India v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Bangalore, 4th day
December 11, 2007
Extras galore, and Arafat's near-miss
Stats highlights from the fourth day of the Bangalore Test between India and Pakistan
Stats highlights from the fourth day of the Bangalore Test between India and Pakistan.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal have become the second-most prolific sixth-wicket pair in Tests for Pakistan, in terms of runs scored
It's been a bad game for Dinesh Karthik so far. He didn't make much of an impression with the bat, and then had a tough time behind the stumps. He leaked 35 byes, though all of it wasn't his fault - the inaccuracy of the bowlers and the inconsistent bounce were major contributors as well. Only once has a team conceded more runs in byes in a Test innings: England gave away 37 against Australia at The Oval in 1934, but that was largely because their regular wicketkeeper, Les Ames, was off the field due to a strained back, handing over the wicketkeeping duties to Frank Woolley.
The 76 extras that India conceded is a world record in Tests - it's five more than the previous record of 71, which West Indies had conceded in 1988, also against Pakistan. (Click here for the full list.)
Since making a comeback into the Pakistan Test team, Misbah-ul-Haq has scored 514 runs at an average of 85.67. Thanks to his second unbeaten century in consecutive Tests, Misbah's career average has gone up from 17.25 to 42.27 in just three Tests. (Click here for his cumulative averages before this Test.)
For the second time in two matches, Misbah and Kamran Akmal put together a century partnership for the sixth wicket. In just four innings the pair have added 442 runs, which is the second-highest for any sixth-wicket pair for Pakistan - Imran Khan and Saleem Malik managed 589 in ten innings.
Pakistan's total of 537 is their second-highest in a Test in India. Their highest, of 570, came at the same ground on the team's previous visit here, in 2005.
Yasir Arafat fell just six runs short of becoming the eighth player, and the first from Pakistan, to score a half-century and take a five-for on Test debut. The last time this feat was achieved was almost exactly 20 years back, when Australia's Tony Dodemaide scored 50 and took 6 for 58 against New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 1987.
For Sourav Ganguly it was another innings to savour - his unbeaten 63 makes him only the sixth Indian batsman to score a double-century and a half-century in the same Test. Rahul Dravid (thrice), Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman and Wasim Jaffer are the others to have done it. Five more runs will make Ganguly the second batsman to get 1000 Test runs in 2007, while 37 more will make him only the seventh to score a double-hundred and a hundred in the same Test.
S Rajesh is stats editor at Cricinfo
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