Australia v India, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day

Hayden serves a warning

S Rajesh

December 8, 2003

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India may have had the better of the exchanges in the first Test, but Matthew Hayden showed just what might be in store for the Indians in the remaining Tests. His 99 was remarkable for the utter disdain with which he treated even the good balls. Of the 98 balls he faced, 51 of them pitched on a good length, which were dispatched for 52 runs. When the Indians pitched slightly short, though, Hayden was far less destructive: 30 balls just short of a length fetched just 12 runs.

How the Indians bowled to Hayden
Length
Balls
Runs
Scoring rate
Half-volley
8
19
237.50
Good length
51
52
101.96
Just short
30
12
40.00
Short
9
16
177.77

Ajit Agarkar was the only bowler who managed to curb the Hayden charge. As the table below shows, against the rest of the bowlers, Hayden scored at more than a run a ball.

Hayden against the Indian bowlers
Balls
Runs
Scoring rate
Agarkar
27
19
70.37
Nehra
34
36
105.88
Zaheer
12
14
116.67
Harbhajan
20
24
120.00

Meanwhile, two wickets in the Indian second innings might have saved Nathan Bracken from being dropped for the second Test. One of those wickets was, inevitably, Virender Sehwag's, whom Bracken has now dismissed five times in the last five innings, stretching back to the first match of the TVS Cup tournament in India. Sehwag did manage 17 runs off Bracken in the first innings, but most of those were after he was dropped in the slips off Bracken early in the piece.

Sehwag v Bracken in the last 5 innings
Balls
Runs
Dismissals
Ave
39
21
5
4.20

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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