England vs India, 2018: 5th Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

England vs India, 2018: 5th Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the opening day’s play at The Oval.

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Alastair Cook, in his final Test match, turned out to be England’s best player on the first day of The Oval Test where India bounced back in the final session. On his way to a 71,  Cook shared a 60-run opening stand with Keaton Jennings and 73 with Moeen Ali. However, the visitors bagged as many as six wickets in the post-Tea session which included dismissing three batsmen for ducks. Moeen Ali, who batted No.3 in this Test as well, scored a 50 by battling out for 170 deliveries.

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the opening day’s play at The Oval:

3 – Only the 3rd time in the last ten years that three out of  England’s top 8 batsmen bagged ducks in a home Test innings. Such an instance happened previously in the 2010 Lord’s Test against Pakistan and against Sri Lanka in the 2016 Leeds Test.


3 – Jonny Bairstow became only the 3rd England player to bag as many as three ducks in a home Test series while batting in the top seven. Graeme Hick in 2000 against West Indies and Ben Stokes in the 2015 Ashes also bagged three ducks.


4 – Joe Root became only the 4th England captain to bag a duck against India and the first since Mike Atherton in the 1996 Lord’s Test. He is also the first England captain to bag a Test duck while batting at No.4 since Michael Vaughan in 2005.


13 – Number of instances of a team winning all tosses in a five-match Test series. Joe Root became the 11th captain to win all five tosses in a series while Virat Kohli became the 10th to lose.


19 – Alastair Cook became only the 19th player and the first since Brad Hodge with 50+ scores in both first and final Test matches against the same opposition.


25 – India conceded 25 byes in England’s first innings thus far. This is the 5th time India conceded 25 and more byes in a Test inning and first since the 2008 Delhi Test against Australia where they had given away 28 byes in the 1st innings.


25 – The 25 runs India conceded thus far via byes are the most known number of byes conceded by any team in the first innings of a Test on an opening day in the last 100 years.

India conceded as many as 27 out of the 40 extras (29 byes, 9 leg byes and 2 no-balls) in the first innings of the Kanpur Test in 1964 against England.


30 – The ongoing Test match is the 30th for Alastair Cook against India. These are the most number of Test match appearances for any player against India surpassing Ricky Ponting’s 29.


2000 – Hanuma Vihari became the first player to feature in India’s playing XI in Test cricket while playing for Andhra team since MSK Prasad in the 2000 SCG Test against Australia.

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