India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 5th day March 20, 2017

A rare draw after a 150-plus deficit

A look at the key numbers coming out of Australia's determined effort to draw the Ranchi Test
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Australia saved the Test despite facing a deficit of 152 runs in the first innings © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

2008 The previous time an overseas team saved a Test after facing deficit of 150-plus runs in the first innings in India - England in Mohali, after India led by 151. In this Test, Australia suffered a first-innings deficit of 152 runs. The only other such fightback in the last 10 years was by Pakistan in Kolkata in 2007, after a deficit of 160 runs.

3 Number of Tests saved by Australia after a deficit of 150-plus runs in India. Both those recoveries had come more than 30 years ago - in Delhi in 1979-80 and in Mumbai in 1986-87.

7 Instances of visiting teams playing out the fifth day in India to save the Test having batted 75 or more overs on the final day. Australia batted 92.4 overs on the fifth day of this Test to secure a draw. The last such instance was by South Africa in Chennai in 2008.

Visiting teams playing out the 5th day in India after a first inns deficit (75+ overs on 5th day)
Team 1st-inns Deficit 5th day score 5th day overs Innings score Year
 New Zealand  172  212/2  92  212/2  1955
 New Zealand  275  231/2  82  252/2  1999
 Zimbabwe  227  265/3  85  503/6  2000
 New Zealand  160  224/5  89  272/6  2003
 Pakistan  160  257/6  83.4  214/4  2007
 South Africa  87  200/4  76  331/5  2008
 Australia  152  181/4  92.4  204/6  2017

2004 The last time Australia batted 100 or more overs in their second innings in India - 133.5 overs in Chennai. Since then, in 14 matches before this Test, Australia had got all out on 11 occasions in their second innings in India. This time they played out 100 overs while losing only six wickets.

Handscomb had a control% of 94 and Marsh 87 on the final day © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

38 Number of consecutive innings without a century partnership for the fifth wicket for Australia before this Test. They had century stands in both innings in this match for the wicket. The last century partnership for Australia for this wicket was also against India in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, between Joe Burns and Shaun Marsh at the SCG.

2 Instances of Australia having century partnerships for the fifth wicket in both innings of a Test, both against India. The first was in Perth in 1977-78 where Bob Simpson was involved in both the stands. This match involved four different players for the stand: 191 between Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell in first innings and 124 between Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh in the second. These two partnerships are also two of the three longest stands of this series in terms of balls.

94 Handscomb's control percentage in his unbeaten 72 off 200 balls. His control was better than even Pujara and Smith's innings in the match. Before this innings, his highest score in the series was only 24 and the most balls he faced was 67. Here, he had control percentage of 90 and above against each of the four India bowlers. His partner Marsh had a control percentage of 87 in what was his second fifty of the series.

78 Wickets for R Ashwin in this 2016-17 season - the joint-most by a bowler. He equalled Dale Steyn's tally in the 2007-08 season. The next on this list is Ravindra Jadeja with 67 scalps this season. Ashwin and Jadeja have one more Test to set a new record of this.

9/178 Jadeja's figures - his second-best match figures. He picked 5 for 124 in the first innings and 4 for 54 in the second. He delivered 93.3 overs, which is themost by him in his 29-match career. His previous most was 70 overs in three separate matches, including his debut against England in Nagpur 2012-13.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • DR SIR LESLIE COLIN PATTERSON on March 22, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    Marsh and Handscomb "stuck it out" much like de Kock does for the Saffers

  • cricfan6419372234 on March 22, 2017, 8:43 GMT

    I think there will be big innings from Warner and Kohli at Dharmashala,its better to stick to Marcus A batting allrounder and also gives a bowling option for Australia and keep Maxi out as he is highly unpredictable and suited for ODI's and T20's. Team winning toss at Dharmashala will have a huge advantage to win the test match

  • cricfan21909279 on March 21, 2017, 9:29 GMT

    If all depends on pitch, then pitch shud be ranked as No. 1 Test bowler, instead of Ashwin.Blame pitch if draw, praise Ashwin if win... Hahaha this is the quality theory of Indian Big Talker Captain Virat kohli and some indian fans as well.... Icc should rethink about their test and players ranking soon.... I m sure India will b trashed by any team unless they will continue to play in their dust beach pitches... They cant win matches in home let alone winning matches in swing,seam,bouncy conditions... Even average team like Bd,Srilanka,pak etc can humiliate this Indian team in any day... So indian fans first of all try to win some matches in Aus,South africa and Eng (forget winning series)....Then Compare with High profiled team Like Aus team....aswhin is exposed already.. Now its some time to expose jaddu which is coming soon in overseas matches... Aus will win the next match with a big margin.....go aussie go!!! Cricinfo kindly publish it...

