South Africa v India, 2018: 1st Test, Day 2 – Statistical Highlights

All the stats and numbers created by the Indian lower-order with their comeback on day two.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn during day 2 of the 1st Test match. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

After failing to capitalize on a great start, India made a decent comeback on the second day thanks to an all-round performance from Hardik Pandya. India’s overnight batsmen failed to make runs despite their resistance as they were reduced to 92/7 before Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar involved in a 99-run 8th wicket partnership. Pandya scored an entering 95-ball 93 as the visiting side reduced the deficit to 77 before they bowled for 209. The all-rounder took both the South African openers are the home team ended the day on 65/2.

All the stats and numbers created by the Indian lower-order with their comeback on day two:

46 – Hardik Pandya’s fifty off 46 balls is the joint 2nd fastest by an Indian in Test cricket on the South African soil. MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag scored fifties off 40 and 46 balls respectively in their 2nd innings of the 2010 Centurion Test match.


65 – Dale Steyn took 65 wickets in the Test format against India. Only Anil Kumble (84) bagged more wickets in the South Africa-India Test matches than Steyn.

79Dale Steyn bagged 79 wickets in Test cricket by dismissing the player for a duck including Wriddhiman Saha in this game. Only four bowlers have taken more wickets by dismissing batsmen for a duck in this format.

93 – The 93 by Hardik Pandya is the highest individual score by an Indian in the 21st century in a completed Test innings where the 2nd highest score is 26 or lower. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 26 is the 2nd highest score for India in this innings. KL Rahul scored 90 in the first innings of 2017 Bangalore Test where the 2nd highest was 26 by Karun Nair.

93Hardik Pandya’s innings of 93 is the 3rd highest score by an Indian in his maiden Test innings on the South African soil. Virat Kohli scored 119 in 2013 Johannesburg Test while Virender Sehwag scored 105 in 2001 Bloemfontein Test on his debut.

101Vernon Philander became the 7th player to take 100 wickets in Test cricket on the South African soil. His Test bowling average of 18.65 in South Africa is the 2nd best behind Jim Laker’s 18.09 in England among the player who have taken 100 Test wickets.

99 – The 99-run stand between Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the 2nd highest Test partnership for India for 8th and lower wicket in South Africa. Pravin Amre and Kiran More put on 101 for the 8th wicket in the 1992 Durban Test.