Cheteshwar Pujara surpassed the Indian record for the longest Test innings in terms of deliveries faced. © BCCI

There was finally a Test that went the full distance of five days in the India-Australia series. After a three-day match in Pune and a four-day affair in Bangalore, there was a run-fest in Ranchi. There as the possibility of a result at the end of the fourth day, but a solid match-saving partnership reminded viewers of the good old days of Test cricket.

The Ranchi Test was Australia’s first drawn Test in India since November 2008, when there was a similar result in Delhi. Since then in 10 Tests, India have won eight and Australia won one. The Ranchi match that finished on Monday (March 20) was the drawn one. Incidentally, the last time Australia were involved in a drawn Test was 14 months ago, in January 2016 in Sydney against West Indies. In between in 13 Tests, they won seven and lost six. For the record, since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996, the results between the two sides in India are as follows: in 24 Tests, India have won 15, Australia have won five and four have been drawn.

Given below are the statistical milestones from Ranchi’s debut Test, as the JSCA Stadium became the 26th venue to host a Test in India.

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This was Australia’s 800th Test match. Only England (983) have played more. However, during the same period Australia have won 107 more Tests and lost 19 fewer than England. See the table below for details.

Results after 800th Test match

Team

Won

Lost

Drawn

Tie

%win

From

To

England

270

233

297

0

33.75

15 March 1877

10 November 2002

Australia

377

214

207

2

47.13

15 March 1877

20 March 2017

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In the first innings, the opening pair of David Warner and Matt Renshaw registered their sixth 50-plus stand in nine innings. That includes one century stand, the 151 they put on against Pakistan in Sydney in January 2017. This was also their third 50-plus opening stand in four innings this series.

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During his knock of 44 in the first innings, Renshaw became the youngest Australian batsman to cross 500 runs in Test cricket at 20 years and 353 days. The table below has the details.

Age

Batsman

Achieved on

Mts

Inns

No

Rus

Ave

HS

100/50

Opponent

Venue

20y-353d

Matt Renshaw

16 Mar 2017

7

11

2

523

55.56

184

1/3

India

Ranchi

21y-36d

Phil Hughes

5 Jan 2010

6

11

1

509

50

160

2/1

Pakistan

Sydney

21y-86d

Neil Harvey

2 Jan 1950

6

7

2

511

100

178

3/0

S Africa

Cape Town

21y-156d

Stan McCabe

19 Dec 1931

12

15

2

512

38.46

90

0/3

S Africa

Sydney

21y-177d

Graeme Wood

2 May 1978

6

12

1

521

45.45

126

1/4

W Indies

Kingston

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David Warner became the 12th Australian to aggregate 1000 runs against India in Tests. By doing so in his 15th Test and 27th innings, he took the second longest to reach this landmark against India. Only Steve Waugh (18 Tests and 30 innings) has taken longer.

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Steven Smith became the 20th Australian and the 89th batsman overall to aggregate 5000 runs in Test cricket. He did so in 97 innings, which is the joint seventh-fastest in the history in terms of innings faced. In terms of matches, he is the third quickest to get there in 53 Tests. The table below has the details.

Quickest to reach 5000 Test runs

Inns

Mts

Batsman

For

Runs

Ave

HS

100/50

Achieved on

56

36

Don Bradman

Australia

5077

99.55

334

21/8

23 Jul 1938

91

55

Jack Hobbs

England

5047

60.08

211

15/25

14 Mar 1929

95

56

Garry Sobers

W Indies

5091

60.61

365*

17/15

5 Aug 1966

95

52

Sunil Gavaskar

India

5007

56.9

221

20/22

20 Sep 1979

95

64

Viv Richards

W Indies

5104

56.09

291

17/21

14 Jun 1984

95

55

Matt Hayden

Australia

5059

58.15

380

20/15

13 Jul 2004

97

59

Walter Hammond

England

5176

61.62

336*

16/16

18 Dec 1936

97

61

Ken Barrington

England

5002

58.16

256

14/26

27 Aug 1965

97

53

Steve Smith

Australia

5102

61.47

215

19/20

16 Mar 2017

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Smith made 178 not out in the first innings. It was:

* his 19th Test century, making him the 47th batsman in Test cricket to make 19 or more centuries

* his 32nd century in first-class cricket

* his sixth against India (the most 100s he has made against any opponent)

* His second in India – both as captain and also in this series

* his third in Asia

* his ninth in away Tests

* his second this year (2017)

* his fourth this season (2016/17)

* his 11th as captain

* his seventh at the No.3 position

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By reaching his 19th Test century in just 97 innings, Smith became the fourth quickest to do so. The table below has the details:

Quickest to reach 19th Test century in terms of innings

Inns

Mts

Batsman

For

Runs

Ave

HS

100/50

Achieved on

53

34

Don Bradman

Australia

4854

99.06

334

19/8

14 Jun 1938

85

45

Sunil Gavaskar

India

4365

55.96

220

19/17

24 Jan1979

94

55

Matt Hayden

Australia

4927

57.29

380

19/15

9 Jul 2004

97

53

Steve Smith

Australia

5102

61.47

215

19/20

16 Mar 2017

105

68

Sachin Tendulkar

India

5177

54.49

179

19/21

28 Feb 1999

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Smith’s 178* is also by far the highest by an Australian captain in India, bettering the 130 by Michael Clarke in Chennai in 2013. It is also the third highest by an Australian captain in Asia. Check the table below for details.

