30 minutes before Lunch on the final day, an India win seemed to be the most likely result with Australians strangling at 63/4 with their captain Steven Smith back in the pavilion and still 89 runs behind India’s first innings lead. But a tremendous fight from Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb ensured nothing of that sort happened as the pair batted out for over 62 overs and saved the game.
The effort also put them in a position where a couple of wickets in the final overs of the play didn’t make things tough for the visitors as the home team ran out of overs and time before eventually agreeing to draw. Here we look at all the stats and numbers recorded during the day’s play.
11 – Number of consecutive Tests in Asia for Australia before this game which ended with a result. The last instance of Australia featuring in a drawn Test in Asia was in 2011 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC). In these 11 Tests, Australia won 1 and lost 10.
19.87 – Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling average in Test cricket at home, the 5th best for anyone with 100 Test wickets at their home. He is one of the 5 bowlers with an average under 20 at home out of the 76 bowlers who have taken over 100 wickets.
78 – Number of wickets Ravichandran Ashwin has taken in 2016/17 season in Test cricket, the joint most by any bowler in a season. He equaled Dale Steyn’s 78 wickets in 2007/08 season. Ravindra Jadeja stands next on this list with 67 wickets in this season.
93.3 – Overs bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in this Test match, the most by an Indian in a Test since Narendra Hirwani (94 overs v England at Oval, 1990).
142 – Ravindra Jadeja has taken 142 wickets in first-class cricket since 2015/16 season, the most for any bowler in this period.
373 – Number of balls Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb pair faced during their stay, the 2nd longest stand in 2nd innings for Australia in Asia. (Where ball data is known) Longest: 391 balls by Katich and Langer in 2004 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC).
373 – Balls faced by Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb pair are the 4th most for a visiting team’s pair in the 2nd innings in India. (Where ball data is known)
2008 – The last time before this Test, a visiting team drew a Test match in India after conceding 150+ first innings lead was England at Mohali in 2008.
2008 – The last instance of a visiting team batting whole 5th day in the 3rd innings after conceding first innings lead was in 2008 at Chennai by South Africa.
2010 – The last instance of a Test series in India with both teams winning the same number of games in a series going into the final Test was in 2010 between India and New Zealand. The first, two Tests ended in a draw and India won the decider to take the series.
2013 – Last time before this Test, Australia played 100 or more overs in their 2nd innings outside home was in 2013 vs England at Nottingham.
2685 – Number of balls bowled in this Test match, the most in a Test match since 2000 where the 4th inning wasn’t played. The previous most: 2664 balls in West Indies vs India Test at St John’s in 2002.
4209 – Number of balls Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled in the 2016/17 season in Test cricket, the most by any bowler in a season in Tests. Ravindra Jadeja stands 2nd with 4106 balls in this season. The next most after these two is 3673 balls by Anil Kumble in 2004/05 season.