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Stats highlights from India’s SCG heroics

Stats highlights from the third Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground

3 Instances of India batting out more overs in the fourth innings to save a Test match – the last of which came in 1979. 131 overs is also most overs batted by India in the fourth innings of a Test in the last four decades.

Most overs batted by India in 4th innings in draws

Overs Score RR Against Venue Season
150.5 429/8 2.84 Eng The Oval 1979
136 325/3 2.38 WI Kolkata 1948/49
132 289/5 2.18 WI Mumbai (BS) 1958/59
131 364/6 2.77 Pak Delhi 1979/80
131 334/5 2.54 Aus Sydney 2020/21
107 355/8 3.31 WI Mumbai (BS) 1948/49
103 221/5 2.14 WI Bridgetown 1970/71

131 overs batted out by India is the most by an Asian team in the fourth innings to save a Test match in Australia. The previous most was 89.5 overs by India at the same venue in 2014/15.

148 runs for the between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant is the highest ever fourth-wicket partnership for India in Test cricket in the fourth innings surpassing 138 between Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi at the Brabourne Stadium in 1948/49.

97 by Rishabh Pant is second-highest by a designated Indian wicketkeeper in the fourth innings of a Test. The only higher knock being Pant’s 118 against England at the Oval in 2018.

134 Innings taken by Pujara to reach the milestone of 6000 runs in Test matches. He became the 11th player from India to reach the milestone and has reached the landmark quicker than five of his countrymen.

14.28 Hanuma Vihari’s strike rate in his innings of unbeaten 23 off 161 balls. The only Indian batsman with a lower strike rate in an innings of 150 or more balls (where balls faced details available) is Yashpal Sharma’s 8.28 (13 off 157) in the fourth innings draw against Australia in Adelaide in 1980/81.

Lowest SR in an innings for India (150+ balls)

Player Runs BF SR Inngs # Against Venue Season
Yashpal Sharma 13 157 8.28 4 Aus Adelaide 1980/81
Hanuma Vihari 23* 161 14.28 4 Aus Sydney 2020/21
Chandu Sarwate 26 160 16.25 3 Aus Brisbane 1947/48
Manoj Prabhakar 41* 220 18.63 1 NZ Chennai 1995/96
Hemu Adhikari 38 202 18.81 2 Aus Melbourne 1947/48
Parthasarathi Sharma 29 151 19.20 3 Eng Delhi 1976/77

128 Balls faced by R Ashwin in this innings – the most he has faced in the fourth innings of a Test bettering his previous most of 53 balls. It was the first time in 41 innings since the start of 2017, Ashwin has survived 100+ balls in an innings.

128 Nathan Lyon’s strike rate in this series – the lowest for him in a home series and second-lowest overall behind 220 against Pakistan in UAE in 2014/15 (three wickets in 110 overs). In this series, Lyon has picked just six wickets from 128 overs bowled.

60 Years since Australia won a home series (4+ Tests) when they did not have a lead at the end of the third Test of the series. The last time it happened was against West Indies in 1960/61, when series was level 1-1 with a tied Test and Australia went on to win the deciding fifth match by two wickets to clinch the series 2-1. The last match of the current series will be played at the Gabba, where no Asian side have ever won, and Australia haven’t lost since 1988/89.

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