Preview: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe Test-Feb 2020

With the titanic battles for the World Test Championship, we tend to forget the minor Test matches which may sometimes be quite hard-fought (as in the recent Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka series).

Zimbabwe will play one test at Mirpur (Dhaka) on Feb 22-26, which starts one day after the New Zealand Test series gets under way at Wellington.

Here is the history of Tests between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe:

BD v Zim all results

These 16 Tests include Bangladesh’s first Test and series victory (Jan 2005) as well as a 3-0 sweep in Oct-Nov 2014. The last series between them was shared 1-1 in Nov 2018.

The results can be summarized here:

Result summary

Quite evenly poised, with Zimbabwe leading 7-6 overall although Bangladesh leads 5-2 at home. However, Bangladesh has had a poor run recently losing 6 Tests in a row (including one at home to Afghanistan).

Craig Ervine will captain Zimbabwe for the first time, while Mominul Haque continues for Bangladesh.

Preview: India v New Zealand Tests

Here we have the summary of Tests between the countries:

Ind-NZ overall results

While India leads 21-10 overall, in New Zealand the hosts lead 8-5. There is a strong home advantage on both sides.

Here are the Test results in the past 10 years:

Ind-NZ since 2010

India has swept NZ at home. But the only Tests played in NZ were two in 2014, where NZ won one and the other was drawn.

The two Tests (at Wellington on Feb 21-25 and at Christchurch on Feb 29-Mar 4) are part of the World Test Championship, where both sides will be keen to earn the 120 points available. This is the present position:

WTC points on Feb 17

India leads the table with wins in all Tests they have played so far. Quite possibly their record will be dented in New Zealand, although they will continue to lead the table for now. If NZ wins both Tests they will be in 3rd place after India and Australia.

Statistics after the last series in 2016 can be seen here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/review-of-india-new-zealand-tests-1/

and

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/review-of-india-new-zealand-tests-2/

 

Review of NZ-India ODIs-2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets-20

The Karnataka pair of Srinath and Kumble lead.

No one has more than one 5-for. Srinath and Southee have two 4-fors.

Southee (30) and Boult (24) have the most wickets amongst current players.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5wi):

Best bowling-5wi

SE Bond has the best figures of 6-19, during his relatively short career. No good individual performance in this series, although Boult had 5-21 in 2019.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Southee is the only current player here, though close to the bottom.

Srinath and Hadlee have the best bowling averages.

Hadlee and Kapil have the best economy rates.

Srinath and Nehra (!) have the best strike rates.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Most dismissals

The forgotten NR Mongia has the most dismissals (36) and most stumpings (12).

However McCullum (25) has the most catches by a keeper, by Mongia and Dhoni with 24 each.

R Taylor (19) has the most catches by a fielder, followed by SP Fleming (18).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

The record is 5 dismissals, while a number of fielders have taken 4 catches. The only such instance recently was KD Karthik’s 4 catches as a keeper in 2019.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):

Dismissal rate

NR Mongia leads again. Vengsarkar (!) has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.

Overall all-round performance (see criterion in table):

AR-overall

While notable all-rounders such as Kapil, Hadlee and Vettori have played in these matches, the only one with a creditable record is the “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris.

All-round match performance (Min 40 runs and 4 innings):

AR-match

Another surprise: the only such performance is the unheralded K Srikkanth, whose bowling ability seems to have been a well-kept secret. His 70 and 5-27 back in 1988-89 was probably India’s best all-round feat in ODIs against all countries at that time.

Review of NZ-India ODIs-1

New Zealand won the series 3-0, the first such whitewash for India in ODIs for a long time.

We start with a listing of match results since the beginning of 2019:

Results since Jan 2019

India did win 4-1 in New Zealand just over a year ago. Then they lost to them in the World cup semi-final, and then the 3 matches in Feb 2020.

Here is the overall record of ODIs between these teams:

Ind-NZ all results

India still has an overall lead of 55-49 and 26-8 at home, while NZ leads 25-14 at home and marginally leads 16-15 at neutral venues. Certainly a strong home advantage on both sides. But India had won there in 2019.

Now for individual records, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs-750

Taylor and Kohli are now in 2nd and 3rd place, though well below the first-placed Tendulkar. Williamson and Guptill are the other current players here.

Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Tendulkar, Kohli and Astle with 5 apiece. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Kohli and Tendulkar,  followed by 11 by R Taylor.

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings scores above 110

Tendulkar has the two highest scores made a decade apart. Kohli’s 154* is the highest score by current players. But this series had fewer large individual scores, the highest being 112 by KL Rahul.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 30.00):

Batting average 30

Kohli has the highest average here, with Dhoni (?) and Taylor the next highest among current players. Williamson and Rohit Sharma are also here.

