TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: Jimmy Anderson takes 900th international wicket

TOP SPIN ON THE TEST: Another landmark for Jimmy Anderson as he becomes just the sixth bowler to take 900 international wickets, while India captain Virat Kohli is out for a duck for the FIFTH time against England

  • India ended day two of the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad on 294-7 
  • The tourists started the second day well with Ben Stokes taking two vital wickets
  • Rishabh Pant’s century took India beyond England’s first innings total of 205
  • Jimmy Anderson got Pant out on 101 and had Ajinkya Rahane caught by Stokes
  • NASSER HUSSAIN: Anderson and Stokes were outstanding on the second day 

Rishabh Pant’s century overshadowed what looked at first to be a promising day of bowling for England as India took their first innings total to 294-7 on day two in Ahmedabad. 

Ben Stokes led a fightback for the tourists by taking the wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as India were pegged back to 146-6 at one point.

But Pant’s century took the hosts beyond England’s first innings total of 205 before he was caught by Joe Root on Jimmy Anderson’s delivery – one of two wickets claimed by the seamer on Friday.

Sportsmail looks at the key numbers from the action in Ahmedabad.  

Rishabh Pant hit a century as India replied to England’s 205 by ending day two on 294-7

England began the second day in Ahmedabad strongly with Ben Stokes taking two wickets

Jimmy Anderson became the sixth bowler to take 900 international wickets when he had Ajinkya Rahane caught at second slip by Ben Stokes.  

Only two other seamers have reached the landmark: Australia’s Glenn McGrath (949 wickets) and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (916). Leading the way is Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, with an astonishing 1,347.

Anderson has spent most of his career being told by some critics that he struggles in Asia. 

Jimmy Anderson became the sixth bowler to take 900 international wickets on Friday

But at the end of the second day of this game, his figures in this winter’s four Tests in Sri Lanka and India were remarkable: 91.5-41-169-14, with an average of just 12.

When Ben Stokes had Virat Kohli caught behind, it was the Indian captain’s second duck of the series. 

Only once before has he made two noughts in a series – in England in 2014. In all, five of his 12 Test ducks have come against England.

India captain Virat Kohli was out for a duck for the fifth time against England in his career

It was the fifth time Stokes has removed Kohli in Tests – more than he has dismissed any other batsman.

After his scintillating hundred, Rishabh Pant now has a Test strike-rate of 71 runs per 100 balls, which would once have been decent at one-day level. 

Among current players with at least 1,000 runs, only New Zealand duo Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme, Australia’s David Warner and Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera score more quickly.

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