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January 29, 2000


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Statistical Highlights 9th match: India v Pakistan at Adelaide, 25-1-2000 (d/n)

Mohandas Menon

This match was the 1547th in Limited over international (LOI) history.

This match was Pakistan's 450th and India's 430th LOI. Pakistan has now appeared in maximum LOI matches than any other team.

This match was the 81st meeting between the two sides.

It was the 47th LOI match to be played at this venue. It was Pakistan's 13th and India 7th match at this venue.

Ijaz Ahmed was playing in his 52nd match against India, which equals the tally of Salim Malik - the maximum matches played by a Pakistani in LOIs.

The catch of Tendulkar was Moin Khan's 150th of his career as a keeper. He becomes the third keeper in LOI history to do so after Australian Ian Healy (204) and West Indian Jeff Dujon (182).

The above catch was also Moin's 204th dismissal (150ct+54st) which makes him the keeper with the second most dismissals in LOIs. He goes past the tally of 203 dismissals by West Indian Jeff Dujon. Now only Australian Ian Healy has more dismissals (233) than Moin.

Sourav Ganguly' 141 was now the highest score by an Indian batsman against Pakistan. The previous highest was the 124 by Ganguly himself at Dhaka on 18-1-1998.

It was the fourth highest individual score made against Pakistan after the 153 by West Indians Brian Lara at Sharjah on 5-11-1993 and the unbeaten 142 by Desmond Haynes at Port of Spain on 18-3-1988 and the 142 by Englishman Graham Gooch at Karachi on 20-11-1987.

It was also the highest against Pakistan in Australia bettering the unbeaten 125 by Australian Geoff Marsh at Melbourne on 10-1-1989.

It was the highest by an Indian against Pakistan in Australia surpassing the unbeaten 93 by Azharuddin at Melbourne on 20-2-1985 and the 93 by Tendulkar at Hobart on 21-1-2000.

It was the fifth highest score in Australia. The highest remains with Englishman David Gower against New Zealand at Brisbane on 15-1-1983.

However it was now the highest at this venue by an batsman in LOIs. It obliterates the previous best of 126 (unbeaten) by Englishman Graeme Hick against Sri Lanka on 23-1-1999 and the 126 by Pakistani Saeed Anwar also against Sri Lanka on 17-2-1990. The previous highest score by an Indian at this venue was 82 by K Srikkanth against the West Indies on 14-12-1991.

It was the highest score recorded in a day-night encounter in Australia. The previous highest was the unbeaten 138 by Australian Greg Chappell at New Zealand at Sydney on 25-11-1980.

It was Ganguly's second hundred in Australia. He had scored a 100 against Australia at Melbourne on 12-1-2000, which was the previous highest score by an Indian in Australia.

Ganguly's 141 out of 267 represented 52.81% of the team's total. It also represented the best such effort by an Indian against Pakistan. The previous best was the 51.91% achieved by Dilip Vengsarkar when he scored the unbeaten 95 out of a total of 183-8 at Sharjah on 10-4-1987.

Ganguly during his above innings, when on 86, reached his 5000th run of his career. He becomes the fourth Indian after Azharuddin (9110 runs), Tendulkar (8731 runs) and Ajay Jadeja (5044 runs). Now with 5055 runs (avg 43.58) Ganguly occupies the third position among Indian batsmen in LOIs.

Ganguly, by achieving the above milestone in 131 matches and 126 innings has now become the fourth quickest to reach 5000 runs in LOIs. West Indians Viv Richards (in 126 matches & 114 innings), Brian Lara (120 & 118) and Gordon Greenidge (122 and 121) needed lesser number of matches and innings to reach their respective 5000th run. The previous Indian record was held by Tendulkar who need 141 matches and 138 innings when he reached his 5000th run against South Africa at Durban on 12-2-1997.

India's 267-6 was its highest in Australia. Its previous highest was the 263-5 against New Zealand at Brisbane on 11-1-1986.

Azhar Mahmood's 67 was the second highest score by a Pakistani batsman batting at number eight. The highest still remains as the 79 by Wasim Akram against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam on 27-3-1999, which incidentally was the highest ever score by any batsman at number eight in LOIs.

Azhar's 67 was now the highest by a number eight batsman against India. In fact it was the only third score of fifty or more against India at this position. The others to do are Zimbabwean Heath Streak (59) at Sharjah on 8-11-1998 and Pakistani Manzoor Elahi (50*) also at Sharjah on 5-12-1986.

It was the second highest score by a number eight batsman in Australia after the 74 by Australian Trevor Laughlin against England at Sydney on 11-12-1979. However Azhar's score was the highest at Adelaide at this position. He betters the 56 (unbeaten) by West Indian Malcolm Marshall against Pakistan on 28-1-1984.

The partnership of 72 between Abdur Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood was Pakistan's best for the seventh wicket against India in LOIs. The previous best was the 50 put on between Salim Malik and Wasim Akram at Calcutta on 18-2-1987.

The above partnership was Pakistan's best for the seventh wicket in Australia. It betters the previous best of 68 between Asif Mujtaba and Rashid Latif against Australia at Hobart on 10-12-1992.

Anil Kumble's 4-40 was the best figures by an Indian bowler at this venue. The previous best was the 4-54 by Kapil Dev against the West Indies on 14-12-1991.

When he captured his third wicket that of Moin Khan, Kumble claimed his 250th wicket of his career in his 189th match. He becomes the fourth bowler in LOI history to do so after Pakistanis Wasim Akram (405 wickets) and Waqar Younis (290) and fellow Indian Kapil Dev (253). Kumble with his fourth wicket has now taken his tally to 251 wickets. Incidentally, team-mate Javagal Srinath needs just one more wicket to join this elite group.

Ganguly won his 20th man of the man of the award of his career. It was his 8th such award against Pakistan. It equals the tally of West Indian Brian Lara to become the player with maximum man of the match awards against Pakistan in LOIs.

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