India vs Australia - Day 2 (3rd Test)

At stumps on day 2 of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi, India replied strongly against Australia’s 1st innings total. Australia began the day on their overnight score of 299/4 and made 451 before bundling out.

In reply, India made 120/1 at the end of day 2 while they are still behind by 331 runs from Australia’s first innings total.

Brief Scores: Australia – 451 (Steven Smith 178*, Glenn Maxwell 104, Ravindra Jadeja 5/124)

India – 120/1 (KL Rahul 67, Murali Vijay 42*, Pat Cummins 1/22)

Here are some statistical highlights of Day 2 of the 3rd Test:

  1. Australian skipper Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 178 runs in the first innings. Here are some important stats of his innings:

i) It is the highest score in a Test innings by an Australian skipper on the Indian soil. The previous record was 130 by Michael Clarke vs India (at Chennai in 2013).

ii) Also, it is the 3rd highest score in a Test innings by an Australian batsman on the Indian soil. The top two records are 210 by Dean Jones (against India at Chennai in 1986) and 203 by Matthew Hayden (against India at Chennai in 2001).

iii) Also, it is the 3rd highest score in a Test innings by an Australian skipper on Asian soil. The top two records in this list are 334* by Mark Taylor against Pakistan (at Peshawar in 1998) and 235 by Greg Chappell against Pakistan (at Faisalabad in 1980).

iv) During this innings, Steven Smith faced 361 deliveries which is the second most no.of balls faced (where the no.of balls face recorded) by an Australian batsman on the Indian soil. The record is 392 balls faced by Graham Yallop (at Kolkata in 1979)

v) Steven Smith became the first Australian captain and 4th visiting captain to remain unbeaten in the 1st innings of a Test match on the Indian soil. The other 3 visiting captains to achieve this feat were John Goddard (West Indies; 39* at Kolkata in 1948), Clive Lloyd (West Indies; 242* at Mumbai in 1975) and Imran Khan (Pakistan; 135* at Chennai in 1987). It means, the incident last time happened little more than 30 years earlier before Steven Smith’s latest knock.


  1. Another Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell hit a brilliant century as he scored 104 runs before getting out. With this Test century, Maxwell became the second Australian batsman to score at least one century in 3 formats of international cricket. Shane Watson was the first Australian to achieve that feat.

On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell became the fourth fastest (according to the no.of international matches) cricketer to score at least one century in 3 international formats of international cricket. Maxwell took total 106 international matches to achieve this feat. The top 3 in this list are Indian batsman KL Rahul (20 international matches), Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad (76 international matches) and another Indian batsman Suresh Raina (99 international matches).


  1. Australian batsmen Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell put up an impressive 5thwicket partnership for 191 runs. It is the highest 5thwicket Test partnership for Australia on Asian soil. Their previous best was 176 runs partnership between Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey against Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in 2011.

Also, it is the fourth highest 5th wicket Test partnership for a visiting team on the Indian soil. The top three in this list are 256 between AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis (South Africa) at Ahmedabad in 2008, 254 between Keith Fletcher and Tony Greig (England) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) in 1973 and 194 between Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson (New Zealand) at Ahmedabad in 2010.


  1. Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling figure during Australia first innings was 49.3-8-124-5. It was Jadeja’s 8th 5-wicket haul in his Test career which is the joint second most by an Indian left-arm spinner in his Test career. Vinoo Mankad had also earned 5-wicket haul 8 times in his Test career, while Bishan Bedi is the record holder with 14 times 5-wicket haul in his Test career.


  1. Australia were bowled out for 451 runs in their first innings. It is Australia’s fourth highest 1st innings Test total on the Indian soil. The top 3 in this list are 574/7 decl. at Chennai in 1986, 478 at Bengaluru in 2010 and 474 at Bengaluru in 2004.


  1. 3 Indian bowlers conceded 100+ runs each during Australia’s first innings. Those 3 Indian bowlers were: Umesh Yadav (3/106), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/114) and Ravindra Jadeja (5/124). It was the fourth time when 3 Indian bowlers conceded 100+ runs each in a Test innings against Australia on the Indian soil.


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