New Delhi: South Africa struggled on the opening day of the third Test at Perth vs Australia. Here are the statistical highlights from the day's play.
# Faf du Plessis' magnificent unbeaten 78 is his third innings of 75-plus in a row since debut against Australia - his scores are 78 and 110 not out at Adelaide and 78 not out at Perth
# Plessis is the first batsman to post three successive innings of 75 or more since making Test debut. He has averaged 266.00 so far in Tests - his tally being 266, including a century and two innings of 75 or more. His superb average is the highest by a South African after his first three Test innings
# South Africa (225) have posted their lowest score in Tests at Perth
# In three consecutive Tests, a side batting first has failed to cross 300 in the first innings at Perth. Australia had totalled 268 against England in 2010 and India 161 in 2012.
# Nathan Lyon (3/41) has recorded his best bowling performance against South Africa in Tests.
# Vernon Philander and Plessis have registered 64 for the eighth wicket - South Africa's highest against Australia at Perth.
# Abraham de Villiers' batting statistics as a Test wicketkeeper is just average - his tally being 380 at an average of 29.23 in 15 innings with just one fifty.
# While not playing as a wicketkeeper, de villiers has averaged 50.42 in Tests - 5345 in 119 innings, including 13 centuries and 28 fifties.