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.

 

 

Review of NZ-Eng Test series, 2017-18 (II)

We now look at individual bowling records.

Most wickets (40 and above):

Most wkts

Sir Richard is far ahead of the next in line, Botham, Broad and Anderson. Sir Richard has the most 5-fors followed by Botham and Underwood with 6. Underwood has the most 10-fors (3) followed by 2 by Sir Richard and Tony Lock.

Best innings bowling (including all 7-fors):

Innings bowling

Underwood and Lock have the best figures here. Nothing much from the past few years.

Best match bowling ( including all 10-fors):

Match bowling

Underwood and Lock share the first 5 positions-probably they made the best of damaged wickets. As above, not much from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Again a one-man show by Underwood. He has the best bowling average (12.20), best economy rate (1.66) and best strike rate (44.1). The nearest rivals include Willis, Ray Illingworth and Broad.

Fielding: Most dismissals (25 and above):

Most dismissals

Parore has the most dismissals, Evans the most stumpings and Fleming the most catches by a non-keeper. Bob Taylor and Ian Smith are close behind Parore.

Innings dismissals (5 and above):

Innings dismissals

The now-forgotten Chris Read is the only one with 6 dismissals in an innings, followed by several others with 5. No non-keeper has taken 5 or more catches. Bairstow (or YJB if you wish) took 5 catches in the second Test of the series.

Match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Parks and Read have the most dismissals in a match. Lamb and Cook have the most (6) by a non-keeper. And YJB has 6 catches in the second Test of this series.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, minimum rate 0.800):

Dismissal rate

Smith, Parore and Bob Taylor lead. Fleming has the best by a non-keeper, though Stewart has done better with a combination of keeping and fielding.

All-round overall performance (see criteria below):

AR-overall

Botham is clearly the best here, while Sir Richard and Cairns (junior) are distant runners-up.

All-round match performance (minimum one fifty and one five-for in same match):

AR-match

A long list here, including 3 examples of the rare 50 + 10wm by Greig, Hadlee and Nash.

Also 2 examples of the more common 100 + 5wi by Botham (twice).

Southee features in the current series as well as the last occasion in 2008. In 2008 he was making his Test debut.

 

 

Review of NZ-Eng Test series, 2017-18 (I)

New Zealand won the series 1-0 with one draw. Victories for New Zealand against England are quite rare; they have won at home only once before, in 1983-84 and now in 2017-18. In England, they have won only in 1986 and 1999. This was therefore their first series win against England since 1999, almost a generation ago.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these sides:

Overall summary

The highlight (or rather lowlight) of the series was England’s dismissal for 58 in the first innings of the series. It sent cricket followers searching for England’s lowest totals. It was more than their lowest total of 45 against Australia over a century ago, which they still won by 13 runs. But it is still quite far down, besides being the lowest-ever total in a pink-ball Test:

England’s lowest Test totals (75 and below):

England lowest scores

It was indeed their lowest total against New Zealand, less than the 64 which marked New Zealand’s first Test victory against England in 1977-78 spearheaded by the up-and-coming Richard Hadlee while Geoff Boycott captained England for a short time.

We now look at individual performances.

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

John Wright is the unlikely leader here, ahead of Martin Crowe. The latter does have the most centuries (5) while the former has the most scores of 50+ (11). 4 others have 10 scores of 50+

Cook and R Taylor are the only current players here.

Highest individual scores (150 and above):

Highest innings

We do have Walter Hammond’s 336* (then a world record surpassing Bradman’s 334) and 227, which gave him 563 runs in the series at 563.00 which no one is likely to overtake. There is also JH Edrich’s 52 4s in an innings which is still a record (Sehwag is next with 47 in his 254).

The last few series have been quite low-scoring as the only recent 150+ scores were by Cook in 2015 and H Rutherford in 2013.

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

Batting average

The top two names are somewhat unexpected. Once again, there are only Cook and Taylor among current players.

To be continued.

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.