England regained some ground on Day 4 of the Rajkot Test, after India batted very well on the third day to ensure they remained in contention for a draw. India finished their first innings on 488, after which England responded with an impressive 114 for no loss. Here are important statistics from the fourth day’s play.
For the first time since December 2012, India conceded the lead in the first innings. India finished their first innings on 488 in response to England’s 537. The last time they conceded the lead, at Nagpur, the opponents were again England. Since that Test, they had claimed the first-innings lead in 13 consecutive home Tests.
Ravichandran Ashwin may be India’s star performer with the ball, but he has done exceptionally well with the bat as well in Test cricket. He actually averages a healthy 34 with four hundreds and seven fifties. He scored two hundreds in the series in West Indies, and made 40 against New Zealand at Kanpur.
Opener Haseeb Hameed became the third England batsman to score a fifty before turning 20. Jack Crawford in 1905-06 and Dennis Compton in 1937 achieved the feat before Hameed.
England skipper Cook has featured in four century opening partnerships involving in India. No other visiting opener has done so well in India. Matthew Hayden is the next best, having featured in three hundred run stands for the opening wicket.
Virat Kohli became the 20th Indian to be dismissed hit-wicket in Tests, when he was dismissed for 40 by Adil Rashid. The last time an Indian was dismissed in such fashion in the five-day format was VVS Laxman at Antigua in 2002. Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohinder Amarnath and Kiran More are among the other Indians to have been dismissed in the bizarre fashion.
At one stage, India seemed set to take the lead. They were in a great position at 318 for 2, but slumped to 361 for 6, before Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha featured in the rescue act.
Saha has made some crucial contributions for the team of late. He scored 40, 47 and 104 in West Indies, twin fifties against New Zealand at Kolkata. At Rajkot on Saturday, he contributed a key 35 once again.
Leggie Amit Mishra was the only player to be dismissed for a duck across the two teams in the first innings.
--By A Cricket Statsman