At stumps on day 4 of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi, Indian team is positively looking for an emphatic victory. India began the day on their overnight score of 360/6. With the help of marathon 7th wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha, India managed to put up 603 runs on the board before declaring their innings (603/9 decl.).
India took a 152-run lead against Australia’s first innings total.
In reply, Australia were struggling on 23/2 at the end of the day where the visitors are trailing by 129 runs.
Brief Scores: Australia – 451 (Steven Smith 178*, Glenn Maxwell 104, Ravindra Jadeja 5/124) & 23/2 (David Warner 14, Matt Renshaw 7*, Ravindra Jadeja 2/6)
India – 603/9 decl. (Cheteshwar Pujara 202, Wriddhiman Saha 117, Pat Cummins 4/59)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 4 of the 3rd Test:
- Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara became the most Test runs scorer as a no.3 Indian batsman against Australia on the Indian soil. Rahul Dravid was the previous record holder in this list with 610 runs while at the end of the day, Pujara had scored 677 runs against Australia at no.3 position.
- Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara played a superb knock as he scored 202 runs after facing total 525 deliveries. Here are some important stats of this innings:
i) Cheteshwar Pujara completed his double-century in 521 balls which is the slowest for an Indian batsman to complete a Test double-century. The previous record holder was Navjot Singh Sidhu who had taken 488 deliveries to complete his double-century against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1997.
ii) It is the highest no. of deliveries faced (where the no.of balls face recorded) by an Indian batsman in a Test innings. The previous record holder was Rahul Dravid who had faced 495 deliveries in a Test innings against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2004.
iii) Also, it is the highest no.of deliveries faced by a batsman in a Test innings on the Indian soil. The previous record holder was Younis Khan (Pakistan) who had faced 504 deliveries in a Test innings against India at Bengaluru in 2005.
iv) It was Cheteshwar Pujara’s 2nd Test double-century against Australia. Pujara became the 3rd Indian batsman to score 2 Test double-centuries against Australia. The other two Indian batsmen who had scored 2 Test double-centuries against Australia were: VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. Till date, there is no Indian batsman who hit more than 2 Test double-centuries against Australia.
- Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha put up a brilliant 199-run partnership for the 7th wicket after facing 466 deliveries. It is the second most no. of deliveries faced (where the no. of balls face recorded) by a pair for the 7th wicket in Test cricket history. The record is 569 deliveries faced by Pakistan batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq for the 7th wicket (against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2001).
- Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha also played a superb knock of 117 runs after facing 233 deliveries. Here some important stats of this special knock:
i) It is the 4th Test century and 3rd highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman against Australia. The other three Test centuries scored by Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen against Australia were: MS Dhoni (224 at Chennai in 2013), Nayan Mongia (152 at Delhi in 1996) and Syed Kirmani (101* at Mumbai in 1979).
ii) It was Wriddhiman Saha’s 3rd Test century. With this century, Saha became the second Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to hit 3 or more Test centuries. MS Dhoni is in the top of the table with 6 Test centuries.
iii) Wriddhiman Saha faced 233 deliveries which is the third most no.of deliveries faced in a Test innings by a no.8 or lower Indian batsman. The top two Indian batsmen in this list are: Ajay Ratra (faced 284 balls against West Indies at St. John’s in 2002) and Ravi Shastri (faced 243 balls against England at Delhi in 1981). Both batsmen were no.8 batsmen during those innings.
- Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe bowled 77 overs during India’s first innings and he conceded 199 runs (77-17-199-3). Here are some important stats of this bowling spell:
i) Steve O’Keefe conceded 199 runs which is the fourth most runs conceded by an Australian bowler against India in a Test innings. The top 3 record holders are: Jason Krejza (8/215 at Nagpur in 2008), Nathan Lyon (3/215 at Chennai in 2013) and Brett Lee (4/201 at Sydney in 2004).
ii) Steve O’Keefe bowled total 77 overs which is the most no.of deliveries bowled by an Australian bowler against India in a Test innings. The previous record holder was Alan Davidson who had bowled 3 overs in a Test innings at Kanpur in 1959.
iii) It is also the 6th most no. of deliveries bowled by an Australian bowler in a Test innings.
iv) It is the second most no. of deliveries bowled by a bowler against India in a Test innings. The record holder is former Pakistan off-spinner Haseeb Ahsan who had bowled 84 overs at Chennai in 1961.
v) It is the second most no. of deliveries bowled by a bowler in a Test innings on the Indian soil. The record holder is former Pakistan off-spinner Haseeb Ahsan who had bowled 84 overs against India at Chennai in 1961.
- India made 603/9 in their first innings before announcing their innings’ declaration. It was India’s fourth highest total in a Test innings against Australia on the Indian soil. The top 3 of this list are 657/7 (decl.) at Kolkata in 2001, 633/5 (decl.) at Kolkata in 1998 and 613/7 (decl.) at Delhi in 2008.
On the other hand, India faced total 210 overs during their first innings. It is the fourth most no. of deliveries faced by the Indian team in a Test innings. The top 3 in this list are: 241.5 overs (against New Zealand at Delhi in 1955), 227 overs (against Pakistan at Chennai in 1961) and 225.2 overs (against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in 2010).
- Australia bowled total 210 overs during India’s first innings. It is the first time since April 1994, Australia bowled more than 200 overs in a Test innings. Last time this incident happened against South Africa at Durban in March 1994.
- Australian spinners bowled total 127 overs during India’s first innings. It is the most no.of total deliveries bowled by Australian spinners against India in a Test innings. Their previous record was 108 overs (at Mumbai in 1964).
Overall, it (127 overs) is the 6th most no. of total deliveries bowled by Australian spinners in a Test innings.
- 4 Australian bowlers conceded 100 or more runs each during India’s first innings. It was the second time for Australia when their 4 bowlers conceded 100+ runs in a Test innings against India. The first such incident had happened at Kolkata in 2001.
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