Highest scores by Australian captains in Asia

Runs

Captain

Inns

Opposition

Venue

Month, Year

Result

334*

Mark Taylor

1

Pakistan

Peshawar

Oct 1998

Drawn

235

Greg Chappell

1

Pakistan

Faisalabad

Mar 1980

Drawn

178*

Steve Smith

1

India

Ranchi

Mar 2017

Drawn

153

Bob Simpson

2

Pakistan

Karachi

Oct 1964

Drawn

130

Michael Clarke

1

India

Chennai

Feb 2013

Lost

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Smith, meanwhile, became the first Australian captain and fifth visiting captain overall to make 150-plus in India. Clive Lloyd has done it thrice, while Alastair Cook did it twice.

Highest scores by a visiting captain in India

Runs

Captain

For

Inns

Venue

Month, Year

Result

242*

Clive Lloyd

West Indies

1

Mumbai

Jan-1975

Won

190

Alastair Cook

England

2

Kolkata

Dec-2012

Won

187

AIvin Kallicharran

West Indies

2

Mumbai

Dec-1978

Drawn

184

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan

1

Bengaluru

Mar-2005

Won

178*

Steve Smith

Australia

1

Ranchi

Mar-2017

Drawn

176

Alastair Cook

England

3

Ahmedabad

Nov-2012

Lost

163

Clive Lloyd

West Indies

3

Bengaluru

Nov-1974

Won

161*

Clive Lloyd

West Indies

2

Kolkata

Dec-1983

Won

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Only Dean Jones’s 210 in 1986 and Matthew Hayden’s 203 in 2001 – both at Chennai – are bigger scores for Australians in India.

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Glenn Maxwell made his maiden Test century in only his fourth Test and seventh innings. He was making a comeback to the Test side after two years and five months, having last played in October 2014 in Abu Dhabi. He thus became the 134th Australian to make a century in Test cricket.

Incidentally, Maxwell and Shane Watson are now the only Australians with three-figure scores in all three international formats.

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On the third day, Cheteshwar Pujara (202) registered:

* his 11th Test 100

* his second vs Australia

* his ninth at home

* his tenth in Asia

* his tenth batting at No.3

* his first in 2017

* his fourth this Test season

* his seventh in this Indian first-class season

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Pujara now has the unique distinction of making 100s in the inaugural Test matches at the following venues, and all have come during this season.

Venue

Runs

Opponent

Month, year

Result

Indore 

101*

New Zealand

Oct 2016

Won

Rajkot 

124

England

Nov 2016

Drawn

Vizag

119

England

Nov 2016

Won

Ranchi 

202

Australia

Mar 2017

Drawn

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On the fourth day, Pujara (525 balls) became the first Indian to face 500 balls in a Test innings. Rahul Dravid had faced 495 balls during his innings 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in April 2004. The table below lists instances of most balls faced by Indian batsmen in a Test innings.

Most balls faced in a Test innings by Indians

Balls

Mins

Batsman

Runs

Inns

Opposition

Venue

Month, Year

Result

525

668

Cheteshwar Pujara

202

2

Australia

Ranchi

Mar 2017

Drawn

495

740

Rahul Dravid

270

2

Pakistan

Rawalpindi

Apr 2004

Won

491

673

Navjot Sidhu

201

2

West Indies

Port of Spain

Mar 1997

Drawn

477

572

Ravi Shastri

206

2

Australia

Sydney

Jan 1992

Drawn

472

708

Sunil Gavaskar

172

2

England

Bengaluru

Dec 1981

Drawn

468

629

Rahul Dravid

217

2

England

The Oval

Sep 2002

Drawn

452

631

VVS Laxman

281

3

Australia

Kolkata

Mar 2001

Won

446

594

Rahul Dravid

233

2

Australia

Adelaide

Dec 2003

Won

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Pujara’s 202 is the third double-century of his Test career and his second against Australia. He now joins VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indians with two double-centuries against Australia in Tests. He is also the sixth Test batsman to achieve this feat overall. The table has the details.

Most individual 200s against Australia

200s

Batsman

For

Scores

Span

4

Walter Hammond

England

251, 200, 231*, 240

1928 to 1938

3

Brian Lara

West Indies

277, 213, 226

1993 to 2005

2

Graeme Pollock

South Africa

209, 274

1966 to 1970

2

VVS Laxman

India

281*, 200*

2001 to 2008

2

Sachin Tendulkar

India

241*, 214

2004 to 2010

2

Cheteshwar Pujara

India

204, 202

2013 to 2017

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Pujara has now taken his tally of first-class runs to 2007 this Indian season. He becomes the first Indian batsman to reach this landmark in an Indian first-class cricket season.

