Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed added 75 runs in 50.2 overs for the first wicket in England second innings on the fourth day of the second Test match against India at at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Sunday (November 20). (SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS)
It was longest opening wicket stand in terms of balls in the fourth innings of a Test for the visitors in India since January 1,2000. Australian Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater’s 74 runs stand in 23.2 overs at Kolkata in 2000-01 was the previous longest in India in the fourth innings of a Test match.
** Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed’s opening stand in 50.2 overs was only the second instance since 2000, of an overseas opening pair batting 50 or more overs in a team’s second innings in India. Both those instances have come in this series. Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed stayed together for 58.4 overs, adding 180 for the first wicket in the first Test match at Rajkot. This is only the fifth instance of overseas opening pairs batting for more than 30 overs in the second innings in India during this period, and four of them have involved Alastair Cook, with Andrew Strauss in 2006, with Nick Compton in 2012, and twice with Hameed in this series.
** The partnership run rate between Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed is 1.49 runs per over. It was England’s lowest for an opening stand lasting 100 or more balls in Tests (where balls-faced data is available). The previous lowest was 1.60, between Alastair Cook and Nick Compton at Nagpur in 2012-13.
** Virat Kohli scored 248 runs in this Test match, 167 in the first innings and 81 in the second. It was fourth highest match aggregate for Indian skipper in a Test match. The top two are both by Sunil Gavaskar against West Indies in the 1978-79 home series, while Virat Kohli made 256 in Adelaide a couple of years ago.
** Alastair Cook faced 171 balls for his half-century. It was the slowest of his career. The previous slowest took 164 balls, against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2013, and against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2012.
** Alastair Cook’s 54 was his 11th fifty-plus scores in the fourth innings of Tests. Only four batsmen have more. West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle, South African Graeme Smith (13 each), and India’s Sunil Gavaskar (12).
** Haseeb Hameed became the fourth opener under the age of 20 who have faced 100-plus balls in the fourth innings of a Test. The others three were Zahid Fazal (Pakistan), Nafees Iqbal (Bangladesh), Archie Jackson (Australia).