Miracle at Mount Maungunui

By now, we should have learnt the spelling of this cricket venue in New Zealand.

Bangladeshi cricket fans would remember it as the venue of a pathbreaking Test match played on Jan 1-5, 2022.


It was Bangladesh’s 6th Test win away from home:

And the first win in New Zealand (and in a SENA country, if it matters).

Bangladesh had done particularly badly in New Zealand, as they had lost all 9 previous Tests in that country. In Bangladesh, they had drawn three and lost three to New Zealand.

This was Bangladesh’s first win over New Zealand in 16 Tests. Here you can see a record of these results:

Bangladesh’s batsmen had helped in building the foundations of victory, notably MH Joy (78), NH Shanto (64), Mominul Haque (88) and Liton Das (86).

But the Man of the Match was Ebadot Hossain, with 1-75 and 6-46. (7-121 in the match).

His 6-46 is the best innings bowling for Bangladesh in New Zealand, surpassing the 5-166 by Rubel Hossain at Hamilton in 2010. It is also the best by a Bangladeshi bowler in any of the SENA countries.

And his 7-121 is the best match bowling for Bangladesh in New Zealand, surpassing the 5-88 by Mashraf Mortaza at Dunedin in 2008. And again the best by a Bangladeshi bowler in any of the SENA countries.

The second Test in this series is scheduled for Jan 9-13 at Christchurch. For the moment, Bangladeshi cricket’s supporters can savour a rare win and a 1-0 lead in the series.

Statistics of ODIs of 2020

The number of matches in all formats got reduced due to “unforeseen circumstances”. However, we still have some aggregates which are of some utility even if averages and strike rates are not meaningful.

We start with the ICC rankings at the end of the year:

Which has England, India, New Zealand and Australia as the top 4 teams.

A simple comparison of W-L ratios gives this:

Not really meaningful as the top 3 teams here (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) have played too few matches. Then we have Oman (!) followed by SA and NZ which still doesn’t make much sense.

A summary of individual performances follows.

Batting-most runs (250 and above):

That’s more like it. Finch leads by a large margin over his team-mate SPD Smith. Rahul and Kohli are 5th and 6th.

And Labuschagne, the Test find of 2019 is 3rd here.

The most 100s are 3 by SPD Smith. The most 50+ scores are 7 by Finch followed by 5 by Smith and Kohli.

Highest innings (100 and more):

All the centuries are listed here:

Unusually, the only scores above 150 are from Bangladesh. The highest from India is 119 by RG Sharma.

Bowling – most wickets (8 and above):

Zampa with 27 wickets is far ahead of the second-placed AS Joseph.

The most 4wi hauls is 3 by AS Joseph

No one has more than one 5wi.

M Shami has the most wickets for India (12).

Best innings bowling (All instances of 4wi):

The fast-rising S Lamichane of Nepal has the best figures of 6-16, which came against USA, another one of the newcomers. The only other 6-wicket haul was by the relatively inexperienced L Ngidi

India’s best is quite far down, being Shami’s 4-63.

Most dismissals (5 or more):

The most dismissals are 15 by Carey (Aus) and Hope (WI). The most by a non-keeper is 10 by Starc.

Rahul had the most stumpings (2).

For India, Kohli has 5 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (4 and more):

The highest is 5 by Hope, and three others have 4 each. The best for India is 3 by Rahul on two occasions.

Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches in an innings.

All-round match performances (30 runs and 3wi):

The best would seem to be the two instances by Aqib Ilyas of Oman, followed by JJ Smit of Namibia.