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India v Australia 1st Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

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At end of the first day of the Test series between India and Australia, both the teams might be satisfied with the way the day played. The Indian bowlers picking 9 wickets while Australians had an unbeaten 51-run stand for the final wicket that took the score to 256/9.

Matt Renshaw’s grit despite a stomach bug that forced him to retire ill in the first session took Aussies towards a good first innings total on a dry track. Their middle and lower order couldn’t face Umesh Yadav’s fierce bowling but Mitchell Starc’s quick cameo towards the end of the day gave them what can be called a respectable total at Pune’s MCA Stadium, which is making its Test debut.

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2 – Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh coming to the crease at the same time was only the 3rd known instance in Test cricket where two new batsmen came to the crease at the same time. New Zealand (Robert Kennedy and Geoff Allott) v Zimbabwe in 1996 and Pakistan (Rahat Ali and Imran Khan) v Australia in 2014 are the other two instances.

2 – Umesh Yadav is only the 2nd Indian pacer to take a 4-wicket haul in Tests coming in as the 5th bowler or later in the innings. S Nazir Ali took 4/83 vs England in 1934 at Chennai coming to bowl as 7th bowler.

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4 – Number of pacers including Umesh Yadav who have taken a 4-wicket haul in Tests coming in a the 5th bowler or later in the innings on Indian soil. The last one was Ben Stokes in the recent Test series at Mohali.

4/32 – Umesh Yadav’s bowling figures at the end of day 1 are his 2nd best bowling figures in Test cricket and his best at home. This is only the 5th time he has managed to take 4-wicket haul and his only 5-fer in Tests came vs Australia at Perth way back in 2012.

5 – Number of times Umesh has dismissed David Warner in Test cricket so far, the joint most he has dismissed any batsman in Test cricket. He got Shaun Marsh out 5 times as well.

6 – Number of left-handed batsmen in the Australian XI. In their last 5 Tests in India, they have played with 6 left-handed batsmen in 4 Tests. Remaining 8 teams have played 4 Tests with 6 lefties in the XI on Indian soil vs India so far.

7 – For the 7th consecutive time in Tests on Indian soil, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. They lost in the previous 6 Tests.

11 – Number of consecutive Test series between India and Australia that started with Australia batting first in the opening Test of the series.

20y 332d – Matt Renshaw’s age coming into this game. He is the youngest Australian to score a fifty plus in the Asian continent. Rick Darling who scored a fifty at 22y 154d in 1979 vs India was the youngest before him.

20y 332d – Matt Renshaw is now the 4th youngest Australian opener to score a fifty plus outside home. 4 out of the top 5 youngest fifty plus scores by Australian openers are in the name of Philip Hughes.

22 – Runs scored by Peter Handscomb, the fewest he has scored in an innings before getting dismissed in his Test career so far. His scores before this innings are: 54, 1*, 105, 35*, 54, 110, 40*.

63 – Number of players including Mitchell Starc who have scored 1000 runs and took 100 wickets in Test cricket. Starc is the 14th Australian to do it.

80 – Number of Test venues India have played in so far, the most by any team. Pune’s MCA stadium is the 80th Test venue India have featured in and the 25th in India. Pakistan played Test cricket at 79 venues.

96.08 – Percentage of runs scored by Mitchell Starc in the 10th wicket partnership with Josh Hazlewood. Starc scored 49 runs out of the 51-run unbeaten stand while Hazlewood scored 1 run. Another run came in the form of a no-ball.

2012 – Last time before Ravichandran Ashwin, an Indian spinner opened the bowling in the very first innings of a Test match was Pragyan Ojha vs New Zealand at Bangalore in 2012. Ashwin and Ojha are the only Indian spinners to open the bowling in first innings of a Test in the last 40 years.

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