Sunday (27th December) was another fine day for the visitors India in the ongoing second Test of the four-match Test series against the hosts Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne).
Starting the day on their overnight first innings score of 36/1, the visitors India ended the day on 277/5 with the lead of 82 runs.
Brief Scores: Australia – 195 (Marnus Labuschagne 48, Travis Head 38; Jasprit Bumrah 4/56)
India – 277/5 (Ajinkya Rahane 104*, Shubman Gill 45; Mitchell Starc 2/61)
Latest Status (at the stumps of day 2) – India are leading by 82 runs
Australia vs India, 2nd Test (Day 2): Stats Review
India – leading by 82 runs
i) The visiting side India have already taken the first innings lead of 82 runs. It was the fourth time when the Indian team managed to gain a lead at the end of the first innings clash of Melbourne Test.
Ajinkya Rahane (India)
i) Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant century as he remained not out on 104 runs.
– 1st Indian cricketer to hit 2nd century in the Boxing Day Test against Australia
- It was the second time when Ajinkya Rahane scored a Test century in Australia during the Boxing Day Test. Earlier, he scored a century during the 2014 Boxing Day Test at this same venue. Rahane became the first Indian cricketer to hit more than one century in Boxing Day Test history in Australia. Meanwhile, the other native cricketers to hit one century in Boxing Day Test history in Australia are Sachin Tendulkar (116 in 1999), Virender Sehwag (195 in 2003), Virat Kohli (169 in 2014) and Cheteshwar Pujara (106 in 2018).
– 2nd Indian captain to hit a Boxing Day Test century against Australia
- Ajinkya Rahane became the second Indian captain to hit a century in the Boxing Day Test match against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian captain to hit a century in this list as the former Indian captain scored 116 runs during the 1999 Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.
– 2nd Indian to hit two Test centuries at Melbourne
- It was Ajinkya Rahane’s second Test century at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne). After Vinoo Mankad, Rahane became the second Indian cricketer to hit two Test centuries at Melbourne.
Shubman Gill (India) – scored 45 runs on his debutant innings
i) Indian Test debutant Shubman Gill scored 45 runs as an opening batsman. It was the third highest individual score in the debutant innings for an Indian cricketer, who made Test debut in Australia. The other two top Indian scorers in this list are 76 by Mayank Agarwal (at Melbourne in December 2018) and 51 by Dattu Phadkar (at Sydney in December 1947).
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
i) Playing his 59th Test match, the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc completed his 250 Test wickets.
– 2nd Australian left-arm bowler to claim 250 Test wickets
- After the former left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson (313 wickets), Starc became the second Australian left-arm bowler to claim 250 Test wickets.
– 5th fastest Australian bowler to claim 250 Test wickets
- Starc became the fifth fastest Aussie bowler to complete 250 Test wickets.
|Player||Bowling style||Matches to complete 250 Test wickets|
|Dennis Lillee||Right-arm fast||48|
|Shane Warne||Legbreak googly||55|
|Glenn McGrath||Right-arm fast-medium||55|
|Mitchell Johnson||Left-arm fast||57|
|Mitchell Starc||Left-arm fast||59|
Tim Paine (Australia) – fastest keeper to complete 150 Test dismissals
i) Playing his 33rd Test match, Australian wicket-keeper Tim Paine has managed to complete his 150 Test dismissals. He became the fastest wicket-keeper to complete 150 Test dismissals. During this match, the Aussie broke the previous record of South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, who took 34 Tests to reach this same feat.