Flashback: When Virat met Kane in 2008

They first met as opposing captains in another semi-final long ago in Kuala Lumpur in February 2008, when India won by 3 wkts (by D/L):

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/317005/india-under-19s-vs-new-zealand-under-19s-semi-final-icc-under-19-world-cup-2007-08

Future internationals in this match included Worker, Williamson, Southee, CJ Anderson and Boult from NZ and Kohli, SS Tiwary, MK Pandey and Sir Ravindra Jadeja (though he was a minor nobleman at that time) from India.

In the other semi-final SA won against Pak.

In the final, Ind won against SA by 12 runs (again by D/L):

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/317016/india-under-19s-vs-south-africa-under-19s-final-icc-under-19-world-cup-2007-08

SA’s future internationals included Rossouw, Reza Hendricks and Parnell (captain).

Now for the semi finals-2

As you know, the first semi-final between India and New Zealand is at Manchester on July 9. There is a reserve day on Jul 10. And then DLS.

If no decision is reached even then, India proceeds to the final on the basis of points in the group stage.

Now let us look at how India and New Zealand have done at this venue in past ODIs.

India has played 10 matches here, winning 5 and losing 5.

Here are the results (for World Cup matches only):

1975: Lost to NZ

1979: Lost to SL

1983: Won vs WI

1983: Won vs Eng (Semi final)

1999: Won vs Pak (Super 6)

2019: Won vs Pak

2019: Won vs WI

5 wins on the trot at Old Trafford.

New Zealand has played 7 matches here, winning 2, losing 4 and 1 no-result.

In World Cup matches:

1975: Won vs Ind

1979: Lost vs Eng (Semi final).

1999: Lost vs Pak (Semi final);

2019: Won vs WI

Indifferent performance, though they did beat India in 1975 🙂

 

 

Review of New Zealand – Bangladesh Tests

With the 3rd Test at Christchurch being called off due to violent incidents, New Zealand won the 2-Test series 2-0.

As you can see below, New Zealand has won all 9 Tests against Bangladesh at home. In Bangladesh, New Zealand have won 3 Tests and 3 were drawn.

Result summary

We proceed to individual performances. As the number of matches played is small, no meaningful averages can be found.

Batting:

Most runs (250 and above):

Runs-250

Most of the top scorers such as Tamim and Williamson are still playing.

The most centuries are 3 by Williamson, and the most 50+ scores are 9 by Tamim (including 8 scores between 50 and 99).

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Innings-90

Two double centuries were made by NZ batsmen in this series. Williamson’s 200* was the highest for NZ against BD at home, surpassing Taylor’s 200 in the same series and Guptill’s 189 in 2010.

Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

Wkts-10

Vettori is far ahead of Wagner and the rest. Vettori has 5 fivers and Wagner 3. Vettori also has the only tenner.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 5wi):

Innings bowling-all 5wi

Best match bowling (all instances of 6wm):

Match bowling-all 6wm

Wagner’s 9-73 in this series is the best for NZ vs BD at home, surpassing CL Cairns’s 8-108 in 2001.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Fielding-8 dis

Watling has the most catches by a keeper, McCullum the most stumpings and Taylor the most catches by a non-keeper. Mushfiqur leads the Bangladesh players.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Innings-3 dis

Kayes has the most dismissals (5). Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

Fielding innings-5 dis

Watling has the best figures for a match, while Sinclair has the most by a non-keeper.

All-round performance (match):

AR-match

DL Vettori’s effort is the best here. It can be termed as one of the finest all-round efforts in all Tests, as he scored two fifties as well as a fiver and a “fourer”.

He is the only one to do this in all Tests. The “counterpart” would be AK Davidson who made 44, 80 and a fiver and a “sixer” in the Tied Test of 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of NZ-India ODIs-Feb 2019

India won the series 4-1. The last two ODI series between these teams in New Zealand were in 2013-14 (NZ won 4-0 with 1 tie) and 2008-09 (Ind won 3-1 with 1 NR).

A summary of all ODI results between these teams:

Summary

Both sides have a strong home advantage, but they are evenly matched 15-15 in neutral venues.

We start with Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Batting-500

The most centuries are 6 by Sehwag and 5 by Tendulkar, Kohli and NJ Astle. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Tendulkar and 12 by Kohli.

In aggregates, Kohli is now in second position while R Taylor and other current players can be seen here.

Highest individual scores (110 and above):

Innings-110

This has been a relatively low-scoring series with no one scoring above 110. The highest in recent years were 154* by Kohli in 2016 and 147 by Rohit Sharma in 2017. Note that Tendulkar has the two highest scores.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 30.00):

Batting average-30

Kohli has a much higher average than the second-placed Sehwag. Dhoni and other current players are also found here.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 500 balls and 70.00):

Strike Rate-70

Sehwag and Kapil are close together. Kohli, Latham and other current players are found here. It can be seen that R Taylor has a better average and strike rate against India compared to Williamson.

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Bowling-20

While several have taken 2 4-wicket hauls, no one has more than one 5wi. Srinath has taken considerably more wickets than the second-placed Kumble. The current players Southee, Boult and Shami are moving up.

