India Vs South Africa 2019/20: First Test (Day Four) – Statistical Highlights

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Author 2019-10-06 01:00:13


Starting the day four on their overnight score of 385/8, South Africa finished their first innings on 431 runs. While India scored 502/7 decl. in their first innings, the hosts were leading by 71 runs after South Africa’s first innings.

India declared their second innings on 323/4 and set the fourth innings target of 395 runs. At the end of this day, South Africa were struggling on 11/1. South Africa still needs to score 384 runs to win this Test while India are nine wickets away from their victory.

India – 502/7 decl. (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189) & 323/4 decl. (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 81; Keshav Maharaj 2/129)

South Africa – 431 (Dean Elgar 160, Quinton de Kock 111; Ravichandran Ashwin 7/145) & 11/1 (Theunis de Bruyn 5*, Aiden Markram 3*; Ravindra Jadeja 1/3)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

(Teams’ stats)


i) The hosts India scored 825 runs in this entire Test match.

  • It is the highest aggregated Test total for India against South Africa. Their previous record was 701 runs at Johannesburg Test in December 2013.
  • It was the third-highest aggregated Test total for any team against South Africa. The top records in this list are 970 runs by England (at Durban in March 1939) and 906 runs by Australia (at Melbourne in February 1911).

ii) India hit 27 sixes in this entire match.

  • It is the most number of sixes for any team in a Test match history. The previous record was 22 sixes by New Zealand against Pakistan at Sharjah in November 2014. 

South Africa

i) The visiting spinners conceded a total of 614 runs in this entire Test match.

  • It is the most total runs conceded by the South Africa spinners in a Test match. Their previous record was conceding 477 runs against England at The Oval in August 1947.
  • It is the most total runs conceded by the overall spinners of a team in a Test match against India. The previous record was conceding 562 runs by Bangladesh spinners at Hyderabad (Deccan) in February 2017.  

India vs South Africa

i) At the stumps of day four, the total number of sixes of this match is 34.

  • Till day four, it is the second most sixes in a Test match history. The record is 35 sixes during the match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah in November 2014. However, the ongoing Visakhapatnam Test still has the chance to break this world record. 

(Players’ stats)

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)


i) Indian off-spinner claimed his 14th six-wicket haul in Test career.

  • It was the second most six-wicket hauls by any Indian bowler in Test cricket history. While Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh (13 Test six-wicket hauls), Anil Kumble (19 Test six-wicket hauls) is now the only person who is standing ahead of Ashwin in this list. 

ii) At the end of South Africa’s first innings in this Test, Ravichandran Ashwin had the bowling figures of 46.2-11-145-7.

  • It is the best bowling figures in the first or second innings of a Test match by an Indian bowler against South Africa. The previous record was 30-6-76-6 by the former pacer Javagal Srinath during Port Elizabeth Test (first innings) in November 2001. 
  • It was the fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian bowler against South Africa.

Rohit Sharma (India)

i) Indian opener lost his wickets through the stumped in both the innings.

  • Rohit Sharma is the first Indian to lose his wickets through the stumped in both the innings of a Test match. 
  • Rohit Sharma is the third opening batsman to lose wickets through the stumped in both the innings of a Test match. Former English opener Tom Hayward (against South Africa at Leeds in July 1907) and former New Zealand opener Bert Sutcliffe (against West Indies at Christchurch in February 1956) are the only other batsmen in this list. 

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Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)


i) South African left-arm spinner had the match bowling figures of 77-6-318-5.

  • In Test match history, Keshav Maharaj became the third-most runs conceding bowler. The top two most runs-conceding bowlers in the Test match history are former West Indies leg-spinner Tommy Scott with the bowling figures of 105.2-13-374-9 (against England at Kingston in April 1930) and Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza with the bowling figures of 74.5-4-358-12 (against India at Nagpur in November 2008). 

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