Looking ahead to the Champions Trophy semi finals

Here we shall see that predicting on the basis of long-term form can be misleading.

This is being written after Pakistan beat England on Jun 14.

Let us look at all ODIs between England and Pakistan in 5 years up to Jun 13, 2017:

England led 7-2 in this period

In England, England led 4-1 (all in the summer of 2016). And the only match Pakistan won was at Cardiff.

No matches in Pakistan. On neutral grounds (UAE), England led 3-1.

So, on paper, it looked like Pakistan had no chance. But the result was something else.

Now let us do the same analysis for India and Bangladesh in the 5 years up to Jun 14, 2017

India led 5-2 with 1 no-result.

In India there were no matches.

In Bangladesh, India led 4-2 with 1 no-result

In neutral grounds (in Australia in the 2015 WC), India won 1-0

But it should be noted that the last series between India and Bangladesh was in Bangladesh in 2015, when Bangladesh won 2-1. Forgotten that already? See the series summary (and scorecards if you want):

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/870723.html

The key here was the “shock value” of  Mustafizur Rehman who made his debut here, with 5,6 and 2 wickets in the 3 matches. He was deservedly Man of the Series.

But then, he has not done too well in this tournament. See the details of his recent matches here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/330902.html

So we see that India does have a strong record over Bangladesh in the last 5 years. Just like England had over Pakistan. India should not be overconfident (remember the World Cup of 2007?)

 

The jinx in India-Pakistan matches

Note: This was written before the start of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

It is often said that India dominates Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Hence the “Mauka Mauka” ads which aired at the beginning of the 2015 World Cup.

Let us see take a closer look at the history of these encounters. First, the World Cup:

I v P World Cup

India and Pakistan never met in the World Cups of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987. They were somehow always drawn in different groups so they could have met only in the semi-finals or finals. It was not until 1992 that they met in the World Cup. In that tournament all teams played each other in the knockout stage.

They met in the quarter-finals in 1996, Super Six in 1999, and a pool match in 2003. India won all these matches so the feeling of a jinx over Pakistan kept growing.

In 2007, both India and Pakistan were jinxed and failed to proceed beyond the pool stage, being displaced by Bangladesh and Ireland respectively.

In 2011, India won in the semi-final and repeated this in a pool match in 2015. So India have won all 6 encounters.

If you want to see the scorecards, open this link and click on the blue square on the extreme right.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=12;type=team;view=results

Now we go to the T20 World Championship. We will come back to the Champions Trophy at the end.

I v P T20

The teams met twice in the inaugural championship in 2007. Though the match in the pool stage was a tie, India got the winner’s points as they won in the bowl-out which was then the method used to determine the winner of a tied match.

Then India won against Pakistan in the final. The teams did not meet in 2009 and 2010. India won the next three encounters in 2012, 2014 and 2016. All of these were in the group stages and not the semi-final or final. Thus India leads 5-0 (including the tie) in the World T20 Championship.

You can see the scorecards from this link:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=89;type=team;view=results

For details of the bowl-out in the first match in 2007, see the commentary section rather than the scorecard.

But the story in the Champions Trophy is somewhat different:

I v P Chamions

India and Pakistan did not meet in 1998, 2000 or 2002 (when India shared the trophy with Sri Lanka). Pakistan won the first encounter in 2004 in the group stage. They did not meet in 2006. Pakistan won in 2009, also in the group stage. India finally won in 2013, in a group match on their way to the trophy.

So the jinx on Pakistan in ICC tournaments does not apply to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, where they lead India 2-1. Let us see what happens when they meet on June 4. India currently has a higher ranking than Pakistan, but that has no bearing in high-tension encounters like these.

See the scorecards here:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=44;type=team;view=results

 

 

Australia vs India Tests review-II

In part I, we looked at batting and bowling performances. Here we take up fielding and all-round performances.

Fielding (20 or more dismissals):

Most dismissals

While Gilchrist has a small lead over Dhoni, Dhoni and Kirmani have the most stumpings. Gilchrist has the most catches as keeper followed by Dhoni and Haddin with 56 each. Non-keepers with the most catches are Dravid (46), followed by VVSL and Ponting (36 each)

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Best innings fielding

Haddin clearly leads this table. It is interesting to note that Srikkanth’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share in the world Test record. The current player AM Rahane also has a share in this record.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Best match fielding

Haddin and Dhoni lead this table. The most catches by non-keepers are 6 by Whatmore (more known as a coach) and Mark Waugh.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.500):

Best dismissal rate

Haddin, Gilchrist and Dhoni lead this list while Mark Waugh and Bob Simpson lead the non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see the criteria):

AR overall

Kapil is far ahead of the others, while Harbhajan Singh somehow fares better than M. Johnson and Ashwin. (But Harbhajan’s batting and bowling averages are both superior to that of the recognized all-rounder Ashwin 🙂

Match all-round performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Apart from the forgotten Rusi Surti’s performances in the 4-0 loss in 1967-68, the other names are fairly predictable.

