SA v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day December 21, 2013

Steyn's worst Test figures

Stats highlights of the fourth day's play between South Africa and India at the Wanderers
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  • Cheteshwar Pujara's 153 was the first 150-plus score outside the subcontinent by an Indian batsman since Gautam Gambhir's 167 in Wellington in 2009. Pujara's innings was the 11th 150-plus score in the second innings by Indian batsmen outside the subcontinent. Four of Pujara's six Test tons have been scores of 150 or more.

  • The 222-run partnership for the third wicket between Pujara and Virat Kohli equalled India's highest in South Africa. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar had added 222, but for the sixth wicket, in Cape Town in 1997.

  • Dale Steyn bowled 56 overs in the match, conceded 165 runs and picked up only one wicket. Excluding Steyn's last Test against India, at the Wanderers in 2006, when he bowled only 10 overs before pulling out with a thigh strain, his bowling average in this match is his worst. India's second innings was also the first time in 27 innings that Steyn did not take a wicket, since the Basin Reserve Test in 2011-12.

  • Alviro Petersen's unbeaten 76 was his first 50-plus score in 11 innings, since his century against New Zealand in Cape Town in January. At present, Petersen has 345 runs at 31.36 from 12 innings this year, with just one century and one half-century.

  • The 108 runs put up by South Africa's openers in the second innings was their highest in the last 14 innings, and their first century stand in 12 innings this year. Including the first innings, South Africa's openers have added 145 runs for the first wicket in this Test - almost half the partnership runs they added from ten innings in 2013. This was also the opening pair's best effort by far in the fourth innings of a Test. In six innings when South Africa have batted last in a match before this Test, their openers had scored only 97 runs at 19.40, with just one fifty partnership.

  • The century partnership between Petersen and Smith was South Africa's fifth in the fourth innings against India, and the first since New Zealand's Matt Horne and Gary Stead added 131 in Ahmedabad in 1999.

  • AB de Villiers had bowled one over on the third day and, on the fourth, fading light forced India captain MS Dhoni to have a bowl himself, making this the first time that two opposition keepers have bowled in a Test. There is only one other instance of wicketkeepers bowling in two innings of a Test, when Dhoni bowled in both the innings of the Lord's Test in 2011. Dhoni's stint with the ball was the 36th instance of a player bowling in the same innings in which he has kept wickets.

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

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Nice to see Zak sending world's no:1 bowler to the stands for a SIX. Even Styen enjoyed that!lol

  • POSTED BY Vnott on | December 22, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Given that India have taken 2 wickets already and we have Dale Steyn , Imran Tahir in the lineup with possibly Morkel not batting it effectively means SA is 5 wickets down. We need 5 wickets guys and in 75 overs. A wicket every 15 overs or a wicket an hour. Given that it is a fifth day pitch and no 2nd innings hero Smith or amla there.... we do have an advantage and should go past the line.....

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    This test is becoming too exciting and if India win then BCCI and indian fans might allow test cricket to survive. Currently, they want o kill tests to keep T20s and ODIs. But SA are champions of saving test matches and if india dont take at least three wickets before lunch then indian quickies will worn out and wont be able to be effective in the remaining two sessions. We might see a successful chase this afternoon which will be treat to watch. Game looks a bit unfair in that india have 540 balls to bowl at a minimum without rain offcourse and only 8 balls are enough to wipe out all the SA batsmen. India were lucky to get two wickets otherwise indian bowlers did no look like getting any wickets.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | December 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Well his stats r not these bad at mumbai

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Now if Virat Kohli bowls, it will three wicketkeepers bowling in a test match.

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | December 22, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    An occasional bad day at the office and nothing more than that I believe. But as a India fan I must say, before the test match he was giving geography lessons to Indian batsmen, " this is not mumbai" waste of time now it seems, a time which could have been better spent in training or thinking about the game or just relaxing!

  • POSTED BY Samyraj on | December 22, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Irrespective of the outcome of this test match, Pujara and Kohli are standards in test batting. Is this the beginning of a new era for India in test cricket ??

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight..... Exactly. Because he's Steyn, we are talking about this. Other contemporary bowlers must have much worse figures at some point of their careers (which is natural and takes nothing away from their feats) that may go unnoticed... not for someone already accepted as one of the all-time best.

