Durban Test: Day 3 Statistical Highlights

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.