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Rahane’s poor run on Indian soil continues

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Statistical highlights on day two of the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur on Thursday.

# Imran Tahir (5/38) has produced his second five-wicket haul in Tests – the first being 5 for 32 vs Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) in October 2013.

# Imran is the third South African spinner to bag five wickets in an innings vs India, joining Paul Adams (6 for 55 at Kanpur in December 1996) and Nicky Boje (5 for 83 at Bangalore in March 2000).

# 20 wickets have fallen on the second day of the Nagpur Test. A record equalled on Indian soil. In November 2004, in a Test between Australia and India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 20 wickets fell on the third day.

# South Africa (79) have registered their lowest total vs India in Tests, surpassing the 84 at Johannesburg in 2006 07.

# The aforesaid two scores are their lowest since their readmission to Test Cricket.

# South Africa’s 79 is the lowest score by any team vs India in India in Tests, eclipsing the 82 by Sri Lanka at Chandigarh in 1990-91

# Jean-Paul Duminy (35) has recorded his highest score vs India in Tests, surpassing the 28 at Durban in December 2013.

# However, Duminy’s Test record in Asia is below average, aggregating 243 in 13 innings at an average of 22.09, including a hundred and a fifty. He had scored an unbeaten 100 vs Sri Lanka at Galle in July 2014.

# Abraham de Villiers’ second duck vs India is his fourth in Tests. He had first recorded a duck against India at Durban in December 2010.

# Hashim Amla’s performance in the present series is mediocre – his tally being 51 in four innings at an average of 12.75 – his worst in a series of three or more Tests.

# Ravi Rampaul and Morne Morkel have both dismissed Murali Vijay five times each – the most occasions bowlers have claimed his wicket. Shane Watson and James Anderson have dismissed him four times each.

# Murali Vijay is averaging 31.84 vs South Africa as against his overall average of 42.17.

Rahane’s poor run on Indian soil continues © AP Photo Rahane’s poor run on Indian soil continues

# After playing four Tests on Indian soil, Ajinkya Rahane is averaging 7.83 – his tally being 47 in six innings – the sequence of scores being 7, 1, 15, 2, 13 & 9.

# Since posting 126 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (PSS) in August 2015, Rahane’s highest score in six innings is 15 vs South Africa at Mohali this month. His overall Test average fell below 40 (39.77).

# With his below average performance, Virat Kohli has earned a dubious distinction. His average of 17.00 (68 in four innings) is the worst ever by an Indian captain in a Test series consisting of atleast three Tests vs South Africa.

# Ravichandran Ashwin (18 wickets at 11.33) and Ravindra Jadeja (16 at 10.31) are the two leading wicket-takers in the present series.

# Ashwin, for the first time, has bagged five wickets or more in an innings five times in a calendar year. He has joined Kapil Dev (twice), Harbhajan Singh (twice), Subhash Gupte, Bishan Singh Bedi, Vinoo Mankad and Anil Kumble. These seven bowlers are the only Indian bowlers to achieve the feat. The last to do so was Anil Kumble in 2004

# Ashwin’s superb figures of 5 for 32 are his best in a Test innings vs South Africa, eclipsing the 5 for 51 at Mohali in the first Test of the present series.

# Ashwin has taken five wickets or more in an innings 14 times in Tests. In eighteen Tests in India, he has captured five wickets in an innings eleven times – his tally being 113 wickets at 22.08 runs apiece.

# Among the spinners with 100 wickets or more in Tests in Asia, Ashwin’s bowling average is the best – 139 wickets at 21.37 runs apiece in 22 Tests. Waqar Younis is second with 130 wickets.

# Ravindra Jadeja, for the first time, has captured four wickets or more in an innings in three successive outings – 5 for 21 at Mohali; 4 for 50 at Bangalore and 4 for 33 at Nagpur.

# The first five wickets in South Africa’s first innings fell at 12 – their lowest score while losing the first five wickets – the previous lowest being 14 vs Australia at Cape Town in 1902.

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