New Delhi: The unbroken 294 that Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay added on day two in Hyderabad is now the best second-wicket stand for India versus Australia in Tests, surpassing the 224 that Mohinder Amarnath and Sunil Gavaskar added at Sydney in 1986. This alliance puts them at sixth spot in all-time India v Australia partnerships.
When Pujara joined Vijay at the crease for the start of the ninth over, India were 17 for 1 after the exit of Virender Sehwag for 6. Slowly but steadily, the pair chipped away at Australia's first innings of 237 for 9 declared. As their partnership swelled, a number of other past stands were passed.
Here is the list of century stands for the second wicket in previous India v Australia Tests that Pujara and Vijay crossed during their mammoth stand on Sunday:
# 124 between Hemu Adhikari and Vinoo Mankad, Melbourne, February 6, 1948
#131 between Sourav Ganguly and Nayan Mongia, Delhi, October 6, 1996
# 137 between Virender Sehwag and Dravid, Melbourne, December 26, 2003
# 148 between Mohinder Amarnath and Chetan Chauhan, Perth, December 16, 1977
# 175 between Dravid and VVS Laxman, Sydney, January 2, 2008
# 224 between Mohinder Amarnath and Sunil Gavaskar, Sydney, January 2, 1986
In the all-time list of partnerships for all wickets for India against Australia, the 294 that Pujar and Vijay have added sits at sixth place. There have been eight partnerships of 200 or more for India in Tests versus Australia. They are:
# 376 for the fifth wicket between Dravid and Laxman, Kolkata, March 11, 2001
# 353 for the fourth wicket between Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, Sydney, January 2, 2004
# 308 for the third wicket between Tendulkar and Vijay, Bangalore, October 9, 2010
# 303 for the fifth wicket between Dravid and Laxman, Adelaide, December 12, 2003
# 298* for the sixth wicket between Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar, Mumbai, October 15, 1986
# 294* for the second wicket between Pujara and Vijay, Hyderabad, March 3, 2013
# 278 for the fourth wicket between Gautam Gambhir and Laxman, Delhi, October 29, 2008
# 224 for the second wicket between Amarnath and Gavaskar, Sydney, January 2, 1986
The next milestone in sight of Pujara and Vijay is four runs away (Shastri and Vengsarkar) followed Dravid and Laxman's 303 and the 308 that Vijay added with Tendulkar the last time Australia toured India. Incidentally, the last time an India triple-century partnership in Test cricket did not involve Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag or Laxman, was way back in 1982.
Can Pujara and Vijay break a few more records on Monday?