India's new high against Pakistan at Eden Gardens

** India's total of 407 was its highest at this venue against Pakistan, bettering the 403 it made in the 1986-87 series.

** The last wicket stand of 44 runs between Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble was India's best against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. The previous best was the 40-run partnership between Deepak Shodhan and Ghulam Ahmed in December 1952.

** Kumble (21 not out), in his 94th match & 119th innings, batted at No. 11 for the second time in his career. He had batted at this position also against Pakistan at Lahore in April 2004 and scored 6 not out.

** Incidentally, Kumble's score was the best by an Indian No. 11 against any team at this venue. Ghulam Ahmed had made an unbeaten 20 against Pakistan in December 1952. The highest score by a No. 11 at the Eden Gardens was by Australian Alan Connolly, who made 31 in Dec. 1969.

** Younis Khan's 108 not out was his seventh century in 34 Tests and his first against India in two matches. It was the second century by a Pakistani at this venue, after the unbeaten 188 by Saeed Anwar in February 1999 (later in the day, Youhana became the third Pakistani to reach a hundred at the Eden Gardens).

** The unbeaten partnership of 203 between Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana was Pakistan's best for the third wicket on Indian soil. The pair went past the 155-run stand between Shoaib Mohammad and Javed Miandad at Chennai in February 1987. The Younis-Youhana stand was 19 runs short of the highest ever partnership against India at home, an unbeaten 222 by the Kiwi pair of Bert Sutcliffe and John Reid at Delhi in Dec. 1955.

** The above partnership is also the best for Pakistan at this venue for 3rd wicket, obliterating the 82-run stand between Hanif Mohammad and Javed Burki in January 1961.

** It also bettered Pakistan's best for any wicket at this venue. Saeed Anwar and Youhana had put on 114 for the 4th wicket in February 1999.

** Youhana has now been involved in 23 hundred-plus stands in Test cricket. Incidentally this tally also includes four 200-plus stands.

Post script

** On the first day, Sachin Tendulkar's partnership of 122 runs with Rahul Dravid was his 58th 100-plus stand of his career. He thus equals the Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar. Now only Australians Steve Waugh (64 100-plus stands) and Allan Border (63) are ahead of Tendulkar. — Mohandas Menon

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