Finally, the much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India have started with the only day/night pink-ball Test of this series at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide).
After winning the toss, the Indian captain Virat Kohli chose to bat first. At the stumps of the day 1, the visitors scored 233/6.
Brief Scores: India – 233/6 (Virat Kohli 74, Cheteshwar Pujara 43; Mitchell Starc 2/49)
Australia vs India, 1st Test (Day 1): Stats Review
India – only 2nd time when at least 3 out of their top 5 batsmen scored 40+ runs during the 1st innings of Test series opener outside Asia
i) Among the top 5 Indian batsmen (Cheteshwar Pujara 43, Virat Kohli 74 and Ajinkya Rahane 42), three batsmen scored 40+ runs during the first innings of this opening game of the Test series. It was the only second time in Indian cricket history when at least three out of top 5 batsmen managed to score 40+ runs during the first innings of the opening game of a Test series outside the Asian soil. The first such incident happened long back in January 1953 during the Port of Spain Test (India tour of West Indies) when three out of the top five batsmen managed to score 40+ runs in the first innings of that opening game of the 5-match Test series (Madhav Apte 64, Gulabrai Ramchand 61 and Polly Umrigar 130).
Prithvi Shaw – created an unwanted history
- Prithvi Shaw becomes the first opener to score a duck in the first innings of the day/night pink-ball Test match. In overall, he became the 10th opener to score a duck in a day/night pink-ball Test match.
- Last time, India started an away Test series with a duck (only when opener was dismissed without opening the scoreboard during the first innings of first Test of any series) during the 2007 Chattogram Test where the opener Wasim Jaffer scored a golden duck during the first innings of the opening game of the two-match Test series.
Virat Kohli – Broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the national team
- Virat Kohli has scored 2601 international runs against Australia in Australia. Surpassing Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 2549 international runs against the hosts Aussies, Kohli became the most international run-scorer for India against the hosts Aussies. Meanwhile, now only Sir Viv Richards (3665 runs) and Desmond Haynes (2736 runs) scored more international runs against this home side than Kohli.
– 10000 international runs at away venues
- Virat Kohli has scored 10006 international runs at away venues (only home venues of opposition teams). After Sachin Tendulkar (13780 runs) and Rahul Dravid (11765 runs), Kohli became the third Indian to score 10000+ international runs at away venues.
- Meanwhile, Kohli became the fifth cricketer to score 10000+ international runs at away venues. Apart from his former national teammates Sachin Tendulkar (13780 runs) and Rahul Dravid (11765 runs), former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara (10780 runs) and former Australian star Ricky Ponting (10632 runs) also achieved this feat.
– Broke MS Dhoni’s record as an Indian captain
- Scoring 2249 international runs against Australia as a captain, Virat Kohli surpassed his former national team captain MS Dhoni and became the most international run-scorer as an Indian captain against Australia. Only former Caribbean captain Clive Lloyd scored more runs than Kohli in this list Lloyd scored 2545 international runs against Australia as a captain.
– 2nd Test run-out
- After scoring brilliant 74 runs, skipper Virat Kohli was run-out due to the big misunderstanding in the middle of the pitch with Ajinkya Rahane. It was the only second time when Kohli was run-out in a Test innings. Incidentally, his first Test run-out also happened in Adelaide during the 2011/12 summer (in the fourth innings).
Mitchell Starc – joint 10th most Test wicket-taker for Australia
i) The left-arm Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc finished the day with the bowling figures of 19-4-49-2 and has taken 246 Test wickets. Starc has become the joint 10th most Test wicket-taker for Australia by equaling the record of former right-arm fast bowler Graham McKenzie’s 246 Test wickets.