Another landmark for Moeen Ali

Perhaps Moeen Ali shaving his head made some difference (apart from being mistaken for Hashim Amla at a distance). In the first Test of the current series against South Africa he became one of the relatively few (25) to score a fifty and 10 wickets in the same match (Sir Richard Hadlee did so 3 times, while a false knight of the present also appears here):

10wm and fifty

He also became part of a select group of 40 to have scored both a century and a ten-for in Tests. Only IT Botham, Imran Khan and Shakib Al Hasan achieved this in the same Test.

Century and tenner

In the third Test, he finished the match with a hat-trick. This was the 43rd hat-trick in Tests and he became the 39th player to achieve this. H Trumble, TJ Matthews, Wasim Akram and SCB Broad took two hat-tricks apiece. The updated list of hat-tricks:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/136977.html

Finally, he joined a rather short list of 7 players who have scored a century and taken a hat-trick in Tests. Of these, Sohag Gazi is the only one to do so in the same Test-though he vanished from the international scene quite rapidly.

  1. J Briggs
  2. Wasim Akram
  3. Harbhajan Singh
  4. IK Pathan
  5. SCJ Broad
  6. Sohag Gazi
  7. MM Ali

Of these, 6 of them (i.e. excluding Sohag Gazi) have scored a century, taken a ten-for AND a hat-trick in Tests.

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Hardik Pandya’s debut

At the moment we are not sure how Hardik Pandya will do as a bowler on debut. But there are some points of interest in his debut innings, which was 50 at No 8 with three sixes.

We first see the list of those who scored a fifty-plus at No 8 on debut. This may have been in either innings.

50 at 8 on debut

Pandya is no 43 and last on the list. James Neesham has the record of 137* made against India not long ago. 7 batsmen have made centuries on debut at No 8, including RH “Deepak” Shodhan from India who had a short Test career. And there is BR Taylor who also took a five-for. This fifty was Albie Morkel’s only Test innings.

For batsmen from India, at No 8 on debut:

50 at 8 on debut-India

A short list, including Binny junior.

We also look at the most sixes on debut (regardless of batting position).

3 or more sixes in an innings on debut:

Most sixes on debut

Pandya is the the first from India to hit 3 6s in an innings on debut. It can be seen that MJ Clarke and a few others have hit 3 or more against India, though the record is 9 by Southee against England a few years ago. He also took a fiver in the same Test.

Finally, we look at all batsmen from India who scored at least one six on debut:

Sixes on debut-India

Pandya tops this list, while Dhawan and Raina are among those who hit two sixes. Further down, Dilawar Hussain, CS Nayudu and PH Sharma hit a six in each of their innings on debut. And SN “Shute” Banerjee included a six in his total of 8. A tailender of note here is MM Patel.

Also see this: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/eclectic-score-cards-for-tests/

Summary of the Women’s World Cup-3

More statistical highlights of the Women’s World Cup in 2017.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (6 and more):

Most dismissals

The lesser-known S Verma of India has the most dismissals, catches by a keeper and stumpings. AJ Healy (Aus) and niece of a famous male keeper is next, while India’s J Goswami and NZ’s AE Satterthwaite  have the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 and more):

innings fielding

While S Verma has 4 dismissals in an innings, several non-keepers have 3 catches.

Most dismissals per innings (minimum 6 innings fielded):

Dismissal rate

S Verma and AE Satterthwaite lead the keepers and non-keepers respectively.

All-round:

At least 6 innings batted and bowled, one 50 and one 4wi:

AR overall

Only one such instance. Let us modify the criteria to

At least 6 innings batted and bowled, 100 runs and 5 wickets:

AR-overall (Rev)

This gives a better idea of all-round performances throughout the tournament-though van Niekerk misses out here. EA Perry (Aus) leads here.

All-round match performance (minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):

AR-match

Only 2 cases, including one from the team which finished last.

Summary of the Women’s World Cup-2

Statistical highlights of the Women’s World Cup in 2017.

Batting:

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Highest innings (90 and above):

innings batting

NR Sciver (Eng) is the only one with two centuries. But EA Perry (Aus) made 5 scores of 50+, though her top score was only 71. M Raj (Ind) and L Wolvaardt (SA) made 4 scores of 50+, while the latter also failed to score a century.

