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South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

A testing target

A weak batting display from the Indians left South Africa with a target of 211. They have the advantage, but history indicates that it might not be a cakewalk. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights of the fourth day

George Binoy

January 5, 2007

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A feeble batting display from the Indians left South Africa with 211 to get in the final innings. The advantage is with them, but history indicates that it might not be a cakewalk. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights of the fourth day.

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331 - Is the highest target successfully chased at Cape Town; by Australia in 2002. However, the second-highest target chased is only 179, also by Australia in 1967.

175 for 6 - The highest target South Africa have chased at Cape Town. However, they scored 335 in the fourth innings against New Zealand in 1962 and 224 against England in 1927 but lost both games.

  • This is only Rahul Dravid's third series (at least two Tests) in which he has failed to score a half-century. The previous two instances were in Australia in 1999-00 and against South Africa at home in 2000.

    214 - Sourav Ganguly, averaging 42.80, is the highest run-scorer for India in this series. Sachin Tendulkar is second highest with 199 at 33.16.

    15.1 overs - The amount of time Dravid and Tendulkar took to add 24 runs for the fourth wicket. The innings run-rate before Tendulkar and Dravid began their partnership was 2.84.

    4 - The number of innings out of five at Cape Town that Tendulkar has batted at No.5. It's a remarkably high percentage considering he's played only 20 of his 216 innings in that position.

    25.71 - Tendulkar's strike-rate against debutant Paul Harris against whom he scored 9 off 35 balls. He didn't score a run against ten balls from Shaun Pollock.

    69.7 - The number of overs South Africa took to dismiss India for 169. Munaf Patel was the last man out off the seventh legitimate ball of Dale Steyn's over.

    16.00 - Pollock's bowling average in this series. His haul of 13 wickets is second to Makhaya Ntini for South Africa. He's also scored 150 runs at 37.50, the third highest tally and average for South Africa after Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith.

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