Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell stole the show in Ranchi’s debut on the first day of the third Test played at the JSCA stadium. The Australian cricket team skipper’s 19th Test century and Maxwell’s maiden fifty helped Australia pile on 299/4 against India national cricket team at the end of day one.
For India, it was a day of toil and there were some anxious moments when Virat Kohli injured his shoulder while diving and he was off the field for most of the day. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up a wicket each while Umesh Yadav was the star with 2/63. However, Smith and Maxwell’s partnership ensured Australia would be on course to reach a big total.
During the Smith-Maxwell partnership, some milestones were notched up. Here are a list of some of the statistical achievements
* Smith is the third quickest batsman for Australia behind Don Bradman (56 innings) and Matthew Hayden (95 innings) and the joint seventh-fastest in history to reach 5000 Test runs.
* Smith and Maxwell set a new record of best fifth wicket stand for Australia in India by adding 159 unbroken runs. This is Australia’s best fifth wicket stand against India in India. Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade’s 145-run stand at Hyderabad in 2012-13 was Australia’s previous best fifth wicket stand in India.
* Australia became only the second team after England to play 800 Test matches. Australia played their first Test match against England at Melbourne on March 15,1877 and it took 140 years and one day to reach this milestone. England, with 983 Tests, have played more than them but Australia have won more Tests.
* Smith became only the third skipper to score two hundreds in a series against India in India. Clive Lloyd was the first skipper to score two hundreds in a series in India and The West Indies skipper did the same twice. In 1974-75 series, he made 163 in Bangalore and 242* in Mumbai. In the 1983-84 series, Clive Lloyd scored 103 in Delhi and 161* in Kolkata. England’s Alastair Cook made three hundreds while leading the side in 2012-13 series, 176 in Ahmedabad, 122 in Mumbai and 190 in Kolkata.
* The 50-run opening stand between Matt Renshaw and David Warner was their sixth 50 plus stand in nine innings. It was their third 50 plus stand in four innings of this series.
(Stats by S. Pervez Qaiser)