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Statistical highlights: Sydney Test, Day 1

Sydney: Highlights of the first day`s play in the second cricket Test between India and Australia on Tuesday.

• Sachin Tendulkar now has seven consecutive innings of 30 or more against Australia - 98 and 38 at Mohali and 214 and 53 not out at Bangalore in 2010-22, 73 and 32 at MCG and 41 at Sydney.

• Virat Kohli (23) posted his highest innings against Australia, surpassing the 11 at Melbourne.

• Kohli has a poor record away from home – 110 (ave.13.75) in eight innings, including two ducks.

• James Pattinson has claimed four wickets or more in an innings four times in his first four Tests. He has captured five wickets in an innings twice.

• Pattinson`s strike rate and bowling average is 24 wickets at 14.45 runs apiece in four Tests - the strike rate being 28.2.

• Pattinson (10 wickets at 15.10), Zaheer Khan (10 at 15.60) and Ben Hilfenhaus (10 at 16.50) are three leading wicket-takers in the present series.

• Pattinson`s superb figures of 4 for 43 are his best against India, surpassing the 4 for 53 at Melbourne last week.

• he Sydney Cricket Ground (100) became the third to host 100 or more Tests - the first two being Lord`s (123) and Melbourne (104).

• Tendulkar is the leading run-getter for India in the present series - 146 at an average of 48.66 in three innings, including a fifty.

• In the course of his 41 off 89 balls, Tendulkar overtook England`s David Gower`s tally of 3269 at an average of 44.78 in 42 Tests.

• Tendulkar`s aggregate of 3297 at an average of 59.94 in 33 Tests is the second highest against Australia behind England`s Jack Hobbs - 3636 at an average of 54.26 in 41 Tests.

• Tendulkar has taken his runs` tally at SCG to 705 in five Tests at an average of 176.25, including three centuries hundreds. Only Wally Hammond of England amassed more runs than Tendulkar against Australia at Sydney - 808 runs at an average of 161.60 in five Tests, including four centuries.

• Gautam Gambhir posted his second duck against Australia - his fifth in Tests. He is averaging 5.33 in Tests in Australia - 16 in three innings.

• VVS Laxman, in his last five Test innings, posted 32 and 31 against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in November 2011 followed by 2, 1 and 2 in the present series.

• Dravid`s record at SCG is 277 runs at an average of 34.62 in five Tests, including two fifties and two ducks.

• Mahendra Singh Dhoni (57 not out) recorded his maiden Test fifty in Australia, bettering the 38 at Perth in January 2008.

• Dhoni`s 24th Test fifty is his fifth against Australia.

• Dhoni, with his 15th fifty as captain, is averaging 43.14 - 2071 runs in 55 innings, including four hundreds. When not captain, he has averaged 33.06.

• Dhoni`s unbeaten 57 is the third highest by a captain/wicketkeeper against Australia in Australia, next only to England`s Alec Stewart`s 63 not out at Adelaide in 1998-99 and Percy Sherwell`s 60 at Sydney in 1910-11.

• Ravichandran Ashwin and Dhoni were associated in a stand of 54 for the seventh wicket - India`s third highest for the seventh wicket at SCG. The highest stand is 81 between Karsan Ghavri and Syed Kirmani in 1977-78.

• Zaheer, with his 23rd duck in Tests (his 5th against Australia), has equalled the Indian record for most ducks in Tests held by Bhagwat Chandrasekhar.

• Ricky Ponting is the top run-scorer in the current series - 166 (ave.83.00), including two half-centuries.

• Zaheer has taken his tally of wickets in the present series to 10 at an average of 15.60 - the highest by an Indian bowler in the current series.

• Ishant Sharma recorded his 13th duck in Tests – his third against Australia. He now has 10 ducks to his credit overseas.

• Umesh Yadav posted his second duck in Test Cricket - his first was against the West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi.

• India (191) have produced their third lowest completed innings total at SCG - the lowest two are 150 in 1999-00 and 188 (1947-48).

• India have posted less than 200 in successive innings in Australia - 169 at MCG and 191 at SCG. The last occasion when India posted two successive totals of less than 200 in Australia was at MCG in December 2007 - 196 and 161.

• Peter Siddle has become the 34th Australian bowler to complete his 100 Test wickets or more at an average of 30.41 in 29 Tests.

• Shaun Marsh posted his third duck in his last four innings - his scores are 0 against South Africa followed by 0, 3 and 0 against India.

• India have not crossed 300 during the last 11 innings overseas.

• Ed Cowan took six catches - the most by a fielder in the present series.

• Four ducks or more have been registered in the same innings for India against Australia eight times. The first occasion at SCG was (Wasim Jaffer, Yuvraj Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in India`s second innings).

PTI

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