Test cricket’s great collapses-2.

We have seen instances where the first wicket put on 100 or more runs. Now we look at collapses after the first two wickets put on 200 or more runs.

Collapse after 200 + for 2

Here we choose the ratio of (runs added after the fall of 2 wickets)/(runs added by the first 2 wickets). The cutoff here is 0.3 or 30%.

This list is in chronological order. You can see that the worst collapse here (#7) was of 12.3% by Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in 2009. They lost by 7 wickets. The second spot is also held by Pakistan (16.3%), this time vs India in 1960. That Test was drawn.

1. Pak vs Ind (1st Test), Mumbai (BS), 02-12-1960.

Pak 350 and 166/4

Ind 449/9 dec

Drawn.

The addition of 16.3% after the second wicket fell is the second worst collapse here.

In the first innings, Pakistan’s 350 included scores of Hanif Mohammad 160, Imtiaz Ahmed 19, Saeed Ahmed 121, RB Desai 3-116, SP Gupte 4-43.

This Test was drawn, and was the first of the 5 generally boring draws in this series. It was only the second 5-draw series, following an earlier series with India visiting Pakistan in 1954-55.

2. Eng vs WI (1st Test), Port of Spain, 02-02-1974.

Eng 131 and 392

WI 392 and 132/3

WI won by 7 wickets.

In the 3rd innings (England’s 2nd) the 392 included scores of G Boycott 93, DL Amiss 174, MH Denness 44,  GS Sobers 3-54, LR Gibbs 6-108.

The 5-Test series was drawn 1-1, after the 5th Test was won by Tony Greig’s hitherto unrecognized off-spin which fetched 13 wickets.

3. NZ vs WI (4th Test), Kingston, 04-05-1985.

WI 363 and 59/0

NZ 138 and (fo) 283

WI won by 10 wickets.

In the 3rd innings (NZ’s 2nd) the 283 included scores of GP Howarth 84, JG Wright 10, JJ Crowe 112, MD Marshall 4-66.

The 4-Test series was won 2-0 by WI.

4. WI vs Eng  (5th Test), St John’s, 12-04-1990.

Eng 260 and 154

WI 446

WI won by an innings and 32 runs.

In the second innings WI’s 446 included scores of  CG Greenidge 149, DL Haynes 167, RB Richardson 34, DE Malcolm 4-126.

This also figured in the list of collapses after 100+ for the first wicket.

The 5-Test series was won 2-1 by WI.

5. Eng vs Pak (4th Test). Leeds, 06-08-1992.

Pak 197 and 221

Eng 320 and 99/4

Eng won by 6 wickets.

In the second innings (England’s first), the 320 included scores by GA Gooch 135, MA Atherton 76, RA Smith 42, Waqar Younis 5-117, Mushtaq Ahmed 3-60.

The 5-Test series was won 2-1 by Pakistan.

6. Pak vs WI (3rd Test), Karachi, 06-12-1997.

WI 216 and 212

Pak 417 and 15/0

Pak won by 10 wickets.

In the second innings (Pakistan’s first), the 417 included scores by Aamer Sohail 160, Ijaz Ahmed 157, Saeed Anwar 15, CA Walsh 4-74, M Dillon 5-111.

This also figured in the list of collapses after 100+ for the first wicket.

The 3-Test series was won 3-0 by Pakistan.

7. Pak vs SL (2nd Test), Colombo (PSS), 12-07-2009.

Pak 90 and 320

SL 240 and 171/3

SL  won by 7 wickets.

This is the worst collapse in this category, with only 12.3% added after the fall of the 2nd wicket.

The 3rd innings (Pakistan’s 2nd) of 320 included scores by Khurram Manzoor 38, Fawad Alam 168, Younis Khan 82, N Kulasekara 4-37, R Herath 5-99.

Fawad Alam was making his Test debut.

The 3-Test series was won 2-0 by Sri Lanka.

8. Ind vs Aus (2nd Test), Hyderabad (Deccan), 02-03-2013.

Aus 237/9 dec and 131

Ind 503.

Ind won by an innings and 135 runs.

The 2nd innings (India) of 503 included scores by  M Vijay 167, V Sehwag 6, CA Pujara 206, XJ Doherty 3-131, GJ Maxwell 4-127.

India won by an innings and 135 runs.

Maxwell was making his debut.

India won the series 4-0.