Highest batting strike rate (Min 500 balls faced, 75.00):

Strike rate above 75

The first two, Sehwag and Kapil, are at some distance from the next few. Kohli, Latham and Taylor lead among current players. Guptill and other current players are also seen here.

To be continued.

 

Preview: Pakistan vs Bangladesh Tests

This is an odd little series:

Feb 7-11: I Test at Rawalpindi

Apr 3: Only ODI at Karachi

Apr 5-9: II Test at Karachi

It is also a part of the World Test Championship, where both sides need the 120 points (60 per Test):

WTC points table Jan 28

The previous history of Tests between these teams is very one-sided, with Pakistan winning 9 of the 10 Tests with one draw. However Bangladesh has shown some improvement in Tests since the teams last met in 2015. They had come close to winning at Multan in 2003 before Inzamam earned Pakistan an one-wicket victory.

BD v Pak Tests

Review of India-NZ T20Is-2020

India won the series in Jan-Feb 2020 5-0, although that included the 3rd and 4th matches which were tied and won by India in the Super Overs. By convention they are listed as ties.

These are the results of all India-NZ T20Is:

result list

Interestingly, New Zealand was the only team to defeat India in their unexpected win in the first T20I World Championship in 2007.

The summary of match results based on the above listing:

Overall

If you include the two ties as wins for India, the sides are level with 8 wins apiece.

We now take up individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Most runs-100

Led by current players Munro, Taylor and Sharma.

C Munro is the only century maker. He and RG Sharma both have 4 scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (50 and above):

Innings-50

Williamson’s 95 in this series is NZ’s highest against India in NZ, surpassing TL Seifert’s 84 in 2019.

RG Sharma’s 65 in this series is the highest for India in NZ, surpassing SK Raina’s 61* in 2009.

The highest scoring rate here is 200.00, when SS Iyer made 58* off 29 balls and when Taylor made 54* in 27 balls during this series .

Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wickets-8

Best innings bowling (includes all 3wi and above):

Innings bowl-3wi

While Santner has the best innings figures of 4-11, Bumrah’s 3-12 in this series is the best for India against NZ. The previous best was 3-28 by KH Pandya in India’s tour in 2019.

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Dismissals

Southee has the most catches as a fielder (11). Dhoni has the most dismissals as a keeper (9) including the most stumpings (3).

Most dismissals in an innings (3 and above):

Inns dismissals-3

Santner equalled the record in this series. Also note that opposing keepers Latham and Dhoni each made 3 dismissals in the same match in 2017.

All-round overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR overallSantner is the only one to qualify. Apart from 81 runs and 12 wickets, he also has 8 catches.

All-round match performance (20 runs and 2 wickets):

AR match

India’s SN Thakur is the only one here.

 

 

 

 

Most runs off an over in all formats

This is one topic for which information is readily available from Cricinfo’s record section.

The record for T20I cricket came under serious threat recently:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284226.html

This can also be seen here:

T20I-most runs in over

In the 5th T20I in the recently concluded India-New Zealand series, Seifert (17) and Ross Taylor (17 including a no-ball) took 34 runs off an over from Shivam Dube. That was his first and only over in the innings. It was the second highest in T20Is, surpassed only by Yuvraj Singh’s 6*6 off Stuart Broad in the 2007 world championship.

Previously the worst such misfortune to an Indian bowler was Evan Lewis taking 32 (including a wide) off another Stuart (Binny) in 2016. Suresh Raina had conceded 26 against South Africans Ontong and Albie Morkel in 2012.

Now for ODIs:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/278847.html

Remember to read the footnotes at the bottom.

The highest scores from the link can be seen here:

ODIs-most runs in an over

There is also a 6*6 by Herschelle Gibbs off Namibia’s DLS van Bunge during the 2007 World Cup.

The Indian record is 31 by Shreyas Iyer (30 including 2 extras) and Rishabh Pant (1) off WI’s RL Chase earlier in the 2019-20 season.

Tendulkar (27 including 4 extras) and Ajay Jadeja (1) took 28 off New Zealand’s CJ Drum in 1999.

Indian bowlers also figure here: Yuvraj Singh conceded 30 to AD Mascarenhas in 2007, shortly before he repaid this with interest to Broad in a T20I.

Ishant Sharma conceded 30 to JP Faulkner in 2013/14

And finally Tests:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/233006.html

Which is reproduced here:

Tests-most runs off an over

The record has not gone beyond 28, shared by Lara off RJ Peterson in 2003-04, GJ Bailey off JM Anderson in 2013-14 and most recently KA Maharaj off JE Root earlier in 2019-2020.

The Indian record is 26 by HH Pandya off SL’s PM Pushpakumara in 2017.

At the other end, Harbhajan conceded 27 to Shahid Afridi in 2005-06. RR Sarwan took 25 off Munaf Patel in 2006.