Monday, June 26, 2006

Ask You: 02

This is another knock at the doors of my cricket loving friends asking for more. The question would be of purely statistical significance were Australia not the team against which these figures were achieved. The longish question this time has 2 parts:

1) Harbhajan Singh took 2 five wicket hauls against Aussies in the First test of 2004 series in India. This followed the 4 consecutive 5-wicket hauls by him against the same team in the unforgettable last 2 Tests of 2001 series at Kolkata and Chennai. [In between Bhaji played a test in Australia but we are talking home matches.]
Where does this string (of six consecutive 5-fors at home versus Aussies) feature in the list of highest consecutive 5-for innings by a bowler in Test matches between any 2 teams played at any one country?

2) After that six consecutive 5-fors by Bhajji, Anil Kumble went on to take 2 more five fors in the next 2 innings [i.e. 2nd Test at Chennai in 2004 home series versus Australia] against the same team. Surely this string of eight consecutive home 5-fors must be some sort of team record against Aussies, or even against any team?

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