The 4th innings at Centurion

This is written in the aftenoon session on the 4th day of the SA-Eng Test at Centurion. England was set 376 to win and have reached 222/5 with an estimated 140 overs left.

Centurion is a new venue which hosted its first Test only in November 1995. It is in fact situated in Pretoria but the venue is known as Centurion which was the stadium’s name.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/ground/59079.html

Interestingly the first international match here was an ODI against India in December 1992.

The current Test is the 25th one to be played here. We look at how teams have fared in the 4th innings:

Highest winning totals:

CP win

The highest total to win is 251/8 in THAT Test in 2000. The highest “genuine” winning total is 226/4 by SA in 1998.

Highest losing total:

CP loss

England has crossed the previous record of 217 and ultimately made 268 and lost by 107 runs.

Highest total to draw:

CP draw

Though this is an extremely unlikely result unless the weather intervenes, England should certainly cross the previous record of 228.

Finally, here is a list of all 4th-innings scores above 300 in South Africa:

SA 4th innings 300+

The record winning score was 340/5 by SA vs Aus in 2002. But then there was the one in 1939, where another hour’s play may well have seen England making 696 to win. Or in 2013, when a few minutes more would have seen SA making 458 to win.

And if England makes 376 here, it will be a record for Tests in South Africa. They didn’t.

After the Test was over, these are all the 4th-innings totals over 200 at Centurion:

Centurion 4th innings

As you can see, this was the highest 4th-innings score at Centurion, surpassing the dubious 251/8 by England in 2000.

Happy New Year in many languages

Let us see if Google Translate has improved in handling Indian languages.

“We wish you a happy new year” is translated  below, first in some other languages:

 

Arabic:    نتمنى لكم سنة جديدة سعيدة

French:    nous vous souhaitons une bonne année

German:   Wir wünschen Ihnen ein frohes neues Jahr

Latin:   Nos volo vobis New Anno beatus

Russian:   Желаем вам счастливого нового года

Spanish:   Te deseamos un feliz año nuevo

 

Coming home:

Bengali:   আমরা আপনাকে একটি নতুন বছরের শুভ কামনা করি

Gujarati:   અમે તમને નવા વર્ષની શુભેચ્છા પાઠવું છું

Hindi:   हम आपको नए साल की शुभकामनाएं देते हैं

Kannada:   ನಾವು ನಿಮಗೆ ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತೇವೆ

Malayalam:  നിങ്ങൾക്ക് പുതുവത്സരാശംസകൾ നേരുന്നു

Marathi:   आम्ही तुम्हाला नवीन वर्षाच्या शुभेच्छा देतो

Nepali:   हामी तपाईलाई नयाँ सालको शुभकामना दिन्छौं

Punjabi:   ਅਸੀਂ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ

Tamil:   உங்களுக்கு புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Telugu:   మీకు నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు

Urdu:  ہم آپ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو

A cursory glance gives the impression that the translation into Indian languages is somewhat better than it was a few years ago.

Note: Among the widely spoken languages, Assamese, Kashmiri and Konkani are yet to appear. Sindhi is written in a script different from that used in India.

Most languages now have the translation in Roman script as well as voice, which makes Google Translate somewhat more useful in practical situations.

 

Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests-2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 or more):

Pak v SL wkts

The top three wicket-takers are spinners, which is uncommon in modern times. Only Herath has two 10-fors. He also has the most (8) 5-fors.

Best innings bowling (6wi or more):

Pak v SL inngs bowl

Muralitharan does not seem to have done that well against Pakistan, although Herath has. The two Ws are hardly seen here, though spinner Yasir Shah is more prominent here.

Best match bowling (including all 9wm and above):

Pak v SL match bowling

Again dominated by spin.

Best bowling average (min 2000 balls, all instances):

Pak v SL bowl avg

The two Ws have the best bowling averages. Akram and Abdur Rehman have the best economy and Younis  and Yasir Shah the best strike rate. Imran Khan did not play enough.

