Captain Smith’s prolonged innings and India’s fifty-plus opening stand. Here are the statistical highlights from day two of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi.
191 Runs stand between Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell for fifth wicket, fourth-best in against India in India. 256 is the highest at this position which was gathered by AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis in 2008 at Ahmedabad.
13 Glenn Maxwell becomes 13th batsmen to score hundred in all three formats with his 104 in first innings. He is second Australian after Shane Watson to achieve this feat in international cricket.
178* Runs scored by Steven Smith in first innings; highest score by Australian captain in India overtaking Michael Clarke’s 130 in Chennai in 2012-13 season. Also it is fifth-best by a visiting captain in India after C Lloyd (242*), A Cook (190), A Kallicharan (187) and Imzamam-ul-Haq (184).
3 Number of Indian openers have made four fifties in a Test series without a hundred including KL Rahul today. He had scored fifty in first innings of Pune Test, fifty in both innings at Bangalore. Other openers to achieve this feat are Chetan Chauhan (1978-79 v West Indies & 1979-80 v Australia) and N Sidhu (1997-98 v Australia).
361 Balls faced by Smith in his innings, joint-most in his career. He had faced 361 balls in Kingston in 2015 when his inning ended on 199 against West Indies.