India in England 2014 July 17, 2014

India's rearguard and Anderson's records

Some key numbers at the end of the first day's play of the Lord's Test between India and England.

11 Number of times that both Indian openers have been dismissed for less than 25 runs in 18 away Tests post 2010. While the openers have individually made 13 50-plus scores, including four centuries in this period, there have still been numerous twin failures.

8 Number of English bowlers who have taken 250-plus career Test wickets. Stuart Broad became the eighth and latest addition on that list when he had MS Dhoni caught behind by Matt Prior.

233 Number of wickets that James Anderson has now taken in England, a record. Fred Trueman with 229 wickets, from 47 matches, held the previous record. Anderson, started his 55th match on 229 wickets, and went past Trueman's record when he picked up the first Indian wicket, that of Shikhar Dhawan.

2011 The year which saw the last instance of India's last three wickets doubling the innings score. In today's game India were 145-7, and finished the day on 290-9. The last instance of the Indian tail wagging so vigorously as to double the innings score was at Edgbaston during India's last tour to England, when last three wickets took the score from 111-7 to 224 during India's first innings.

72 Number of Test wickets that Anderson has taken at Lord's, more than by any other bowler. The earlier record of 69 wickets was held by Ian Botham. Anderson went past Botham's record when he picked up the wicket of Virat Kohli, caught behind by Prior.

106 Ajinkya Rahane's strike rate once he had crossed 100 balls. Rahane scored 46 runs off his first 100 balls, and 57 off the next 54. During his first 100 balls, Rahane was in control of 91% of the shots that he played. Though he had a higher strike rate after his first 100 balls, his control factor reduced to 81%.

4 Number of Indian batsmen who have a scored a century during their first Test at Lord's, with Rahane being the latest. The other three players are Saurav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Agarkar.

6 Number of instances of Indian batsmen scoring a century in England while batting at number five. The five instances apart from Rahane's knock of 103, involved Mohammad Azharuddin (twice), Vijay Manjrekar, Polly Umrigar and Saurav Ganguly

6.51 India's run rate when the English bowlers bowled a full length. Out of the 116 deliveries that the England bowlers pitched up to the bat, the Indians scored 126 runs. On the contrary, India scored only 61 runs off the 213 balls that were delivered on a good length, at a run rate of 1.71, and even lost six of their nine wickets to length balls.

80 Percentage of instances where Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in control of his shots. To put this in context, MS Dhoni was only in control of 70% of his shots, Shikhar Dhawan 67% and M Vijay 63%. Apart from the fact that Bhuvneshwar played a composed innings, this could also be indicative of the fact that the pitch has eased up a little, something that Indians might not have been hoping for.

3 Number of instances where the Indian eighth wicket pair has posted a 90-plus partnership in England. Today's partnership between Bhuvneshwar and Rahane was the third highest. It is interesting that an Indian eight wicket pair has not posted a 100-plus partnership in England despite now getting to 90 on three separate occasions.

600 Number of runs that India's first five wickets have contributed in this Test series. However, the bottom five wickets have more than pulled their weight by scoring 538 runs. Both sets of five wickets have contributed one century partnership and three fifty partnerships each.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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  • Rodney on July 18, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    When Anderson took his 3rd wicket, the two leading bowlers still playing (Steyn) had taken 362 wickets and at the same time the two leading batsman still playing (Jawardene and Sangakarra) had both scored 11493 runs.


  • Android on July 18, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    truly magnificent fightback by rahane and bhuvi and then shami ishant . English bowlers should have done what they do best -swing the ball from that unplayable length' instead of trying to do a west indies of the Lloyd era! plunkett was trying to a Croft which was extremely poor cloning

  • Manesh on July 18, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Well done Rahane. Questions to be asked over inclusion of Dhoni, Binny and Jadeja in test team.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Pity he didn't get Jadeja out.. The celebration alone would have been a sight!

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar is technically very strong and correct. Could develop into a good allrounder.

  • David on July 17, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    65 - Difference between Dahwan's highest "low score" & lowest high "score."

    Dhawan has made THREE high scores: his debut masterpiece of 187 against THAT Australian team, and 115 & 98 against New Zealand. (The high scores in NZ were accompanied by 0 & 2 in his other innings.) The average of his three high scores is an amazing 132.

    Of the other ELEVEN innings he has batted, the highest Dhawan has managed is 33. The average of his eleven low scores is an amazing 16.5. He averages 16.5 in 78.5% of innings batted - eight in ten!

    Thus in his 10 innings in this series, in 8 of them he should make around 16.5 runs. In his 3 knocks so far in the series, he averages …. 16!

    He is certainly reliable, if nothing else.

  • Peterincanada on July 17, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    @Prince Funny - yes but also meaningless.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    80% Percentage of instances where Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in control of his shots. To put this in context, MS Dhoni was only in control of 70% of his shots, Shikhar Dhawan 67% and Murali Vijay 63%. Well that's funny

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