Now to Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Pak v SL dism

Moin Khan leads here. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed has the most stumpings. M Jayawardene has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (5 and more):

Pak v SL inngs field

Chandimal leads here. No non-keeper has 4 catches.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

Pak v SL match fielding

The lesser known Jayawardene leads here, while the better known namesake is the only non-keeper with 6 catches.

Dismissal rate (min 20 innings, 0.50):

Pak v SL dis rate

Moin Khan has a much higher dismissal rate than the next-in-line Chandimal. Note that several players from Chandimal downwards have played both as keepers and non-keepers. Moin Khan appears to be the only one who has played exclusively as a keeper.

All-round performance (see criteria below):

Pak v SL AR overall

This is on expected lines, as Imran Khan did not play enough against SL. So Akram emerges as the best all-rounder.

All-round match performance (fifty and 5wi):

Pak v SL AR match

It is difficult to choose among these.

 

Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests-1

The recently concluded 2-Test series ended with Pakistan winning 1-0 and gaining 80 WTC points and Sri Lanka gaining 20. More importantly, the series showed that international cricket could be held without mishap in Pakistan, even though less than two days play could be completed in the first Test.

Here is a summary of all Tests between the teams:

Overall Results

Pakistan has a slight lead both at home and away. However the teams have been evenly matched 3-3 in the neutral Tests since 2009.

This sums up the Tests between these teams since the ill-fated tour in 2009:

Pak-SL results since 2009

Note that Sri Lanka won 2-0 in the UAE in 2017. Before that Pakistan had won 2-1 in Sri Lanka in 2015.

Coming to individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

Pak v SL runs

Mathews and Azhar have the most runs among current players.

The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, and the most 50+ scores are 22 also by him.

Highest innings (175 or more):

Pak v SL bat inngs

Nothing from the current series, although there have been many 200s and a 300 in the past.

Best batting averages (min 20 innings, all instances):

Pak v SL bat avg

Sangakkara has by far the highest average, ahead of second-placed Inzamam and Mathews at no 3. Mathews and Azhar have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls, 50.00 and above):

Pak v SL batting SR

Here the top position is by Sarfaraz Ahmed who lost his captaincy as well as his place in the side. Next is Dilshan. Karunaratne just makes the cut here, being the only current batsman  to be included.

T20Is of 2019-2

When we look at individual performances, most of the top scorers and wicket-takers are from the second-rung teams such as Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands who have played relatively more matches than the major teams.

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Most runs-500

The two top-scorers are from Ireland and the next two from the Netherlands. KJ O’Brien has made a Test century. But no one here is from the major teams.

Highest innings (100 or more):

Highest innings

Again, the top 3 are not from the major teams. H Zazai’s 162* is the highest T20I score for Afghanistan (and the second in all T20Is after AJ Finch’s 172 in 2018).

There are some players from the major teams such as GJ Maxwell, DJ Malan and DA Warner plus a sprinkling from lesser-ranked teams such as Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic among others.

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Most wkts-20

The first few are from the Netherlands, Nepal and Ireland. The better-known players such as Rashid Khan and MJ Santner just make the cut.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5+ wickets):

Bowling-best analysis

Here we have the best performance by DL Chahar from India – but the next two are from Argentina and Luxembourg. The veteran Malinga, Rashid Khan and a couple  from England are the other known players here.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Dismissals

Apart from KJ O’Brien and DA Miller, there are no familiar names. The most dismissals by a keeper are 26 by SA Edwards of the Netherlands, and by a non-keeper 17 by BDH Stevens of Jersey.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

Innings fielding

DA Miller of SA is in 3rd place with 4 catches as a non-keeper. Also by de Grandhomme and Ramdin, while the best performance is by players from Kenya and PNG.

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

AR-overall

Familiar names here are SC Williams (Zim), Rohan Mustafa (UAE) and CJ Jordan (Eng). The best performance would be by S Davizi of the Czech Republic and SC Williams.

To sum up, the increased “democratization” of T20I cricket will mean more opportunities for teams beyond the to 10 or 12 and a hope that one day they will be able to compete with them. Players with South Asian names can be found all over, especially in the European teams.

 

Centurion Test-some obscure facts

JM Anderson took Elgar’s wicket with the 1st ball of a Test (and the series).

