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Ravichandran Scalped his 22nd 5-wicket haul in Tests AFP

After a disappointing start in the first session, India managed to pull things in their favour towards the end of third day’s play, in the third Test between against England at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. England began the day at 103 for 5 ,with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow at the crease. The duo added 110 for the sixth wicket. But after Bairstow’s wicket, England could only amass 65 runs for the last four wickets, eventually bowling out for 255. India ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped his 22nd five-wicket haul, helping India take a lead of 200 runs.

India did not start well with the bat in the second innings, losing 3 wickets for 40. But skipper Virat Kohli did the rescue job for the team by scoring yet another fifty. At the end of day’s play, both captain (56) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (22) were unbeaten at the crease, with India at 98 for 3, taking a lead of 298. From England’s bowling department, Stuart Broad grabbed two wickets, while his partner James Anderson got only one. Overall, the day ended in India’s favour, and we present some interesting statistical highlights from today’s play.

22nd 5-wicket haul for Ashwin in Tests: This is the 4th highest number of 5-wicket hauls in Tests by any Indian bowler after Kapil Dev (23), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Anil Kumble (35). After today’s stunning performance, Ashwin has now 17 5-wicket hauls at home 3rd most by any Indian bowler after Harbhajan (18) and Kumble (25).

50 Test wickets for Stuart Broad against India: Broad became sixth English bowler to take these many wickets against India after James Anderson (86 ), Derek Underwood (62), Bob Willis (62), Ian Botham (59) and Fred Trueman (53).

The 110-run partnership for the 6th wicket between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow was their third 100-plus partnership in 2016. This is the joint most 100-plus partnership for a 6th wicket in a calendar year by any pair. The other pair to have the same record is Thilan Samaraaweera and Hashan Tillakaratne in 2001.

The 6th 5-wicket haul for Ravichandran Ashwin in 2016: This is the most number of 5-wicket hauls in Tests in 2016. He goes past Rangana Herath’s tally of 5 five-wicket hauls in 2016.

52 wickets for Ashwin in 2016: This is the second most number of wickets by any bowler in 2016 after Herath 54 wickets.

24 catches for Joe Root in 2016. This is the joint-most number of catches by an England cricketer in a calendar year. The previous instance of 24 catches by an England player is also held by Root in 2015.

Ashwin became 2nd Indian to claim 50-plus wickets in consecutive calendar year in Tests after Harbhajan Singh in 2001 and 2002. He also became the 3rd Indian to take 50-plus wickets in two calendar year after Harbhajan (2001, 2002 and 2008) and Anil Kumble (1999, 2004 and 2006).

1,759 runs scored by England’s 6th wicket in 2016: This is the fourth-most number of runs scored by any team’s stand in a calendar year after Pakistan 2,341 runs for 3rd wicket in 2006; South Africa 1,800 runs for 2nd wicket in 2008; Australia 1,790 runs for 2nd wicket in 2005.

9th fifty-plus score for Bairstow in 2016: This is the most number of the fifty-plus score in a calendar year in Tests while batting at number six or lower position. The previous record of 8 fifty plus scores in this criteria is held by three players: Garry Sobers in 1966, Shivnarine Chanderpaul in 2002 and Andrew Flintoff in 2004.

20 ducks for James Anderson in Tests: This the joint-most number of ducks by any English player. Anderson is the 5th English cricketer to get these many ducks in Tests after Michael Atherton, Stuart Broad, Steven Harmison and Monty Panesar.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)