Ganguly quickest to amass 8,000 runs

** Sourav Ganguly (78) when on 34, became the third Indian (after Sachin Tendulkar 11544 runs and M. Azharuddin 9378) and the ninth overall to reach 8000 runs in LOIs. By reaching this landmark in his 208th match and 200th innings, he becomes the quickest batsman to reach this landmark in both least matches and innings in LOI history. He beat the previous record held by team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, who need 217 matches and 210 innings to reach his 8000th run in 1999.

** The 128-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman was the best for India against the West Indies for the 3rd wicket. The pair betters the previous best of 120 between K. Srikkanth and Dilip Vengsarkar at Sharjah on 16-10-1988. The partnership also betters the best for the third wicket at this venue, which was the 98 runs put on by New Zealanders Nathan Astle and Stephen Fleming against the home team on 26-11-1995.

** The partnership of 105 between Laxman and Rahul Dravid was India's best for the fifth wicket at this ground. It betters obliterates the previous best of 76 put on by Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri against Pakistan on 24-3-1987.

** Laxman (99) when on 54, became the 20th Indian batsman and the 168th in LOIs to reach a career aggregate of 1000 runs. He now has 1045 runs in 43 matches and 41 innings.

** Laxman became the only second Indian batsman after K. Srikkanth (against England at Cuttack on 27-12-1984) to miss out on a LOI hundred by a run. Laxman is the 15th batsman in LOIs to make a register a score of 99.

** Incidentally, Laxman's 99 is the highest score made by a batsman, not making a three figure score against the West Indies in LOIs. The previous highest was the 98 h was achieved twice by Indian Navjot Singh Sidhu (at Sharjah on 19-10-1991) and Australian Adam Gilchrist (at Brisbane, 14-1-2001).

** The 134 run partnership between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuel was the best by any visiting team at this venue for the 2nd wicket. The pair betters the 128 put on by New Zealand's Astle and Martin Crowe on 26-11-1995.

** Gayle's 103 was his second highest score of his career in 54 matches. His best still remains as the 152 he made against Kenya at Simba Union ground at Nairobi on 15-8-2001. However his 103 is now his highest against a Test playing nation. He had made a 85 against Zimbabwe at Kandy on 16-12-2001. It was Gayle's sixth career man of the match award.

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