On the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia at Bengaluru, Indian batsmen once again struggled against the Australian spinners. India decided to bat first after winning the toss but Nathan Lyon’s superb bowling gave trouble to Indian batsmen continuously. As a result, India were bowled out for just 189 runs.
In reply, Australia were 40/0 at stumps on the day. At the end of the day, Australia were trailing by 149 runs from India’s first innings total.
Brief Scores: India – 189 (KL Rahul 90, Karun Nair 26, Nathan Lyon 8/50)
Australia – 40/0 (David Warner 23*, Matt Renshaw 15*)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 2nd Test:
- Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund made a comeback in the Test side after 56 Test matches. It is the second most no. of Test matches missed by an Indian cricketer between his two consecutive games. Parthiv Patel is the record holder with missing 83 Tests between his two consecutive games.
- Indian batsman KL Rahul batted responsibly as he scored 90 runs. It is the 3rd highest knock in the first innings of a Test match by an Indian right-handed opening batsman against Australia on the Indian soil. Legendary Indian right-handed opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar is the top two record holder in this list with 123 runs (at Mumbai in 1979) and 115 runs (at Delhi in 1979) knocks.
- Australian spinner Nathan Lyon bowled superbly during India’s first innings as his final bowling figure in that innings was 22.2-6-50-8. Here are some important stats for this brilliant bowling:
i) It is the best bowling figures in a Test innings by a visiting bowler on the Indian soil. The previous record was 8/64 by South African pacer Lance Klusener (against India at Kolkata in 1996).
ii) It is the best bowling figures in a Test innings by an Australian bowler against India. The previous record was 8/215 by Jason Krejza at Nagpur in 2008.
iii) It is the 4th best bowling figure in a Test innings by a bowler against India. The top 3 in this list are 9/95 by Jack Noreiga (West Indies, at Port of Spain in 1971), 8/31 by Fred Trueman (England, at Manchester in 1952) and 8/38 by Lance Gibbs (West Indies, at Bridgetown in 1962).
iv) Also, it is the 2nd best bowling figure in a Test innings by an Australian spinner. Arthur Mailey is the record holder with a bowling figure of 9/121 (against England at Melbourne in 1921).
- Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon also became the most wicket taker for Australia in Test cricket against India. On the day, Lyon surpassed the previous record holder Brett Lee (53 Test wickets against India). At the end of the day, Lyon has picked up 58 Test wickets against India.
- India were bowled out for just 189 runs in 71.2 overs. It is the 4th fewest no.of deliveries faced by Indian team during their completed 1st innings against Australia in a home Test. The top 3 in this list are 41.3 overs (at Mumbai in 2004), 59.4 overs (at Delhi in 1959) and 70.1 overs (at Kanpur in 1959).