At stumps on day 1 of the fourth Test between India and Australia at Dharamsala, India is in a comfortable position. After winning the toss in this series decider Test, Australia chose to bat first. Despite making a good start, Australia were bowled out for 300 runs just before the stumps of the day.
India faced only one over in the day where they haven’t opened their account yet.
Brief Scores: Australia – 300 (Steven Smith 111, Matthew Wade 57, Kuldeep Yadav 4/68)
India – 0/0 (KL Rahul 0*, Murali Vijay 0*)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 4th Test:
- In this match, India’s left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav makes his international debut. He became the first Indian left-arm wrist spinner to play Test cricket.
- Australian opening batsman David Warner scored a vital half-century as he made 56 runs. It was his 5th time 50+ innings against India in the first innings of Test cricket and all of those were came as an opening batsman. It is the highest no. of 50+ innings by an Australian opening batsman against India in the 1st innings of a Test match. Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer and Bill Lawry were the previous record holder with four 50+ innings each.
- Australian skipper Steve Smith batted very well as he scored 111 runs in the Australia’s first innings. It was his third century in the ongoing Test series. Here are some important stats of this innings:
i) Smith became the first Australian batsman to score more than 2 centuries in a Test series on the Indian soil.
ii) Smith also became the second visiting skipper to score 3 centuries in a Test series on the Indian soil. Former England skipper Alaister Cook was the first batsman to achieve this feat in 2012 Test series.
iii) Smith became the 6th visiting batsman to hit 3 or more centuries in a Test series on the Indian soil. Other five visiting batsmen were: Sir Everton Weekes (West Indies, 4 Test centuries in 1948/49), Sir Garry Sobers (West Indies, 3 Test centuries in 1958/59), Ken Barrington (England, 3 Test centuries in 1961/62), Hashim Amla (South Africa, 3 Test centuries in 2009/10) and Alaister Cook (England, 3 Test centuries in 2012/13).
iv) This Test century was Smith’s 7th Test century against India which is the joint second highest no.of Test centuries by an Australian batsman against India. Former Australian batsman Michael Clarke had also 7 Test centuries against India while another former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting is the record holder with 8 Test centuries against India.
- After dismissing Australian skipper Steven Smith, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the most no.of wicket taker in a Test season. It was his 79th wicket in the ongoing season (2016/17) as he surpassed the former record holder South African pacer Dale Steyn (78 wickets in 2007/08) during that dismissal.
- Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade scored an important 57 runs during Australia’s first innings. It is his second Test half-century on the Indian soil. Wade became the 3rd Australian wicketkeeper-batsman to score two 50+ runs in Test cricket on the Indian soil. Adam Gilchrist (2 Test centuries) and Tim Paine (2 Test half-centuries) were the other Australian wicketkeeper-batsmen to achieve that feat.
- Debutant left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bowled an excellent spell during Australia’s first innings as his final bowling figure in that innings was 23-3-68-4. It is the second best bowling figure in an innings by a Test debutant left-arm bowler for India. Former India’s left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi is the record holder with the figure of 43-10-103-6 (against Australia at Chennai in 1979).
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