Australia finished on top against the hosts India at the end of the opening day in the third Test at Ranchi. Australia decided to bat first after winning the toss. Restraining fall of top wickets in regular intervals, Australia managed to score 299/4 at stumps on the day.
Brief Scores: Australia – 299/4 (Steven Smith 117*, Glenn Maxwell 82*, Umesh Yadav 2/63)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 3rd Test:
- It is Australia’s 800th Test match. Australia becomes the second team to play 800 Test matches. England was the first team to play 800 Test matches. They have already played 983 Tests.
- On the day, Australian batsman Steven Smith completed his 5,000 Test career runs. It is his 97th Test innings (53 Test matches). Here are some important stats of this:
i) Steven Smith becomes the joint 7th fastest overall batsman to achieve this feat.
ii) Steven Smith also becomes the 3rd fastest Australian batsman to achieve this feat. The top two in this list are: Don Bradman (took only 56 Test innings; also he is the fastest batsman to complete 5,000 Test career runs) and Matthew Hayden (took 95 Test innings)
iii) According to the no.of Test matches played, Steven Smith (53 Test matches) becomes the 3rd fastest overall batsman to achieve this feat. The top two record holders are legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman (36 Test matches) and legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar (52 Test matches).
- Australian skipper Steven Smith scored a brilliant century as he remained unbeaten on 117 at the end of the day. Some important stats of this innings are as follows:
i) It is his second Test century in the ongoing Test series. Steven Smith had also scored a century in the first Test of this series at Pune. Smith becomes the 3rd visiting captain to score more than 1 Test century in a Test series on the Indian soil. The first two visiting Test skippers were West Indian Clive Lloyd (2 Test centuries each at twice; in 1974/75 and in 1983) and English Alaister Cook (3 Test centuries in 2012)
ii) It is Steven Smith’s 3rd Test century on the Asian soil. With this century, Smith becomes the joint most no. of Test century scorer as an Australian skipper. Before him, former Australian skipper Allan Border had also 3 Test centuries on the Asian soil.
iii) As an Australian captain, it is also Steven Smith’s 5th Test century against India, overall. With this knock, Smith becomes the highest no. of Test century hitter as an Australian captain against India. Smith breaks the record of Don Bradman, Bob Simpson and Michael Clarke who had hit 4 Test centuries each as Australian captain against India.
- Australian batsmen Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell put up an impressive 5th wicket partnership which is remained unbroken at the end of the day on 159 runs. It is the highest 5th wicket Test partnership for Australia on the Indian soil. The previous best was 145 runs between Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 2013.