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.