Summary of Pujara’s batting record this Indian first-class season

Tournament

For

Mts

Inns

No

Runs

Ave

HS

100s

50s

Duleep Trophy

India Blue

2

3

1

453

226.5

226*

2

0

Irani Trophy

Rest of India

1

2

1

202

202

116*

1

1

Ranji Trophy

Saurashtra

1

1

0

93

93

93

0

1

Test matches

India

12

21

2

1259

66.26

202

4

7

Total

 

16

27

4

2007

87.26

256*

7

9

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The 210 overs India batted is the maximum for them against Australia in a Test innings. Previously Indian India had batted for 202 overs at Adelaide in December 1985. Incidentally, it was the tenth time India had batted for over 200 overs in a Test innings. The table below has the details.

200 or more overs faced by India in a Test innings

Overs

Score

R/o

Inns

Opposition

Venue

Month, Year

Result

241.5

531/7d

2.19

2

New Zealand

Delhi

Dec-1955

Drawn

227

539/9d

2.37

2

Pakistan

Chennai

Jan-1961

Drawn

225.2

707

3.13

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo (SSC)

Jul-2010

Drawn

210

603/9d

2.87

2

Australia

Ranchi

Mar 2017

Drawn

209.2

510

2.43

3

England

Leeds

Jun 1967

Lost

209

438/7d

2.09

3

New Zealand

Kolkata

Dec 1955

Drawn

206.5

515/9d

2.48

2

Sri Lanka

Mohali

Nov 1997

Drawn

202

520

2.57

2

Australia

Adelaide

Dec 1985

Drawn

200.1

362/7d

1.8

3

West Indies

Port of Spain

Feb 1953

Drawn

200

437/7d

2.18

1

England

Kolkata

Dec 1984

Drawn

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The seventh-wicket stand of 199 between Pujara and Wriddiman Saha was the best for India against Australia, bettering the 69-year old record previously held by Vijay Hazare and Hemu Adhikari in Adelaide in January 1948, when they put on 132.

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Saha hit his third Test century. Now only MS Dhoni has more centuries (six) as a wicketkeeper for India in Tests. See the table below for details.

Most Test centuries by Indian ‘keepers

100s

Wicket-keeper

Mts

Inns

50s

HS

6

MS Dhoni

90

144

33

224

3

Wriddiman Saha

23

34

4

117

2

Budhi Kunderan

15

28

3

192

2

Farokh Engineer

46

87

16

121

2

Syed Kirmani

88

124

12

102

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Meanwhile, Saha became the only fourth Indian keeper to make a three-figure score against Australia after Syed Kirmani (101*), Nayan Mongia (152) and Dhoni (224).

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The 77 overs (462 balls) bowled by Steve O’Keefe is the sixth most by an Australian bowler. But it is the most delivered by a visiting bowler in Asia. The tables below have the details.

Most overs bowled in a Test innings by a bowler in Asia

Bowler

For

O

M

R

W

R/o

Inns

Opposition

Venue

Month, Year

Result

Haseeb Ahsan

Pakistan

84

19

202

6

2.4

2

India

Chennai

Jan 1961

Drawn

Rajesh Chauhan

India

78

8

276

1

3.53

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo (RPS)

Aug 1997

Drawn

Steve O’Keefe

Australia

77

17

199

3

2.58

2

India

Ranchi

Mar 2017

Drawn

Subash Gupte

India

76.4

35

128

7

1.66

2

New Zealand

Hyderabad (I)

Nov 1955

Drawn

Vinoo Mankad

India

76

47

58

4

0.76

3

England

Delhi

Nov 1951

Drawn

Vinoo Mankad

India

75

16

202

3

2.69

1

West Indies

Mumbai (BS)

Dec 1948

Drawn

Shivlal Yadav

India

75

18

196

1

2.61

2

Pakistan

Faisalabad

Oct 1984

Drawn

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

75

30

174

3

2.32

2

India

Mohali

Nov 1997

Drawn

Most overs bowled in a Test innings by a visiting bowler in Asia

Bowler

For

O

M

R

W

R/o

Inns

Opposition

Venue

Month, Year

Result

Steve O’Keefe

Australia

77

17

199

3

2.58

2

India

Ranchi

Mar 2017

Drawn

Tony Lock

England

73

24

155

4

2.12

1

Pakistan

Dhaka

Jan 1962

Drawn

Dan Vettori

New Zealand

71

24

171

2

2.4

3

India

Mohali

Oct 1999

Drawn

Paul Strang

Zimbabwe

69

12

212

5

3.07

2

Pakistan

Sheikhupura

Oct 1996

Drawn

Ray Price

Zimbabwe

68

18

182

5

2.67

2

India

Nagpur

Feb 2002

Lost

Ashley Giles

England

65

16

190

2

2.92

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo (SSC)

Dec 2003

Lost

Nicky Boje

South Africa

65

5

221

0

3.4

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo (SSC)

Jul 2006

Lost

Fred Titmus

England

60

37

73

6

1.21

2

India

Kanpur

Feb 1964

Drawn