Has any Indian opener been dismissed in the very first over of a Test match in Australia?

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21 Dec 2020 | 11:22 AM
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Has any Indian opener been dismissed in the very first over of a Test match in Australia?

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Has any Indian opener been dismissed in the very first over of a Test match in Australia? – Kartik Sunder on Twitter

Prithvi Shaw at Adelaide became the fourth Indian opener to be dismissed in the very first over of a Test match. By being dismissed off the second ball of the match, Shaw’s is the shortest stay at the crease for an Indian opener to be dismissed in the very first over of a Test match in Australia. 

+ eight-ball over.

** Both Gavaskar & Shaw were dismissed in the very first over of the series.

Was reading somewhere that Washington Sundar’s bowling figures 0/16 in his 4 overs in the opening match of the T20I series were the most economical by any visiting bowler in Australia. Is this stat true? – Ajay Paul on Twitter

The bowling economy of 4.00 by Washington Sundar in the opening match at Canberra on 4 December 2020, is now the best by any visiting bowler delivering his full quota of four overs against Australia in a T20I match. The table below has the details.

Note: Botha was captain.

In the recent T20I match at Sydney Virat Kohli made 85 while chasing. Is this his highest score in this format in a chase in a lost cause? – R Shriram on Facebook

Virat Kohli’s score at Sydney in the third match of the series is his highest score in an unsuccessful run chase. His previous highest was the 70 he made against the Kiwis at Chennai in 2012, when India lost the game by 1 run!  

Note: Kohli’s effort Sydney and Rajkot came as captain.

Virat Kohli recently reached the landmark of 300 sixes in T20 cricket. Could you please provide the details of these sixes? – K Vijay Kumar on Twitter

Virat Kohli at Sydney hit his 300th six in his T20 cricket career during his knock of 85, when he hit first of his three sixes. He thus became the fourth Indian batsmen to reach this landmark in T20 cricket. He has hit 215 sixes while playing for RCB, which represents 71% of his total sixes hit (302) in T20s. 


+ tour games against county sides (in 2011).

In all the day-night Test matches played until now, has any side won a Test away from home? Ashish Vatsal on Twitter

Since the first day-night Test match in Nov 2015, we have had 15 such Tests. Australia has appeared in eight – the most by any team. Interestingly, this side is yet to take on an opponent away from home. Sri Lanka on two occasions have won day-night Tests away from home – in Dubai and Bridgetown, while Pakistan has done so once in Dubai, which incidentally for all practical purposes is considered as ‘home’ for them. The tables below list the results in all day-night Test matches, including the recently concluded Adelaide Test match.   

Note: Australia is the only side who have not played a single match away from home.


All records mentioned above are correct and updated as on 21 December 2020.

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