It was a fascinating day 3 in the Ranchi Test between India and Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara’s magnificent century, combined with a gritty 82 from Murali Vijay helped India end the day on 360/6, trailing Australia by 91 runs. For the visitors, Pat Cummins was the star with 4/59 as he made a spectacular return to Tests after a six-year absence. (India vs Australia, day 3 report)
Murali Vijay and Pujara shared yet another century partnership as India stayed afloat in pursuit of Australia’s 451. Here are some of the statistical highlights of day 3 of the Ranchi Test between India vs Australia (India vs Australia day 3 scorecard)
- The 102-run stand for the second wicket between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara was their sixth century stand of the season. It is the 2nd most number of century stands by any pair in a season. Matthew Hayden and Picky Ponting had seven century partnerships in 2005-06 which is the most. No other Indian pair has more than two century stands in the season.
- Murali Vijay and Chereshwar Pujara added 954 runs in innings in this season which is so far the second most by an Indian pair in a season. Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir’s 961 in 14 innings in 2008-09 is the most.
- India’s first three batsmen, KL Rahul (67),Murali Vijay (82) and Cheteshwar Pujara (130*) all scored 50-plus knocks in the first innings. It was eighth instance against Australia. The last time it happened against New Zealand at Nagpur in 2010-11 when top three batsmen, Gautam Gambhir (78), Virender Sehwag (74) and Rahul Dravid (191) scored 50 plus knocks in the only innings to help India win the Test by an innings and 198 runs.
- Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 130 is his seventh century in first-class matches this season. This is the joint 2nd-most in an Indian first class season. VVS Laxman (8 hundred in 1999-2000) made the most whereas Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (1964-65) and Sunil Gavaskar (1978-79) also made seven hundreds. Pujara scored four centuries in 12 Tests and three in four domestic first-class games.
- Pujara became the first Indian batsman to score century in this series. It was 4th century of the series. Australian skipper Steven Smith made two centuries while Glenn Maxwell scored one before Pujara’s unbeaten 130.
(With inputs from Syed Pervez Qaiser)