Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests (Jul 2022)-Part 1

The 2-Test series was drawn 1-1. This is the overall summary:

Pakistan leads 21-17 overall. They also lead 9-8 for matches in Sri Lanka as well as 9-6 in Pakistan. However they are tied at 3-3 for matches in neutral countries.

We look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

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

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

Sangakkara has the most runs, followed by Younis Khan by some distance.

Mathews and Azhar Ali have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings (150 or more):

Matches between these teams have generally been high-scoring, with a triple century by Younis Khan and 250+ by Jayasuriya follwed by several other double centuries. The highest score in this series was 160* by A Shafique (that too in a 4th-innings chase).

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00):

Sangakkara’s average of 74+ is considerably more than the next (Inzamam with 59+). Mathews and Karunaratne have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 45.00):

Unexpectedly, the highest strike rate was 70+ by Sarfaraz Ahmed followed by Dilshan at 63+. Babar Azam and Karunaratne have the best figures among current players.

To be continued: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2022/08/01/review-of-pakistan-sri-lanka-tests-jul-2022-part-2/

Review of Australia-Sri Lanka Tests (July 2022)-Pt 1

The series was drawn 1-1, with sudden collapses on the final day of play in both Tests.

Summary of all Tests between these teams:

While Australia leads 20-5 overall, it leads only by 7-5 in Sri Lanka. And Sri Lanka trails 13-0 in Australia.

Coming to individual performances;

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Headed by M Hussey with 994 with Ponting and M Jayawardene close behind. Mathews (692) and Chandimal (579) have the most runs among current players.

The most centuries are 5 by Hussey, and the most 50+ scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

Highest innings (125 or more):

Chandimal’s 206* in the second Test is the highest for SL v Aus, surpassing Sangakkara’s 192 in Aus in 2007 and Kusal Mendis’s 176 in SL in 2016. This was a reatively low-scoring series, with the only other score of note being 145* by SPD Smith.

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

Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara. The current players have not played enough.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 40.00):

Headed by ST Jayasuriya and Hayden. Chandimal and Mathews are the only current players here.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 or more):

Headed by R Herath with 66, followed by the better-known Warne and Muralidaran. Starc and Lyon have the most among current players. Newcomer P Jayasuriya makes this list after only one Test. The most 5-fors are 6 by Herath and Starc, and 10wms 2 by Starc and Warne.

Best innings bowling (6wi or more):

Headed by Kasprowicz and R Herath. P Jayasuriya’s 6-59 and 6-118 came on his debut.

Best match bowling (9wm or more):

Headed by R Herath’s 13-wicket haul in 2016 and P Jayasuriya’s 12 on debut in the second Test here.

That was the best match figures for any Sri Lankan player on debut. This is covered in more detail here:

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

Headed by Herath and Warne, with Muralidaran just making the cut.

Herath has the best average and strike rate, while Vaas has the best economy rate. Muralidaran was relatively less successful against Australia.

To be continued.

10 wickets on Test debut (July 2022)

You know the veteran Sanath (ST) Jayasuriya.

You may know the lesser-known ODI player Shehan Jayasurya (whose initials are GSNFG)

Now there is Prabath Jayasuriya, whose name is almost as fearsome (initials NGRP):

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/prabath-jayasuriya-422871

He took 6 + 6 =12 wickets on his Test debut at Galle in July 2022, bringing an innings victory and 1-1 result for his team.

Here we look at all those who took 10 or more wickets on Test debut:

Prabodh’s 12-177 is the 4th best match haul in all Tests on debut, and the best for Sri Lanka (surpassing P Jayawickrama’s 11-178 in 2021. Remember that Hirwani and Massie are still at the top.

We also look at the best innings figures for Sri Lanka in Tests on debut:

Prabodh’s 6-59 is the best for Sri Lanka on debut, surpassing P Jayawickrama’s 6-92 in 2021.

