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India v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day

A feast for left-handers

Stats highlights from the second day of the Bangalore Test

S Rajesh

December 9, 2007

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Stats highlights from the second day of the Bangalore Test.

Sourav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan piled on the runs, as left-handers scored 515 out of India's total of 626 © AFP

  • Sourav Ganguly continued from where he had left off on the opening day, making his highest Test score, and his first double-century. His 239 is the seventh-highest by an Indian, and the highest by a left-hander for the country, going past Vinod Kambli's 227 against Zimbabwe in Delhi in 1992-93. Ganguly's century was also the 50th by an Indian batsman against Pakistan.

  • Ganguly's knock lifted his aggregate for 2007 to 932, which is next only to Jacques Kallis' 1125. (Click here for the list of highest run-getters for 2007.)

  • With Irfan Pathan getting a century as well - to add to the efforts of Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh - it was a rare instance of three left-handers scoring a century in an innings. This was only the third such occasion in Tests - Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist achieved it against New Zealand in Brisbane in 2001-02, while Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss and Graham Thorpe feasted on South Africa in Durban in 2004-05.

  • The four left-handers in the Indian team - Gautam Gambhir being the fourth - totalled 515 runs in the innings, which is only the fourth time left-handers managed an aggregate of more than 500 in an innings. The record for the two highest contributions by left-handers is held by West Indies, and on both occasions Brian Lara was the protagonist - he contributed 400 out of 612 against England in Antigua in 2003-04, and 375 out of 556 against the opposition in 1993-94. Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth helped the lefties add 549.

  • The 178-run partnership between Ganguly and Pathan is the highest seventh-wicket stand for India against Pakistan, going past the 155 that Roger Binny and Madan Lal added at the same ground in 1983.

  • Pathan finally managed to get a three-figure score after having fallen in the nineties twice in Tests. He needs just 63 more to get to 1000 Test runs.

  • India's total of 626 comes in ninth on the list of highest scores by the team, and is their fifth-highest at home.

  • Yasir Arafat became only the eighth Pakistan bowler to take a five-for on debut, and while his performance was extremely encouraging for a team struggling with their bowling resources, a look at the careers of the other seven doesn't augur well for him. None of them have gone on establish themselves as regular threats with the ball: Mohammad Sami is the highest wicket-taker in the list, with 78, but he has laboured 33 matches for that haul. Shabbir Ahmed has been the most effective, with 51 wickets in ten Tests, but a suspect bowling action has severely limited his international career.

    Best performance on debut by a Pakistan bowler
    Bowler Debut performance Versus Venue & year
    Mohammad Nazir 30.1-3-99-7 New Zealand Karachi, 1969-70
    Mohammad Zahid 20-30-66-7 New Zealand Rawalpindi, 1996-97
    Arif Butt 21.3-1-89-6 Australia Melbourne, 1964-65
    Shahid Nazir 22.4-3-53-5 Zimbabwe Sheikhupura, 1996-97
    Sahid Afridi 23.3-6-52-5 Australia Karachi, 1998-99
    Mohammad Sami 15-4-36-5 New Zealand Auckland, 2000-01
    Shabbir Ahmed 18.1-2-48-5 Bangladesh Karachi, 2003
    Yasir Arafat 39-5-161-5 India Bangalore, 2007-08

  • When he reached 29, Salman Butt became the 44th Pakistan batsman to get to 1000 Test runs.

  • S Rajesh is stats editor at Cricinfo

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