    For me, there is hardly any better advertisement for test cricket at its best than watching Dale Steyn steaming in with a red new ball.... hope he comes back to his wicket-taking best early... but preferably after this India series!

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Not so surprised to see the the "flat track bullies" critics conspicuously absent now who were frothing at their mouths panning the Indian performance in ODIs and how their teams are superior. Most previous record stats of other nations vs India are changing now with India regularly beating such sides since 2000.

  • POSTED BY Longmemory on | December 21, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Am I the only one who feels the Indian team seems content with having proved (a) they can score runs in South Africa, (b) they are not afraid of fast bowlers, and (c) they can put up a good fight abroad? Expectations were so low that having exceeded them, the Indians seem to think they have already won the match. There's 8 wickets to be taken guys - and against a team with a proven track record for gutting it out. If India don't get about 3-4 wickets before lunch, this match is headed fora draw or (less likely) a win by the Saffers. Remember, you read it here first.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Nice to see Zak sending world's no:1 bowler to the stands for a SIX. Even Styen enjoyed that!lol

  • POSTED BY Vnott on | December 22, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Given that India have taken 2 wickets already and we have Dale Steyn , Imran Tahir in the lineup with possibly Morkel not batting it effectively means SA is 5 wickets down. We need 5 wickets guys and in 75 overs. A wicket every 15 overs or a wicket an hour. Given that it is a fifth day pitch and no 2nd innings hero Smith or amla there.... we do have an advantage and should go past the line.....

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    This test is becoming too exciting and if India win then BCCI and indian fans might allow test cricket to survive. Currently, they want o kill tests to keep T20s and ODIs. But SA are champions of saving test matches and if india dont take at least three wickets before lunch then indian quickies will worn out and wont be able to be effective in the remaining two sessions. We might see a successful chase this afternoon which will be treat to watch. Game looks a bit unfair in that india have 540 balls to bowl at a minimum without rain offcourse and only 8 balls are enough to wipe out all the SA batsmen. India were lucky to get two wickets otherwise indian bowlers did no look like getting any wickets.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | December 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Well his stats r not these bad at mumbai

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Now if Virat Kohli bowls, it will three wicketkeepers bowling in a test match.

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | December 22, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    An occasional bad day at the office and nothing more than that I believe. But as a India fan I must say, before the test match he was giving geography lessons to Indian batsmen, " this is not mumbai" waste of time now it seems, a time which could have been better spent in training or thinking about the game or just relaxing!

  • POSTED BY Samyraj on | December 22, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Irrespective of the outcome of this test match, Pujara and Kohli are standards in test batting. Is this the beginning of a new era for India in test cricket ??

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight..... Exactly. Because he's Steyn, we are talking about this. Other contemporary bowlers must have much worse figures at some point of their careers (which is natural and takes nothing away from their feats) that may go unnoticed... not for someone already accepted as one of the all-time best.

    For me, there is hardly any better advertisement for test cricket at its best than watching Dale Steyn steaming in with a red new ball.... hope he comes back to his wicket-taking best early... but preferably after this India series!

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Not so surprised to see the the "flat track bullies" critics conspicuously absent now who were frothing at their mouths panning the Indian performance in ODIs and how their teams are superior. Most previous record stats of other nations vs India are changing now with India regularly beating such sides since 2000.

  • POSTED BY Longmemory on | December 21, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Am I the only one who feels the Indian team seems content with having proved (a) they can score runs in South Africa, (b) they are not afraid of fast bowlers, and (c) they can put up a good fight abroad? Expectations were so low that having exceeded them, the Indians seem to think they have already won the match. There's 8 wickets to be taken guys - and against a team with a proven track record for gutting it out. If India don't get about 3-4 wickets before lunch, this match is headed fora draw or (less likely) a win by the Saffers. Remember, you read it here first.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | December 21, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Believe me I have never seen steyn in such a state win or draw India has gained a lot of confidence going into second test

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 21, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @Alexk400 - surely you mean Jimmy Anderson?

  • POSTED BY vijaysun1 on | December 21, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    I really feel being able to play quality swing and pace bowling is a vanishing art; "teams" cannot cope with such top class bowling, certain "individual batsmen" can. In other words, I do not think any batting lineup at the moment can play such bowling, so I was always annoyed when India's lineup was unfairly targetted. Playing ODIs on this tour before tests was a good idea; the basic fact is any team needs time to get adjusted to the foreign conditions and I for one am glad the Indian batsmen used the lost ODI series to gain important match practice before the serious business, i.e. the Tests, began. India does not need to prove to anyone that it is a good ODI side; it won the last two ICC tournaments convincingly. So to prioritize ODIs lower in this tour was the right choice; I still feel this young batting lineup is learning but to write them off when they had collectively played a dozen Tests abroad was the height of being unfair. Glad they showed the guts to fight back!

