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INTERESTING numbers from 3rd Test, Day 2

By Rajneesh Gupta
August 13, 2017 20:39 IST

Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took centre stage on Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Kandy on Sunday.

Rajneesh Gupta presents the numbers from the Kandy Test, Day 2.

Hardik Pandey celebrates scoring his maiden first class and Test century against Sri Lanka on Sunday

IMAGE: Hardik Pandey celebrates scoring his maiden first class and Test century against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

26 Runs scored by Hardik Pandya in one over from Malinda Pushpakumara. The sequence --- 4 4 6 6 6 0 -- this is the maximum an Indian batsman has scored off one over in Test cricket. Sandeep Patil hit 24 runs off one Bob Willis over at Manchester in 1982 (six fours), while Kapil Dev also scored 24 runs off Eddie Hemmings at Lord’s in 1990 (he hit four consecutive sixes after playing first two balls defensively without scoring).

3 Number of Indian batsmen to have hit three consecutive sixes in a Test innings. Pandya emulated Kapil Dev (hit 4 consecutive sixes) and MS Dhoni (vs West Indies in 2006).

86 Number of balls taken by Hardik Pandya to race to his hundred -- fewest by an Indian at number 8, along with Kapil Dev who also took 86 balls for his hundred against England at Kanpur in 1982.

5 Number of Indians to score their maiden first-class

hundred in a Test match. Pandya joined Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh.

7 Number of sixes hit by Hardik Pandya -- most by an Indian batsman in a Test innings outside India.

2 Number of teams to have scored 400+ totals in all three matches of a series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. India emulated Australia, which did so in 2004.

82 Number of consecutive innings after which Angelo Mathews was dismissed for a duck in Test cricket. His last duck had come against Pakistan at Galle in 2012.

37.4 The number of overs in which Sri Lanka were bundled out in their first innings. Interestingly, it took Sri Lanka 39.3 overs to take India’s first wicket!

1 Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to enforce the follow-on in consecutive Tests of an away series. There have been three such instances for India at home.

0 Number of instances of two chinaman bowlers taking four wickets in an innings in the same Test before today. Both Lakshan Sandakan and Kuldeep Yadav ended with their best career figures in Test cricket.

34 Number of times India have enforced follow-on in Test cricket, seven of them have come against Sri Lanka.

8.41 Sri Lanka’s average opening partnership against India since the start of 2015 series. Their highest in 12 innings has been only 22.

Rajneesh Gupta