Kolkata: England bowlers staged a massive batting collapse to close in on another win against India. It was R Ashwin and his gritty 83* that took the hosts to stumps on Day 4 with a lead of just 32 and a wicket left. A look at the statistical highlights of the day.
# Ravichandran Ashwin's unbeaten 83 off 151 balls is the highest innings by number eight batsman against England at Eden Gardens.
# The aforesaid knock is the fifth highest by number eight batsman at Eden Gardens.
# Ashwin took his aggregate to 206 runs at an average of 51.50 in the current rubber. For the first time, he has managed 200-plus in a Test series.
# Ashwin's superb knock is his second highest score in Tests, behind the 103 against West Indies at Mumbai in November 2011. He has recorded two fifties for the first time in a Test series. In the Mumbai Test he had registered 68 off 114 balls.
# Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have added 38 - India's highest ninth wicket partnership against England at Eden Gardens.
# Ashwin and Ojha were involved in a partnership of 42 (unbroken) - India's second highest for the tenth wicket against England at Eden Gardens, next only to the 51 between Chandrasekhar and Nadkarni in January 1964.
# England (523) have recorded their third highest total against India in India - the two highest are 652 for seven wickets declared in the 1984-85 Chennai Test and 559 for eight wickets declared in the 1963-64 Kanpur Test.
# England's only other score of 500 against India in India is 500 for eight wickets declared in the 1961-62 Mumbai Test.
# Graeme Swann, with 56 wickets at 30.17 runs apiece in 13 Tests, is the leading wicket-taker this year, surpassing Rangana Herath's tally of 55 at an average of 20.94 in eight Tests.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the first Indian and the tenth wicketkeeper to complete 200 catches or more in Tests. Mark Boucher heads the table with 532 catches. He is followed by Adam Gilchrist (379), Ian Healy (366), Rodney Marsh (343), Jeff Dujon (265), Alan Knott (250), Alec Stewart (227), Ridley Jacobs (207) and Wasim Bari (201) and Dhoni (200).
# Pragyan Ojha (4/142) took his wicket-aggregate to 18 at 25.88 runs apiece - his second best bowling performance in a Test series. He had claimed 20 wickets at 22.50 runs apiece the 2011-12 series against the West Indies, in three Tests.
# Ravichandran Ashwin has delivered 52.3 overs - the most by him in an innings in India, surpassing the 52.1 overs bowled by him against the West Indies in the 2011-12 Mumbai Test.
# Virat Kohli (20) has posted his highest score in the series.
# Zaheer Khan has posted his 27th duck in Tests - his third against England.
# Virender Sehwag, for the fifth time, has taken three catches in an innings.
# Graeme Swann has claimed Virender Sehwag's wicket five times in Tests - the most times a spinner has taken his wicket.
# Gambhir and Sehwag put on 86 runs - their 25th for the first wicket in Tests between 50 and 99. In all they have shared 36 fifty-plus stands for the first wicket, including eleven of 100 or more.
Story first published on: Saturday, 08 December 2012 18:04 IST