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations India for this position though nothing has been won yet, it was heartening to see the batsmen coming off age and leaving so many balls outside the off stump which would have made the original little master Sunny Gavaskar a proud Indian.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    virat kohli showed his patience and his temperament in outside the subcontinent

  • POSTED BY silentstand on | December 21, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Everyone has their off days anyone who doubts stern does so at their own peril.similar to anyone doubting india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 21, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    it happens to every bowler .. why not take a look into Anderson s performances in Australia right now? he was even clubbed by Bailey for 28 runs in an over... quite evidently there is no bowler right now who can compete with steyn in terms of class and pace except for Johnson ; and then we don't know when Johnson's confidence will nosedive...so there s no need to criticize steyn for one bad test match because many will agree that he didn't deserve such bad figures... had 1 or 2 edges carried he would have ended up with much better stats... very common in sport !

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | December 21, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    If this is Steyn's worst performance (statistically of course) then it goes to show what a great bowler he is. Could the author provide the same stat for some other leading bowlers so we can have a comparison? Perhaps Zaheer, Anderson, Pollock and more...

  • POSTED BY mzkmdus on | December 21, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Even if SA wins this test - an unlikely scenario - the myth of invincibility around their seam attack has been shattered by the Indian batsmen. As a Pakistani fan, I am happy to see the Indians are doing to the South African pace attack on the spongy, bouncy pitches of their home ground what my team could not do.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Steyn bowls well only swinging conditions. Its proven again and again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    India sure silenced their batting critics..

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  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    India sure silenced their batting critics..

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Steyn bowls well only swinging conditions. Its proven again and again.

  • POSTED BY mzkmdus on | December 21, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Even if SA wins this test - an unlikely scenario - the myth of invincibility around their seam attack has been shattered by the Indian batsmen. As a Pakistani fan, I am happy to see the Indians are doing to the South African pace attack on the spongy, bouncy pitches of their home ground what my team could not do.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | December 21, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    If this is Steyn's worst performance (statistically of course) then it goes to show what a great bowler he is. Could the author provide the same stat for some other leading bowlers so we can have a comparison? Perhaps Zaheer, Anderson, Pollock and more...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 21, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    it happens to every bowler .. why not take a look into Anderson s performances in Australia right now? he was even clubbed by Bailey for 28 runs in an over... quite evidently there is no bowler right now who can compete with steyn in terms of class and pace except for Johnson ; and then we don't know when Johnson's confidence will nosedive...so there s no need to criticize steyn for one bad test match because many will agree that he didn't deserve such bad figures... had 1 or 2 edges carried he would have ended up with much better stats... very common in sport !

  • POSTED BY silentstand on | December 21, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Everyone has their off days anyone who doubts stern does so at their own peril.similar to anyone doubting india

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    virat kohli showed his patience and his temperament in outside the subcontinent

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations India for this position though nothing has been won yet, it was heartening to see the batsmen coming off age and leaving so many balls outside the off stump which would have made the original little master Sunny Gavaskar a proud Indian.

  • POSTED BY vijaysun1 on | December 21, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    I really feel being able to play quality swing and pace bowling is a vanishing art; "teams" cannot cope with such top class bowling, certain "individual batsmen" can. In other words, I do not think any batting lineup at the moment can play such bowling, so I was always annoyed when India's lineup was unfairly targetted. Playing ODIs on this tour before tests was a good idea; the basic fact is any team needs time to get adjusted to the foreign conditions and I for one am glad the Indian batsmen used the lost ODI series to gain important match practice before the serious business, i.e. the Tests, began. India does not need to prove to anyone that it is a good ODI side; it won the last two ICC tournaments convincingly. So to prioritize ODIs lower in this tour was the right choice; I still feel this young batting lineup is learning but to write them off when they had collectively played a dozen Tests abroad was the height of being unfair. Glad they showed the guts to fight back!

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 21, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @Alexk400 - surely you mean Jimmy Anderson?