A closer look at centuries in first innings of Tests

Note: All data correct as of April 15, 2018. The Test involving the ICC XI in 2005 is excluded.

We first look at the best averages in first innings:

1st innings averages

And those who scored the most centuries in the first innings (9 and above):

Centuries in first innings

Ponting is just ahead of the overall leader in centuries as well as the second-placed.

Now let see who disliked the first innings. These players made the most centuries without ever making one in the first innings:

AD Mathews (8)

followed by Taufeeq Umar (7), WW Armstrong (6) and MG Burgess (5).

Mathews is still playing Tests so he may improve (?) on his record.

Conversely, there are those who love batting in the first innings. Apart from Ponting and his companions at the top of the table, there are those who scored all their centuries in the first innings:

JM Bairstow (5) He reached this mark in the last Test he played which was against New Zealand in 2018.

Next are AF Rae and Wasim Raja with 4.

Special mention to SP Fleming (8 out of 9 centuries in the first innings) and KC Wessels (5/6).

The second, third and fourth innings will follow.

 

 

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Review of India-Sri Lanka ODI series-Dec 2017

India won the series 2-1, thus ensuring that Sri Lanka had never won a bilateral ODI series in India. They had however beaten India twice on the way to their World Cup victory in 1996.

This summarizes all ODIs between these teams:

Teams

India enjoys a healthy 90-56 overall lead and a 36-12 lead for ODIs in India. It even leads 28-27 for ODIs in Sri Lanka.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (750 runs and above):

Most runs(750)

Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players. The most centuries are 8 by Tendulkar and Kohli and 7 by Jayasuriya. The most 50+ scores are 25 by Tendulkar and 24 by Sangakkara.

Highest innings (125 and above):

Bat innings (125)

The only score from this series is Rohit Sharma’s 208*-but that is still not a record as he had scored 264 against the same team in 2014.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00 and above):

Bat Avg (35)

Dhoni and Kohli have the highest averages among current players, followed by Mathews.

Highest batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00 and above):

Bat SR (75)

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have the best strike rates among current players, though Sehwag has a somewhat higher figure.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Most wkts (25)

NLTC Perera has the most wickets by a current player, followed by  Mathews. Ashwin did not play in the last two series against SL, and Malinga also missed this series. RR Singh is the only one to take two five-fors, and BAW Medis the only one to take 4 four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 6wi and above):

Innings bowl (6wi all)

No instance from the current series.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled, 30.00 and below):

Bowl avg (30)

Agarkar and Mendis have the best averages. Kapil and Harbhajan have the best economy rates, while Agarkar and I. Sharma have the best strike rates.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Dismissals (20)

Dhoni heads the list, while M Jayawardene has the most catches by a non-keeper. Note the dual roles of Sangakkara and Dravid.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings field (4 d)

Dhoni heads this list as well. Kaif has the most catches by a non-keeper. This was a World Cup record from 2003, until two others equaled it in 2015.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450 and above):

Dis rate (0.45)

Dhoni is the table topper once more, while Kohli has the highest rate by a non-keeper.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Mathews scores the highest here, followed by IK Pathan at some distance. Others such as Kapil and Vaas did not play enough in this series.

Match performance (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR Match (40 +4)

Ganguly’s performance is clearly the best.

 

 

Review of England-Sri Lanka Tests

At the close of the  3-Test series in England on June 13, a total of 31 Tests had been played between the two countries since 1981-82. England led 12-8 with 11 draws.

In England, England lead 8-3 with 7 draws.

In Sri Lanka, England trail 4-5 with 4 draws.

We now look at batting performances for both teams.

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs

M Jayawardene and KC Sangakkara have scored the most runs, followed by AN Cook.

M Jayawardene has the most centuries with 8, followed by several with 3.

Jayawardene also has the most 50-plus scores with 18, followed by Sangakkara with 12.

Highest individual scores (150 and above):

Highest innings

Inevitably Jayawardene has the highest score here, along with Jayasuriya.

Highest batting average (minimum 20 innings):

Batting average

M Jayawardene and AN Cook lead here as well.

Now for bowling performances

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets

M Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets taken by the 2nd-placed JM Anderson.

These two also have the most fivers (8 and 4 respectively). Muralitharan has the most tenners (4) and no one else has more than 1.

Best innings bowling (6 or more wickets):

innings bowling

Muralitharan has the top 3 performances. Also note Emburey’s 6-33 in the first Test between these countries.

Best match bowling (9 or more wickets):

Match bowling

Muralitharan heads this list with one of the best match bowling performances of all time. Anderson recorded the best for England in the first Test at Leeds in 2016.

Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls):

Bowling average

Muralitharan and Anderson inevitably top this as well, followed by the unlikely Jayasuriya.

The best economy rates are 2.03 (Muralitharan) and 2.08 (Jayasuriya).

The best strike rates are 48.0 (Anderson), 58.7 (Hoggard) and 59.0 (Muralitharan).

Now for fielding performances.

Most fielding dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Sangakkara and Prior head the table.

Also, Sangakkara has the most stumpings (6), Prior the most catches by a keeper (39) and M Jayawardene the most catches by a fielder (38). Also note JM Bairstow’s 19 dismissals in the current 3-Test series.

The most dismissals in an innings are 5 by Sangakkara, GO Jones and JM Bairstow.  In a match it is 9 by Bairstow in the first Test at Leeds in 2016.

Dismissals per innings (minimum 20 innings, 0.45 and above):

dismissals per innings

All-round performances:

Overall:

Allround overall

Even with relaxed criteria we only get two here, with Jayasuriya being the unlikely leader.

Match performances (at least one fifty and one four-for):

Allround match

Only three instances, all from Sri Lanka. Mathews’s performance would appear to be the best.