Australia v India: 2nd Test, 1st day – Statistical highlight

Sampath Bandarupalli / 17 December 2014

Indian batsmen put on a commendable effort with the bat on Day 1 against Australia at Brisbane in the Second Test which led the happening of few rare batting records.

Stats during play on Day 1:

–> Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan shared a stand of 56 for opening wicket which was the only second fifty stand at Brisbane for a Visiting team in 1st innings of the Test match. Highest stand is 64 by Bruce Edgar & John Wright in November, 1980.

This was the first fifty Opening Partnership for India outside Asia since July, 2011, 35 innings earlier. Last was between Gautam Gambhir & Abhinav Mukund who put on 63 against England at Lord’s.

This was only the 3rd fifty run Stand between Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan in 20 innings. Also their first fifty 1st outside India in 17 innings and also India’s first fifty stand in 21 innings.

–> Mitchell Marsh picked up the first wicket of Indian innings by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan, which was his first test wicket. It was also the first test wicket of Marsh’ family (Geoff Marsh, Shaun Marsh & Mitchell Marsh) who had 3592 Test runs and 46 catches among themselves.

–> Murali Vijay became the first ever visiting opener to score a century on Day 1 at Brisbane. Previous highest for an opener on Day 1 was 83 by Joey Carew of West Indies in 1968.

Murali Vijay became the only the 2nd Indian opener to score a Century at Brisbane after Sunil Gavaskar (in 1977/78 tour).

Vijay became only the Fourth centurion for India at Brisbane and equalled the India’s individual best at the ground of 144 by Sourav Ganguly during 2003/04 tour. ML Jaisimha was the first India to score a century at Brisbane (in 1967/68 tour).

Murali Vijay scored 144 before getting out which was the 6th Highest for a Visiting Opener and 2nd Highest for an Indian Opener on Day 1 in Australia. The 5 players who scored more than Vijay are:

1. Virender Sehwag, 195 for India at MCG on December 26, 2003.

2. Bob Barber, 185 for England at SCG on January 7, 1966.

3. Michael Vaughan, 177 for England at Adelaide on November 21, 2002.

4. Chris Board, 162 for England at Perth on November 28, 1986.

5. Mohsin Khan, 152 for Pakistan at MCG on December 26, 1983.

–> India ended the Day 1 at 311 for loss of 4 wickets which was only the second instance at Brisbane where a Visiting Team managed to score 300+ on Day 1. First time was by West Indies who scored 359 for 6 in December, 1960.

Hosts, Australia have scored 300+ at Brisbane on Day on 10 occasions with the highest been 364 for 2 against England in December, 2002.

–> Only for the 2nd time, India has scored 300+ in 3 consecutive Test inns in Australia. First time came in 1977/78 where India scored 324 (Brisbane), 402 & 330/9d (Perth).

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