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AUSTRALIA V INDIA TESTS

Stats wrap: Records tumble in Ranchi

19 March 2017

Pujara and Saha's epic stand enters history books as O'Keefe, Cummins toil tirelessly

As Cheteshwar Pujara celebrated a double century before finally departing for an epic 202, and Wriddhiman Saha notched up a splendid 117, Australia's bowlers continued to toil on a quite incredible day four of the third Test in Ranchi.

Here we take a look at some of the compelling statistics to emerge from the action. 

77 – number of overs bowled  by Stephen O’Keefe, the most in a single innings by an Australian since Victorian Jim Higgs, who bowled 79.4 overs against England at the SCG in January 1979. O’Keefe’s 426 balls are also the most by an Australian in an innings in India, surpassing Alan Davison’s 345 in December, 1959. In the past 15 years, only S Randiv (73) and Zulfiqar Babar (72) have bowled more overs in an innings than O’Keefe.

525 – number of balls faced by Pujara, the most by an Indian in a Test innings. Rahul Dravid set the record in 2004 when he faced 495 balls in his 270 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, 2004. Pujara was still a whopping 323 balls behind world record holder Len Hutton, who faced 847 balls when he scored 364 against Australia at The Oval in 1938.

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199 – the partnership between Pujara and Saha, the highest seventh-wicket partnership in Test cricket between the two sides. The previous best was 173 by Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg in at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2008.

3 – Test hundreds for Saha, and the highest by a No.8 in Tests between Australia and India. Ranchi’s own MS Dhoni held the record when he posted 92 in Mohali in October, 2008. The highest by an Australian No.8 against India is 88 by Mitchell Johnson in 2014 in Brisbane.

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210 - the number of overs Australia bowled, the most since August, 1975, when Ian Chappell's charges bowled 233.5 overs against England at The Oval. 

39 – the number of overs bowled by Pat Cummins, the most in an innings by an Australian aged 23 or younger in 24 years. Glenn McGrath bowled 39 overs in his Test debut against New Zealand at the WACA Ground in November, 1993. Graham McKenzie holds the record with 60 overs against England at Old Trafford in 1964.

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3 – Test double-hundreds for Pujara, and the highest score at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, surpassing the 178no made by Steve Smith, on Friday.

2 – Pujara is just the sixth batsman in Test history to score multiple double-centuries against Australia, joining Wally Hammond (4), Brian Lara (3), Graeme Pollock, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman (2).

44 – number of overs bowled by Josh Hazlewood, the most in an innings of his career. The right-armer bowled 42 against Pakistan at the Gabba last December.

*Statistics correct at time of writing

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Sam Ferris is a Sydney-based journalist for cricket.com.au. He started in 2011 as a Big Bash League correspondent and continues to monitor the domestic scene and national sides closely.

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