Mohali: Statistical highlights on the opening day of the second Test between India and England on Friday.
Rahul Dravid's ninth Test fifty against England is his 54th overall. Friday's innings is his first half-century after eight innings. Dravid's tally of 54 half-centuries is exceeded only by Australia's Allan Border (63). Gautam Gambhir's outstanding knock of 106 not out off 229 balls is his first hundred against England -- his fourth in Test Cricket. He has posted three hundreds in India and the remaining one on foreign soil. Gambhir has taken his run-aggregate this year to 964 in eight Tests at an average of 68.85, including three hundreds and five fifties. Gambhir has registered two successive centuries at Mohali. In his previous innings against Australia at this venue, he had made 104 in 2008-09. When his score reached 20 during his innings of 65 not out, Dravid became the first batsman to make 8,000 runs at No.3 position -- 8045 in 167 innings at an average of 53.99. Gambhir and Dravid were associated in a stand of 173 runs (unfinished) for the second wicket -- India's highest for the said wicket at Mohali, eclipsing the 105 (undefeated) between Virender Sehwag and Dravid against England in 2005-06. The aforesaid stand is India's highest for any wicket against England at Mohali, surpassing the 136 between Deep Dasgupta and Rahul Dravid for the third wicket in 2001-02. The previous best stand for the second wicket at Mohali was 151 between Mark Richardson and Scott Styris for New Zealand in 2003-04.