It is ironic that the highest score was made by a batter from a team which finished second from the bottom.

Highest averages (Minimum 6 innings, average 30 or more):

Bat Avg

Highest strike rates (Minimum 6 innings, SR 80 or above):

Batting SR

The first name may be a surprise, as she was among the lesser-known players from her side until the later stages of this championship.

Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wkts

D van Niekerk (SA) is the only one to take more than one 4wi, including 4 for 0 which has never been achieved in men’s or women’s ODIs before.

The top two wicket-takers are engaged to be married. Once this takes place, they will be the first married couple to play in the same national cricket team. Not sure if this has happened in other sports.

Best innings bowling (including all 4wi):

innings bowling

Best bowling averages (Minimum 6 innings, average below 30):

Bowling avg

van Niekerk has the best bowling average (as well as the best economy and strike rate).

To be continued

 

Summary of the Women’s World Cup-1

A full record of India’s participation in the Women’s World Cup cricket tournaments since 1973-which was 2 years before the men got going.

1973-did not take part

1978-4th out of 4

1982-4th out of 5

1988-did not take part

1993-4th out of 8 (no semifinals)

1997-lost in semis to Aus

2000-lost in semis to NZ

2005-lost in finals to Aus

2009-3rd place, beat Aus in playoff

2013-7th out of 8

2017-lost in final to Eng

These results can be seen in more detail here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Cricket_World_Cup#Teams.27_performances

 

 

 

Tests between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has still not won a Test against Sri Lanka.

This is the record of all Tests between these teams:

SL-Zim Tests

Sri Lanka has won 13 and drawn 5 Tests against Zimbabwe. This includes winning the last 8 in a row.

Zimbabwe’s Test wins have been few and far between:

Zimbabwe wins

Only 2 of the 11 wins were away from home. Their one victory in Pakistan in 1998 may be the most significant, as it remains part of their only series victory against a major team.

Here are a few records which were set during this Test:

List of centuries in Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe Tests:

SL v Zim innings

CR Ervine’s 160 is now the highest for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka, surpassing the old record of 105* by Andy Flower in 1998. Sikandar Raza’s 127 also surpassed this record. The overall record for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka remains 266 by Dave Houghton in 1994 in Bulawayo.

Best match bowling figures in Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe Tests:

SL v Zim innings bowling

AG Cremer’s 9-275 is the best match bowling for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka, surpassing his own record of 7-227 at Harare in 2016. The previous best for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka was 6-112 by Heath Streak in 1998.

No significant records were set in fielding or all-round performance.

 

 

 

The other Test all-rounders-1

We start with the scorecard of the  England-South Africa Test at Lord’s:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2017/engine/match/1031437.html

Moeen Ali achieved the double of a fifty and 10 wickets in the match.

Now, the standard definition of a good all-round performance in a Test is a century and a fiver. Cricinfo provides this as a direct link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282793.html

There are 32 such instances at the time of writing.

The achievement of a fifty and 10wm is somewhat less common though the instances can be easily be got from Statsguru:

Fifty and 10 wickets in a Test (as on Jul 11, 2017)

10wm and fifty

27 entries here, the most recent entrants here being Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Dilruwan Perera. Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do this 3 times. No one else has done it more than once.

Also note that Alan Davidson was the first to score a hundred runs and take 10 wickets in a match (though without a century). This was in the Brisbane tied Test of 1960. He held this record for over 19 years. It was not until 1980 that Botham became the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match. Imran repeated this a few years later and Shakib followed much later.

While the list of those who scored a century and 5wi is mostly populated by the better-known all-rounders ranging from Sobers to Botham to Ashwin, the second list has a few unexpected names. These include bowlers who were not considered recognized batsmen but somehow managed a fifty: e.g. JK Lever (on debut), Abdul Qadir, DW Steyn and PS de Villiers. Then there are non-regular bowlers (notably AR Border and MG Bevan) who were not regular bowlers but somehow managed a ten-wicket haul.

In several cases these were the only fifties or ten-fors the player achieved in their Test careers. The strangest case may be that of JK Lever, who is the only one to score a fifty and take ten wickets on his debut. He did not achieve either of these again in his 21-Test career.