Pakistan v SA, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day October 24, 2013

Smith scores a double, 9000 and equals Bradman

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from a day dominated by Smith and de Villiers at Dubai

  • When Graeme Smith reached his double-century, he became the 12th batsman in Tests to score 9000 or more career-runs. During his unbeaten innings of 227, Smith went past Inzamam-ul-Haq (8830), Javed Miandad (8832) and Graham Gooch (8900) in the list of top run-getters in Tests.

  • Smith has now hit four double-centuries in Tests as captain. He joins Don Bradman and Michael Clarke at the second place in the list of captains with most 200-plus scores in Tests. Brian Lara leads the list with five scores of 200 or more runs.

  • This was Smith's fifth double-century in Tests. No South Africa batsman has hit more scores of 200-plus than Smith: Gary Kirsten is the next batsman in the list with three scores of 200 or more.

  • Smith's dogged innings was characterised by the number of boundaries he hit in his knock. His 16 boundaries in this innings so far are the least hit by a batsman in an innings of 200 or more since 2000.

  • The 326-run unbeaten partnership between Smith and AB de Villiers is now South Africa's best for the fifth wicket, beating the 267-run stand between Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince against West Indies at St John's, Antigua in 2005. This partnership is the second highest for South Africa against Pakistan, for any wicket, in Tests and the ninth-highest partnership, overall, for South Africa in Tests.

  • Including the 326-run partnership with AB de Villiers in this innings, Smith has been involved in five 300-run partnerships in Tests. He joins Don Bradman as the batsman with most 300-run partnerships in Tests. Mahela Jayawardene, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting are next in the list with four 300-run partnerships in Tests.

  • This was AB de Villiers 17th century in Tests and his fourth batting at No. 6. Click here for a list of batsmen with most centuries batting at No. 6 in Tests. De Villiers went past 150, batting at No. 6, for the third time in his career; only Steve Waugh (5) and Garry Sobers (4) have more scores of 150 or more batting at No. 6 in Tests.

  • The 99 runs conceded by Junaid Khan are the most he has conceded in an innings in his fledgling Test-career and the first time he has bowled 20 or more overs in an innings in Tests without taking a wicket.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Damon on October 25, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @cricketgame1... English101... Good... BETTER.. Best.. Thank you for the laugh!

  • Edward on October 25, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Mohil Rai Ramadhan, I entirely agree with you about ODI comments from "cricketgame1"!I am sure the latter had brainfreeze when that comment popped into his head.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Wow! "cricketgame1", Why bring ODI tournament history into an article about test cricket? It has no relevance here. You do understand the difference between test cricket and limited-over cricket, right?

  • Andrew on October 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    If Smith and De Villiers make 24 more runs together it will be Smith's 3rd 350 or more partnership along with the two with Gibbs and McKenzie and the 38th overall ... if they make another 104 undefeated together they will eclipse the 429 by Rudolph and Dippenaar as the highest undefeated partnership ... if they eclipse 405 they will have the highest 5th wicket partnership taking the honour away from Bradman and Barnes ...

  • SACHINDER on October 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    We all know South Africa is Chokers Team in Big Tornamanet always. If SA is playing semifinal match of any big tournamnet and opposition team made 150 run only in 50 over then i can not say SA will win. But some time Luck not goes well SA. I remeber 1999 world cup Semi final Match vs aus. Match was Tie due to Donald mistake but Aus have enetered to the final because Aus have good run rate then SA .

  • $$ milind on October 25, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Graeme Smith is a legend just by the number of matches he has captain, add his runs and slip catching he is an asset to the South African test team. I hope he helps Alviro transform into a good player because it could be one of the most beautiful opening pairs of all time.

  • Prasanna on October 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    How would Junaid take wicket when he is not given the ball when it is new or when it is reversing. Pathetic captaincy, over-reliance on Ajmal are two among many reasons for this partnership. Take nothing away from SA though, they were every bit like the best test nation.

  • Grant on October 24, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Let's recall that Michael Clarke scored 2 of his 4 double hundreds against Graeme Smith's Proteas in their last series down under... both matches ended in a draw, and Smith came up trumps in the series decider, so those don't really count. While Lara, having a highest score of 400, has technically scored two back-to-back double tons in one innings, to surge ahead to 6 double tons.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    This is the power of South african Batting Spearheaded By Graeme Smith & Awesomeness shown by AB de villears ... Wish the series had one more deciding test to go

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