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Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Day 2 in Stats: Pujara ends long wait for a Test century while Mishra scores a rare fifty

A look at the interesting statistics to emerge from the day two of the third Test between Sri Lanka and India.

Cheteshwar Pujara India Cricket
Pujara hit his first Test century in 23 innings today against Sri Lanka.

135 - runs Pujara have scored so far in this innings. It is the 2nd highest for any Indian opener at the SSC Colombo and the 3rd highest for an Indian opener in a Test match in Sri Lanka. 

- instances prior to today when 100 plus runs were accumulated for 8th Wicket at the SSC Colombo. Amit Mishra and Cheteshwar Pujara added 104 runs today for the 8th wicket. 

- instance prior to today Pujara has played with the 9th man. In 2012, he batted with Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan and added 35 and 9 runs respectively for the 8th wicket. 

16 - hundred plus partnership for the 8th wicket for India in Tests. It is the fourth most for any team and just one short of South Africa who have 17. England with 19 and Australia with 18 are the top two teams in this list.

104 - runs Pujara and Mishra’s partnership contributed to the Indian innings. For the 8th wicket, it is the highest partnership for India against Sri Lanka, highest at the SSC Colombo for any team and the 3rd highest for any team against Sri Lanka. 

22 - Test innings prior to this one have gone century-less for Cheteshwar Pujara. He scored 6 centuries in his first 26 test innings while he failed to reach the three-figure mark in his next 22 innings with 73 as his highest score during this period. Pujara scored hundreds in his 6th, 9th, 11th, 18th, 24th, 26th and now in his 49th Test innings.

21 - runs scored by Naman Ojha, the Indian wicketkeeper, in his first test innings, which included three boundaries. Back in 1979, Indian Wicketkeeper Bharath Reddy made 21 in his debut innings against England and struck exactly 3 fours. Reddy scored a first-ball duck in 2nd innings and played only 4 Tests; stats which Naman Ojha would like to avoid.

- instance prior to today when India’s number 9 batsman hit a half-century against Sri Lanka in Tests. Amit Mishra achieved this feat today. Prior to him, Ajit Agarkar was the number 9 batsman from India to come very close to scoring a half-century when he scored 48 at Ahmedabad n 2005. Overall it was the 248th fifty-plus score for a number 9 batsman.

59 - runs scored by Amit Mishra today playing at number 9. It is the highest for any batsman for this position against Sri Lanka in away Tests and the 4th highest against Sri Lanka overall. It is also the highest score for a number 9 at the SSC, Colombo and the second best for Amit Mishra in his career.

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