Overall, Cheteshwar Pujara is currently at fifth position in terms of most runs in a season at No. 3    IANS
Overall, Cheteshwar Pujara is currently at fifth position in terms of most runs in a season at No. 3 IANS

Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 79 to lead India s spirited fightback against Australia on Day Three of a gripping second Test in M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The hosts were 213 for 4 at stumps, leading Australia by 126 runs in their second innings after the tourists hopes of building a big lead were undermined by an outstanding bowling performance by Ravindra Jadeja, who grabbed his career-best figures against Australia by taking 6 for 63. Pujara (79) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) were unbeaten at close of play. The duo has already added 93 for the fifth wicket to lift India from a wobbly 120 for 4 after Josh Hazlewood had rattled the Indian top-order with his 3 wickets including the prized scalp of skipper Virat Kohli in the afternoon session. We present some interesting statistics from the day s play.

1st batsman to score 1,000 runs in a home season at No. 3 Pujara. He went past Ricky Ponting s tally of 965 runs in 2003-04.

2nd Indian to score 1,000 runs in a season (home or away) at No. 3 Pujara. Pujara went past Mohinder Amarnath (965 in 1982-83). He is second in the list with Rahul Dravid at top (1,241 in 2003-04).

2,055 balls faced by Pujara in 2016-17. He became the first cricketer to face 2,000 balls in a home season (where balls played were counted). He went past Virat Kohli s 1,980, also in the ongoing season.

93-run unbeaten partnership between Pujara and Rahane. This is now the highest partnership for any wicket in this series. The previous best was of 82 by Matt Renshaw and David Warner in the first Test.

0 wicket fell in the final session of Day three of this Test. This is the first session in this series where no wicket fell.

2nd instance of two Indian batsman scoring 1,000 runs in the same season. Kohli and Pujara have done it in the ongoing season. The only such instance had happened in 2003-04, where Virender Sehwag and Dravid both scored 1,000 runs.

7th five-wicket haul for Ravindra Jadeja in Tests, the joint 3rd-most among Indian left-arm spinners, after Bishan Singh Bedi (14) and Vinoo Mankad (11). Jadeja equalled Pragyan Ojha today. Jadeja s figures of 6 for 63 are also his best against Australia.

1,000 runs in Tests completed by KL Rahul. He became 6th Karnataka batsman to achieve this feat after Rahul Dravid, Gundappa Viswanath, Syed Kirmani, Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath. He also became the 64th Indian to reach the milestone.

Player

M

Sunil Gavaskar

11

Ravi Shastri

13

Sadagopan Ramesh

13

Virender Sehwag

14

KL Rahul

14

Shiv Sunder Das

15

Murali Vijay

15

Shikhar Dhawan

15

Farokh Engineer

16

3rd opener to score fifties in both the innings of a Test at Chinnaswamy Rahul. The other two were Gordon Greenidge (93 and 107 in 1974-75) and Ajay Jadeja (59 and 73 in 1995-96).

4 seasons since a left-handed batsman from India to bat between Nos. 3 and 6 at home. Before Jadeja, the last Indian to do this was Yuvraj Singh, against England at Kolkata, back in 2012-13.

41.12 batting average of Mitchell Starc against India, 2nd-best by any batsman at No. 8 or below against India with a 300-run cut off. Starc has scored 329 runs against India. Ian Smith has the best batting average of 43.66 against India with 439 runs.

5th instance of Ravichandran Ashwin dismissing Starc, the most by any bowler. Ashwin went past James Anderson and Rangana Herath.

0 players before Ashwin has achieved the double of 70 wickets and 400 runs in a season. With 2 wickets in this innings, Ashwin now has 70 wickets in 2016-17. The previous record of most wickets with 400 runs in a season was of Kapil Dev with 63 wickets.

1,764 runs conceded by Ashwin in 2016-17, 2nd-most by any bowler in a season. The record is of 1,814 runs by Anil Kumble in 2004-05.