Despite Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stoic stand that lasted five hours, England ended the third day in Nagpur as the slight favourites.
New Delhi: Quick wickets towards the end undid some of the good work put in by skipper MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. A look at the statistical highlights of the third day in Nagpur.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has faced 246 balls to score 99. For the first time in a Test innings, he has faced 200 balls or more. He has surpassed his previous highest of 187 balls while scoring 132 not out against South Africa at Kolkata in February 2010.
Story first published on: Saturday, 15 December 2012 17:53
# Dhoni is the first captain to be dismissed 'run-out' in Tests.
# Apart from Dhoni, the only other Indian to be dismissed 'run-out' on 99 is M.L.Jaisimha - vs Pakistan at Kanpur in 1960-61.
# Dhoni is one of the 12 captains to be dismissed on 99 - the second Indian to record this unwanted feat. In the Trent Bridge Test in 2002, Sourav Ganguly had scored 99.
# Overall, eight Indian players have been dismissed on 99 in Tests. Sourav Ganguly is the only one to record two such innings - one each against England and Sri Lanka.
# Dhoni, during the course of his aforesaid innings, has completed his 2,000 runs in Tests in India - 2008 at an average of 43.65 in 36 Tests.
# Dhoni's 99 is his highest score against England, surpassing the 92 at The Oval in 2007.
# Dhoni's 28th fifty in Tests is his eighth against England.
# Virat Kohli (103 off 295 balls) has registered his third Test hundred - one each against Australia, New Zealand and England.
# Kohli's strike rate of 34.91 is his worst when he has recorded atleast 30 in a Test innings.
# Like Dhoni, Kohli has also faced most number of balls in a Test innings (295), obliterating the 213 while scoring 116 against Australia at Adelaide in January this year.
# Kohli and Dhoni were involved in a stand of 198 for the fifth wicket - India's second highest against England, next only to the 214 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri at Kolkata in 1984-85.
# The aforesaid partnership is the highest for any wicket for India at VCAS, Jamtha, surpassing the 193 for the sixth wicket between Dhoni and Dravid against New Zealand in November 2010.
# The 198-run partnership is the second highest for any wicket at this venue, next only to the 340 for the third wicket between Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis for South Africa in February 2010.