Mohali: Statistical highlights on the third day of the second Test between India and Australia on Sunday.
Shane Watson (78 off 156 balls) recorded his best ever Test score - his maiden half-century. His previous highest in Test Cricket was 41 in the Bangalore Test against India. Brett Lee and Watson put on 73 runs for the eighth wicket, equalling Australia's previous highest against India in India. Graham McKenzie and Tom Veivers were associated in a stand of 73 at Corporation Ground, Chennai in 1964-65. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, in their last eight innings, have recorded seven partnerships of 50-plus - 167 and 90 against Sri Lanka at Galle; 51 and 62 at Colombo, PSS; 70 and 16 against Australia at Bangalore and 70 at and 100 (unbroken) at Mohali. Sehwag's innings is his 15th Test fifty (63 not out off 71 balls) - his fifth against Australia. Amit Mishra, with his outstanding figures (5 for 71) is the sixth bowler from India to capture five wickets in debut innings for India. The previous five Indian bowlers to bag five wickets or more in their debut Test innings were - Mohammad Nissar (5/93 against England at Lord's in 1932), Vaman Kumar (5/64 against Pakistan at Delhi in 1960-61), Abid Ali (6/55 against Australia at Adelaide in 1967-68), Dilip Doshi (6/103 against Australia at Chennai in 1979-80) and Narendra Hirwani (8/61 against West Indies at Chennai in 1987-88). Nissar and Abid Ali are the only bowlers to achieve the feat abroad. Michael Hussey's tenth fifty is his first against India.