South Africa record their highest fourth innings total in Tests
South Africa's total of 450 for seven is their highest in the fourth innings of a Test match, obliterating the 423 for seven in the drawn Oval Test vs England in 1947. Their highest winning total in the fourth innings is 414 for four against Australia at Perth in December 2008.
Here are the statistical highlights from the first Test between India and South Africa in Johannesburg:
# The drawn Test is the third between the two nations out of four played at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. India had won by 123 runs in December 2006. (Match Report)
# After twelve result-oriented Tests, the just concluded Test is the first drawn game at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. (Scorecard)
# Just for the record, India had lost the previous eight Tests away from home. (Pics)
# South Africa's total of 450 for seven is their highest in the fourth innings of a Test match, obliterating the 423 for seven in the drawn Oval Test vs England in 1947. Their highest winning total in the fourth innings is 414 for four against Australia at Perth in December 2008. (Highlights)
# South Africa's above total is the third highest in the fourth innings of a Test match - the top two being 654 for five by England vs South Africa at Durban in 1938-39 and New Zealand's 451 vs England at Christchurch in 2001-02
# Jacques Kallis, in his last eight innings, has scored 7, 2, 21, 5, 0, 7, 0 & 34. His last Test fifty was 50 vs Pakistan at Johannesburg in February this year.
# In seven Tests (eleven innings) this year, Kallis has averaged 17.63 - his tally being 194, including two fifties. The said performance is his worst in a calendar year when he has played atleast two Tests.
# Alviro Petersen (76) has recorded his second highest score vs India in South Africa - his highest being 77 at Centurion in December 2010. His only hundred against India is 100 in the 2009-10 Kolkata Test.
# Mohammed Shami took his tally to 16 at an average of 21.06 in three Tests.
# Faf du Plessis (134) has registered his first century against India - his third in Tests.
# Plessis' first two hundreds in Tests were 110 not out vs Australia at Adelaide last year and 137 vs New Zealand at Port Elizabeth this year.
# Plessis' aforesaid innings is the highest by a South African batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match against India, eclipsing the 122 not out by Daryll Cullinan in the 1996-97 Johannesburg Test.
# For the first time in the same Test innings against India, two South African players have scored hundreds in the fourth innings of a Test match.
# Zaheer Khan is the fourth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (413) to complete 300 Test wickets or more. (Zaheer joins 300 club)
# Zaheer took 89 Tests to complete 300 Test wickets - the slowest by an Indian bowler to the milestone. Anil Kumble took 66 Tests, followed by Harbhajan Singh (72) and Kapil Dev (83).
# Zaheer is the third left-arm speedster to complete 300 wickets or more in Tests, joining Wasim Akram (414) and Chaminda Vaas (355).
# Abraham de Villiers (103) has recorded his 18th century in Tests - his third vs India.
# For the second time in Tests, De Villiers has managed four hundreds in a calendar year - the first instance being in 2008.
# De Villiers is the second batsman after Michael Clarke to register four hundreds in Tests in 2013. He is the first batsman to post seven hundreds in international cricket in 2013.
# De Villiers, with his fifth hundred as wicketkeeper, has equalled Mark Boucher's tally of hundreds as wicketkeeper. Both share a South African record for most hundreds as wicketkeeper. (We attacked too much in middle overs: Dhoni)
# AB de Villiers and Plssis have recorded 205 - the highest partnership for the fifth wicket in the fourth innings of a Test match, obliterating the 177 by New Zealand pair - Bevan Congdon and Vic Pollard against England at Nottingham in 1973.
# The aforesaid partnership is the highest for any wicket for South Africa in the fourth innings vs India, outstripping the 127 for the eight wicket between Lance Klusener and Daryll Cullinan at Johannesburg in 1997.
# The 205-run partnership is South Africa's highest fifth-wicket stand vs India in South Africa, obliterating the 100 between Mark Boucher and Ashwell Prince at Kingsmead, Durban in 2006-07. The said stand is the second highest for this wicket-position for South Africa vs India, next only to the 256 between De Villiers and Kallis at Ahmedabad in 2008.
# The above stand is the first double century stand for any wicket for South Africa vs India at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The partnership is also the highest fifth-wicket stand for South Africa at Johannesburg.
# Virat Kohli has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the second time in Tests - his first being against New Zealand at Bangalore for posting 103 & 51 not out in 2012.
# In the drawn Tests, Kohli is averaging 60-plus - his tally being 490 in eight innings, including two hundreds and three fifties, at an average of 61.25.