Australia secured a comfortable 348-run lead at stumps on day four of the fourth Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as vital cameos from Steven Smith (71) and Joe Burns (66) led the hosts to a total of 251/6 in the 2nd innings.
Earlier in the day, India, resuming on the overnight score of 342/5, lost the wicket of centurion Virat Kohli cheaply as he managed to add just seven runs to his overnight tally of 140. However, a half-century from Ravichandran Ashwin, along with handy contributions from Wriddhiman Saha (35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (30), ensured that India reduced the 1st innings deficit to just 97 runs as they were bowled out for 475.
Here are the statistical highlights from day four of the Test:
769 – Number of runs scored by Steven Smith in the current 4-match Test series against India. This is the most scored by any batsman in a series between the two sides, overtaking Don Bradman’s tally of 715 runs.
33 – Joe Burns’ half-century today came off a mere 33 balls, which is the third-fastest in Australian Test history. The two batsmen to have achieved the feat quicker than Burns are Bruce Yardley (29 balls) and Mitchell Starc (32 balls).
15 – Umesh Yadav’s current economy rate of 15, having conceded 45 runs off his 3 overs, makes him the most expensive bowler in Test cricket for anyone who has conceded a minimum of 45 runs in an innings.
24 – A bowler has given away 100 or more runs in an innings on 24 different occasions in this series, which is the most in a single series ever.
50 – Ravichandran Ashwin now has 50 Test wickets to his name against Australia. The Indian bowler with the most Test wickets versus the men from Down Under is Anil Kumble with 111 wickets.
9 – Ashwin also became just the ninth Indian to achieve the unique double of scoring 1,000 runs and taking 100 wickets in Test cricket.
1 – This is the first time that both sides have gone past a score of 400 in the 1st innings of every Test, in a series where a minimum of three Tests has been played.
4 – Chris Rogers has become just the 4th batsman in Test cricket to have six consecutive half-centuries. The other three are Allan Border, Rahul Dravid and Misbah-ul-Haq.
646 – Number of runs Virat Kohli has scored in this Test series, and he has done so at a stupendous average of 92.28. This is the most by an Indian batsman in Australia ever, surpassing Rahul Dravid’s previous record of 619 runs in the 2003-04 series.