Mumbai: Following are the statistical highlights of day three of the third and final India-Sri Lanka Test match on Friday.
Muttiah Muralitharan, with 97 wickets (ave.33.34) in 21 Tests against India, has established a record for most wickets against India, eclipsing Imran Khan's tally of 94 wickets at an average of 24.04 in 23 Tests. VVS Laxman (62) has recorded his sixth fifty against Sri Lanka - his 42nd fifty in Tests Sachin has posted his 54th Test fifty - his fourth against Sri Lanka. The said innings is his 100th first-class fifty. Sachin has extended his record for most runs in India-Sri Lanka Tests, aggregating 1605 (ave.57.32) in 31 innings (22 Tests), including eight hundreds. India have posted their highest Test total, bettering the 705 for seven wickets declared against Australia at Sydney in January 2004. India's total of 726 for nine wickets declared is the highest at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, surpassing the 629 for six wickets declared by West Indies against India in 1948-49. Sehwag is the fourth batsman (the other three being Martin Crowe, Viv Richards and Ramnaresh Sarwan) to be dismissed in the 290s. Australa's Don Bradman remained unbeaten on 299 vs South Africa at Adelaide in January 1932. Sehwag's excellent innings of 293 is the third highest by any batsman against Sri Lanka. Pakistan's Younis Khan - 313 at Karachi in 2008-09 - is the only one to make a triple hundred against Sri Lanka while New Zealand's Martin Crowe - 299 at Wellington in 1990-91 - missed the feat narrowly. Sehwag's run-aggregate of 491 at an average of 122.75 in four innings, including two hundreds and one fifty is a record for India against Sri Lanka in a Test rubber. The 237-run stand by Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag is India's best for the second wicket against Sri Lanka, eclipsing the 232 between Dravid and Sadagoppan Ramesh at Colombo SSC in 1998-99. The aforesaid partnership is the second highest for the second wicket at Brabourne Stadium, next only to the 246 between Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Ahmed for Pakistan against India in 1960-61. . Six players have posted fifty or more for India - Vijay (87), Sehwag (293), Dravid (74), Tendulkar (53), Laxman (62) and Dhoni (100 not out) - a distinction achieved for the fifth time in Tests. India, for the third time in Tests have recorded two totals of 600-plus in successive Tests - 642 at Kanpur and 726 for nine wickets declared. Rangana Herath has earned a dubious distinction by conceding most runs in an innings against India - 240 runs in India's total of 726 for nine wickets declared - an unwanted feat performed by Herath, eclipsing the 215 conceded by Australia's Jason Krejza in the 2008-09 Nagpur Test. With Sehwag's dismissal as caught and bowled, Muralitharan has emulated the feat of Anil Kumble. Both now share a record for most caught and bowled dismissals (35). Dhoni (100 not out), with his third hundred, his second against Sri Lanka, for the first time, has made two hundreds in a Test series. In the Ahmedabad Test, he had posted 110 at Ahmedabad. Dhoni became the ninth Indian player to complete a hundred with a six, joining Polly Umrigar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan and Gautam Gambhir. Tendulkar is the only Indian to register the feat four times.