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Monday, 25 March 2013

Statistical highlights: India vs Australia: 4th Test, Day 2, Delhi

On a day that saw Pragyan Ojha claim his 100th Test wicket, fellow Indian spinner R Ashwin also made quite a splash. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner bagged his ninth five-wicket haul in Tests. This also happens to be Ashwin’s fourth five-fer this series, thereby tying the Indian record for most five-wicket hauls in a single series.
Here are these and other stats highlights from Day 2 of the Delhi Test:
Pragyan Ojha – with the wicket of James Pattinson – completed his 100 wickets in Test cricket. He became the 18th Indian to accomplish this feat.
Ojha is the fifth Indian left-arm spinner to take 100 wickets in Tests, after Bishan Singh Bedi (266), Vinoo Mankad (162), Ravi Shastri (151) and Dilip Doshi (114).
Ojha is the joint third-quickest Indian to 100 wickets, taking 22 Tests to reach this landmark. Only Erapalli Prasanna (20 Tests) and Anil Kumble (21 Tests) reached the mark quicker. Subhash Gupte and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar also completed their 100 wickets in 22 Tests.
Among all left-arm spinners in Test cricket, Ojha is the fourth-quickest to take 100 wickets, after Colin Blythe (19), Alf Valentine (19) and Bobby Peel (20).
R Ashwin's (5-57) took his ninth five-wicket haul in his 16th Test.
This was Ashwin’s fourth five-wicket haul in this series, which equals the Indian record of most five-fers by an Indian bowler in a series. Subhash Gupte (v New Zealand in 1955-56), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (v England in 1972-73) and Harbhajan Singh (v Australia in 2000-01) are the other Indians to have performed this feat.
Ashwin’s 27 wickets in the series are the second most by an Indian off-spinner in a series, second only to Harbhajan Singh’s 32 against Australia in 2000-01.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara added 108 runs for the first wicket. These two had also added 370 at Hyderabad. However, that was for the second wicket.
Murali Vijay – while on 29 – completed his 1000 runs in Test cricket. He became 59th Indian to reach this milestone.
MS Dhoni has now aggregated 314 runs the series – his highest aggregate in a series. He had aggregated 307, also against Australia, in 2008-09.
Nathan Lyon (5-94) took his third five-wicket haul in Tests – his first against India. His previous two five-fers came against Sri Lanka (on Test debut) and West Indies.


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