Nathan Lyon registered his career best bowling figures    IANS
Nathan Lyon registered his career best bowling figures IANS

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed a career-best haul of eight wickets to help Australia bowl out India for a paltry 189 and take opening day honours in the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Lyon, whose figures of 8-50 became the best by a visiting bowler on Indian soil, wreaked havoc in the final session of play as India lost their last five batsmen for 15 runs. Indian opener KL Rahul top-scored with a gritty 90 but failed to find support at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium – the batsman’s home ground. Australia were 40 for no loss at stumps with openers David Warner (23) and Matthew Renshaw (15) at the crease. The visitors trail India by 149 runs in the first innings. With another record breaking day in Test cricket, we present some of the interesting numbers from today’s contest.

58 wickets for Lyon against India. This is the most number of wickets by an Australian bowler against India. Before this Test, Lyon had 50 wickets against India and with this 8 wicket haul, he went past Brett Lee (53), Richie Benaud (52) and Glenn McGrath (51).

8 for 50 are the best figures by any visiting bowler in India. Lyon broke the previous record of Lance Klusener, who scalped 8 wickets for 64 runs at Kolkata in 1996-97. Lyon also became the 4th bowler and 2nd Australian to take 8-for in India after Klusener, Sikander Bakht (8 for 69 in 1979-80) and Jason Krejza (8 for 215 in 2008-09).

3rd 7-for by Lyon against India. This is the most number of 7-for’s by a bowler against India. Previous record of 2 was jointly held by Alec Bedser, Lance Gibbs, Ray Lindwall and Muttiah Muralitharan.

7 out of 8 Indian batsmen, who fell to Lyon, recorded either most number of dismissals against the Australian spinner or joint-most.

Nathan Lyon dismissing Indian batsmen for most times
Batsman Dismissed
Ishant Sharma 6
Virat Kohli 5
Cheteshwar Pujara 5
Ajinkya Rahane 5
Wriddhiman Saha 4
Ravichandran Ashwin 4
KL Rahul 4

Note: Lyon dismissing Kohli on five occasions is the joint-most by any bowler against the Indian batsman. James Anderson has also picked Kohli’s wickets five times. Similarly, against Ashwin too, Lyon recorded joint-most wickets of him as Peter Siddle has also scalped him on four occasions. Against others, Lyon is the bowler with most wickets.

56 Tests missed by Abhinav Mukund for India since his last appearance in 2011. His last Test in 2011 was against England. He becomes the 2nd Indian cricketer to miss more than 50 Tests, after Parthiv Patel (83).

7 opening pairs have been used by India in the ongoing 2016-17 season. Mukund and Rahul is India’s 7th opening pair in this season. This is also joint-most number of opening pairs used by India in a season. Other six opening pairs used by India in 2016-17 are: Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir and Vijay, Parthiv Patel and Rahul, Parthiv and Vijay, Pujara and Vijay and Rahul and Vijay. Previous instance of India using 7 different opening pairs in a season happened in 2004-05.

4th five-wicket haul for Lyon against India, which is the 2nd-most by an Australian bowler after Benaud (5).

8 wickets for Lyon and all came on Day one of the Test. This is the 2nd-most number of wickets taken by a bowler on Day one of a Test in India after Subhash Gupte’s 9 for 102 against West Indies at Kanpur in 1958-59. Lyon’s 8-wickets are also the most by a visiting bowler on Day one of a Test in India. There have been total of 11 bowlers who have taken 8 or more wickets on Day one of the Test.

Most wickets on Day 1
Bowler Wickets Team Opponent Season Venue
Nathan Lyon 8 Australia India 2016-17 Bangalore
Stuart Broad 8 England Australia 2015 Nottingham
Muttiah Muralitharan 9 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe 2001-02 Kandy
Muttiah Muralitharan 8 Sri Lanka England 2001 Colombo (SSC)
Craig McDermott 8 Australia England 1990-91 Perth
Abdul Qadir 9 Pakistan England 1987-88 Lahore
Colin Croft 8 West Indies Pakistan 1976-77 Port of Spain
Subhash Gupte 9 India West Indies 1958-59 Kanpur
Alf Valentine 8 West Indies England 1950 Manchester
Sydney Barnes 8 England South Africa 1913-14 Johannesburg
Len Braund 8 England Australia 1903-04 Melbourne
George Lohmann 8 England Australia 1891-92 Sydney

1st opening batsman of India to be dismissed in 90s since 2014-15 Adelaide Test Rahul. Vijay was the last Indian opener who got dismissed for 99 in the first Test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014-15.

19th Indian batsman to be dismissed in 90s against Australia Rahul. This is the record for joint 2nd-most number of 90s against Australia by India. South African batsmen have also got dismissed for 19 times in 90s against Australia. The record is of 51 by England.

1.90 economy rate of Steeve O’Keefe from his spell of 21 overs. Last instance of an Australian spinner bowling 20 overs with economy rate under 2 in India happened in 1969-70 at Chennai, where Ashely Mallett bowled 29.2 overs at 1.80 in the final innings of the Test.

6th toss won by Kohli in 2016-17 season the joint 2nd-most by an Indian captain in a season. The record is of 7 by Kapil Dev in 1983-84. Nari Contractor in 1961-62, Bishan Singh Bedi 1976-77 and Sachin Tendulkar in 1996-97 also won 6 tosses.