England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day July 20, 2014

Dhoni and Cook take it slow

Stats highlights from the fourth day of the Lord's Test

1 Number of away Tests that India have lost after setting their opposition a 300-plus target in Test cricket - versus Australia at Perth in 1977. There have been 22 other instances when India have set their opposition a 300-plus target in away Tests, off which India have won 11 and drawn 11.

22.09 MS Dhoni's strike rate during India's second innings, when he scored 19 off 86 balls. This was his slowest innings for an innings of ten or more runs. His previous slowest innings was when he scored 25 off 112 balls against South Africa at Nagpur in 2010, at a strike rate of 22.32. Also, Alastair Cook's strike rate of 23.65 later in the day was his personal slowest for an innings of 20-plus runs.

8 Number of times that Ishant Sharma has dismissed Cook. Ishant has not dismissed any batsman more times, and Cook has not been dismissed by any bowler more than he has by Ishant. To boot, Ishant has dismissed Ian Bell six times as well. He may not be scoring fifties, but Ishant will be hoping to continue this bowling form.

3 Number of fifties scored by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this series. This is the highest number of fifty-plus scores in a series by a player batting at no. 9 or below. There are 13 players who have made two fifty-plus scores in a series while batting in these positions, but no player has managed to get three.

42.83 Bhuvneshwar's batting average in Test cricket. Among batsmen who have played more than five innings, this is the fourth highest average for a player batting at No. 9 or below. Bhuvneshwar's 209 runs in this series, at an average of 69.66, is the second highest by any batsman from either side.

3 Number of times in Test history that the fourth innings target has been identical to the chasing team's first innings score. England scored 319 in their first innings here, and need 319 to win in the fourth innings. In a curious coincidence, in a Test between Australia and West Indies in 1973, West Indies scored exactly 319 in their first innings and were set 319 to win in the fourth. The only other such instance was when England scored 435 in the first innings against West Indies in 1976, and were later set 435 to win.

10 Number of hundreds scored by Indian batsmen in the third innings of a Test in England (27 Tests) - four of these are at Lord's. M Vijay almost scored the fifth such century at Lord's, but was dismissed on 95. If he had scored five more runs, Vijay could also have become the fourth Indian batsman, after Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin, to make hundreds in successive Tests in England.

101 Number of balls that Vijay left alone during his innings of 95. He played 247 balls during his innings, which means 41% of all deliveries were left alone.

13 Number of times that an Indian batsmen has scored 300-plus runs during a series in England. Vijay, who has currently scored 317 runs in this series, is the latest addition on this list. There are three Indians who have done this on two occasions each - Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly.

9 Number of times that India's last three wickets have posted 100-plus runs in the third innings of an away Test. Five of these nine instances have been in England.

282 England's highest score in a winning cause in the fourth innings of a Test at Lord's. The highest here by any team is 344, by West Indies against England in 1984, which is the only instance of a 300-plus score being chased at Lord's. For Tests anywhere in the world, 332 is England's highest fourth innings score in a winning cause. If England were to win this Test, this would be the second highest chase in their Test history and also the second highest at Lord's.

1 Number of players from amongst the 22 players in this match who have not scored a Test fifty - Ishant Sharma. Before the start of this game, there were three such players. However, with Ravindra Jadeja scoring a crucial fifty in the second innings, and Liam Plunkett in the first, Ishant remains the only player yet to achieve this landmark.

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

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  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    These are quite the numbers.....Kudos to the number crunchers on cricinfo...

    A request to the stats team here...Many of India's overseas tours have had a name...like this campaign being "The Big Test"...There was Barood and Qayamat for the India Aus test series and India-Aus-Pak tri series in 1999..Would be interesting to know there were others like these...

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @bishen_jeswant - Al Cook as well didn't score a fifty yet. So the last stat should read as 2 out of 22..

  • Kanu on July 21, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Re the last stat - Jimmy Anderson also scored his first test 50 in this series.

  • DINAKAR on July 21, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    We are in the same winning position in SA and NZ too. But becoz the heroics from opposition team and some poor bowling, we drew them.So be cautious and dont be over confident. Go India..Fingures crossed.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    MSD s 1 of d all times gr8 player & skipper in ODIs ! No doubt.. Bcz evntho he hadnt got any 100s ovrseas, in ODIs he had done well in evry Nation wit many 50+ scores wit 85+ SR as a lower Middle Order Batsman..

    In T20s, He s an optimal batsman & a good skipper too..

    When comes 2 tests, he s js a Gud skipper & Player at Home ! But totally disastrous outside Asia as a test batsman consistently ovr years.. Had score a few Gud Inng in d past bt ntng much special :-(

    If Bhuvi, Jaddu, Binny had failed miserably , thn v mit hav aldry lost both d tests as English Bwlrs cud hav run thru d tails.. So he need 2 improve his own skills & shud luk 2 hit rather than being defensive..

    Bcz sacking an xprncd Captain all of a sudden & gvng d task 2 Virat wil totally shake d team's balance.. Aft 2015 WC, MSD can retire in T20s & giv d Captaincy 2 Virat 4 2016 T20 WC in India & slowly in d following years captaincy can b transferred during MSD's retirement..

  • Android on July 21, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    All this talk going on about England's best batting yet to come - guys tail enders are good threats on dead pitches like Trent Bridge but on a pitch that's talking like this one on the fifth day, they are nothing but tail enders! Sure there are a few centurion among them but this lords 5th day pitch isn't the kind to let you play yourself into form, under pressure against a decent quality opposition bowling attack! My guess is India win with about 70-80 runs

  • $$ milind on July 21, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Game isn't as over yet. To feel comfortable the Indian team has to make England 200/8 with none of the specialist batsmen in. Onus will be on Jadeja. Go Jaddu !!!

  • Rajan on July 20, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    With all these statistics, Imdia should avoid premature celebration: they should remember that, to make rabbit pie, you should first catch your rabbit. England's best batting is to my mind yet to come. And India's fielding better be better than it has been so far. Catches win matches. And dropped ones lose them. There have been two too many dropped already.

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