During India's run chase in the second Test at Bangalore against New Zealand, Sachin Tendulkar added another record to his credit, when he became the highest run-scorer in the fourth innings of a Test match.
Tendulkar now has 1590 runs, and has gone past Rahul Dravid, his former team-mate who held the record with 1575 runs. Tendulkar now holds the record for the most runs by any batsman in the first innings (5511 runs), the second innings (5449 runs) and now the fourth.
Allan Border, the former Australian captain, has the most runs in the third innings of a Test with 3511. Border is followed by Jacques Kallis, the South African allrounder who has 3301 runs, while Tendulkar is third with 2983 runs. The tables below provide the details of the leading run-scorers in each innings in Tests.
Most runs in the 1st innings of a Test match
Most runs in the 2nd innings of a Test match
Most runs in the 3rd innings of a Test match
Most runs in the 4th innings of a Test match
In the same Bangalore Test, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni put on a match-winning unbeaten partnership of 96, giving India a five-wicket win. This stand is now the fifth highest unbeaten winning partnership in the fourth innings for India. The highest remains the unbeaten 163 for the fifth wicket between Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh against England at Chennai in December 2008 during India's record chase of 387. Incidentally, the Tendulkar-Yuvraj stand is the sixth highest unbeaten winning fourth-innings stand in Test history. For the record, the all-time highest is the unbeaten second-wicket stand between West Indians Gordon Greenidge and Larry Gomes against England at Lord's in July 1984, when they added 287 while chasing a target of 344.
Incidentally, the Bangalore victory was India's 43rd win by wickets in Test cricket. The first table lists all the unbeaten 50-plus stands for India in winning Test matches and the second table has details of Test pairs achieving this for the sixth wicket. Kohli and Dhoni are fifth on the first list and sixth on the second.
Unbeaten winning stands in Tests in the fourth innings for India
|163*||5th||SR Tendulkar (103*)||Yuvraj Singh (85*)||387/4||Eng||Chennai||15-Dec-08|
|120*||4th||AL Wadekar (91*)||GR Viswanath (44*)||181/3||Aus||Delhi||2-Dec-69|
|110*||4th||R Dravid (70*)||SC Ganguly (65*)||190/3||Zim||Delhi||22-Nov-00|
|105*||2nd||V Sehwag (76*)||R Dravid (42*)||144/1||Eng||Mohali||13-Mar-06|
|96*||6th||V Kohli (51*)||MS Dhoni (48*)||262/5||NZ||Bangalore||3-Sep-12|
|87*||6th||VVS Laxman (103*)||SK Raina (41*)||258/5||SL||Colombo PSS||7-Aug-10|
|78*||1st||SM Gavaskar (29*)||CPS Chauhan (46*)||78/0||Pak||Chennai||20-Jan-80|
|76*||3rd||DJ Gandhi (31*)||SR Tendulkar (44*)||83/2||NZ||Kanpur||25-Oct-99|
|70*||4th||SC Ganguly (98*)||M Kaif (19*)||264/3||SL||Kandy||25-Aug-01|
|61*||4th||SR Tendulkar (53*)||R Dravid (21*)||207/3||Aus||Bangalore||13-Oct-10|
|60*||3rd||R Dravid (47*)||SR Tendulkar (32*)||120/2||SA||Kolkata||2-Dec-04|
|53*||2nd||SS Das (22*)||R Dravid (41*)||64/1||Ban||Dhaka||13-Nov-00|
|52*||3rd||SS Das (82*)||SR Tendulkar (36*)||184/2||Zim||Bulawayo||10-Jun-01|
Unbeaten winning stands in Tests in the fourth innings for the 6th wicket
|189*||SL||PA de Silva (143*)||A Ranatunga (87*)||326/5||Zim||Colombo SSC||18-Jan-98|
|112*||SA||GC Smith (154*)||MV Boucher (45*)||283/5||Eng||Birmingham||2-Aug-08|
|106*||Aus||RN Harvey (151*)||CL McCool (39*)||336/5||SA||Durban||24-Jan-50|
|101*||Eng||ER Dexter (66*)||RW Barber (39*)||209/5||Pak||Lahore||26-Oct-61|
|99*||Pak||Younus Khan (67*)||Kamran Akmal (57*)||191/5||SA||Port Elizabeth||22-Jan-07|
|96*||Ind||V Kohli (51*)||MS Dhoni (48*)||262/5||NZ||Bangalore||3-Sep-12|
|87*||Ind||VVS Laxman (103*)||SK Raina (41*)||258/5||SL||Colombo (PSS)||7-Aug-10|
|83*||Aus||J Ryder (57*)||DG Bradman (37*)||287/5||Eng||Melbourne||16-Mar-29|
The two previous weekly columns had a look at Hashim Amla's run-scoring spree in One-Day Internationals. This week's column too has something on him. Such has been Amla's form that he has dominated run-scoring vis-a-vis the rest of his team-mates. During his ODI career, South Africa have made 15029 runs, of which 3216 runs have come from the blade of Amla. This means he has scored 21.40% of the runs made by his team. The table details this fact among batsmen with a minimum of 2000 career ODI runs.
One batsman dominating the rest of the team
Qualification: 2000 career ODI runs
|Batsman||Runs||Team Runs||% runs||Team||Inns||Avg||100s||50s||Career|
Note: team runs include extras
Amla's unbeaten 97 in the final ODI at Trent Bridge means he has now top-scored in his last six innings for South Africa. This is a new ODI record by any batsman as no one has ever top-scored in six consecutive innings. Amla's top-scoring sequence began in Napier in Feb 2012 when he made 92 in his team's winning total of 231/4.
|Hashim Amla||6*||SA||29-Feb-12||5-Sep-12||92, 76, 150, 43, 45, 97*||won 4, lost 2|
|Zaheer Abbas||5||Pak||5-Dec-81||9-Jan-82||46, 38, 108, 35, 84||won 3, lost 2|
|Martin Crowe||5||NZ||2-Dec-90||15-Dec-90||50, 37, 81, 76, 78||won 1, lost 4|
|Brian Lara||5||WI||25-Nov-93||18-Dec-93||82, 33, 89, 65, 29||won 2, lost 2, Nr 1|
|Mark Waugh||5||Aus||15-Jan-99||26-Jan-99||83*, 85, 65, 57, 65||won 3, lost 2|
|Salman Butt||5||Pak||11-Apr-08||8-Jun-08||76, 132, 74, 136, 70||won 5|
|Fraser Watts||5||Sco||7-Jul-10||18-Aug-10||50, 46, 98, 55, 55*||won 3, lost 2|
* in progress
Notes: Martin Crowe was captaining the side, while Mark Waugh and Salman Butt are the only batsmen in the above list to register only 50+ scores.
Shoaib Malik's third-ball duck in the final Twenty20 International match in Dubai was his first in 41 innings. This is a new T20I record with no batsman taking as many innings to register his first T20I duck. For the record, in Test matches, AB de Villiers took 79 innings to make his maiden duck in November 2008, while in ODIs Kumar Dharmasena, the Sri Lankan all-rounder, recorded his first duck in his 73rd innings in December 2001. The table below has details of batsmen who took 25 or more innings to register their first T20I duck.
Most innings for first duck in T20 internationals
|Batsman||Inns||For||Opp||Venue||Date||Total career ducks|
|Graeme Smith||32||SAf||Aus||Cape Town||13-Oct-11||1|
|Misbah-ul Haq||25||Pak||Aus||Gros Islet||14-05-2010||2|
+ Mohammad Hafeez went on record three ducks in a row
Note: Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, has 29 T20I innings without having made a duck