Smith scores a double, 9000 and equals Bradman
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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