Team India ended their Day 1 in a commanding position at 300 for the loss of the 6 wickets courtesy of their opener- Rohit Sharma, who played a spirited and gritty inning of 161 runs from 231 balls. He later fell victim to Jack Leach after playing a sweep shot that he ended up in the hands of Moeen Ali who was stationed at deep square leg.
Rahane too played a solid inning to prove the critics wrong and it does leave things interesting now as it will be upto the fearless youngster Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Axar Patel to extend the score.
While the neighboring country- Bangladesh looks to be struggling against the sensation West Indies, who seems to be proving a point with their valiant approach. With a lead of 113 runs in the first innings, they have been shaky in their 2nd innings so far, finishing the day at 41 for 3. But with the track slowing down and spinning any target of more than 250 is likely put the hosts in a spot of bother.
With two exciting matches happening simultaneously, Cricwizz brings you some crunching numbers and stats revolving around the matches.
Rohit Sharma has scored a staggering 402 runs against the off-spinners at home in the longest format and has been dismissed only on 3 occasions. The Mumbai Indians captain plays the off-spinners at an incredible strike-rate of 73.49 in-home tests and has also cleared the boundary on 20 occasions against them.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s poor form continued and this time without troubling the scorers. The 32-year old fell victim to a peach of a delivery by Moeen Ali and it marked the first time ever Kohli being dismissed by a spinner for a duck in tests and marked his 11th duck overall. The run machine is also someone who does not open his door often as he been bowled only on 4 occasions in his 63 innings at home.
The ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma was on a record-breaking spree today, he became the second-highest in terms of centuries scored at home without scoring one in away tests. He currently has 7 centuries to his name as opposed to Bangladesh’s skipper Mominul Haque, who has scored 10. He is also the only Indian to achieve this feat, the previous being 6 by Mohammad Azharuddin.
En-route to the 7th century, the 33-year old became the first-ever batsman to score a century in all formats of the game against Sri Lanka, England, West Indies, and South Africa.
With the ICC Test World Championship final scheduled to take place from 18th June, the race to the top is heating up. But it is the race of sixes we are talking about, English star all-rounder Ben Stokes has hit 29 sixes to his name. While the Indian opener Rohit Sharma with 24 sixes is right behind him. Given the form of the opener, he is likely to beat Stokes for the top spot.
Team India had two of the top four batsmen dismissed for a duck but Sharma’s knock did cover the early departures of Shubman Gill and Skipper Virat Kohli. But the last time India managed to come out the victor despite losing two of their top four for 0in the first innings was way back in 1977. Can team India rewrite history after 43 years?
Rahane has been in splendid form in the last few months barring his last few innings before this. The 32- year-old scored a clinical 67 and in doing so he also became the only Indian to score more than 1000 runs in the ICC Test World Championship.
Rohit Sharma now ranks first in the list of most centuries by a batsman since the year 2018. Sharma has played 106 innings to pile on the 19 centuries. Whereas his fellow teammate Virat Kohli has scored 18 centuries in his 120 innings. All the more reason for the two dominating the ICC rankings?
The 23-year old Mehidy Hasan Miraz became the youngest and quickest Bangladesh to pick up 100 wickets in tests. The youngster took just 24 matches to achieve the elite list and now ranks among the greatest of the game.
This rounds our overview of the unique numbers and records surrounding the two matches taking place currently. Stay tuned with Cricwizz for more engaging stats and records. Meanwhile, which was the stat that got your eye on our list today?