England fought back hard on Day 2 at Mohali to restrict India to 271 for 6, after themselves being bowled out for 283. Here’s a look at some interesting stats from the second day’s play.
Ravichandran Ashwin continued his impressive all-round show. On Sunday, he became only the second Indian to score 500 runs and take 50 wickets in a year. He was unbeaten on 57 at the end of day’s play, Kapil Dev is the only other Indian to achieve the feat -- in 1979 and 1983. Overall, there have been only 10 such instances in Test cricket. Shaun Pollock and Ian Botham have done it twice each.
Ashwin has made five fifty-plus scores so far in 2016. This is the second most by an Indian this year. Kohli also has five fifty-plus scores this year. Pujara is the only one ahead of Ashwin and Kohli, with seen scores in excess of fifty.
This is the first time in the series that Cheteshwar Pujara has not made a hundred in the first innings of the match. He was dismissed for 51. He made 124 at Rajkot and 119 at Vizag in the first innings of the Tests. Interestingly, Pujara has failed to reach fifty in the second innings of the series so it would be interesting to see how he performs in the second innings here.
Pujara has resurrected his Test career with very good performances this year. He has scored 748 runs so far at an impressive average of 62.33.
There has not been a single hundred across the two sides after the first two days of the Mohali Test. Jonny Bairstow’s 89 is the highest score in the Test so far. Three Indians crossed fifty on the second day, but no one reached three figures – Virat Kohli made 62, Ashwin was unbeaten on 57, and Pujara 51.
Adil Rashid is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 wickets averaging just over 28. This tally is already the fourth highest by an overseas legspinner in a Test series in India. Rashid has taken a minimum of three wickets in an innings four times in this series so far.
Karun Nair was run out for 4 on his debut. He became the 12th Indian batsman to be run out on Test debut. Anil Kumble was the last Indian to be run out during his debut against England at Old Trafford in 1990.
Indian skipper Kohli has reached 40 in each of the five innings of the series so far. His scores read 40, 49 not out, 167, 81 and 62. Rahul Dravid did so against England in 2005-06. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar have also achieved the feat in 1998 and 1979 respectively.
Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form continued as he was dismissed for a duck. He is averaging only 12.60 in the series, with merely 63 runs from five innings. This is actually the first instance since his debut series against Australia (in which he played only one Test) that Rahane has not reached fifty in his first five innings of a Test series.
--By A Cricket Statsman