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Statistical highlights from India's win against South Africa in the first Test in Vizag
5/35 by Mohammed Shami are his best figures in a home Test. He went past the previous best of 5/47 against West Indies in Kolkata on his debut in 2013/14 season. This is the first instance of an Indian pacer taking a five-fer in the fourth innings of a home Test since Javagal Srinath's 6/21 against South Africa in Ahmedabad in 1996/97.
4 Number of five-wicket hauls for Shami in team's second innings. Shami has taken 80 wickets in second innings at an average of 22.58 and a strike rate of 41.4 including four of his five five-wicket hauls in the format. His first innings numbers are pale in comparison - 78 wickets at 34.47 and a strike rate of 60.6. In 18 overs in the first innings of this Test, he went wicket-less for 47 runs.
Second innings Shami - for a reason!
4 Number of batsmen dismissed bowled by Shami in the second innings - the joint-most for an Indian pacer in an innings. Shami equaled Jasprit Bumrah who dismissed four West Indian batsman bowled in the second innings of the North Sound Test earlier this year.
66 Test matches taken by Ashwin to the milestone of 350 wickets in the format - the joint quickest among all players alongside Muttiah Muralitharan. He became the fourth Indian bowler to cross the 350-wicket milestone after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417). Ashwin also holds the record for the quickest to 250 and 300-wicket milestone.
Fewest Tests to 350 wickets
37 Sixes hit in the Test match by both sides combined - 27 by India and ten by South Africa. It is the most in a Test surpassing the previous most of 35 in the Sharjah Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2014/15. India's 27 sixes are the most by a team in a Test, bettering New Zealand's 22 in the above mentioned game.
91 The ninth-wicket partnership between Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt - the highest ninth-wicket stand for South Africa against India in Tests surpassing 60 between Fanie de Villiers and Allan Donald in Ahmedabad in 1996/97. There is only one higher ninth wicket partnership for a side that lost their eighth wicket for 70 or fewer - 190 by Asif Iqbal & Intikhab Alam from 65/8 for Pakistan against England at the Oval in 1967.
4 Piedt is the fourth player batting at number ten or below to score a half-century against India in India. The others to do so are Hedly Verity, Andy Roberts and Gavin Robertson. It is also Piedt's highest score in Test cricket.
3 Muthusamy became the third batsman to survive 100-plus deliveries batting at number seven or below in each innings on debut after Manjural Islam Rana against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2003/04 and Moises Henriques against India in Chennai in 2012/13.
2 Player of the Match awards for Rohit Sharma in Test cricket. The last time he won it was on his Test debut against West Indies in Kolkata in 2013/14. Rohit became the first opener to score hundreds in each innings of his debut Test.
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