When the tail wagged against India

Indian bowlers have often been frustrated by lower-order batsmen. This happened in the first Test of this series as well as the first innings of the second Test.

Here we list all scores in Tests of 70 and above from No 8-11 (sorry, 12) against India:

Highest tailend scores against India

This includes several debut scores (including 137* by Neesham, 105 by BR Taylor, 103* by Samaraweera to begin with) as well as career-best scores of 173 by IDS Smith, 137* by Neesham, 107 by Christiani and numerous others such as MA Starc, MD Marshall, TT Bresnan and even Anderson and Muralitharan. The most recent entry is KA Maharaj with 72.

We also look at the averages (with a minimum of 10 innings) for those who batted at 8-12 against India:

Tail against India

Vettori, Broad and Starc have scored the most runs here. Starc, JO Holder and Broad have done well in recent years.

Finally, partnerships of 90+ from the 8th wicket onward against India:

Tail partnerships against India

Ironically the highest such partnership is for the last wicket, when Anderson scored his only Test fifty. From the current series we have Maharaj and Philander with 109 for the 9th, and Muthusamy and Piedt with 91 for the 8th.

 

 

Performances in CWC 2019

Batting:

Most runs (400 runs and above):

WC 2019 Runs 400

Note 5 centuries by RG Sharma, while Shakib Al Hasan has 7 scores of 50+.

Only 1 run separates the leader RG Sharma (648) and runner up DA Warner (647).

Highest innings (95 and above):

WC 2019 Innings 95

Not as high-scoring as the 2015 WC, which had scores of 215 and 237.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

WC 2019 Wkts 12

Note that MA Starc has 4 hauls of 4wi and above, followed by M Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 4wi and better):

WC 2019 Bowl innings

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

WC 2019 Dismissals 8

JE Root has the most catches (13) by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

WC 2019 Dism innings

CR Woakes and JM Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers (4) which equals the existing World Cup record held by several others.

All-round performance:

Overall:

WC 2019 AR overall

Shakib Al Hasan with 606 runs and 11 wickets is clearly leading here, followed by the less expected all-rounder JDS Neesham.

Match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

WC 2019 AR match

Only these two. Shakib and Yuvraj Singh (vs Ireland in 2011) are the only two with 50/5wi in a World Cup match.

Man of the Series:  KS Williamson, presumably for his captaincy as well as being the 4th top scorer with 578 runs.

 

After the final of CWC 2019

Final results for the Orange Cap:

1. RG Sharma 648 runs

2. DA Warner 647

3. Shakib Al Hasan 606

4. KS Williamson 578

(Note: the series record is 673 by SR Tendulkar in 2003)

Purple Cap:

1. MA Starc 27 wickets

2. LH Ferguson 21

3. JC Archer 20

4. Mustafizur Rahman 20

(Note: Starc has the new series record, surpassing the 26 by GD McGrath in 2007.)

Most 6s:

1. EJG Morgan 22

2. AJ Finch 18

3. RG Sharma 14

4. CH Gayle 12

5. JJ Roy 12

(The series record is 26 by CH Gayle in 2015.)

Man of the Series: KS Williamson, for captaincy and 578 runs.

Also: While there have been tied matches in past World Cups (including the Aus v SA semi final in 1999), this is the first to involve a Super Over.

From Cricinfo: There had only been 37 ties in the 4045 ODIs that had been played till then, and only four in 445 World Cup matches; none since 2011. England had been involved in eight ties before this, and New Zealand seven, and in matches involving both, there had been three. The law of probabilities would have given it a 0.91% chance.

 

 

After the 2nd semi-final of CWC 2019

Apart from 1975 (obviously) and 1987, this is the only time when both finalists have not won previously.

Keeping up the pretense of the IPL:

Orange Cap: RG Sharma* 648, followed by DA Warner* 647, Shakib Al Hasan* 606, JE Root 549, KS Williamson 548.

Purple Cap: MA Starc* 27, followed by Mustafizur Rahman* 20, JC Archer 19, JJ Bumrah* and  LH Ferguson 18 each.

Most 6s: EJG Morgan 22, followed by AJ Finch* 18, RG Sharma* 14, CH Gayle* 12, JJ Roy 12.

* No further part in the World Cup.

While Starc will very likely be the top wicket-taker, both Sharma and Warner could be overtaken by Root, Williamson and a few others.

Man of the series is still open. A pity that Shakib would have not have a chance as his team did not do well enough. But there are precedents where players from losing semi-finalists have been MOS: Martin Crowe (1992) and Lance Klusener (1999).

