South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day December 27, 2006

Sehwag's first-ball woes

Cricinfo looks at the stats highlights of the second day's play
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Ashwell Prince's supreme form in this series was the difference as his ton helped South Africa recover to post 328 in their first innings. India were jolted by Andre Nel early, before Sachin Tendulkar led India's revival with an unbeaten 46 till bad light halted play. Cricinfo looks at the stats highlights of the second day's play



Ashwell Prince needs another 95 to aggregate 1000 runs in Tests in 2006 © AFP

4 - The number of first-ball ducks in Virender Sehwag's Test career. The first was against Australia at the Gabba in 2003. Today's was the second such instance of him being dismissed in the slips.

46* - Sachin Tendulkar's highest Test score this year, going past his previous highest of 44 in the first Test at Johannesburg. Since the euphoria of beating Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 Test centuries last year, he has gone 13 innings without a fifty, and he would be looking to avoid a repeat of his run drought of 1991, the last time he went through a calendar year without a half-century.

50.27 - Ashwell Prince's Test average so far in 2006, a leap compared to his career average of 39.28. Prince's purple patch this year includes three centuries and an aggregate of 905 runs in 11 matches. With his batting form in this series, the figure of 1000 shouldn't be too tough to get.

32 - The last wicket partnership between Morne Morkel and Makhaya Ntini. This is the second highest for the last wicket by South Africa against India, the highest being 74 between Brian McMillan and Allan Donald, coincidentally in the same venue, ten years ago.

37 - Runs scored on the off side by Tendulkar. This included eight glorious boundaries.

45 - Number of runs Prince scored off Sreesanth in 62 balls. Prince was particularly harsh on him, picking up eight boundaries.

73 - Number of balls not scored off by India, out of 232 balls. Just like at the Wanderers, the South Africans didn't make the batsmen play as much and allowed them to shoulder arms regularly.

21 - Runs scored on the off side by Morne Morkel. All three boundaries were on the off side, indications that the Indian bowlers were guilty of giving him too much room to play his strokes.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo