Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests

The 2-Test series in the UAE ended in a 2-0 win for Sri Lanka, which was the first defeat for Pakistan in the UAE since they moved there in 2010. The earlier series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE have had an 1-0 win by Pakistan in 2011-12 and an 1-1 draw in 2013-14.

Here is the summary of all Tests between these teams:

Overall results

As we can see, the teams have been quite evenly matched-particularly in the UAE which has seen an equal number of wins by Pakistan, wins by Sri Lanka and draws.

We now look at individual statistics.

Batting: Most runs (750 and above):

Pak-SL runs

Sangakkara is far ahead of Younis who is also far ahead of the next (M. Jayawardene). Among those who played in this series, Azhar Ali is the only one with above 1000 runs although Asad Shafiq and others are catching up.

The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, followed by 8 by Aravinda and Younis.

The most scores of 50+ are 22 by Sangakkara, followed by 14 by Younis.

Highest individual scores (150 and above):

innings

This includes a triple century and several double centuries. This series was  somewhat low-scoring as the highest score was “only” 196 by Karunaratne. Note the Test at Faisalabad in October 1985 where two Pakistani batsmen scored double centuries in the same innings which were almost equal (203* and 206).

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):

Batting average

Sangakkara is well ahead of the others, while the next two Inzamam and Mathews have almost identical averages. Among those who played in this series, the highest averages are by Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Kaushal Silva.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Wkts

Herath has moved ahead of Muralitharan (like he has done against a few other teams). Saeed Ajmal has the most by Pakistan. Other current players here include Yasir Shah and Dilruwan Perera.

Herath has the most fivers (8) while three others have 5.

Herath is also the only one with more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 6wi and above):

innings bowling

Herath and Yasir Shah appear from the current series.

Best match bowling (all instances of 9wm and above):

Match bowling

Herath’s 11-wicket haul is the only one from the current series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

The two Ws lead this table followed by Muralitharan and Herath.

To be precise, the best bowling averages are by Akram followed by Younis.

The best economy rates are by Akram followed by Abdur Rehman.

The best strike rates are by Younis followed by Akram (a reversal of the rankings for bowling average).

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

Moin Khan has the most dismissals. However the fielder M. Jayawardene has more catches than him (37 to 35). Sarfraz Ahmed has the most stumpings (8). Younis Khan also has more catches (33) than any keeper other than Moin.

Note that several Sri Lankan players have played significant numbers of Tests as keepers and non-keepers. One of them (Dilshan) even took a few wickets as a bowler which theoretically makes him second to Walcott among the “triple all-rounders”.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

Chandimal is the only keeper with 6 dismissals. Two fielders have 4 dismissals.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

match fielding

The lesser-known of the Jayawardenes (the keeper, not the fielder) has 9 dismissals followed by K. Akmal and Chandimal with 8. However, Sarfraz Ahmed has the best innings and match performances in the current series.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450 and above):

Dismissal rate

Headed by Moin Khan followed by Tillakaratne. Azhar Ali and Kaushal Silva appear from the current players, although Sarfraz Ahmed has not played enough in this series. However, he is soon likely to head this list.

Best overall all-round figures (see table for criteria):

AR-overall

The two best all-rounders of their teams at that time.

Best all-round match figures (fifty and fiver):

AR-match

Includes Saqlain (not really an all-rounder) and Dilruwan Perera from the current series, apart from Akram.

 

 

 

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India-Sri Lanka ODI records-Sep 2017

With the conclusion of India’s 5-0 sweep, the full record of the 155 ODIs between these countries is summarized below:

Summary

While India enjoys an overall 88-55 lead, the current series also brought India to a 28-27 lead for matches played in Sri Lanka.

We now look at individual performances.

Batting:

1000 and more runs:

SL v Ind-runs

The names at the top are no surprise. Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players. Mathews and Tharanga just cross the 1000-run mark.

Kohli and Tendulkar have scored 8 centuries each, followed by Jayasuriya with 7.

Tendulkar has 25 scores of 50-plus, followed by Sangakkara with 24.

Innings scores of 120 and above:

SL v Ind-innings

While Rohit Sharma’s world record ODI score of 264 has pride of place, Dhawan (132*) and Kohli (131) had the highest scores in this series. No Sri Lankan batsman crossed 120.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00):

SL v Ind-Bat avg

Dhoni and Kohli have the highest averages, with Dhoni benefiting from a large number of not out innings where he finished. (He was not dismissed in the four innings he played in this series.) Mathews and Rohit Sharma are some distance behind.

Highest strike rates (minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

SL-Ind SR

Sehwag leads by a large margin over Jayasuriya and Dhawan. Several other current players are here, with Tharanga just making the cut.

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

SL v Ind-Wkts

Muralitharan has unsurprisingly taken the most wickets, although he is closely followed by Vaas and Zaheer. A few current Sri Lankan players are towards the bottom. The current Indian bowlers have not played enough matches.

Robin Singh is the only bowler with two fivers, while Ajantha Mendis is the only one with four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and better):

SL v Ind-innings bowling

Muralitharan predictably leads here. Newcomer A Dananjaya has the best figures in the current series, while Bumrah and B Kumar also recorded their maiden fivers in ODIs.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls, maximum 40.00):

SL v Ind-Bowl avg

Agarkar has the best average followed by Ajantha Mendis. The best economy rates are by Kapil (3.92) and Harbhajan (4.19). The best strike rates are by Agarkar (24.7) and Ishant Sharma (27.3). While Agarkar and Ishant Sharma were generally expensive, they seem to have done best against Sri Lanka.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

SL v Ind-dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals and stumpings, although Sangakkara has more catches as a keeper. The most catches by a non-keeper is by M Jayawardene.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

SL v Ind-Innings fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as most stumpings in an innings. M Kaif has the most catches by a non-keeper (4), which was a World Cup record which was later equaled by two others in 2015.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450):

SL v Ind dis avg

Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, while Kohli has the highest among non-keepers. Dravid and several others kept in some of their matches.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria:

SL v Ind AR overall

Mathews has the best overall performance here, with Irfan Pathan some distance behind. Others such as Kapil and Vaas did not play enough matches between these teams.

All-round performances (match)-minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets:

SL v Ind AR match

Only two instances, with Ganguly having the best figures.

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy, 1998-2017-Pt 2

This is a continuation of https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/staistics-of-the-champions-trophy-1998-2017-pt-1/

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Most dismissals-10

Led by four wicketkeepers, of whom only Dhoni played in 2017. Sangakkara has the most dismissals (33), stumpings (5) and catches by keepers (28). M. Jayawardene has the most catches (15) by a non-keeper. BB McCullum and Dravid played several matches as keepers and non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-4

Buttler is the only one with 6 dismissals, though the lesser-known DO Obuya of Kenya has the most stumpings (3). NL McCullum and GJ Maxwell have each taken 4 catches as fielders, while Sarfraz Ahmed had the best innings performance for keepers in 2017.

Dismissal rate: Minimum 15 innings, rate 0.400 and above:

Fielding avg 0.4

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate followed by Dhoni, while DJ Bravo has the highest for non-keepers. Shoaib Malik has the highest rate among current non-keepers

All-round performance (note the criteria):

AR overall

JH Kallis is the only consistent all-rounder, with a much better performance than the other contender Shahid Afridi.

All-round match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets in a match):

AR match

The best performances were by Tendulkar and Kallis (in a match-winning role in the 1998 final). Gayle and R McLaren probably had the next best performances.

No one achieved this in 2017. The last to do this was RS Bopara in 2013, who ended up on the losing side in the final.

Thus concludes our study of the statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy up to 2017. With luck, it will be revised in 2021.

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy-2

Continuing from Part 1

Fielding: 10 or more dismissals:

Most dismissals

The leaders Sangakkara and Gilchrist are predictable. Note that McCullum and Dravid both alternated between keeping and fielding. The most by a “pure” fielder is by M Jayawardene.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-above 4

The overall best is by Buttler, while the unlikely record-holder for stumpings is DO Obuya of Kenya. The “other” McCullum, who never played in Tests, has the record for non-keepers.

Fielding average (0.400 and above from 15 or more innings):

Fielding average above 0.4

Sangakkara and Boucher lead overall, while Dwayne Bravo leads among non-keepers.

All-round overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Kallis is clearly the best here, while Afridi barely meets the qualification of an all-rounder.

All-round match performance (30+ runs and 3+ wickets):

AR Match

The best all-round performances would be that of Tendulkar and Kallis. See the scorecards below:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66165.html

But Kallis’s performance was more crucial as it came in the final in 1998:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66169.html

That was before the “choking” tag came up. And it remains South Africa’s only win in an ICC tournament until now.

Tail piece: It is possible that the 2017 Champions Trophy will be the last such tournament. See the news item below which is the most recent reliable report I could find. Possibly the ICC will decide on this after this tournament is over. If held, the 2021 championship is likely to be held in India.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/1028721.html

 

 

History of the Champions Trophy since 1998

A look at the past editions of the ICC Champions trophy, giving a quick summary of the results:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Champions_Trophy

Apart from the World Cup, this is the only tournament in which all Test countries have had the opportunity to take part-though in 2017 only the top 8 are playing, with the West Indies and Zimbabwe failing to qualify. Similarly in 2009 and 2013 Bangladesh and Zimbabwe did not qualify for the top 8. In 2006 all 10 countries competed, while the “main” tournament followed immediately after the “qualifying” tournament involving the bottom 4: West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. As things turned out West Indies and Sri Lanka qualified and the former ultimately became the runners-up.

There has been only one other multinational 50/60-over tournament (other than the Champions Trophy and World Cup) where all Test countries participated. This was the Benson & Hedges World Championship in Australia in 1984-85:

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1984-85/OD_TOURNEYS/WCC/

All 7 Test-playing countries at that time took part. These included Sri Lanka but not the exiled South Africa. You might say this was an unofficial World Cup.

Note that the only ICC tournaments won by South Africa (1998) and New Zealand (2000) can be found in the records of the Champion’s Trophy).

Footnote: If anyone wants to play around on Statsguru, they can select “ICC Champions Trophy (ICC Knockout)” in the Tournament heading, to get the aggregates for all these matches from 1998 onwards. I will be doing this in more detail over the next few days.

For the moment, the most matches played are 22 by M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara. The most runs scored is 791 by Gayle, and the most wickets 28 by the lesser-known KD Mills of New Zealand. The most dismissals are 33 by Sangakkara.

The best individual scores are 145* by NJ Astle and 145 by Andy Flower.

The best innings bowling is 6-14 by MF Mahroof of Sri Lanka. No one else has taken more than 5 wickets in an innings.

 

 

Unbeaten scores of 99,199 and 299

Test scores of 99 are more common than one may imagine. Misbah’s score of 99 in the ongoing Test at Kingston was the 89th such instance. The first such score was by Clem Hill against England in early 1902.

Scores of 99* are somewhat rarer. Here is the full list of such scores in chronological order:

99 NO

The first such score was recorded only in late 1979. Boycott carried his bat through this innings.

Boycott had a special affinity for 99, as he was the first to score 99 and a century in the same Test:  http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63121.html

That series-equalling win was also due to Tony Greig’s little-used off-spin which got him 13 wickets in the match.

RT Ponting (101 and 99) was the only other batsman to score a century and 99 in the same Test, which was against South Africa at Melbourne in 2008-09.

All the scores of 99* (except that of Tudor) ended when the team was bowled out. Tudor’s 99* remains the only one where the team was chasing a target. This Test, which immediately followed the 1999 World Cup, had a rather weird scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63841.html

10 wickets fell on the first day and 21 on the second. At close England was 3 for 1 facing a target of 208. Alex Tudor, who normally batted at 8 or below, had come in as a nightwatchman at the fall of the first wicket. On the 3rd day it looked as if he would get a century but his fourth-wicket partner Graham Thorpe was in a hurry to finish things off, leaving Tudor stranded on his highest Test score of 99*. It was to be his only score above 50.

199s and 199*s are still rarer. Here is a complete list of the 11 instances:

199

The first 199 was scored in late 1984 by Mudassar Nazar, and the most recent by KL Rahul. Both the unbeaten 199s came when the teams were bowled out. Andy Flower scored 142 in addition to 199* in a follow-on as his side lost the Test. (That match ended on 9/11 in 2001).

Sangakkara was more fortunate as his team won.

And 299? Two such instances, the first one being unbeaten:

299

Martin Crowe’s 299 was the New Zealand record for over two decades until McCullum made 302.  Let us have a closer look at Bradman’s unbeaten 299:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62601.html

This was the 4th Test of Australia’s 5-0 whitewash of South Africa, who had not yet fully graduated from whipping boys. Bradman was stranded on 299 when the No 11 HM Thurlow was run out for 0 on his debut. Thurlow also failed to take a wicket in two innings. Predictably his first Test was his last.

Bowling fails in ODIs

This continues the theme of the earlier post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/bowling-fails-in-t20i-matches/

Here we look at poor performances in ODI matches. Data is correct as on 4th March 2017.

Matches involving the ICC, Asia and Africa teams are not considered.

Most runs conceded without taking a wicket (100 runs and above):

Most runs for no wkts

The list includes a number of players who have played a few Tests, including the “leader” MAR Samarasekara who played 4 Tests and took a few wickets in them but was singularly unfortunate in this format. KV Sharma and VRV Singh represent India here, though they did slightly better in Tests.

Most balls bowled without taking a wicket (90  balls and above):

Most balls for no wkts

Samarasekara again heads this list, and many of those on the first list are here as well. A couple of bowlers from East Africa’s World Cup team of 1975 are here, including DJ Pringle, father of England player Derek Pringle.

Most innings bowled without taking a wicket (4 and above):

Most innings without a wicket

Samarasekara yet again! We may as well learn more about him:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/India/content/player/50421.html

A few prominent batsmen who bowled a bit can be found here, such as David Boon, Salman Butt and VVS Laxman. They were probably called upon to bowl a few overs in a few ODIs.

Most matches without taking a wicket (150 and above):

Most matches without a wicket-general

As one may expect, the higher positions are mainly occupied by wicket-keepers (Sangakkara, Boucher and Gilchrist) who rarely bowled, although there are also some non-keepers who rarely bowled. From the above list we can see Atapattu, Gibbs and Rhodes near the top. It is worthwhile to draw up this list again for non-keepers:

Most matches without taking a wicket (100 and above) for non-keepers:

Most matches without a wicket-non keepers

Quite a number of prominent batsmen here. A special mention for Gibbs, Tharanga and Morgan who never bowled a single ball in their long ODI careers.

And finally, we look at the best economy rates of these bowlers.

Best economy rates for those who never took a wicket and bowled 90 or more balls:

Most economical bowling by no-wicket bowlers above 90 balls

This is headed by JM Patel (the same initials as those of Jasu Patel!) of Canada and includes largely unknown players, some of whom played a few Tests. The names of Samarasekara, KV Sharma and Abul Hasan should be familiar by now.

A similar analysis of Test bowlers will follow soon.