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Stats: Kohli pips Tendulkar; Pujara goes past Viswanath

Ram Kumar
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Kohli Pujara
While Kohli moved past 6000 career runs, Pujara scored his 15th century in Tests

After the fall of both openers, India appeared to be heading towards a sizeable first-innings total when captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands to form a blossoming third-wicket partnership.

However, the dismissal of Kohli sparked a perilous middle-order collapse as off-spinner Moeen Ali scythed through the visitors. Even as wickets kept falling around him, Pujara battled on bravely and registered an unbeaten 132 to obtain a handy 27-run lead for India.

Here are all the important numbers from the second day's play at Southampton.

1 - Indian batsmen to have registered 6000 Test runs quicker (in terms of innings needed) than Virat Kohli. The skipper has accomplished the landmark in his 119th innings. Among his countrymen, only Sunil Gavaskar (117) reached the milestone faster than him. Sachin Tendulkar took 120 innings to breach the 6000-run mark. Virender Sehwag (123) and Rahul Dravid (125) are the next fastest in Indian history.

2 - Bowlers younger than Sam Curran to have gotten the wicket of Kohli in Tests thus far. Curran (20 years and 89 days) is now the third youngest bowler to dismiss the star right-hander after West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph (19 years and 263 days) and Bangladesh leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (19 years and 271 days).

5 - Test centuries registered by Cheteshwar Pujara from 27 Tests outside India. While three of those came in Sri Lanka, he has scored one each in South Africa and England.

5 - Number of five-wicket hauls for Moeen Ali in Tests. Among spin bowlers, only ten Englishmen have picked more five-wicket hauls in the purest format.

8 - Number of batsmen who have completed 6000 Test runs faster (in terms of innings taken) than Kohli (119) in the history of the format. Don Bradman (68), Garry Sobers (111), Steven Smith (111), Wally Hammond (114), Len Hutton (116), Ken Barrington (116), Kumar Sangakkara (116) and Sunil Gavaskar (117) all reached the milestone quicker than the 29-year old.

15 - Test centuries scored by Pujara in his career thus far. He has now overtaken Gundappa Viswanath (14 centuries) to enter the list of top ten century-makers for India in the longest format. Interestingly, five of Pujara's Test centuries have come against England.


26 - Combined innings in this series thus far among which neither of the opening batsmen from England and India have failed to go past 50 even once. Alastair Cook (6 innings), Keaton Jennings (6), Shikhar Dhawan (5), KL Rahul (5) and Murali Vijay (4) could not compile even one fifty amongst them. This is the

29 - Balls faced by Rishabh Pant whilst getting out for zero. He has equalled the ignominious record of the longest duck by an Indian batsman in Tests. Irfan Pathan against Pakistan at Bangalore in 2005 and Suresh Raina against England at The Oval in 2011 also registered 29-ball ducks.

34 - Total Test wickets taken by Moeen Ali from 17 innings against India. Among all spinners in the last five years, only Nathan Lyon (42) has picked more Test wickets against India.

56 - Number of months after which Pujara has scored a Test century outside Asia. His previous Test ton away from the subcontinent came against South Africa at Johannesburg in December 2013.

78 - Runs added by India for the last two wickets. From 195/8, they ended up scoring 273 before getting bowled out.

236 - Runs scored by Pujara from five innings in the series so far. From both teams, only Kohli (486 runs) has scored more runs than the man from Rajkot.

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