With the help of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane's 5th wicket partnership, India put a fighting target for Australia in the Bengaluru Test

After a stunning defeat against Australia in the first Test at Pune, India dramatically snatched a victory in the second Test at Bengaluru. It was no doubt that Ravichandran Ashwin’s heroic bowling performance was the biggest reason for India’s this victory. But it is also not negligible that the 5th wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane during India’s second innings was also played a very important role for India’s memorable victory.

After suffering a dual batting collapse in the first Test of the series at Pune, the scenario for Indian batting had not hugely changed in the first innings of the Bengaluru Test.

But in the second innings of the Bengaluru Test, India’s batting scenario was looking slightly better. Thanks to the 5th wicket partnership for 118 runs between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, India put a fighting target of 188 runs for Australia to win the Test match which later Australia failed to reach that target as they were bowled out for just 112 runs.

With this emphatic victory, India made a comeback into the Test series as they leveled the series by 1-1 and 2 more Tests to go.

Now in this article, we are talking about some important stats on India’s Test partnerships for each wickets against Australia, when India achieved a victory.

Interestingly, India’s 5th wicket partnership contribution has always played the most important role in winning a Test match against Australia. We will never forget the two best Test matches for India against Australia where they had snatched victories against the ‘baggy green’, which were: 2001 Eden Test and 2003 Adelaide Test. In the both occasions, 5th wicket partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman had taken the most important part for India’s victories.

Now we will look out the stats which can prove the statement.

(Note: All the following stats are updated up to 7th March 2017)

In overall: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

India’s 5th wicket partnership is top of this list. Here are look at the stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
5th 41 2390 62.89 376 8/7
1st 46 2759 59.97 289 10/8
3rd 46 2222 49.37 308 7/9
4th 45 1674 40.82 146 5/6
2nd 46 1875 40.76 370 3/8
6th 38 1065 28.78 119 1/7
7th 37 982 27.27 109 2/5
8th 36 664 18.97 127 1/2
9th 35 566 18.25 140 1/2
10th 30 238 8.20 42 0/0

 

 

In India’s home conditions: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

Like the previous overall stats, 5th wicket partnership is also in here. Here are look at the stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
5th 32 1847 63.68 376 7/4
1st 37 2241 60.56 289 9/5
3rd 37 1703 47.30 308 5/6
2nd 37 1706 46.10 370 3/8
4th 36 1346 42.06 146 4/5
6th 29 828 29.57 119 1/5
7th 28 679 24.25 109 2/3
8th 28 511 18.92 127 1/1
9th 27 420 17.50 140 1/1
10th 24 218 9.47 42 0/0

 

 

In Australia’s home conditions: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

Even on the Australian soil, India’s 5th wicket partnership displayed the vital roles for India’s victory. Here are look at the stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
5th 9 543 60.33 303 1/3
3rd 9 519 57.66 139 2/3
1st 9 518 57.55 165 1/3
7th 9 303 37.87 81 0/2
4th 9 328 36.44 125 1/1
6th 9 237 26.33 59 0/2
9th 8 146 20.85 51 0/1
8th 8 153 19.12 51 0/1
2nd 9 169 18.77 49 0/0
10th 6 20 3.33 8 0/0

 

 

In India’s first innings: Averages (in descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

Here opening partnership is far away than the 4th and 5th partnership. Look at the following stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
1st 11 713 64.81 192 3/3
4th 11 427 38.81 146 1/2
5th 11 394 35.81 142 1/1
3rd 11 338 30.72 139 2/0
7th 11 317 28.81 109 1/0
6th 11 316 28.72 119 1/2
2nd 11 292 26.54 87 0/3
8th 11 225 20.45 127 1/0
9th 11 103 10.30 40 0/0
10th 10 39 3.90 15 0/0

 

 

In India’s second innings: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

5th wicket partnership is showing his power at here. Look at the stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
5th 14 1151 82.21 303 5/3
1st 14 1125 80.35 289 4/4
3rd 14 963 68.78 308 3/3
2nd 14 757 54.07 370 2/1
4th 14 535 38.21 125 1/3
6th 14 419 32.23 75* 0/3
8th 13 294 22.61 61 0/2
7th 13 281 21.61 81 0/2
9th 13 219 18.25 140 1/0
10th 12 151 12.58 42 0/0

 

 

In India’s third innings: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

Again the 5th wicket partnership is showing his strength. Here are look at the below stats:

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
5th 10 697 77.44 376 2/2
1st 11 743 67.54 182 3/1
3rd 11 656 59.63 113 2/4
4th 11 420 42.00 127 2/0
2nd 11 387 35.18 72 0/1
7th 9 284 31.55 108 1/2
6th 9 257 28.55 79 0/2
9th 8 127 15.87 51 0/1
8th 9 118 14.75 41 0/0
10th 7 37 5.28 16 0/0

 

 

In India’s fourth innings: Averages (descending order) of India’s each wicket Test partnership against Australia for a winning cause

Surprisingly the 9th wicket partnership is showing pretty good according to the averages, but top order batting is showing their strengths if we watch out on the total runs scored.

Wicket no.of partnership Innings Total Runs scored Average Highest partnership 100/50
9th 3 117 117.00 81 0/1
4th 9 292 48.66 120* 1/1
2nd 10 439 43.90 104 1/3
5th 6 148 37.00 51 0/1
7th 4 100 33.33 93 0/1
3rd 10 265 29.44 70 0/2
6th 4 73 18.25 43 0/0
1st 10 178 17.80 48 0/0
10th 1 11 11* 0/0
8th 3 27 9.00 16 0/0