London: Statistical highlights from second day's play of the 4th Test between India and England at The Oval.
# Ian Bell, for the first time in his Test career, has registered five hundreds in a calendar year. He is the first to post five Test hundreds in 2011.
# England have never lost a Test match when Bell has recorded a hundred. On previous 15 occasions when he has scored centuries, England have won ten and drawn five.
# Bell is most effective while batting in the first innings. Of his 16 centuries in Tests, 14 have been recorded by him in the first innings and just two in the second.
# Kevin Pietersen has posted his fifth hundred against India - his 19th in Tests.
# Pietersen has recorded 13 centuries in England and six away from home.
# For the first time since the series against the visiting South Africans in 2008, Pietersen has registered two hundreds in a Test series.
# Pietersen, for the first time, has managed 500 runs in a Test series (533 at an average of 106.60), obliterating the 490 (ave.54.44) in five Tests against Australia in 2006-07
# Pietersen has emulated Ian Botham and Graham Gooch's feat of registering five hundreds against India.
# Pietersen averages 62.15 against India - 1243 runs in twelve Tests, including five hundreds and four fifties.
# Pietersen's century is the 100th for England against India in Tests.
# Bell and Pietersen have shared a partnership of 350 - England's highest for the third wicket against India, surpassing the 308 by Graham Gooch and Allan Lamb at Lord's in 1990.
# The aforementioned stand is England's all-time highest against India for any wicket.
# The 350-run stand is England's second highest for the third wicket in Tests, next only to the 378 between Denis Compton and Bill Edrich against South Africa at Lord's in 1947.
# Bell and Pietersen have shared seven century stands in 40 innings - 2263 runs at an average of 58.02, incluing seven stands of 100-plus and six fifty-plus. The pair has recorded a 100-plus stand three times in the present series - 110 at Lord's, 162 at Nottingham and 350 at The Oval.
# The three leading run-getters in Tests this year belong to England - Cook (927 at an average of 84.27), Bell (896 at an average of 128.00) and Pietersen (731 at an average of 73.10).