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South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Tendulkar and Smith share the spotlight

Stats highlights of the second day's play of the third Test between South Africa and India at Cape Town

Kanishkaa Balachandran

January 3, 2007

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The second day's play was notable for out-of-touch batsmen from both sides finding their feet and rhythm on a belter. India lost their momentum and squandered the opportunity to bat the opposition out of the game, while South Africa were off to a resounding start. Here are the statistical highlights of the second day



No homesickness for Sachin Tendulkar as he now has the best away record for all Test batsmen © AFP
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5737 - Sachin Tendulkar's runs in Tests away from home - a world record. In 75 away Tests, he averages averages 54.63. He edged past the record set by Brian Lara, who now has 5736 runs in 66 Tests. With both players still active, one can expect this record to change hands frequently.

414 - India's highest total in South Africa, going past their previous best of 410 at Johannesburg in 1996-97.

4045 - Graeme Smith's aggregate in Tests. He is the second youngest in Test history to reach the milestone of 4000 Test runs, at 25 years and 336 days, behind Tendulkar (24 years and 224 days).

15 - Number of times Tendulkar has been dismissed by left-arm spinners in Tests.

50 - Shaun Pollock's wicket tally against India. His fourth wicket, that of Sourav Ganguly, was also his 50th at Newlands.

26 - Number of times VVS Laxman has been bowled in Tests. He has suffered the most against Pakistan, castled six times.

174 - Runs added by the last seven Indian wickets, after the openers put on 153. India lost their last five wickets today for the addition of just 19 runs.

175 - Sourav Ganguly's strike rate against Makhaya Ntini (14 off 8 balls). Ganguly scored at a healthy rate against all bowlers, and his strike rate against Pollock was 90.47 (19 off 21 balls).

3.57 - VVS Laxman's strike rate against Dale Steyn. Laxman plodded around for 27 deliveries and scored just one run against him, before being comprehensively bowled.

91.66 - Smith's strike rate against Sreesanth, scoring 22 off 24 balls, including four boundaries. The only bowler who managed to keep him quiet was Munaf Patel, who didn't concede a single run off 15 deliveries.

10 - Number of innings it has taken for Hashim Amla to score a half-century. His last fifty was against New Zealand at Johannesburg last year.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo. For some stats he was helped by Satish Kumar

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