IMAGE: India players celebrate a wicket. Photograph: BCCI
India got off to a brilliant start in the second Test as spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had the South African batsmen in web on Day 1 of the Test in Bengaluru.
South Africa were bowled out for 214 after AB de Villiers struck a fighting half-century in his 100th Test to propel the visitors' total.
Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 1.
Virat Kohli provided only the second instance in 21 Tests of a captain inserting the opposition in to bat after winning the toss at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The only other time this happened was in 1974 -- in the first ever Test hosted at this ground!
Number of South African batsmen to aggregate 1000 runs against India. AB de Villiers joined Jacques Kallis (1734) and Hashim Amla (1257).
Number of South African players to appear in 100 Tests. AB de Villiers joined Jacques Kallis (166), Mark Boucher (145), Graeme Smith (117), Shaun Pollock (108), Gary Kirsten and Mkhaya Ntini (101 each).
Number of times AB de Villiers has top-scored in a completed innings for South Africa. Only Jacques Kallis (25) is ahead of de Villiers in doing so!
Number of innings after which an Indian opening pair put on a fifty stand.
Number of wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the series so far. All other Indian bowlers have a combined tally of five!
Number of wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin in the year 2015 -- most he has taken in a calendar year. He had taken 41 wickets in seven Tests in 2013.
Number of wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests -- third most by an Indian off-spinner after Harbhajan Singh (417) and Erapalli Prasanna (189). Ashwin went ahead of S.Venkataraghavan’s tally of 156 wickets.
Wickets taken by Ravindra Jadeja in first-class matches in the 2015-16 season -- equalling the most he has taken in a season (in 2012-13).