Australia vs India, 2018-19: 2nd Test, Day 2 – Statistical Highlights

Australia vs India, 2018-19: 2nd Test, Day 2 – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers recorded during India’s response on the second day.

Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane
Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

India gained the upper hand in the Perth Test after ending the day at 172/3 in response to the hosts’ first innings total of 326. Indian bowlers allowed the Aussies to added 59 for the 7th wicket stand before walking through the last four wickets for 16 runs. In response, both the Indian openers were bowled out cheaply before a rescue act from their captain Virat Kohli (82*) brought them back on track. He added 74 for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (24) and an unbeaten 90-run stand for the 4th wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (51*).

All the major stats and numbers recorded during India’s response on the second day.

Not the start that India wanted:

2 – Only the second time in the last 54 years that both the Indian openers were bowled for single digits in a Test inning. Murali Vijay bagged a duck before Lunch while KL Rahul made a couple. The other such instance was during their second innings of the 2015 Colombo (SSC) Test against Sri Lanka.

The Colombo Test is also the only other instance when Indian openers aggregated just two runs in a Test innings since 2011. KL Rahul scored two runs in that innings as well while Cheteshwar Pujara bagged a duck after carrying the bat in the first innings.


1986 – The last instance when both Indian openers were bowled in a Test innings in Australia was way back in 1986. Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth were out bowled in the opening innings of the 1986 Sydney Test after scoring centuries.


Captain and vice-captain come together once again:

615 – Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane pair has added 615 runs for the 4th wicket in Test matches in Australia. These are the most runs by a visiting pair for the 4th wicket in Australia surpassing Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen’s 601 runs across five innings including three century stands.

Kohli and Rahane have been involved in seven stands in Australia thus far aggregating 615 runs with two centuries and three fifties which include a record 262-run partnership.


Starc continues to trouble Vijay:

3 – Mitchell Starc has dismissed Murali Vijay in all the three innings they faced off in this Test series thus far. Overall, Starc has dismissed Vijay on six occasions in Test cricket conceding 93 runs in 213 deliveries.


A partnership to rescue:

74 – Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli added 74 runs for the 3rd wicket after losing the second wicket at the score of nine. This is the joint 8th highest 3rd wicket partnership for India after losing two wickets for less than ten runs.

Mohammad Azharuddin-Sanjay Manjrekar (149 from 2/5) against Pakistan in the 1989 Lahore Test and Mohinder Amarnath-Gundappa Viswanath (105 from 2/0) against Australia in the 1977 Melbourne Test are the only pairs with century 3rd wicket stand after losing first two wickets for less than ten runs on the board.


Pujara does a Pujara:

2013 – The last instance of an Indian facing 100+ balls in three consecutive away Test innings was Cheteshwar Pujara during the 2013 South Africa Test series. Pujara faced over 200 balls in two innings of the Adelaide Test.

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