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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Statistical highlights: India vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 5, Chennai

MS Dhoni registered his 21st Test win as India captain. By doing so, he drew level with Sourav Ganguly, who had captained India on 49 occasions – Dhoni has led Team India in 44 Tests thus far. The win also marked Dhoni’s fifth Test triumph against the Australians; all these victories have come at home, while Dhoni has lost all three Tests in which he has led Down Under.
India have now won a total of 21 Tests against Australia and 16 of these wins have come on home soil. Here are these and many more stats highlights from Day 5 of the Chennai Test:
India’s win by 8 wickets is their -
    • 21st vs Australia (in 83 Tests)
    • 16th vs Australia at home (in 43 Tests)
    • 5th vs Australia under MS Dhoni (in 5 home Tests)
    • 4th in consecutive matches vs Australia at home
    • 3rd vs Australia at Chennai in 7 Tests
The win is India’s biggest over Australia by wickets margin. The previous biggest win was by 7 wickets on three occasions: at Delhi in 1969-70 and 1996-97; and at Bangalore in 2010-11.
The win was 21st for MS Dhoni as captain. With this he equalled Sourav Ganguly’s Indian record of winning most Tests.
Incidentally, Dhoni was playing his 44th Test as captain, whereas Ganguly led India in 49 Tests.
Interestingly, Dhoni has now won all the five Tests at home in which he has captained India against Australia. He has lost all three on Australian soil though.
All 20 Australian wickets were taken by spinners – 12 by R Ashwin, 5 by Ravindra Jadeja and 3 by Harbhajan Singh. This provided only the sixth instance in Test history when spinners took all 20 wickets for a side in a Test.
This was the third instance when Indian spinners took all 20 wickets in a Test. The other two came vs England also at Chennai in 1972-73 and vs New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-76.
This was also only the second instance when spinners took all 20 wickets in a Test against Australia. The only other instance came against England at Manchester in 1956 when Jim Laker and Gary Lock shared all 20 wickets in between (Laker took 19 and Lock one!).
Moises Henriques’ match aggregate of 149 runs (68 & 81*) is the highest for a player making his debut and batting at No.7. England’s Matt Prior had aggregated 147 runs against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2007.
MS Dhoni won his second Man of the Match award. Incidentally, his only other award had also come against Australia at Mohali in 2008-09.
India have won three and lost one out of seven played against Australia at Chepauk, Chennai (Drawn 2 and Tied 1).

Of the last seven Tests played at Chepauk, India have won four and drawn three.  India's last defeat at this venue was by 12 runs to Pakistan in January 1999.  Overall, India have won 13 and lost six out of 31 played at this venue (Drawn 11 & Tied 1).

Chepauk is India's most successful Test venue (13 wins), followed by Feroz Shah Kotla (11) and Eden Gardens, Kolkata (10).

In terms of wickets, India's eight-wicket win is their biggest against Australia.

Sachin Tendulkar has recorded successive sixes off the first two balls faced by him for the first time in a Test innings. Interestingly, he had registered two fours off the first two balls faced by him in the first innings.

Man of the Match: MS Dhoni for his maiden double-century that decisively swung the Test in India’s favour.
Brief scores:
At the end of Day 5: Australia 2nd innings 241 all out in 93 overs (M Henriques 81*, N Lyon 11, R Jadeja 3/72); India2nd innings 50/2 in 11.3 overs (V Sehwag 19, SR Tendulkar 13*, C Pujara 8*)
At the end of Day 4: India 1st innings 572 all out in 154.3 overs (MS Dhoni 224, B Kumar 38, J Pattinson 5/96);Australia 2nd innings 232/9 in 84 overs (M Henriques 75*, N Lyon 8*, R Ashwin 5/90, H Singh 2/55)
At the end of Day 3: India 1st innings 515/8 in 141 overs (MS Dhoni 206*, V Kohli 107, SR Tendulkar 81, N Lyon 3/182)
At the end of Day 2: Australia 1st innings 380 all out in 133 overs (M Clarke 130, R Ashwin 7/103); India 1st innings182/3 in 52 overs (SR Tendulkar 71*, V Kohli 50*, C Pujara 44, J Pattinson 3/25)
At the end of Day 1: Australia 1st innings 316/7 in 95 overs (M Clarke 103*, M Henriques 68, D Warner 59, R Ashwin 6/88)


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