Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day

Australia's 15-over blast

Stats highlights from an utterly dominant day for Australia in Perth

S Rajesh

January 13, 2012

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David Warner hits over the top, Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day, January 13, 2012
David Warner notched up the fastest Test century against India, bettering AB de Villiers' 75-ball effort © Getty Images
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  • India's 161 is the lowest first-innings total in a Perth Test since Pakistan's 155 in 1999. Overall, it's the fourth-lowest in the first innings here. It's India's eighth score of less than 250 in the first innings in their last 16 Tests.

  • David Warner's 69-ball century equals the fourth-fastest such score in Tests. It's the third-fastest for Australia, next only to Adam Gilchrist's 57-ball effort against England, also in Perth, and Jack Gregory's 67-ball hundred against South Africa back in 1921-22. Four of the seven fastest Test hundreds have been scored in Perth. This century is also the fastest against India, bettering AB de Villiers' 75-ball knock in Centurion in December 2010. The two fastest centuries against India have thus been scored in the last 13 months.

  • Warner scored 29 off 24 balls from Zaheer Khan in this innings; in his previous 55 balls from Zaheer in the series, he had scored 25, and been dismissed once. Here, he also smashed Umesh Yadav for 28 from 20, Vinay Kumar for 30 from 20, and Ishant Sharma for 16 from 13.

  • Australia's 15-over total of 117 is the most runs scored by a team in the first 15 overs of a Test since the beginning of 2002. The previous record during this period had been Bangladesh's 108 against England in Dhaka in March 2010.

  • For the fourth time since December 2010, a completed Indian innings didn't have a single 50-plus score. In fact, it's the second time in this series: in the second innings at the MCG, Tendulkar's 32 was the highest. It had also happened twice on the tour to South Africa in 2010-11. Between August 2008 and November 2010, it hadn't happened even once.

  • Australia's fast bowlers have averaged 20.44 for their 47 wickets, which is their second-best average in a series in the last 11 years. The only time they bettered it during this period was against New Zealand at home in 2008-09, when they averaged 18.20 for each of their 35 wickets.

  • In 19 overseas innings since the start of the tour to the West Indies in 2011, India's average opening partnership has been 14.31, with a highest of 63.

  • Rahul Dravid was bowled for the 53rd time in Tests, which equals Allan Border's record.

  • If Australia score 13 more runs without losing a wicket, it'll be only the third time that a team surpasses India's first-innings total without losing a wicket. The last time it happened was against South Africa in Ahmedabad in 2008, when they were bundled out for 78. For Australia, it'll be sixth time they'll go past an opposition total without losing a wicket.

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