Statistical highlights of the third day's play between India and Australia in the first cricket Test on Saturday.
Harbhajan Singh (54 off 110 balls) recorded his first half-century in India. He has registered five half-centuries -three against Australia (all in successive Tests - 63 at Sydney, 63 at Adelaide and 54 at Bangalore) and one each against England and Zimbabwe. Harbhajan's previous best on Indian soil was 42 against Australia in the 2004-05 Bangalore Test. Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan recorded 80 - India's best partnership for the 8th wicket against Australia at Bangalore, surpassing the 31 between and Anil Kumble and Parthiv Patel in 2004-05. The partnership is the second best at Bangalore, next only to the 84 between Ravi Shastri and Kiran More against New Zealand in 1988-89. Sachin Tendulkar, during his innings of 13, has established another record. He is the leading run-getter on Indian soil, taking his run-aggregate to 5,069 at an average of 54.50, including 16 centuries and 21 fifties in 64 Tests, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar's run-aggregate of 5,067 at an average of 50.16 in 65 Tests, including 16 centuries and 23 fifties. Since posting 153 against Australia at Adelaide in January 1998, Tendulkar is without a fifty in his last nine innings. His sequence of scores has been 13, 0, 27, 12, 5, 31, 6, 14 & 13. Rahul Dravid's 51 off 104 balls (148 minutes) is his 53rd fifty in Test Cricket - his 11th against Australia. Dravid's aforesaid fifty is his second at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - both his fifties at this venue have come against Australia. In the 2004-05 Test against Australia at this venue, he had made 60 off 188 balls. Laxman posted his 10th duck - his second against Austraila in 21 Tests. Mitchell Johnson (4/62) produced his best bowling performance against India, bettering his 4 for 86 at Perth in January 2008.