The World Cup at the 60% stage

27 of the 45 group matches (i.e. 60%) were over on June 21. An review of the teams and individual peformances.

First, the points table:

Points Table Jun 21 2019

And the ICC rankings on June 21 (for what they are worth):

ICC ODI rankings June 21 2019

Note that England is ahead of India by less than one point.

Similarly, South Africa is ahead of Australia by less than one point.

Sri Lanka is punching above its weight, and is thus comparable to Bangladesh.

We now take a quick look at the best individual performances:

Most runs (175 and above):

June 21-most runs (175)

Warner, Shakib, Root and Sharma have 2 centuries apiece.

Root has the most (5) scores of 50+

Shakub and Root have almost the same total runs.

Highest innings (90 and above):

Jun 21-HS 90

Warner leads here as well. A potential Man of the Series? As long as his team reaches at least the semis (as in the case of Martin Crowe in 1992 and Klusener in 1999).

Nottingham seems to be better for batting.

Most wickets (6 and above):

Jun 21-most wkts 6

Close competition at the top.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 4wi or more):

Jun 21 BB 4

Cardiff seems to be better for bowlers.

Most dismissals (6 and above):

Jun 21-dismissals

AT Carey was relatively little known a few months ago. And Shai Hope was not a first-choice keeper for his team either.

Root and Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers.

All-round performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

Jun 21-AR

Only one such performance, and from one who is not considered among the better all-rounders in this tournament (Think of Shakib and Stokes).

 

Review of Aus-SL Tests-2019 (2)

Hope that you have seen Part 1.

We now move on to Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wickets-15

Note Herath’s late surge after Muralitharan retired. Starc heads the current players.

The most 5wis are 6 by Herath and Starc. The most 10wms are 2 by Warne and Starc.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Innings-6wi

Cummins has the best figures among current players.

Best match bowling (9wm and above):

Match-9wm

In this series, Cummins (10-62 at Brisbane) and Starc (10-100 at Canberra) surpassed the previous mark for Australia vs Sri Lanka at home. It was earlier held by Siddle (9-104 at Hobart in 2012).

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg-all

Herath and Warne have the best bowling averages.

Vaas and Warne have the best economy rates.

Herath and Warne have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Dismissals-12

Gilchrist and Healy have the most catches by a keeper (32) and Gilchrist also has the most stumpings (5). The most catches by a non-keeper are 20 by M Jayawardene. Only Kusal Mendis represents current players here with 12 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

This time Hayden has the most catches by a fielder with 4.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Healy and Gilchrist yet again, while Hayden’s 7 catches as a non-keeper were a share in the world record at that time.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.5):

Dismissal rate-0.5

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate, while M Jayawardene has the highest by a non-keeper.

All-round overall performance (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Vaas meets these criteria.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi in match):

AR-match

Only two such performances.

 

 

Performances after the first 10 pink-ball Tests

The first day/night (or pink-ball) Test was played between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015.

Since then a total of 10 such Tests have been played, ending with the one between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in June 2018.

Full Record of Day/Night Tests as on July 2018:

Results

10 Tests is a good time to take stock of performances in these matches, though the sample size is too small to make averages and strike rates meaningful. India and Bangladesh have not played any such Test yet, though Zimbabwe has.

Note that 8 of the 10 matches have been won by the hosts (including one by Pakistan in UAE). Sri Lanka is the only exception, with wins over Pakistan in UAE and West Indies in West Indies over the past year.

Now for individual performances.

Batting

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Several hundreds have contributed to these totals. Asad Shafiq is the only one with 2 centuries, while SPD Smith is the only one with 4 scores above 50. And a number of the top scorers are still playing.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest innings

There is already a triple century, a double century and a near-double century.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

Most wickets

The top few wicket-takers include some who are still active. The only 10-for is by Bishoo (when his side lost) while Yasir Shah and Boult have two 5-fors apiece.

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

Best innings bowling

Bishoo’s figures are clearly the best. But Yasir Shah helped to ensure that Pakistan won that Test in Oct 2016.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Best match bowling

Bishoo is the only one with a 10-for, though Holder and Boult also have good figures. Holder’s effort also came in a loss.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Most dismissals

Sarfraz is likely to overtake Wade soon. Smith and Kusal Mendis have the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Best innings dismissals

Wade is the only one with 5. Mendis is the only non-keeper with 4.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

Best match dismissals

de Villiers has the best figures at the moment. Mendis also has the most catches (5) by a non-keeper.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Starc’s performance is more steady, though Holder did well in the most recent Test.

Match performance (see criteria):

AR match

Here we see that Holder’s match performance was the best, though he lost the Test as captain.