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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Statistical highlights: India vs Australia: 3rd Test, Day 3, Mohali

Day 3 of the Mohali Test will go down in the annals of cricket history as a remarkable one for it featured one of the most dominating debut performances ever. 27-year-old Shikhar Dhawan played some of the most superlative strokes – mostly on the off side – to render the Aussie attack helpless. The debutant brought up his maiden Test ton in just 85 balls, which is the fastest by a player in his first innings in the longest format of the game. Thanks to Dhawan’s exploits and even the Australian lower order’s late flourish, Day 3 saw a whopping 421 runs being score at the expense of a mere three wickets.
Here are these and many more stats highlights from a truly unforgettable day of Test cricket:
Steven Smith (92) made his highest score in Test cricket, surpassing his 77 against Pakistan at Leeds in 2010.
Mitchell Starc (99) made his highest score in first-class cricket, surpassing his 68* against South Africa at Perth in November 2012.
Starc is the first batsman to make a score of 99 in Test cricket at No.9.
Incidentally, Starc is the fifth Australian (after Bill Brown, Ian Chappell, Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich) and 13thbatsman to be dismissed on 99 against India.
Last three Australian wickets added 157 runs to the team’s total.
Shikhar Dhawan (185*) became 13th Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut, joining the ranks with Lala Amarnath, Dipak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Viswanath, Surinder Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina. Dhawan is the first Indian opener to score a century on Test debut.
Dhawan’s innings is the highest by an Indian on Test debut, eclipsing Gundappa Viswanath’s 137 also against Australia, at Kanpur in 1969-70.
Dhawan’s innings is now the sixth-highest by a player on Test debut. Only England’s ‘Tip’ Foster (287 vs Australia, Sydney, 1903-04), South Africa’s Jacobus Rudolph (222* vs Bangladesh, Chittagong, 2002-03), West Indies’ Lawrence Rowe (214 vs New Zealand, Kingston, 1971-72), New Zealand’s Mathew Sinclair (214 vs West Indies, Wellington, 1999-00) and Sri Lanka’s Brendon Kuruppu (201* vs New Zealand, Colombo CCC, 1986-87) have made a higher score than Dhawan on Test debut.
It took Dhawan only 85 balls to race to his century. He now holds the world record of scoring the fastest century on Test debut. The previous record was held West Indies’ Dwayne Smith, who raced to three figure mark off 93 balls (against South Africa at Cape Town in 2003-04).
Dhawan scored 106 runs between lunch and tea. He became only the fourth batsman to score hundred runs in a session on Test debut after West Indies’ Dwayne Smith, England’s Matt Prior and Bangladesh’s Abul Hasan. Incidentally, Dhawan is only the seventh Indian player to score a hundred in a session.
The first wicket unbroken partnership of 283 runs is India’s best opening partnership against Australia. Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan had added 192 runs at Mumbai Wankhede in 1979-80.
The above partnership is also India’s third-highest for the opening wicket against any country after the 413-run stand between Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy against New Zealand at Chennai in 1955-56 and the 410-run stand between Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid against Pakistan at Lahore in 2005-06.
421 runs were scored for the loss of three wickets in the whole day – most in a day’s play in a Test between India and Australia on Indian soil. India had scored 369 runs for the loss of 3 wickets on the second day of Kolkata Test in 1997-98.
There has been only one more ‘productive’ day on Indian soil in a Test match. On the second day of Brabourne Test, India and Sri Lanka scored 470 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Brief scores:
At the end of Day 3Australia 1st innings 408 all-out in 141.5 overs (S Starc 99, S Smith 92, I Sharma 3/72, R Jadeja 3/77); India 1st innings 283/0 in 58 overs (S Dhawan 185*, M Vijay 83*)
At the end of Day 2Australia 1st innings 273/7 in 104 overs (Ed Cowan 86, D Warner 71, S Smith 58*, M Starc 20*, R Jadeja 3/56, I Sharma 2/41)
At the end of Day 1: No play due to rain


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