 

Australia vs India Tests review-I

At the end of this series which was won by India 2-1 with 1 draw, India had a healthy lead of 21-13 for Tests in India while Australia led 28-5 for Tests there. These results are summarized below:

Match totals

A run through of all key statistics of all Aus-Ind Tests since 1947 to today:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

The most centuries are 11 by Tendulkar, followed by 8 each by Ponting and Gavaskar). For 50-plus scores it is 27 by Tendulkar, followed by 20 (Ponting) and 18 (VVSL).

Highest individual innings (175 and above):

Highest innings

Pujara (202) and Smith (178*) are there from the current series.

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

Highest batting avg

Smith has by far the highest average. Among current players, Pujara, Vijay and Kohli are next.

Bowling: 25 or more wickets:

Most wkts

The old guard of Kumble and Harbhajan still lead, with Ashwin, Lyon and several others catching up.

The most 5wi are 10 by Kumble followed by 7 each by Harbhajan and Kapil. The most 10wi are 3 by Harbhajan and 2 each by Kumble and veteran McKenzie.

Best innings bowling (all cases of 7wi and above):

Best innings bowling

In this series Lyon had the record innings figures of 8-50 against India, surpassing the 8-215 by Krejza.

Best match bowling (all cases of 10wm and above):

Best match bowling

O’Keefe took 12-70 to make a new record, surpassing Australia’s record of 12-124 in India by Alan Davidson. Oddly enough, both Davidson and Dymock had 12-wicket hauls but Australia  lost on both occasions.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, bowling average below 35.00):

Best bowling avg.

The table is headed by Jadeja, folowed by veterans Benaud and McGrath. The best economy rates are 1.94 by Benaud followed by 2.00 (Nadkarni) and 2.06 (Venkat). The best strike rates are 49.7 by Jadeja followed by 50.1 by McGrath and 52.2 by another relative newcomer  UT Yadav.

To be continued..

 

 

 

Quiz involving IR and cricket

This is a little-known place near Dhanbad:

Jamadoba

Why is this place significant in the history of Indian cricket?

Hint: It is associated with a prominent Indian captain. (Although it is in Jharkhand, the answer is not MS Dhoni).

Answer: It is the venue of a ground which has hosted first-class cricket, in addition to List A and T20 matches:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/ground/58171.html

More details can be seen here:

Jharkhand stadia

As you can see, this stadium built by the Tata group has hosted recognized cricket matches from 1969 to 2009. Now take a look at this scorecard from 1983-84:

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1983-84/IND_LOCAL/DULEEP/SOUTH_CENTRAL_DULEEP_06-09JAN1984.html

A hitherto unknown batsman from Hyderabad scored a double century against Central Zone. Admittedly it was not a very good bowling line-up, but it was the first time that most cricket fans of that time had heard of Mohammad Azharuddin

Arunabha Sengupta was the first to get it right.

Batting last in Tests in India

It is difficult to win a Test in India when the target is over 100, particularly if you are facing Indian bowling.

Here is a list of matches won with the target 100 or more on Indian grounds:

WinChase

Note that the best score by a visiting side is 276/5, by the West Indies team including Viv Richards who scored a century. Australia could successfully chase a target over 100 only once, making 195/2 coincidentally also at Bengaluru. Mark Taylor scored a century on that occasion.

Here are the highest innings scores (50 and above) in successful chases of targets of 100 or more:

Topscorechase

We see the centuries by Viv Richards and Mark Taylor here. Sachin Tendulkar is the only  other one to make a century under these conditions.

Clive Lloyd was making his Test debut, adding to his 82 in his first innings. AR Lewis was also making his debut, and was captain at this stage. He made up for his duck in his first innings.

And these are the best innings bowling figures in Tests won by the bowling side in the 4th innings, where the target was 100 or more:

Fourthinningsbowl

The top spot is Kumble’s ten-for, followed by Klusener’s 8-64 (the best by a visiting bowler) and Hirwani’s 8-75 on debut (adding to 8-61 in his first innings). Ashwin makes numerous appearances here, accompanied by several other Indian spinners.

 

 

Lowest scores in ODIs and related stuff

Zimbabwe’s 54 all out would have had cricket’s number-men looking for records of lowest scores in ODIs. This was not the lowest score in ODIs or even the lowest score by Zimbabwe in ODIs.

Tables are for data as on 28/02/2017

Here is a list of lowest ODI scores (below 60):

odi-lowest

It can be seen that this is the lowest total against an Associate team.

Live link for ODI scores of 80 and below: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283987.html

Scorecard for the recent match, which came in a Duckworth-Lewis chase:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/1079250.html

The record for the lowest ODI score is 35, also set by Zimbabwe in 2004:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64890.html

Note that Sri Lanka’s innings of 9.2 overs and 39 minutes are probably records for a winning side in an ODI.

Indian fans would remember their team’s 54 as well, which was probably India’s most humiliating ODI defeat:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

Humiliating particularly because one player (Jayasuriya) scored over 3 times India’s total. It was the heaviest ODI defeat at that time, though it has since been surpassed several times. India has also inflicted similar defeats on Hong Kong and Bermuda. Afghanistan has also been on the receiving end (against Australia in 2015).

ODI victory margins of 225 runs and above:

odi-margins

Live link for all wins by 180 or more runs: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283902.html