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Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day

A world record for Tendulkar and Dravid

Stats highlights from the first day of the third Test in Perth

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

January 16, 2008

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Stats highlights from the first day of the third Test in Perth.

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar celebrate their record-equalling 16th century partnership in Tests © Getty Images

  • The 139-run partnership between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar is their 16th century stand in Tests, which equals the world record. The only other pairs with as many hundred partnerships are Greenidge-Haynes and Hayden-Ponting. Greenidge and Haynes needed 148 innings for those ten stands, but Hayden and Ponting have managed it in less than half that number (72). Dravid and Tendulkar have so far batted together 101 times, and average 53.47 per partnership. (Click here for the list of pairs with at least 10 century stands.)

  • The stand was also the 65th time Tendulkar has put together a century partnership in Tests. Only Dravid (71) has been involved in more hundred stands, while Steve Waugh is third on the list with 64.

  • Tendulkar became the first batsman to make 50 fifty-plus scores in overseas Tests. His 71 on the first day in Perth was his 28th half-century, while he has also scored 22 hundreds abroad. Rahul Dravid is next in line with 45. (Click here for the list of batsmen with 40 or more 50-plus scores overseas.)

  • Dravid's 93 is his sixth fifty-plus score in Australia, where he averages 52.22 from 11 Tests. His 93 lifts his overseas average at No. 3 to 59.02, with 11 centuries and 20 fifties. Dravid also registered his 51st half-century, which is next only to Allan Border's 63.

  • Dravid has been dismissed in the nineties nine times, which is a record - only Michael Slater has fallen in the nineties as often. Steve Waugh has ten scores between 90 and 99, but he was unbeaten on two of those occasions. Dravid has ten scores in the 90s as well, with one unbeaten innings. (Click here for the full list of batsmen.)

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