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Statistical highlights

The 61-run partnership between Akash Chopra and Virender Sehwag bettered the 21-run previous best for this venue for the first wicket between Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth in 1991-92.

Playing in his 69th Test, Sourav Ganguly (144) posted the 11th century of his career. During the course of his innings he bettered the following landmarks:

* on 61, he bettered his previous best in Australia, the 60 at Adelaide (December, 1999).

* on 67, he bettered his previous best against Australia, the 66 at Delhi (October, 1996).

* on 114, he recorded the highest individual score by an Indian at this ground, going past Sunil Gavaskar's 113 (December, 1977). The only other Indian centurion here was M.L. Jaisimha, who made 101 (January, 1968).

His 144 is his second highest score on foreign soil after the 147 against Sri Lanka at Colombo (August, 1997).

Ganguly's score is now the second highest by an Indian captain against Australia after the unbeaten 163 by Mohammad Azharuddin in Kolkata (March, 1998). However it is the best by an Indian captain on Australian soil bettering the 116 made by Sachin Tendulkar at Melbourne (December, 1999).

V.V.S. Laxman, when on 34, became the 15th Indian batsman and the 127th overall to reach the landmark of 3,000 Test runs. This was the 47th Test and 77th innings of his career.

India's total of 351 on the fourth day was its second best score against Australia in a day's play. India had made 369 for three at Kolkata on the second day during the 1997-98 series. It is also the third highest score made by a visiting team in Australia in a day's play. West Indies had made 359 for seven on the opening day at Brisbane in December, 1960, and 353 for six at Adelaide in January, 1969.

Sehwag's catch by Matthew Hayden was his 50th in Tests. Playing in his 47th match, Hayden became the 15th Australian to do so.

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