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Friday, 14 December 2007

India recorded their first series win over Pakistan at home after 27 years.India won the series 1-0 after the third and the final Test here ended in a draw. India's last win against Pakistan at home was in 1979-80 six-Test series, which they won 2-0. This also marks the first ever instance for India for recording victories in Test as well as ODI series against Pakistan at home in the same season.

Other highlights after the fifth and final day's play were:
# India have not won a single Test against Pakistan at Chinnaswamy Stadium - losing two and drawing three out of five played. 
# Of the 59 Tests played between the two countries, 38 have failed to produce results - 64.40%. India have won nine and Pakistan 12.
# The match produced an aggregate of 1609 for 33 wickets, which is the highest on Indian soil, eclipsing the 1494 for 32 wickets between India and Pakistan in the 2004-05 Bangalore Test and 1494 for 22 wickets between India and Zimbabwe at Nagpur in 2000-01.
# Sourav Ganguly, for the first time in his career, has amassed 1000 runs in a calendar year - 1023 runs (ave.63.93) including three centuries and four fifties in nine Tests. His previous best year in terms of run-aggregate was 2002, aggregating 945 runs at an average of 41.08 in 16 Tests in 2002.
# Ganguly aggregated 534 runs in the series at an average of 89.00 - the second best tally by an Indian batsman in a three-Test series, next only to Virender Sehwag's tally of 544 (ave.90.67), including two centuries, against Pakistan in India in 2004-05.
# Ganguly (239 + 91) became the first batsman to post a double century and a ninety in the same Test match. Australia's Mark Taylor is the only batsman to have recorded a triple century and a ninety in the same Test match - 334 not out + 92 against Pakistan at Peshawar in October 1998.
# Ganguly has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the fifth time in his Test career - his first against Pakistan.
# Ganguly's Man of the Match award is his first in four years. He had last got a Man of the Match award for posting 144 against Australia at Brisbane in December 2003.
# Ganguly got his third Player of the series award for aggregating 534 runs (ave.89.00) and claiming four wickets (ave.19.25) - his previous two awards were against England in 1996 and against Sri Lanka in 1997-98.
# VVS Laxman has averaged 209.00 in the series. He is the third Indian to have averaged 200-plus in a Test series, consisting of 3 or more Tests. Brijesh Patel (207.00 vs. West Indies in 1975-76) was the first to average 200 in a Test series followed by Ravi Shastri (231.00 vs. Australia in 1986-87).
# Laxman (503 at an average of 83.83) against Australia in 2000-01) is the only other Indian batsman to amass 500 runs in a three-Test series.
# Rahul Dravid, in six Tests at Chinnaswamy Stadium, has made just 226 runs in eleven innings at an average of 20.54, including one fifty.
# Yuvraj completed his 1000 runs (1001) in 20 Tests at an average of 37.07, including three centuries and three fifties.
# Yuvraj, on his birthday, his produced his career-best bowling performance (2/9), bettering his 1 for 25 against Pakistan at Multan in 2003-04.
# Anil Kumble has claimed five wickets in an innings 34 times - five times against Pakistan.
# Kumble's instances of 34 five-wicket hauls have been exceeded only by Muttiah Muralitharan (62), Shane Warne(37) and Richard Hadlee (36).
# Kumble, with 18 wickets at 26.50 runs apiece, was the leading wicket-taker on either side.
# Four of Kirsten’s 34 five-wicket hauls came at Chinnaswamy Stadium as under:
# Misbah-ul-Haq top scored for Pakistan in the series - 465 runs at an average of 116.25 including two centuries and one fifty.
# The third Test at Bangalore produced most extras (167) in a match, involving India, eclipsing the 144 recorded in the 2007 Oval Test against England. The highest number of extras produced in a Test match is 173 in the clash between West Indies and Pakistan.
# 69 byes in the just concluded Test is a new record, going past the 65 recorded in the 1967-68 Kingston Test between West Indies and England.
# 69 leg byes is now a record for a Test match involving India and the said tally is now the second best in a Test match - the record for most leg byes is 70 between England and South Africa at Headingley, Leeds in 2003.


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