The history of pink-ball Tests

India and Bangladesh play their first day-night Test at Kolkata from Nov 22.

A total of 11 day-night Tests have been played till now:

11 Day-night matches

India and Bangladesh are the last of the original 10 Test teams to play with the pink ball. Even Zimbabwe has played one such Test, though it lasted only 2 days.

Each of these 11 Tests has had a result.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Innings above 90

Batting under lights cannot be that difficult as we already have a triple century, a double century as well as a near-double century.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Innings bowl

The best innings bowling is by Bishoo, although his team lost that match.

Best match bowling (including all 8wm):

Match bowl

Bishoo’s 10-for is also close to the best performance here. Cummins has the best match performance in the last day-night Test before this.

Best innings fielding (4 dismissals and above):

innings fielding

Wade is the only one with 5 dismissals, and Kusal Mendis has the most (4) by a non-keeper.

Best match fielding (5 dismissals and above):

Match fielding

de Villiers is the only keeper with 8 dismissals, and Kusal Mendis the only non-keeper with 5 dismissals.

All-round performance (50 and 5wi in match):

AR-match

Dilruwan Perera has 58 and 5-98, and Jason Holder has 74 and 5-41 which are better figures.

 

 

 

Performances after the first 10 pink-ball Tests

The first day/night (or pink-ball) Test was played between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015.

Since then a total of 10 such Tests have been played, ending with the one between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in June 2018.

Full Record of Day/Night Tests as on July 2018:

Results

10 Tests is a good time to take stock of performances in these matches, though the sample size is too small to make averages and strike rates meaningful. India and Bangladesh have not played any such Test yet, though Zimbabwe has.

Note that 8 of the 10 matches have been won by the hosts (including one by Pakistan in UAE). Sri Lanka is the only exception, with wins over Pakistan in UAE and West Indies in West Indies over the past year.

Now for individual performances.

Batting

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Several hundreds have contributed to these totals. Asad Shafiq is the only one with 2 centuries, while SPD Smith is the only one with 4 scores above 50. And a number of the top scorers are still playing.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest innings

There is already a triple century, a double century and a near-double century.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

Most wickets

The top few wicket-takers include some who are still active. The only 10-for is by Bishoo (when his side lost) while Yasir Shah and Boult have two 5-fors apiece.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5wi and above):

Best innings bowling

Bishoo’s figures are clearly the best. But Yasir Shah helped to ensure that Pakistan won that Test in Oct 2016.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Best match bowling

Bishoo is the only one with a 10-for, though Holder and Boult also have good figures. Holder’s effort also came in a loss.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Most dismissals

Sarfraz is likely to overtake Wade soon. Smith and Kusal Mendis have the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Best innings dismissals

Wade is the only one with 5. Mendis is the only non-keeper with 4.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

Best match dismissals

de Villiers has the best figures at the moment. Mendis also has the most catches (5) by a non-keeper.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Starc’s performance is more steady, though Holder did well in the most recent Test.

Match performance (see criteria):

AR match

Here we see that Holder’s match performance was the best, though he lost the Test as captain.

 

 

 

Test bowling performances of 2016

This applies to all Tests during the calendar year 2016.

Most wickets taken (20 and above):

tests2016-wkts

Ashwin is far ahead of the runner-up Herath. Ashwin also has the most fivers (8) followed by Herath (5). Ashwin yet again has the most tenners (3) followed by Herath and Yasir Shah with 2 apiece.

Best bowling (innings): All instances of 6 or more wickets.

tests2016-bowlinngs

Bishoo has the best innings figures for the year but his side lost that Test. Interestingly, RA Jadeja has the best innings figures for India.

Best bowling (match): All instances of 8 or more wickets

tests2016-bowlmatch

Ashwin’s and Herath’s names keep recurring here.

Bowling averages: (Minimum 1500 balls):

tests2016-bowl-avg

Herath tops this list followed by the less heralded Wagner and then Starc.

Jadeja has theĀ  best economy rate of 2.27, followed by Anderson (2.46) and Herath (2.61)

The best strike rate is by Rabada (36.6) followed by Starc (39.0) and Herath (43.4)

Though Ashwin took the most wickets, he did not score very well on these parameters.

To be continued.