Taking a wicket with the first ball of  a match is rare enough to merit a separate list:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283164.html

Anderson is playing in his 150th Test. This by itself is no big deal. But he extends his record of the most Tests without ever captaining his side. Next in line is Warne (144) and Broad (playing his 135th Test) and VVS Laxman (134).

AK Markram is playing his 20th Test. His previous 19 Tests included 11 wins and 8 losses and no draw. He holds the record of the most Tests played without a draw. Next is old-timer GA Lohmann (18 Tests, 15 wins, 3 losses) followed by current player KK Jennings (17/12/5) and Alok Kapali (17/0/17). Jennings may play in the future.

Update: Markram played in his 20th Test at Centurion which SA won. So he extended his record to 20 Tests without a draw (12 wins and 8 losses).

ALSO-6 of the playing 11 for England have a given name starting with J: Anderson, Archer, Root, Denly, Buttler and Bairstow. Would this domination by one letter be a record? Maybe there have been Pakistani teams with more players with names starting with M?

Another oddity: South Africa now have two different Test players named D Pretorius. The earlier Dewald P played 4 Tests in 2002-2003 as a pace bowler:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/46784.html

Today Dwaine Pretorius, a pace bowling all-rounder, made his debut:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/327830.html

T20Is of 2019-1

The year of the “big bang” when many new teams were admitted to “official” T20Is. A quick look at the results:

Teams ranked by W/L ratio:

T20Is 2019 WL

A total of 71 teams played at least one T20I this year.

You will agree that the above table doesn’t mean much. Australia (OK), Argentina and Belize !? are the top teams, are they? And is Jersey as good as India?

Let us look at the ICC rankings, which are supposed to be more refined:

ICC rankings T20I end 2019

There are 86 teams covered in these rankings. The last 7 have zero points:

T20Is 2019 bottom teams

One might argue that Gibraltar and China are the worst teams as they have played the most matches for zero points.

Anyway, back to the top. The T20I World Championship will be held in Australia in late 2020:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_ICC_Men%27s_T20_World_Cup

The 16 teams participating are the top 19 in the ICC ranking table MINUS Zimbabwe, Nepal and UAE.

Next we look at individual performances in T20Is.

ODIs between India and the West Indies-2

Hope that you have seen part 1.

We now proceed to Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Ind v WI wickets

“Sir” Jadeja is set to become the leading wicket-taker here, although Shami is following him closely

M Dillon is the only one with two 5-fors, although Shami and Rampaul have the most 4+ hauls (4).

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5 and more wickets):

Ind v WI bowl inngs

The first few innings bowling figures are from long ago, with Viv Richards having one of the best analyses. He did take a few wickets in Tests as well, but not more than 2 in an innings. The best in 2019 was by Shami during the World Cup.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Ind v WI bowl avg

Surprisingly the best average is by the occasional bowler Viv Richards, though he is closely followed by Ambrose. Jadeja, Roach and Holder have the best averages among current players.

Marshall and Walsh have the best economy rates, while Richards and Kumble have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Ind v WI dism

Dhoni has the most dismissals (47), although Dujon took more catches (34) than him. Dhoni does however have the most stumpings (14). Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by non-keepers.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Ind v WI inngs dism

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals. Dravid has the most (4) catches by a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.50)

Ind v WI dis avg

Ramdin leads here, while Richards has the best rate among non-keepers.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

Ind v WI AR overall

Led by Richards (!) followed at a distance by Hooper and Kapil.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

Ind v WI AR match

Richards again in his unaccustomed role as an all-rounder. The best performances here would be by him in Jan 1988 and Oct 1989. Also one by Hooper.

 

ODIs between India and the West Indies-1

India’s 2-1 win in the series in December is the 3rd successive win for them in bilateral series against the West Indies. India had won 3-1 at home in 2018-19 and 2-0 away in 2019 before this.

The overall results:

Overall results

India now have a slender 64-63 lead overall and similarly 29-28 at home. They also lead 19-15 at neutral venues and trail WI 16-20 in away matches.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Ind v WI runs

Kohli has now scored far more runs than anyone else, including present players such as RG Sharma and CH Gayle.