  • cricfan21909279 on March 21, 2017, 9:10 GMT

    I really cant understand about khawaja why he has to select him in SC?? Before the series Many of them Try to replace him with young renshaw!!! Look wat a gun renshw is! Then many of them also want to see khawaja ahead of S.Marsh who is a spin specialist player in Aus..Now look He and Handscomb created record partnership.... At moment debacle is now between Khawaja Vs Warner....Warner can destroy any attack single handedly that cant b dne by Uzzi.. Dharmashala obviously suits the Aus as there is still winter and pacers will b far lethal esp hazelwood... Aus can definitely find their home conditions in the next match And that's why many of them predicted a series win already.... I m pretty sure David Warner will make a classy hundred and we will win the match with a big margin.... Aus should play 3 front pacers and lyon (stll injured) should b replaced by Bird..!! cricinfo kindly publish it....

  • cricfan21909279 on March 21, 2017, 8:10 GMT

    I have full faith on David warner that He will come back strongly with a dashing hundred..... There is no aggressive batsman in any country like him as opener!!!He many times proves that He can change a match in his day... Happy that Aus can fight in SC without his contribution.... For the next match definitely he and Mathew Wade should come out and get some runs... So it will b wrong if CA replaced Khawaja with Warner...I again mentioned it khawaja will b a walking wicket here..... So all the best to Warner!!!We have to win the series... Comn Aussie!!! Cricinfo kindly publish it...plz

  • SankaraRamanM on March 21, 2017, 7:22 GMT

    Let us face it! This has been a great series. Am a staunch India fan but an even more ardent fan of good test cricket. My take on this series: Players who have shut up on/off the field have performed better - Smith, Pujara, Renshaw, Rahul, Jadeja, Cummins, Hazlewood, O'Keefe, Maxwell. The 2 loud mouths have had the worst performance on field - Kohli and Warner! That said, the performance by this Australian team has been outstanding. We were probably biased by the performance of the previous jaded teams - that also had internal team issues (remember homework gate last time round). With Renshaw, Handscomb, Cummins, Hazlewood, (a fully fit) Starc, in the form of his life - Steve Smith (for a long time now!), the Ashes should be there for the taking. I expect the England team to be a bit jaded - with Cook, Anderson, Broad in the evening of their career.

    All said, I am disappointed with Kohli's antics - more than his non-performance and captaincy - back to his brash pre-NZ series days ....

  • watakurry on March 21, 2017, 6:57 GMT

    @MEMORIESOFTHEPAST -- ???? Its TROLLS like you that gives the other Indian fans a bad name. Understandable that the Indian fans like all other fans are passionates and love their crickets, but you have no ideas!!!!!!!

  • memoriesofthepast on March 21, 2017, 5:55 GMT

    Why did Aus fail to chase 187 at Bangalore test? If its not Indian bowling then is it because Aus choke to lose chasing low scores in tests such as in 1993 Adelaide vs WI, 1994 Sydney vs SA &1981 Melbourne vs India? How did India gain 152 run lead at Ranchi & was not batting on day 5? Aus were given benefits of IPL experience, coaching from Sriram, freedom to skip home games, Dubai camp but India busy vs Bang. So Aus winning this series 4-0 was only expected but real score of 1:1 is very poor return to the efforts put in by Aus. Ranchi test had no time for 4th innings & many here will agree that most of times test result is possible only when 4 innings have been played. So always thought that Ranchi will be draw even after Smith got out on day 5. India ensured that they dont have to bat on day 5 & gave no chance for Aus to win at Ranchi-well done India. Only Aus had chance of winning at Ranchi & even at Bangalore-187 is not a huge target. India chased 230 at Adelaide 2003 to win.

  • tvumpire.com on March 21, 2017, 5:33 GMT

    This shows the value of Shami with his fast yorkers. Sad that Ishant didn't utilized his opportunity. Now he has to wait in the bunch hoping for an injury to another player. I am not surprised if he lost his space in bunch to Nehara or Bumrah in next series.

  • Husnaj on March 21, 2017, 5:33 GMT

    India would have thought of another spin bowler as it was only Jadeja who was producing wickets. Ashwin was really disappointing the Indian fans as the opposition was easily handling him through out the match. It is again very weird that Indian bowlers were not able to defend their 150 lead in the last day as Aussies found their way to handle the bowlers since the wicket of Smith has fallen. Even after giving a great start by Jadeja at the end of day 4 I did not understand why Kohli changed to pace from spin on day 5.

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