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Stats Highlights: Eng vs India, 5th Test - Day 2

Root became only the third England batsman to score a fifty in each match of a five-Test series

Alastair Cook, on 70, became England’s leading run-scorer against India in Test cricket. He surpassed Graham Gooch’s tally of 1,725 runs.

Gary Ballance became eighth England batsman to aggregate 500 runs in a series against India, after Ken Barrington, Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook.

Ballance is the first England batsman to aggregate 500 runs in his first series against India. The previous record was held by Allan Watkins who scored 450 runs in five-match series in 1951-52.

Ballance is the first batsman since 2004-05 to score 500 runs in first series against India. Pakistan’s Younis Khan had then made 508 in a three-match series.

When R Ashwin dismissed Gary Ballance, it was 83 overs after which Ashwin took a wicket in an overseas Test. His last wicket came in January 2012 against Australia at Adelaide (victim- Ed Cowan).

After scoring 85 and 70 in his previous two innings, Jos Buttler was dismissed for 45. Had he made another fifty, Buttler would have become the first wicket-keeper in Test annals to score fifties in his first three innings.

Joe Root has now scored a fifty in each of the five matches of the series. He made 154* at Nottingham, 13 and 66 at Lord’s, 3 and 56 at Southampton, 77 at Manchester and….now 92* at the Oval.

Root is only the third England batsman to score a fifty in each match of a five-Test series after Wally Hammond and Peter May.

 The details:





Wally Hammond

South Africa


24 & 58; 181; 120; 1 & 61* ; 24 & 140

Peter May

South Africa


83; 0 & 112; 34 & 117; 47 & 97; 3 & 89*

Joe Root



154*; 13 & 66; 3 & 56; 77; 92*

Root is the seventh England batsman to remain unbeaten in nineties at the end of a day’s play against India. Only one batsman – John Edrich- failed to reach his hundred the next morning out of the previous six. After remaining unbeaten at 93 at the end of the first day’s play in Lord’s Test in 1974, Edrich was dismissed for 96 the next morning.

Rajneesh Gupta

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Report: England vs India (Women), Test - Day 4

Mithali Raj guides India to a six-wicket win

Mithali Raj led the Indian women’s team to an emphatic six-wicket win at Wormsley in the only Test match against the England women. The India captain remained unbeaten on 50 as she guided the team to the 181-run target on the last day of the four-day game.

Resuming the day on 119 for four, Mithali Raj and Shikha Pandey ensured that the team overcame the 62-run deficit without any mishaps.

Building on the platform laid by their openers, the pair continued to chip away at the target and attained victory by the end of the first session.
Pandey was not out on 28 as she played a supporting role in the winning campaign.

Earlier, opener Smriti Mandhana had scored 51 on the penultimate day to help lay a platform for attaining the target.

Man of the Match: Jenny Gunn for her all round performance

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)

Day 4: India 2nd inn 183/5 in 95.3 overs (M Raj 50*, S Pandey 28*).

Prajakta Pawar

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