Monday, 18 January 2010

Tendulkar closes in on another Lara's record

Tendulkar has now top-scored on 40 occasions in completed innings for India. Only Brian Lara is ahead of him.

Tendulkar has now been India’s highest scorer on 63 occasions in 266 innings in which he batted. Only Brian Lara has been the number 1 scorer on more occasions – 65.

This was only the fourth time that Tendulkar remained unbeaten when India were bowled out.

Tendulkar has now aggregated 661 runs in 7 innings of 6 Tests against Bangladesh at an average of 165.25. His batting average is the fifth highest by any batsman against a particular opponent.

Shahadat Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan became second and third bowler respectively for Bangladesh to claim a five-wicket haul against India. The only other bowler to do so is Naimur Rahman, who captured 6 for 132 in Bangladesh’s inaugural Test at Dhaka in 2000-01.

Shahadat Hossain (5-71) and Shakib Al Hasan (5-62) provided the first instance of two Bangladesh bowlers capturing five wickets in the same innings.

This was the 11th instance when two bowlers captured five-wicket hauls against India in the same innings. The last such occasion was way back in 1987, when Iqbal Qasim (5-48) and Tauseef Ahmed (5-54) dismissed India for 145 in their first innings of Bangalore Test.

India’s total of 243 is their lowest ever all-out against Bangladesh. Interestingly India’s previous lowest against Bangladesh was 429 at Dhaka in 2000!

India’s total is the second lowest total by any side in the first innings of match against Bangladesh after West Indies’ 237 at St.George’s in 2009.

The opening partnership of 53 runs between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes is Bangladesh’s best against India. The pair obliterated the 48-run stand between Nafis Iqbal and Javed Omar at Chittagong MA in 2005.

The wicket of Imrul Kayes was the 150th for Zaheer Khan outside India. He became only the third Indian to do so after Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.

Mohammad Ashraful was playing his 51st Test – most by a Bangladesh player. He was previously at level with former skipper Habibul Bashar with 50 appearances.

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