India is on verge of a historic win at stumps on day 3 in the fourth and series decider Test match against Australia at Dharamsala. India began the day on their overnight score of 248/6 and made 332 before getting bundled out. At the end of Australia’s first innings, India took a slender lead of 32 runs over Australia’s first innings total.
Australian batsmen struggled in their second innings against the Indian bowlers as the visitors collapsed for just 137 runs. Australia put 106 runs target for India.
Chasing that small total, India made 19/0 at the end of the day as they require still 87 runs to win this Test.
Brief Scores: Australia – 300 (Steven Smith 111, Matthew Wade 57, Kuldeep Yadav 4/68) & 137 (Glenn Maxwell 45, Matthew Wade 25*, Ravindra Jadeja 3/24)
India – 332 (Ravindra Jadeja 63, KL Rahul 60, Nathan Lyon 5/92) & 19/0 (KL Rahul 13*, Murali Vijay 6*)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 3 of the 4th Test:
- Indian lower middle-order batsman Ravindra Jadeja scored a brilliant half-century as he made 63 runs before getting out. It was his 6th 50+ Test knock in the ongoing season (2016/17) and all of them were after coming to bat at no.7 or lower. It is the joint highest no.of 50+ Test knock by a no.7 or lower Indian batsman in a season. Coming to bat at no.7 or lower, Kapil Dev (1986/87) and MS Dhoni (2008/09) had also made once each of 6 times 50+ knock in a Test season.
Also, Ravindra Jadeja became the highest runs scorer as a no.7 or lower Indian batsman in a season. After coming to bat at no.7 or lower, Jadeja has scored total 538 Test runs in 2016/17. The previous record holder was Kapil Dev who had scored 524 Test runs at no.7 or lower batting order in 1986/87.
- At the end of India’s first innings, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has taken 64 Test wickets against India which is the second most no.of Test wickets taken by a bowler against India. Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the record holder with 105 Test wickets against India.
- Australia was bowled out for just 137 runs in their second innings. It is Australia’s third lowest completed total in the 3rd innings of a Test match against India. The top two in this list are: 107 at Delhi in 1969 and 131 at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 2013.
- Also, Australia played only 53.5 overs in the third innings of this Test. It is the second lowest deliveries faced by the Australian team in a completed 3rd innings of a Test match against India. The lowest record is 46.3 overs faced by the Australian team in the 3rd innings of a Test match at Delhi in 2013.
- Surpassing MS Dhoni (24 Test dismissals in a home season in 2021/13), Wriddhiman Saha became the second most no.of dismissals maker as an Indian wicket-keeper in a home Test season. At the end of Australia’s second innings, Saha has made 26 Test dismissals in the ongoing season (2016/17). Syed Kirmani is the record holder with 35 Test dismissals in a home season in 1979/80.
- 3 Indian bowlers picked up 3 wickets (Umesh Yadav 3/29, Ravindra Jadeja 3/24 and Ravichandran Ashwin 3/29) each during Australia’s second innings. It was the third time on the Indian soil when 3 Indian bowlers took 3 or more wickets each in the same Test innings against Australia. The first two incidents were both at Kolkata in 1960 and in 1998 respectively.