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Stats - R Ashwin becomes the second fastest to 450 Test wickets

Key numbers from the first day of the opening Test between India and Australia in Nagpur

R Ashwin takes off after castling Alex Carey for his 450th Test wicket, India vs Australia, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 1st Test, Nagpur, 1st day, February 9, 2023

R Ashwin ticked off another landmark in Test cricket with the dismissal of Alex Carey  •  BCCI

177 Australia's first-innings total in Nagpur. Only twice have Australia folded for a lower first-innings total in Asia after opting to bat - 80 all out against Pakistan in 1956 and 120 all out against Sri Lanka in 2004.
2005 The last instance of Australia being bundled out for less than 200 in the first innings of a Test series - 190 all out against England at Lord's. The last time Australia were bowled out for a total lower than the 177 in the first innings of a Test series was 118 all out in 1997 against England in Birmingham.
89 Matches needed by R Ashwin to complete 450 wickets in Test cricket. He is the second-fastest bowler to the milestone, behind Muthiah Muralidaran (80). Ashwin is now only the ninth player to take 450-plus Test wickets and the second Indian after Anil Kumble (619).
2 Runs scored between David Warner and Usman Khawaja in Australia's first innings. This is the joint fewest aggregate by Australian openers in a Test innings against India. The Australia openers collectively scored two runs in their second innings of the Kolkata Test in 1956 and also at the Gabba in 1977.
75.56 Control percentage of the Australian batters against Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings in Nagpur. Jadeja, by far, was the toughest bowler to face among India's five-man attack on Thursday as the visitors had a control percentage higher than 80 against the other four bowlers - Ashwin (83.16), Mohammed Siraj (83.33), Axar Patel (86.67) and Mohammed Shami (90.74).
3 Instances of Steven Smith being bowled by Jadeja in Test cricket, the most for Smith against anyone in this format. Smith has been dismissed by Jadeja on five occasions across 13 Test innings.
57.54 Percentage of wickets by Ashwin and Jadeja for India in home Tests where they played together. They have collectively picked up 389 out of the 676 wickets by the Indian bowlers in the 37 Test matches. The pair has accounted for 25 five-wickets hauls when they played together at home.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo