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.

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-1

At the close of the series in Sri Lanka in August 2017, the teams had played 41 Tests.

Overall, India has won 19, Sri Lanka 7 and 15 were drawn.

In Sri Lanka, India has won 9, Sri Lanka 7 and 8 were drawn.

In India, India has won 10, Sri Lanka none and 7 were drawn.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries (including UAE) except India and Australia.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (500 and above):

Ind-SL runs

Mathews and Dhawan are the only current players here. Kohli and other current players have not played enough in this series.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (9) followed by M. Jayawardene (6).

Tendulkar also has the most scores above 50 (15) followed by M. Jayawardene (14) and Dravid (12).

Highest scores (140 and above):

Innings scores

Dhawan, Pujara and Karunaratne are in this list but are not near the top. Chandimal had done well in 2015.

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

Batting avg

M. Jayawardene tops the average but Sangakkara is somewhat lower down. Azharuddin’s position is higher than one would have guessed. At the bottom end, Muralitharan has a better average than Kumble and Harbhajan who are generally considered to be better batsmen. In fact, Muralitharan made his only Test 50 against India.

Among current players, only Mathews appears as most current players have not played enough in this series. That also applies to some other big names like Jayasuriya.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wkts

Muralitharan leads by a big margin, ahead of Kumble who also leads the next-placed Harbhajan by a big margin. Ashwin and Herath are the only current players here, though Ishant Sharma may possibly play in the future.

Muralitharan has 7 fivers, followed by Kumble with 4.

Harbhajan, Kumble and Muralitharan have each taken two ten-fors.

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

Best innings

Only N Pradeep from the recent series, although Herath and Ashwin did better in 2015.

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

Best match bowling

No example from the current series, although Ashwin had done better in 2015.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Kapil tops the averages, with even Kumble surpassing Muralitharan. The only current player here (Herath) has a rather poor average. Others such as Ashwin and Jadeja have not bowled enough.

We can see that the best averages are by Kapil (26.55) and Kumble (31.20).

The best economy rates are by RK Chauhan (2.28) and Kapil (2.64).

The best strike rates are by Kapil (60.3) and Muralitharan (66.8).

To be continued.

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy, 1998-2017 (Pt 1)

As I write this, it is still not clear whether the Champions Trophy will still be in the calendar. If it does, it will be held in India in 2021, returning there after 2006.

Here we have the full statistical highlights from 1998-99 to 2017.

Most runs-300 and above:

CT-runs-300

Gayle and M. Jayawardene still head the list, with Dhawan now in 3rd place. Kohli and RG Sharma are a little further down, followed by other current players such as Morgan and Root.

4 players have made 3 centuries; Dhawan and the Three Gs, Gayle, Ganguly and Gibbs. 3 have made 6 scores of 50+; Dhawan, Dravid and Ganguly. Dravid made 6 scores between 50 and 99.

Highest innings (110 and above):

CT-Innings-110

The record of Astle’s 145* against the USA remains, while the highest scores in 2017 were made by Root (133*) and Tamim (128).

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings)-all cases:

Batting avg-15 inngs-all

Only Shoaib Malik features from those who appeared in 2017. The current Indian batsmen have not reached 15 innings yet. While Chanderpaul has the highest average, Gayle (closely followed by Jayasuriya) have the highest strike rates.

Turning to bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Wkts-15

KD Mills still holds the record with 28, while Malinga is now in second place with 25. The only other player from 2017 is Sir Ravindra.

No one has taken 5wi more than once, while several have taken two 4wis. They include Malinga (once in 2017) and Plunkett (twice in 2017).

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 5wi and above):

Innings bowling-all 5wi

The only outstanding performance in 2017 was Hazlewood’s 6-52, which is second in the overall list. There were a few 4wis, which are not shown in the above table.

Bowling averages (minimum 750 balls, all cases):

Bowling avg-750 balls

Only Malinga appears from those who played in 2017. Muralitharan has the best average as well as the best economy and strike rate. While his average is considerably better than that of Vaas in second place, Vettori’s economy rate and Malinga’s strike rate are relatively closer to Muralitharan’s figures.

Enough for one sitting. To be continued.

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy-1

For a quick overview of past tournaments see the previous post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/history-of-the-champions-trophy-since-1998/

Here are the statistics for all CT matches from 1998 to 2013. In case there is any doubt, it also includes the qualifying matches for the teams seeded 7th to 10th in 2006 which were played just before the “main” tournament for the top 8 teams.

Batting-most runs-250 and above:

Most runs-above 250

Chris Gayle leads M Jayawardene and Sangakkara. The two Sri Lankans have played the most CT matches (22).

Gayle, Ganguly and Gibbs (the three Gs?) have the most centuries (3).

For scores of 50+, Dravid leads with 6 while several others have 5.

Highest innings scores (all scores of 100 and above):

Highest scores-all centuries

Astle and Andy Flower lead, with Astle making his score against the US on its one Championship in 2004. As we will see later, Tendulkar’s 141* featured in one of the best all-round performances in the championship.

Batting averages (minimum 15 innings batted):

Highest averages-10 innings

Chanderpaul is just above Gayle here.

It can be seen that the highest strike rates are 88.77 by Gayle and 88.01 by Jayasuriya.

Bowling (15 or more wickets):

Most wickets-above 15

Headed by the relatively unheralded Kyle Mills followed by Muralitharan.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Innings bowling-all 5wi

Note that the only 6-wicket haul came from one of the qualifying matches in 2006.

Best bowling averages (minimum 750 balls bowled):

Bowling average-750 balls

Muralitharan has the best bowling average, economy rate and strike rate.

To be continued:

 

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-1

With the conclusion of this 3-0 sweep by South Africa against Sri Lanka, they followed mini sweeps of 2-0 in 1997-98 and in 2002-03. Sri Lanka had also had a mini 2-0 sweep in 2006.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams, where South Africa leads 14-5 with 6 draws. Sri Lanka has only won one Test against SA in SA.

grand-total

Proceeding to individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most Runs (400 and more):

runs

The long-standing partners  M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have scored much more than the others. de Villiers, Amla, Mathews and Elgar lead among current players.

M. Jayawardene has the most centuries (6) followed by Cullinan (5)

For scores of 50-plus, Sangakkara leads with 10 followed by 8 by Cullinan and M. Jayawardene.

Highest Individual Scores (110 and above):

innings-scores

The highest scorers are predictable, while top-scorers for the recent series include Duminy, Amla, Elgar and SC Cook.

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

batting-avg

Relatively few players here, with the old firm of Jayawardene and Sangakkara leading.They are followed at some distance by Kallis and Pollock.

The top three strike rates are those of Jayasuriya (67.58), Muralitharan (!) (60.98) and Sangakkara (56.52).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

wickets

Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets than second-placed Pollock. Murali has the most 5wi (11) followed by 3 by Philander and Steyn. He also has 4 10wms, while no one else as more than one.

Best bowling in an innings: (6 wickets or more):

innings-bowl

An oddity at the top, where M de Lange took the record haul on debut but played only one Test after that. Otherwise it is mostly Murali, with Rabada and Kumara from the current players.

Best bowling in an match: (all instances of 8 wickets or more):

match-bowl

Muraltharan dominates as before, though Rabada was the only one to get a tenner in this series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

bowl-avg

Muralitharan and Pollock top this table of averages. The best economy rates are 2.34 by Murali and 2.40 by Herath. The best strike rates are 51.6 by Pollock and 56.8 by Murali.

To be continued

 

The Jack Pair (or Bronze Pair) in Test matches

We have already covered King Pairs and Queen Pairs (also called Golden Pairs and Silver Pairs) in Test cricket. There are 19 cases of King Pairs and 16 cases of Queen Pairs as on 23 Nov 2016.

The Jack Pair, as you should have guessed, involves being dismissed for a 3-ball duck in both innings. There are only 6 cases in Tests:

jack-pair-1

Bronze ducks in Tests are relatively rare. These players made the most:

bronze-duck-1

Interestingly, the Bracewell family has a strong affinity for bronze ducks:

bronze-duck-family

JG Bracewell was a bowling all-rounder who scored a Test century.

I am not sure what you would call pairs involving 4,5 and 6 ball ducks. But they are known to exist in Tests. More about them later.