England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

India's first-innings struggles at Lord's

The only time that India took a lead while batting first at Lord's was in 1936. With England currently at 219 for 6, India will be hoping to make this a second time

Bishen Jeswant

July 18, 2014

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MS Dhoni often let the game drift on the fourth morning, England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day, July 12, 2014
MS Dhoni may have dropped a crucial chance offered by Gary Ballance when on 32, but he did pocket some keeping records during the day © PA Photos
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100 Number of catches that Alastair Cook has taken in Tests. He reached this landmark when he took a juggling catch in the slips off Ben Stokes to dismiss Mohammed Shami. Among non-keepers, Cook became the seventh Englishman to reach this landmark.

295 India's highest score while batting in the first innings of a Test at Lord's. India's previous highest score in the first innings of a Lord's Test was 235, made in June 1952. India, however, have made five 300-plus scores in their first innings while batting second in a Lord's Test.

1 Number of Tests at Lord's that India have not lost when they have batted first. India have batted first in six previous Tests at Lord's and lost five of those. The only time that India did not lose was in a Test in 1979 when they were bowled out for 96 in the first innings. Fortunately for India though, multiple interruptions on account of bad light, rain, and storms had forced a draw.

13.37 Alastair Cook's batting average in 2014. Cook has scored 107 runs from eight innings this year, with a top score of 28. Cook has also managed only 15 runs in the current series, placing him 19th (out of the 22) on the list of top run-scorers in this series.

15 Number of times in England that both English openers have been dismissed for less than 20 against India. Interestingly, 11 of those 15 instances have been at Lord's. To put this in context, there have been 29 occasions on which both Indian openers have been dismissed for less than 20 in England, but only six times at Lord's.

1936 The only time that India took a first-innings lead after batting first at Lord's. Ironically, in that game in June 1936, India took a slender 13-run lead, despite being bowled out for 147. Including games where India have batted second, there are only four instances where India have taken a first-innings lead. Overall, India has conceded a lead in 12 out of 16 previous Tests at Lord's.

5 Number of times since 2001 that spin has been introduced by India only after at least 40 overs have been bowled in the innings. Out of these five instances, two have now been at Lord's, with the previous instance coming in 2007.

41.4 Number of overs in which England got to their first 100 runs. This is the slowest hundred of this series. Their second hundred was slightly faster, coming in 35 overs.

56 Number of dismissals effected by MS Dhoni in India-England Tests. This is the most dismissals made by any keeper in India-England encounters. Dhoni started the innings on 53 dismissals, and overtook Alan Knott, the previous record holder with 54 dismissals, by taking three catches to dismiss Cook, Sam Robson and Gary Ballance. On the all-time list of most Test dismissals by a keeper, Dhoni is currently joint sixth with 269 dismissals. One more dismissal will take him to fifth.

158 Number of bowlers to have taken at least one Test wicket while playing for India. M Vijay became the 158th when he picked up the wicket of Moeen Ali. Out of these 158 players, 21 players (excluding Vijay and Vinay Kumar) finished their Test careers with a solitary wicket. Vijay will be hoping to add to his tally on day three.

3 Number of hundreds that Ballance has scored at Lord's in as many first-class games. Apart from today's century, he also scored a Test hundred here against Sri Lanka last month and first-class ton for Yorkshire against Middlesex.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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Posted by indianzen on (July 18, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

Absolute fun is to watch cook's average is 13.4 in past 25-odd test and still he is the best captain...

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 18, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

Have to say Dhoni's ability to barely miss a game for India in the last 8 years has been amazing. The only major series I remember him missing is the recent Asia cup, I just worry about whether that will shorten his career. I hope it doesn't because when he goes I think India will realise just how lucky it was to have him, even though he is by no means perfect (in the longer form of the game away from home at least).

Posted by CurrentPresident on (July 18, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

How about some stats on India's 4th innings bowling struggles abroad?

Posted by deegowd on (July 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

If Dhoni's next dismissal is a stumping, he'll move up to joint 3rd on most stumpings in career and 5th highest dismissals overall.

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