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Stats - R Ashwin records his County Championship best, Surrey bowls Somerset out for 69

All the stats from R Ashwin's best effort with the ball in County Championship cricket

Brought in for just one game, R Ashwin opened the bowling for Surrey too, Somerset vs Surrey, County Championship 2021, The Oval

Brought in for just one game, R Ashwin opened the bowling for Surrey too  •  Getty Images

6 for 27 Bowling figures of R Ashwin in Somerset's second innings, his best of seven five-plus wicket hauls in the County Championship. Ashwin previously had two six-wicket hauls in the competition, both coming against his current team Surrey in 2019. His latest figures are also his second-best in first-class cricket outside India, behind his 7 for 83 against West Indies in 2016.
3 Number of five-wicket hauls for Ashwin while opening the bowling in county cricket. No other spinner has more than two five-fors in the County Championship while opening the bowling in the past 15 years. The 27 runs conceded by Ashwin during his latest six-wicket haul are also the fewest by any spinner for a five-plus wicket haul in the County Championship while opening the bowling since 2006.
1 Ashwin's 6 for 27 is also the cheapest five-wicket haul by a Surrey spinner since Pragyan Ojha's 6 for 8 against Northamptonshire in 2011.
11.53 Difference between Ashwin's batting and bowling averages in the County Championship. Among the 59 players with 500+ runs and 50+ wickets across the Championship and Bob Willis Trophy since Ashwin's debut season in 2017, only Darren Stevens (13.56) has a higher difference between batting and bowling averages.
0 Instances of a spinner bowling the first over of an innings twice in a County Championship match since 2006, until Ashwin did it at The Oval. The off-spinner recorded figures of 1 for 99 in Somerset's first innings after taking the new ball.
2010 The last instance of a spinner bowling the first over in a first-class match in England, before Ashwin against Somerset. Leicestershire's left-arm spinner Claude Henderson bowled the first over of the 2010 County Championship game against Surrey.
29.1 Overs bowled by Surrey's spin trio of Ashwin, Amar Virdi and Dan Moriarty to bowl Somerset out for 69 in the second innings. It was the first instance of a team bowling out the opponent without an over of pace in the County Championship since 2006.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo