Player of the Match
Player of the Match
99.2
4
Jadeja to Handscomb, FOUR runs, short of a length, outside off, and he has punched it away for four
98.4
4
Ashwin to Wade, FOUR runs, full, half-volley, Wade drives it for four. Somebody has to go pick it. That means time spent
96.5
4
Ashwin to Wade, FOUR runs, carrom ball, into the pads, punched away for four. The lead crosses 40
90.4
4
Sharma to Handscomb, FOUR runs, and now he flourishes. Short ball, into the body, and pulled away over square leg
86.5
4
Ashwin to Marsh, FOUR runs, lovely shot to get to fifty. This is a huge innings for Australia. Marsh repays all the faith shown in him. Down the wicket to drive this between mid-off and cover. Even Kohli applauds
77.3
4
Jadeja to Handscomb, FOUR runs, flat shortish ball, he goes back to cut it in front of point. Four more. Invaluable runs
74.3
4
Yadav to Handscomb, FOUR runs, too straight, middle and leg, swings back in, and it seems like these are four leg-byes, but they are called runs. That is his first fifty of the series, the hundred stand, and what a big innings this is
72.3
4
Yadav to Marsh, FOUR runs,
56.6
4
Ashwin to Handscomb, FOUR runs, beautiful shot. The best of all. Skips out of his crease, takes this on the half-volley, and drives this between midwicket and mid-on. All along the ground. This is high-quality batting
56.4
4
Ashwin to Handscomb, FOUR runs, sort, wide, slow, Handscomb has the time to go back and punch this in front of point for a four all along the ground
56.1
4
Ashwin to Handscomb, FOUR runs, down the wicket, takes this on the full, uses his wrists it beat midwicket to his right for a four all along the ground
55.4
4
Jadeja to Marsh, FOUR runs, wide on the crease, a touch too full, Marsh drives at it, gets a thick edge, past point, for four
43.3
4
Ashwin to Marsh, FOUR runs, lovely shot. Down the wicket, takes this on the half-volley, and drives this all along the ground, between Ashwin and mid-on. No chance for the ball to spin
40.5
4
Yadav to Marsh, FOUR runs, full, swinging in, misses his length by inches, and bowls this short of the yorker length. Marsh presents it a straight face, and push-drives it between the bowler and mid-on
33.1
4
Jadeja to Marsh, FOUR runs, short of a length, and Marsh goes back to punch this past midwicket. Some relief?
28.5
4
Sharma to Marsh, FOUR runs, stabs at a wide length ball, gets a thick outside edge, gets four past the slips
24.5
4
Sharma to Smith, FOUR runs, tires the surprise straight ball but Smith is only pleasantly surprised. He likes it, and clips it through midwicket for four. Deficit under 100 now
8.6
4
Yadav to Smith, FOUR runs, driven on the up. Gets close to a wide length ball, Smith opens the face slightly, and Vijay dives over it at cover
6.2
4
Ashwin to Renshaw, FOUR runs, into the pads, tucked away past square leg. The quick outfield takes this away from Pujara. He still puts in a spirited chase, but as he pulls the ball in, his toe hits the boundary skirting
2.2
4
Ashwin to Warner, FOUR runs, nervous desperate shot. Looking to hit Ashwin off his length. Makes room and jumps out of the crease, beaten in the flight, still goes ahead with the shot. The think outside edge just sails over mid-off
0.6
4
Ashwin to Warner, FOUR runs, too short again, and even though it stays low, Warner goes back to cut this in front of point for four more
0.4
4
Ashwin to Warner, FOUR runs, short and wide, Warner cuts it away for four

Fifth-wicket rescue

38

No. of consecutive inns without a century partnership for 5th wkt for Australia, before this match. In this Test, they have had 100+ stands in both inns for the wkt.

Jadeja again

3

No. of times Jadeja has dismissed Smith in this series. He has scored 105 off 320 balls at SR of 32.82. Against all others bowlers: 266 off 506, SR of 52.56 with 2 dismissals.

rely on smith

78.33

Smith's average in 3rd inns of Tests in his last 6 inns, before this. His scores: 138, 70*, 31, 63, 59, 109.

Pujara's second double

2

No. of double-centuries for Pujara against Australia, joint-most among Indian batsmen with Tendulkar and Laxman and joint third-most overall.

New record

495

Previous most number of balls faced by an Indian in a Test innings, by Rahul Dravid in his innings of 270 in Rawalpindi in 2004. Pujara has faced 500+ balls so far.

Pujara's top season

7

No. of centuries for Pujara in this first-class season, the joint 2nd-most in an Indian fc season. Laxman (8) made the most whereas Pataudi & Gavaskar also made 7.

Long ago

2010

Last time India's top-3 all scored 50+ in the same Test inns, vs NZ in Nagpur. India had 8 such instances between 2006 and 2010 but this inns is the first since then.

Vijay-Pujara stand tall

6

No. of century partnerships between Vijay and Pujara in this 2016-17 season - the 2nd-most by any pair in a season. Hayden-Ponting had 7 in 2005-06, the most.