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Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day

A day to savour for Sehwag

Stats highlights from the fifth day of the Adelaide Test between Australia and India

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

January 28, 2008

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Stats highlights from the fifth day of the Adelaide Test between Australia and India.

Virender Sehwag scored his first Test hundred in the second innings, and lifted his average in Australia to 59.50 © AFP

  • The draw broke a nine-match run of decisive results at the Adelaide Oval. The last time a Test ended in a stalemate here was in 1998, when Australia played South Africa. Since 1990, only four out of 19 Tests at this ground have ended in a draw.

  • The last day of the Test series clearly belonged to Virender Sehwag. His 151 was his 13th Test century, but his first in the second innings. In 36 previous second innings, Sehwag had only managed four half-centuries. Even after his effort on the final day, his second-innings average is a less-than-impressive 28.67.

  • Sehwag's outstanding run in Australia continues. In 14 Test innings here, he has scored 833 runs at an excellent average of 59.50. Sehwag's overall average against Australia is 53.90; only against Pakistan and Zimbabwe does he average more.

  • The last nine times Sehwag has touched three figures, he has gone on to complete 150 as well. The last time he scored between 100 and 149 was way back in October 2003, when he fell for 130 against New Zealand in Mohali.

  • Sehwag scored at a strike rate of 63.98 runs per 100 balls, which makes this one of his slower centuries. Among his 13 hundreds, only four times has he scored at a strike rate of less than 65.

  • More than anyone else, Sehwag exposed Brad Hogg, Australia's only specialist spinner: in 26 deliveries from him, Sehwag scored 37 runs; in 57 balls from Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke, Sehwag only managed 34.

  • It was only the sixth time in India's Test history that one opener scored a duck and the other went past 150. It was the second such instance against Australia: in Sydney in 1991-92, Ravi Shastri scored 206 while Navjot Sidhu, his opening partner, failed to score in India's first innings.

  • Sachin Tendulkar fell just seven short of completing 500 runs for the series. His tally of 493 is his highest in a series, though, beating his previous best of 446 against Australia in 1997-98.

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