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

Innings-5wi

The only 6-wicket haul is by SE Bond who played in only a few ODIs against India. Boult’s 5-21 is the second best for NZ against Ind and the best at home, just surpassing the 5-22 by AR Adams in 2003. There was no other 5-wicket haul in this series.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all cases):

Bowling avg-all

Srinath and Hadlee have the best averages. The best economy rates are by Hadlee and Kapil, and the best strike rates are by Srinath and Nehra. Current bowlers from either side do not appear here.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Fielding-10

The lesser-known NR Mongia has the most dismissals followed by Dhoni and McCullum. Mongia also has the most stumpings. McCullum has the most catches by a keeper, just ahead of Mongia and Dhoni.

Note the dual role of Dravid. The most catches by a non-keeper are 18 by Fleming and R Taylor. A few other current players can be found here.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding-4

McCullum (2003) is the only one with 5 catches as a keeper, with others having 4. D Karthik is the only one to take 4 catches in the current series.

Rutherford, Harris and R Taylor each have 4 catches as non-keepers.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Fielding average-0.5

Mongia has by far the highest rate here, with Vengsarkar having the best by a non-keeper.

All-round performances (Overall, see criterion):

AR-overall

The “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris is the only one who meets this criteria, while the better-known Kapil and Hadlee do not seem to have done well in these matches.

Match performances (30 runs and 3wi):

AR-match

The unheralded all-rounder K Srikkanth has the best performance here. CL Cairns, NJ Astle and YK Pathan also have good performances. It is odd that Kapil does not appear here, although the Pathan brothers do and CL Cairns is the only one to feature here twice.

 

 

Bevan Congdon R.I.P. – and his Indian connection

Bevan Congdon, who was one of New Zealand’s major players in the 1960s and 1970s, died a few days ago a day before his 80th bithday.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/36611.html

Victories for New Zealand were few and far between in those days. At that time even India always considered them to be a lesser team. His tenure as captain included NZ’s first win against Australia in 1974, and earlier his 175 came close to bringing his team to an improbable win against England, making 440 and losing by 38 runs:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17229/scorecard/63108/england-vs-new-zealand-1st-test-new-zealand-tour-of-england-1973/

That was then the highest fourth-innings score in a loss, though it has since been surpassed.

Congdon was a part-time medium pacer. His best bowling and all-round performance came in a Test against India at Auckland in early 1976. By then Glenn Turner was captain. India won this Test, which was significant in several ways.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17181/scorecard/63156/new-zealand-vs-india-1st-test-india-tour-of-new-zealand-1975-76/

Congdon scored 54 and 54 besides taking 5-65. Apart from this:

Surender Amarnath scored a century on debut. Like his father, he never made a Test century after his debut.

Gavaskar won his first Test as captain and made a century as well. He was standing in for BS Bedi who made his debut as captain in the second Test of the series.

Prasanna’s 8-76 remains the best innings bowling for an Indian bowler in a Test outside India. His match figures of 11-140 were then the best for India outside India, though the record now stands at 12-104 by BS Chandrashekhar against Australia at Melbourne in early 1978. Chandrashekhar would not have minded getting a king pair in that match.

But India did not win that series against New Zealand. The 2nd Test was drawn with India in a weaker position. And the third Test saw the then little-known Richard Hadlee taking 7-23 (and 11-58) in bringing about an innings victory for NZ.

 

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-2

Continued.

Fielding

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

The only current player is Ross Taylor, who has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Innings dismissals (4 and more):

Innings field

Only Dowrich from the current series. Fleming and the Crowe brothers each took 4 catches as non-keepers.

Match dismissals (6 and more):

Match field

None from the current series. Fleming has the most dismissals for a non-keeper.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate

Ramdin heads the list, though many keepers did not play enough Tests. Hence this table is dominated by non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

AR overall

The modest criteria are met by two of the all-time greats.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Interestingly, the relatively rare feat of a fifty and 10 wickets in a match has been recorded three times here.

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-1

After New Zealand’s 2-0 victory, results of Tests between these teams are summarized below:

Team summary

New Zealand has now moved into the lead with 15 victories against 13 by the West Indies.

The last victory of WI against NZ was at Port of Spain in Jan 2014. The last victory of WI in NZ was a generation ago, at Wellington in Feb 1995. That is remembered for Walsh’s 13-55.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Runs scored (750 and above):

Runs

The most centuries are 4 by Taylor, and the most scores of 50+ are 10 by Chanderpaul and Gayle. Taylor is the only current player here.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Innings

None from the recent series, although Ross Taylor had a 200+ score earlier.

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

Bat Avg

Only Taylor from the current players. Relatively few names here because of the relative infrequency of Tests between these teams over the years.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

Wkts

Several current players led by Boult and Southee.

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

Innings bowl

Wagner’s feat in the current series is here.

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

Match bowl

Note Walsh’s extraordinary figures. But there are no instances from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Nobody among current players as they have not played enough.

To be continued.