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The 108-run stand between Rashid and Dawson is also the 3rd-highest 8th-wicket partnership for any visiting pair in India © AFP

The second day of the fifth and final Test of the series between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai ended with honours level. England resumed their batting on Day Two at 288 for 4 with Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes at crease. Stokes departed in the first over of the day off Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling. Jos Buttler got dismissed soon. Moeen did not last long after that, falling 4 short of 150. From there on, Adil Rashid and debutant Liam Dawson frustrated Indian bowlers by adding 108 runs for 8th wicket. Rashid fell for 60, while Dawson remained unbeaten on 66. The last two batters of England — Stuart Broad and Jake Ball — did not contribute a lot as England were bowled out for 477. In response, the Indian openers made sure their side did not lose a wicket by stumps, and scored 60 by stumps. We present some interesting numbers from second day’s contest.

Stokes once dismissed by Ashwin again. This is the 5th time Ashwin got his wicket. Nobody has dismissed Stokes as frequently. Mitchell Johnson has got Stokes out 4 times

Stokes’ wicket was Ashwin’s 131st wicket of a left-handed batsman in Tests. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (191), Shane Warne (172), Anil Kumble (167) and Harbhajan Singh (139) have dismissed more left-handers.

Ashwin got only one wicket and conceded 151 runs. This is the 1st instance of him conceding 150 or more runs but but not taking more than a wicket.

Moeen scored 146, the 2nd highest score by an English batsman at No. 4 in India after Kevin Pietersen’s 186 in 2012-13 at Mumbai. Moeen also became the fifth English batsman to score a ton in India at No. 4 after Allan Watkins (137* in 1951-52), Colin Cowdrey (107 in 1964-65), Barry Knight (127 in 1964-65), Tony Lewis (125 in 1973-74) and Pietersen (144 in 2007-08 and 186 in 2012-13).

England’s last 3 wickets added 156 runs, their best in India. Their previous best in India for the last 3 wickets was 149 in 2005-06 at Nagpur.

Rashid and Dawson’s 108-run stand is now a record 8th-wicket stand for England in India. They went past Douglas Jardine and Hedley Verity, who had added 97 in 1933-34 at the same venue. This was also the first instance of 100-run stand for 8th wicket by an English pair against India since 1979.

The 108-run stand between Rashid and Dawson is also the 3rd-highest 8th-wicket partnership for any visiting pair in India after Viv Richards and Keith Boyce (124 in 1974-75) and Imran Khan and Wasim Akram (112 in 1986-87).

Rashid scored 60 in this innings, the highest score by an English batsman in India at No. 9. He went past Graeme Swann’s 56, registered in 2012-13.

Rashid now has 111 runs and 22 wickets in the series. He became the 9th visiting cricketer to scored 100 runs and scalp 20 wickets in a series in India after Verity (121 and 23, 1933-34), Fazal Mahmood (173 and 20, 1952-53), Tony Lock (108 and 22, 1961-62), Fred Titmus (143 and 27, 1963-64), John Lever (122 and 26, 1976-77), Geoff Dymock (103 and 24, 1979-80), Malcolm Marshall (244 and 33, 1983-84) and Michael Holding (141 and 30, 1983-84). Rashid is also the 5th English cricketer in this list.

With a fifty on debut, Liam Dawson became the 98th English cricketer to score a fifty on debut. He is also the 60th batsman to do so against India on debut and 28th visiting player.

Dawson scored his half-century while batting at No. 8. He became the 41st cricketer to score a fifty on debut at No. 8. He also became the 8th Englishman, 7th against India and 2nd visiting batsman in India (after Bruce Taylor, 105 in 1964-65) to do this.

Dawson and Rashid formed the 25th instance (5th for England, 5th by any side against India, and 2nd by a touring side in India) where Nos. 8 and 9 both crossed 60 in the same innings. Imran (135*) and Wasim (62) in 1986-87, also in this ground, are the only visiting pair to have done this in India.

Interestingly, the previous instance of Nos. 8 and 9 both scoring 60 in an innings was also in an India-England Test. Stuart Binny (78) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (63*) were the batsmen, at Trent Bridge in 2014.

Dawson’s unbeaten 66 is the highest by any English debutant No. 8 batsman. The previous best was of David Bairstow (59 against India in 1979).

England were bowled out for 477. This is the third time that an English side has crossed 400 thrice in a series in India. England became the 2nd team to do so after West Indies. England’s three 400s in a series in India came in 1984-85, 2012-13 and 2016-17, while West Indies did this in 1978-79, 1958-59 and 1948-49. West Indies are the only visiting team to have made four 400s in a series in India, in 1958-59.

Parthiv Patel and KL Rahul became the 72nd Indian opening pair to put up a fifty-run partnership.

Parthiv became the first Indian wicketkeeper to be involved in a fifty-run partnership for the opening wicket since Dinesh Karthik, back in 2006-07 at Newlands. On that occasion Karthik had added 153 with Wasim Jaffer.