A rare fightback

Cricinfo staff

January 6, 2007

South Africa completed a 2-1 series victory by winning the third Test by five wickets. It was a significant achievement considering they were 0-1 down. Not many have done it. Cricinfo looks at the stat highlights.

8 - the number of times (including this one) that a team has come from 0-1 down to win a three Test series. This is the second time South Africa have done it. Curiously, the only other time South Africa won after trailing 0-1 was against New Zealand in 1994-95 when the Tests were played at the same venues as this series - Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

3 - the number of Test series (including this one) India have lost after taking a 1-0 lead. The previous two occasions was against England in 1984-85 and the next was in West Indies in 2002.

211 - is the second highest successful run-chase at Newlands. The highest is Australia's 334 for 6 against South Africa in 2002.

306 - Ashwell Prince's run-tally at the end of the series. He averaged 61.20 and it was the first time he's scored more than 300 in a series.

4.8 - The run-rate during the Graeme Smith-Shaun Pollock partnership for the third wicket. They took the game away from India before rain intervened in the morning session by scoring 55 runs in 10.3 overs.

37.83 - Smith's average at the end of the series. He averaged just 6.66 after his first three innings but there after went on to accumulate 227 runs - second highest of the series - by scoring fifties in his last three innings.

23 - the number of runs Smith scored behind square on the leg side, a clear indication of the faulty line the Indians bowled in the morning session.


Courtesy: Crincinfo