Durban: Statistical highlights on the third day of the second cricket Test between India and South Africa.
Mark Boucher became the second South African wicketkeeper to effect nine dismissals in a Test against India. Dave Richardson at Port Elizabeth in December 1992, was the first to do so.
Boucher, for the third time, has effected nine dismissals in a Test - the first two instances were Port Elizabeth Test against Pakistan in 1997-98 and against England at Leeds in 2008.
VVS Laxman has played a marvellous knock - his 49th Test fifty is his sixth against South Africa.
Laxman is averaging 57.81 in the third match innings, aggregating 2197 in 47 innings, including four hundreds and 14 fifties.
Laxman, with his scores of 38 & 96, has top-scored in both the innings of a Test match for the second time. He had first achieved the distinction against Australia at Kolkata in March 2001 - 59 & 281.
In a completed innings, Laxman has top-scored 18 times.
Laxman`s knock is the second highest for India at Kingsmead - the highest is 103 by Pravin Amre in 1992-93.
Laxman (96 off 171 balls) has posted his highest Test innings in South Africa, bettering the 89 at Port Elizabeth in November 2001.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/43) has recorded his best bowling performance in Tests, outstripping the 2 for 40 in the first innings of the present Test.
Graeme Smith is averaging 50.14 in Test cricket and just 36.47 against India.
For the first time, India (205 & 228) have posted 200 or more in each innings of a Test match at Kingsmead, Durban.
Laxman`s runs tally of 199 (ave. 66.33) in four innings, including two fifty-plus innings, is the best by an Indian batsman at Kingsmead, Durban.
Laxman has registered four innings in the nervous nineties - one each against Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.
Laxman has completed 3,000 runs in second team innings, aggregating 3072 at an average of 51.20, including five centuries and 19 fifties, in 77 innings.
Laxman and Zaheer Khan were associated in a stand of 70 for the eighth wicket - India`s second highest at Kingsmead, Durban, next only to the 101 between Pravin Amre and Kiran More in November 1992.
By completing 1,000 runs in Tests, Zaheer has achieved the double of 1,000 runs and 200 wickets - a double accomplished by only four Indian all-rounders previously - Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
Zaheer (27 off 63 balls) has registered his second highest Test innings in South Africa - his highest is 37 at Johannesburg in December 2006.
Hashim Amla is averaging 15.54 at Kingsmead, Durban, aggregating only 171 in six Tests including one fifty – 69 against West Indies in January 2008.