthew Hayden`s run-aggregate of 1,888 (average 59.00) in 18 Tests.
India have lost 10 consecutive tosses between December 2, 2009 and October 10, 2010. Dhoni has lost nine tosses in a row between December 2, 2009 and October 10, 2010, emulating Sunil Gavaskar`s Indian record of losing nine tosses in a row. (Virender Sehwag lost the toss while leading against Bangladesh at Chittagong in January, 2010).
England`s Nasser Hussain is the only captain in Test annals to have lost 10 consecutive tosses between November 29, 2000 and December 6, 2001.
Shane Watson, for the first time against India, has registered three consecutive fifty-plus innings -- 126 & 56 against India at Mohali, followed by 57 at Bangalore.
Watson had first achieved the distinction against England in 2009 -- 62 and 53 at Edgbaston followed by 51 at Leeds.
Watson has posted his third fifty against India -- his 11th in Tests.
Watson, thanks to his aforesaid fifty, has become the first batsman in the present series to aggregate 200 runs – 239 (average 79.66) in three innings.
Watson has completed his 500 runs in 2010, aggregating 513 runs at an average of 39.46, including one century and four fifties, in seven Tests.
For Australia, Simon Katich, with 675 runs at an average of 56.25 in seven Tests, is the top run-scorer in 2010. His tally includes two hundreds and four fifties.
Ricky Ponting, during the course of his 77, has completed his 21,000 runs in first-class cricket -- 21,076 in 249 matches at an average of 57.11.
Ponting has posted his eighth fifty against India – his 54th in Test.