Three fifties in a row for Harbhajan Singh

Hyderabad: Statistical highlights at the end of third day`s play in the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand here on Sunday.

  • Harbhajan`s third half-century against New Zealand is his ninth in Tests. He has made three fifty-plus in a row for the first time in his career - 69 & 115 at Ahmedabad and 85 not out at Hyderabad.
  • Suresh Raina (20) has registered his best innings against New Zealand. In the first Test at Motera, he had made 3 & 0.
  • VVS Laxman has registered his sixth fifty against New Zealand - his 48th in Test Cricket.
  • Laxman has recorded three innings of 50-plus in his last four innings - 73 not out against Australia at Mohali, 40, 91 & 74 vs New Zealand.
  • During the last one year, Laxman has averaged 79.50 - 954 in 17 innings (11 Tests), including two centuries and nine fifties.
  • Laxman, in India, is averaging 50.10, amassing 3457 in 53 Tests, including seven centuries and 23 fifties.
  • Laxman is one of three batsmen in the present series to make 200 runs (the other two being Harbhajan and Sehwag) – 205 runs at an average of 68.33, including two fifties, in the current series.
  • With Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s wicket, Daniel Vettori is the first bowler to capture 10 wickets (ave.32.20)in the present series. However, his strike rate is below average -82.7.
  • Harbhajan Singh has managed 200 runs for the first time in a series - 269 at an average of 134.50, including one century and two fifties.
  • Harbhajan`s run-aggregate in the present rubber is a record by number eight batsman, obliterating Pakistan`s Wasim Akram`s tally of 257 against Zimbabwe in 1996-97.
  • Harbhajan`s runs` tally of 269 is exceeded only by Virender Sehwag (270) in the present series.
  • Tim Southee has registered his best bowling performance against India, eclipsing the 2 for 94 at Wellington in April 2009.
  • Pragyan Ojha has recorded his first Test duck.
  • Sreesanth (14 not out) has posted his highest innings against New Zealand.
  • Harbhajan and Sreesanth were associated in a unbroken partnership of 69 - India`s highest for the last wicket against New Zealand, surpassing the 57 between Bishan Singh Bedi and Ramakant Desai at Dunedin in 1967-68.