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Friday, 22 March 2013

Statistical highlights: India vs Australia: 4th Test, Day 1, Delhi

The Indian spinners put the home team in an advantageous position at the end of first day’s play of the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, after Australia’s stand-in captain Shane Watson elected to bat first. Outplayed in the first three Tests, Australia were left struggling on 189 for eight. But Peter Siddle and James Pattinson put together an unbroken 42-run partnership for the ninth wicket after that. Unbeaten on 47, Siddle took Australia to 231 for eight with Pattinson on 11 when play ended on Day 1. 

Here is a look at the statistical highlights from Day 1: 

# For the third time in an overseas Test series, Australia have fielded 16 players or more - the first two instances being 17 against the West Indies in the Caribbean in 1983-84 and 16 against England in 1985 in England.

# David Warner has registered his second duck in Tests - his first was against Sri Lanka - a golden duck - at Sydney in January this year.

# Warner is averaging 27.53 overseas as compared to his home average of 49.83.

# Ravichandran Ashwin has produced his career-best bowling performance in a Test series - his first instance of 25 wickets in a Test series.  His previous best tally was 22 at an average of 22.90 in three Tests against the West Indies in 2011-12.

# Ashwin (26 at 19.65 runs apiece) is the seventh Indian bowler to capture 25 wickets or more in a Test series against Australia, joining Harbhajan Singh (32 at 17.03 in three Tests in 2000-01), Bishan Singh Bedi (31 at 23.87 in five Tests in 1977-78), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (28 at 25.14 in five Tests in 1977-78), Anil Kumble (27 at 25.37 in four Tests in 2004-05), Dilip Doshi (27 at 23.33 in six Tests in 1979-80) and Erapalli Prasanna (26 at 25.84 in five Tests in 1969-70 and 25 at 27.44 in four Tests in 1967-68).  Prasanna is the only Indian spinner to accomplish the feat twice against Australia.

# Dhoni has lost four successive tosses in a Test series for the first time.  For the second time, he lost all the tosses in a Test series - the first instance being against Sri Lanka in the three-Test series in 2010.

# Phillip Hughes (45) completed 1,000 runs away from home - his tally being 1038 at an average of 39.92 in 15 Tests, including three hundreds and four fifties.  He is averaging just 24.00 in nine home Tests - his aggregate being 408, including two fifties.

# Peter Siddle (47 not out) has posted his career-best score, surpassing the 43 against England at Sydney in January 2011.

# Siddle's innings is the highest by an Australian number nine batsman against India at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

# Siddle and Smith were involved in an eighth-wicket partnership of 53 - Australia's highest against India at Feroz Shah Kotla, eclipsing the 51 by Geoff Dymock and Peter Sleep in October 1979.

# Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed Australian captain in six successive innings.

Debut: Ajinkya Rahane for India, who was handed his Test cap by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.  
Changes in playing XIsIndia: Ajinkya Rahane replaced the injured Shikhar Dhawan who had a memorable debut in Mohali; Australia: Shane Watson is back in the side and is standing in as captain for the injured Michael Clarke, while wicketkeeper Matthew Wade too returned to replace Brad Haddin in the team. Pacemen Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson replaced Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty, and Glenn Maxwell came in place of Moises Henriques.
Brief scores:
At the end of Day 1Australia 1st innings 231/8 in 98 overs (P Siddle 47*, S Smith 46, J Pattinson 11*, R Ashwin 4/40, R Jadeja 2/34, I Sharma 2/35)


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