Statistical highlights on the opening day of the first cricket Test between India and Australia on Thursday.
When his score reached 24 during his innings of 123 off 343 balls, Ricky Ponting has moved past India's Sunil Gavaskar's run-aggregate of 10,122 in 125 Tests. Ponting, playing in his 200th Test innings, registered his 36th hundred -- his sixth against India in 20 Tests and his first in India in nine 9 Tests. Ponting's tally of 36 centuries is exceeded only by India's Sachin Tendulkar (39). Ponting, with the hundred equalled the Australian record of six hundreds each by Matthew Hayden and David Boon against India. Ponting's 123 off 243 balls is his maiden hundred against India in India, eclipsing his 60 at Kolkata in 1997-98. Ponting's hundred against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is his 16th as skipper, setting a record for most Test centuries as captain, bettering the record of Allan Border and Steve Waugh, who both had hit 15 hundreds. Harbhajan Singh has dismissed Ponting on nine occasions in 10 Tests -- the most times Ponting has been dismissed by any bowler. Simon Katich (66 off 149 balls) recorded his fifth half-century against India -- his ninth in Test cricket. The 166-run stand between Katich and Ponting is Australia's best for the second-wicket at Bangalore, bettering the 78 between Allan Border and Andrew Hilditch in 1979-80. The said stand is now the second best by an Australian pair for the wicket against India in India, next only to the 204 between Neil Harvey and Jim Burke in the 1956-57 Mumbai Test.