Kohli also has the most centuries (9) and 50+ scores (20).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Ind v WI inngs

During this series high scores were recorded by RG Sharma (159) and SO Hetmyer (139).

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Ind v WI bat avg

Again, Kohli is far ahead of anyone else starting with his team-mate RG Sharma. We see that Srikkanth, Kapil and Shastri have lower averages than we may expect.

Highest batting strike rates (Min 500 balls, 60.00)

Ind v WI SR

Headed by Sehwag, Viv Richards and Kohli. Other current players near the top are Dhoni and Dhawan.

To be continued:

Summing up of results of captaincies

For Tests up to 04 Dec 2019:

WINNING ALL THEIR TESTS:

A Bacher (4)

Lord Hawke (4)

LOSING ALL THEIR TESTS:

Khaled Mashud (12)

Khaled Mahmud (9)

DRAWING ALL THEIR TESTS:

K Srikkanth (4)

Majid Khan (3)

Saeed Ahmed (3)

NEVER WINNING A TEST:

Mohammad Ashraful (13)

IT Botham (12)

Khaled Mashud (12)

NEVER LOSING A TEST:

WW Armstrong (10)

DB Close (7)

FG Mann (7)

NEVER DRAWING A TEST:

Waqar Younis (17)

Shakib Al Hasan (14)

Rail quiz: New and old names of stations

Tirupadiripuliyur

This time you have to mention the old name of the station. The changes would have taken place between the 1940s and 2010s. In a few cases there are multiple changes of name, but give at least one of the old names.

1) Achalpur

2) Adarsh Nagar Delhi

3) Bangarapet

4) Bharuch

5) Bidhan Nagar Road

6) Chhapra

7) Chittaranjan

8) Dhone

9) Kahalgaon

10) Kollam

11) Manthralayam Road

12) Miyagam Karjan

13) Nagaon

14) Nagapattinam

15) Palakkad Jn

16) Palakkad Town

17) Palampur (Himachal)

18) Parangipettai

19) Ranapratap Nagar

20) Sewagram

20) Shivaji Bridge

21) Siwan

22) Tiruppadirippuliyur

23) Tirunelveli Jn

24) Varanasi Jn

25) Vijayapura

Answers below. The best efforts were by Sagar Tipnis and Ganesh Iyer.

Quiz-New and old station names

 

 

 

RIP Basil Butcher: an odd episode

This year has seen the passing of two of the prominent batsmen of the dominant West Indies teams of the 1960s, first Seymour Nurse on May 6 and now Basil Butcher on December 16. A look back on his career:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/player/51239.html

He made an immediate impact on his debut series which was against India in 1958-59, scoring 486 runs at an average of almost 70. His more famous innings included 133 at Lord’s in 1963 which probably saved WI from defeat, and 209* at Nottingham in 1966 which was also crucial.

But it is somewhat odd bowling career that we turn to. He was an occasional leg-spinner who was only rarely called upon to bowl. He had bowled 5 overs for 0-17 in his debut series. The next time he bowled in a Test was at Port of Spain in 1967-68, where he took 5-34 as the 6th bowler to be tried in that innings. He started with dismissing the top scorer Cowdrey and took the last 5 wickets, reducing England from 376/5 to 404.

The first 3 Tests had been drawn. The WI captain Gary Sobers was keen to break the stalemate, and he thought he had found his secret weapon. Declaring in the 3rd innings can sometimes lead to an unwanted result, as he would have known:

Winning against declaration

Anyway, he declared at the low score of 92/2 and hoped that the bowlers including Butcher would dismiss England for less than 215.

Boycott (80*) and Cowdrey (71) had other ideas. Butcher ended with 0-17, and England took an 1-0 lead in the series. They just managed to avoid defeat in the 5th Test, and thus won the series. Sobers was widely blamed for gifting the Test away:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17297/scorecard/63017/west-indies-vs-england-4th-test-england-tour-of-west-indies-1967-68

And these were the only wickets Butcher took in his Test career. He is one of the few who took a fiver and no other wickets in his career:

Basil Butcher bowling