West Indies v India, 3rd Test, St Lucia, 1st day August 9, 2016

Allrounder Ashwin, and India's No. 3 trouble

Stats highlights from the first day's play in St Lucia where R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha rescued India after a top-order failure
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R Ashwin became the third India player to make two 50+ scores and take two five-wicket hauls in a Test series © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

3 India players who made two or more 50-plus scores and took two or more five-wicket hauls in a Test series. R Ashwin, in this series, joins Kapil Dev and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in doing the bat-and-ball double. Kapil did it twice, against Pakistan in 1979-80 and England in 1981-82 and Bhuvneshwar achieved it in England in 2014. However, Kapil and Bhuvneshwar did it in a series of five or more matches whereas Ashwin's has come in a four-match series.

66.57 Ashwin's batting average against West Indies - the best by any India batsman with five or more innings. He has converted each of his three fifties into centuries before this unbeaten 75 on the first day in St Lucia.

122 Balls faced by Wriddhiman Saha by the end of day one is his most in a Test innings. His unbeaten 46 is his fourth-highest score in Tests so far.

3 Partnerships of 50 or more runs for the sixth wicket for India in this series in as many innings. This is the joint-most for India in an away series. Ashwin and Saha added 71 runs in the first Test, and Rahane and Saha added 98 runs in the second Test before the unbeaten century stand between Ashwin and Saha in St Lucia.

5.11 Run rate off the second new ball - 46 runs in nine overs. From the start of the second session until the new ball was taken after 81 overs, India had made just 101 runs in 58 overs, a run rate of 1.74. They had a good run rate in the first session though, scoring 87 runs in 23 overs at 3.78 per over.

290 Average score on the first day in the four Tests in St Lucia before this match. India's 234 is the lowest total on the first day at this venue. In 2006, India had made 361 in 85 overs on the first day at this venue.

2 Occasions for India when three of their top five batsmen were out for single-digit scores against West Indies since 2000. Before this match, the only instance in this century was in Bridgetown in 2011.

25.28 Average of India's No. 3 batsmen in Tests since the start of 2014 - lowest among all teams. In 38 innings in this period, there has been just one century and four fifties by India's No. 3. Excluding West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, all other teams have averaged more than 40 in this period from the No. 3 position. Two years prior to that, between 2012 and 2014, India's No. 3 had averaged 57.15, third-best among all teams.

23.25 Virat Kohli's average at No. 3 in Tests. In five innings at that position he has made just 93 runs with a high score of 41. The last time before this Test that he batted at No. 3 was in March 2013. He averages 50.64 at No. 4, 42.95 at No. 5 and 44.88 at No. 6.

26.31 Ajinkya Rahane's strike rate in this innings - 35 runs off 133 balls - his lowest in any innings lasting 25 or more deliveries. He had scored 16 runs off his first 33 balls, a strike rate of 48.48, but added just 19 runs off the next 100 deliveries.

2 Teenagers who have opened the bowling for West Indies in Tests. Debutant Alzarri Joseph, at the age of 19 years and 263 days, is the second such bowler for West Indies. The first was Jerome Taylor, aged 19 years and 5 days in 2003. The last bowler younger than Joseph to open the bowling on his debut was Pat Cummins in November 2011.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • Vinay Kolhatkar on August 12, 2016, 0:19 GMT

    Manish Pandey coudl make a great number 3. For this test, KL Rahul should have batted at 3.

  • Channan on August 11, 2016, 0:10 GMT

    If Windies continue in the same vein, they should, with the wicket good for batting, make 600+ runs. It looks like Chase has to just turn his hand over and the Indians will be in deep trouble, especially on the final day. They started with Moeen Ali and now Chase. By hook or by crook India will make Chase into a world class off spinner.

  • CristovalJesus on August 10, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    I do not know if Murali Vijay would have scored runs or not. In cricket nothing is certain. But if Murali Vijay was fit then he should have been selected over Rohit Sharma. K. L. Rahul should have been the number 3 batsman. This kind of musical chairs in batting order does not bode well for India as it has now panned out with India scoring only 254 runs in 100 overs. It looks like both teams are playing for a draw.

  • Sneha on August 10, 2016, 12:23 GMT

    ashwin is batting too slowly, i am sure kohli will replace him with yusuf pathan. he can change the match in a session.

  • Channan on August 10, 2016, 11:43 GMT

    Kohli should give up captaincy. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, yet, a poor captain. When will the powers that be realize this?

  • CristovalJesus on August 10, 2016, 11:06 GMT

    Ashwin would make the ideal captain for India. He will not pick players just because he likes them over players who really deserve to be in the team.

  • ARINDAM on August 10, 2016, 9:09 GMT

    @ABP235- Dude, Ashwin averaged 20 last year in Tests. Of his three Test Centuries, 2 were under Dhoni. Plus Dhoni preferred 7 batsmen a lot of the time so it would be unlikely he came ahead of proper batsmen. The sample size of just one series against an attack he's historically enjoyed is hardly enough evidence on which to draw the conclusions you did.

  • Balasubramaniam on August 10, 2016, 8:43 GMT

    I am surprised by the talk going around 'troubled no: 3 spot'. What is wrong with Pujara, may we ask. All batsmen play well and have been unable to convert those good starts, this phase is there for all good players. Bowlers too go thro' this why even in life you do well but the results do not show.

    Based on one two outings if you want to judge quality players and act then, we are undermining the individuals confidence and the team composition.

    If you want quick runs send in the necessary instruction before hand during team meetings or send word during water breaks if you feel the batsmen should really go at the bowling.

    Or is there a case where in you sent instructions and the batsmen in the middle did not respond and is that why the team composition is changed.

  • kathiravan on August 10, 2016, 7:52 GMT

    Ashwin bashers on your face. There are still many of them think Ashwin got placed in Indian team only because of Dhoni. Ashwin is one of the strongest contender for next captain for India in Test matches after Virat Kohli

  • kathiravan on August 10, 2016, 7:37 GMT

    Ashwin bashers on your face. There are still many of them think Ashwin got placed in Indian team only because of team. Ashwin is one of the strongest contender for next captain for India in Test matches after Virat Kohli

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