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Stats Highlights: Eng vs India, 5th Test - Day 1

Dhoni's 82 is the most percentage of the team's total in a completed Test innings by an Indian captain

The Oval Test marked the second instance of India starting a Test on August 15- first since gaining independence. The earlier instance was in 1936 also at the Oval!

Interestingly India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka have played a Test starting on their Independence Day for the first time- all in 2014! Sri Lanka played vs Bangladesh at Chittagong on February 4 and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka at Colombo SSC on August 14.

MS Dhoni was leading India for the 15th time in a Test against England- most by an Indian captain. Sunil Gavaskar held the previous Indian record of most appearances as captain against England.

Alastair Cook was playing his 107th consecutive Test. Now only Allan Border (153) has appeared in more consecutive Tests than Cook. Australia’s Mark Waugh also had a streak of 107 matches on the trot.

Gautam Gambhir made his sixth duck in Test cricket-. However it was first time that he got out to the very first ball he faced.

James Anderson has now inflicted 55 ducks in Test cricket. He is now only three away from Bob Willis’ England record of dismissing most batsmen for a duck.

It has now been 32 consecutive innings outside India that the opening pair has not managed a fifty-stand for India since Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir put on 63 at Lord’s in July 2011. India’s average opening stand in overseas Tests in this period has been only 17.78. Interestingly during the same period India’s average opening stand at home is 58.46. Out of 17 innings the opening pair has gone past 50 on 8 occasions.

Out of India’s total of 148, 82 came off MS Dhoni’s bat only – a percentage contribution of 55.40. This is the highest contribution in an all-out innings in Test cricket by a player performing the dual duty of captaining a side as well as keeping wickets. The details:

Highest contribution by a keeper-captain in an all-out innings

% Player Runs Total For vs Venue Season

55.40 MS Dhoni 82 148 Ind Eng The Oval 2014

53.50 T Taibu 153 286 Zim Ban Dhaka 2004-05

47.88 A Flower 113* 236 Zim WI Port-of-Spain 1999-00

46.71 MS Dhoni 71 152 Ind Eng Old Trafford 2014

44.18 A Flower 129 292 Zim SL Harare 1999-00

42.53 A Flower 74 174 Zim SL Harare 1999-00

Dhoni’s effort is the best by an Indian captain. He is, in fact, the first Indian captain to contribute 50% of team’s runs in an all-out innings.

Highest contribution by an Indian captain in an all-out innings

% Player Runs Total vs Venue Season

55.40 MS Dhoni 82 148 Eng The Oval 2014

49.52 M Azharuddin 103* 208 NZ Wellington 1998-99

49.06 M Azharuddin 182 371 Eng Kolkata 1992-93

48.74 SR Tendulkar 116 238 Aus Melbourne 1999-00

48.35 SM Gavaskar 205 424 WI Wankhede 1978-79

MS Dhoni has now scored 12 fifties against England without ever reaching a hundred. He now holds the Test record of most fifties against a side without reaching the three-figure mark. South Africa’s Dave Nourse had scored 11 fifties against England without ever scoring a hundred.

In successive Tests now Dhoni has scored more runs than the combined aggregate of other 10 players in an innings! in the first innings of Manchester Test Dhoni made 71, while other 10 batsmen scored only 69. At the Oval, Dhoni made 82 with others contributing only 59.

Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: England vs India (Women), Test - Day 3

Mandhana fifty puts India in advantageous position
Report: England vs India (Women), Test - Day 3

Chasing 181, India women were 62 runs short of the target at stumps on the penultimate day of the ongoing Test match at Wormsley against the England Women. When play ended on Friday evening, the visitors were 119/4 with Mithali Raj batting on 20 and Shikha Pandey yet to open her account.

Chasing the competitive target, Thirush Kamini and Smriti Mandhana got India off to a good start with a 76-run opening partnership. Kate Cross who dismissed Kamini lbw to end the stand, sent back Mandhana six runs later for 51.

With the match tipped in India’s favour, Poonam Raut joined Mithali Raj in the middle. The pair took India past the 100-run mark before Heather Knight claimed the wicket of Raut. Three runs later, Harmanpreet Kaur was dismissed for a duck by Cross. With the visitors on 115 for four, Pandey joined her captain in the middle and saw the team through to the end of day’s play.

Earlier, resuming on 110/6, Sarah Taylor and Jenny Gunn added 13 runs in the morning before Taylor was bowled by S Sharma for 40. Gunn, who had claimed five wickets earlier, returned to anchor the innings scoring an unbeaten 62 to take the hosts to 202 in the second innings and keep England in the game.

She built a 58-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Anya Shrubsole until Jhulan Goswami struck. The tall Indian pacer trapped Shrubsole lbw and later claimed Sonia Odedra. Shikha Pandey then had Cross hand a catch to the wicketkeeper to wrap-up the innings.

Brief scores:

Day 1: England 1st inn 92 all out in 41.2 overs (S Taylor 30, N Niranjana 4/19, S Sharma 2/12); India 1st inn 87/6 in 47 overs (J Goswami 13*, N Niranjana 13*, J Gunn 4/13)

Day 2: India 1st inn 114 all out in 64.2 overs (N Niranjana 27, J Gunn 5/19, K Cross 3/29); England 2nd inn 110/6 in 55 overs (L Winfield 35, S Taylor 30*, E Bisht 2/15, J Goswami 2/22 )

Day 3: England 2nd inn 202 all out in 96.3 overs (J Gunn 62*, J Goswami 4/48); India 2nd inn 119/4 in 65 overs (S Mandhana 51, M Raj 20*, K Cross 3/35)

Prajakta Pawar

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