The new honors boards at Lord’s-3

Finally, we come to women’s matches at Lord’s.

Regarding women’s Tests at Lord’s, there is nothing to be said because there aren’t any. It is strange to see that 52 such Tests were played in England with none at Lord’s.

They have been played in some of the Test centres such as Birmingham, Nottingham and the Oval besides some other venues such as Wormsley (Bucks.) and Shenley (Herts.) which most English cricket fans would not have heard of.

So we move to ODIs:

A total of 15 women’s ODIs have been played at Lord’s, all of them involving England. Thus there are no neutral matches here.

Centuries in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-100s-all

The “home” board would include nos 2,3 and 4 on this list.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

And the “neutral” board would not be needed yet.

The best by an Indian player here is 94* by M Raj in the match on 1 Jul 2012. India won that match by 5 wickets.

The best against India is 156* by SC Taylor listed above. England won that match by 100 runs.

5-fors in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-5er-all

This is an even shorter list.

The “home” board would include nos 2 and 3.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

The best by an Indian player here is 4-61 by A Das in the match on I Jul 2012, in which M Raj scored the 94* mentioned above. That is the only one of  the 3 ODIs at Lord’s which was won by India. (Another one was washed out in 2014).

The best against India is 6-46 by A Shrubsole listed above. That was the final of the World Cup which England won by 9 runs.

 

 

 

Unusual dismissals-obstructing the field

One of the sore points of India’s defeat in the Asia Cup final against dismissal was the unusual dismissal (obstructing the field) of Anuja Patil for 3. She thus became the first player to be so dismissed in a women’s T20I match.

There is no such instance in women’s Tests.

There is one instance in ODIs, again from India. D Kamini (2) was dismissed the same way against the West Indies in 2016.

This mode of dismissal is quite rare in men’s cricket too.

Tests: Only one instance, Len Hutton (27), E v SA in 1951.

ODIs: 6 instances, starting with Ramiz Raja (99) against England in 1987. This was in an ODI series after the 1987 World Cup. The last instance was by Ben Stokes, E v A in 2015.

T20Is: Only one instance, Jason Roy (67), E v SA in 2017.

The fine art of minnow-bashing

The term “minnow-bashing” was often heard in World Cup cricket matches where the non-regular teams often came to grief against the major teams.

Now the women’s T20I teams of India and Pakistan have shown that they are better at minnow-bashing than their male counterparts. The occasions came in the course of  the ongoing Asia Cup which is a T20I tournament in Malaysia. As we will see, the Malaysian team have been very gracious hosts.

The 6 participating teams are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. As the last 2 are not regular teams, their matches are not counted in women’s T20I records.

India started the process by dismissing Malaysia for 27 and thus winning by 142 runs:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1148042/scorecard/1148048/malaysia-women-vs-india-women-1st-match-womens-twenty20-asia-cup-2018/

Pakistan did almost as well, dismissing the hosts for 30 and winning by 147 runs.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1148042/scorecard/1148058/malaysia-women-vs-pakistan-women-11th-match-womens-twenty20-asia-cup-2018/

Thailand has also done quite badly, without ever crossing 100. But they did beat Malaysia by 9 wickets:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1148042/scorecard/1148055/malaysia-women-vs-thailand-women-8th-match-womens-twenty20-asia-cup-2018/

The league matches continue on June 9, which features Ind v Pak, SL v Th and BD vs Ma.

The final on June 10 will probably be between India and Pakistan.