His 6-118 in the first innings is the third best for Sri Lanka.

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Hope that you have read Part 1

Continuing with individual performances:

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Most dismissals-8

A Flower has the most dismissals and catches by a keeper. Dickwella has the most stumpings and M Jayawardene the most catches by a non-keeper. Dickwella also has the most dismissals among current players.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

No good performances from the current series.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

match fielding

Dickwella had 5 dismissals in the current series. The long-forgotten WR James holds the records for innings as well as match dismissals.

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

AR overall

Jayasuriya and Vaas have the best performances here. Nothing from recent years.

All-round match performances (Fifty and 5wi):

AR match

The only such performance was by Sikandar Raza in this series.

 

The fastest micro-innings batting

As we have seen here https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/umesh-yadavs-batting-record/

The fastest score of 25+ was 31/10 balls, with a strike rate of 310.00

For 50+, it is 54/25 balls and 216.00

For 100+, it is 110*/58 balls and 189.65

Now let use see about the highest strike rates for innings lasting for one to six balls.

There is no record of anyone scoring more than a zero off zero balls, though it may be theoretically possible under some obscure rule.

Here you have only 0* and 0, the latter being diamond ducks.

Now for 1-ball innings:

One ball SR

There is only one such innings involving a six, and it is fittingly by Jayasuriya with an SR of 600. Next is Ishant Sharma with 5 (a single plus 4 overthrows) and 500. Then there are those who scored a 4 or 3 off one ball. Ishant Sharma appears again. At least half of the batsmen here are tailenders. Even the famous batsman CS Martin has scored 4 off one ball! So has NM Lyon.

2-ball innings:

Two ball SR

There are four batsmen (all tailenders) who have made 7 off two balls. They would have made a 6 and a single, apart from Muralitharan who made a 4 and a 3. Then there are 6s and 5s. Here we do not meet a recognized batsman until Sir Richard Hadlee (?) and AL Logie. The only current players are Wafadar of Afghanistan and India’s Mohammed Shami.

3-ball innings:

Three ball innings

The highest off 3 balls is 12* by Misbah, including two sixes and a dot. Murali has 6,4 and dot while Shami has two fours and a two. Others have made 6 runs with one four. Muralitharan appears three times here. The proportion of recognized batsmen is more here, including current players Mushfiqur and Malan along with Shami.

4-ball innings:

Four ball innings

The maximum here is 12, either by 3 fours (de Villiers and Warner) or 2 sixes (Henry). Warner, Henry and M Marsh represent the current players.

5-ball innings:

Five balls

The best here is by Southee (another expert tailend slogger) with 3 sixes in his 20. He has also made 13 to be in second place with Pietersen.

6-ball innings:

Six ball innings

The highest here is 17* which is less than the 20 in 5 balls. Ntini made his 16* with 4 fours. KMA Paul’s 12 included 3 fours.

Having come so far, we can also see

Most successive sixes:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284014.html

Kapil’s 4 successive sixes came when averting the follow-on with No 11 at the other end. The No 11 (Hirwani) was out just after the follow-on was averted. There are numerous current players here (such as Southee) besides old-timers such as Hammond.

And finally,

Most successive fours:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284011.html

All 6 balls by Jayasuriya, Sarwan and Gayle (although Sarwan had a no-ball interspersed after 4 sixes. DW Hookes hit 5 fours on his debut, which came in the Centenary Test of 1977. So did RE Redmond, a staple of quiz questions.

Review of SA-SL Tests-1

Sri Lanka won the series 2-0 and thus became the first Asian country to win a Test series there. Neither have New Zealand or the West Indies won there yet.

Here is the summary of Tests between these teams:

Overall

Until now, Sri Lanka had won only one Test in SA, which was at Durban in December 2011. That was part of a 2-1 series loss.

This time, Sri Lanka won the first Test at Durban by one wicket and the second at Port Elizabeth by the more respectable margin of 8 wickets.

Sri Lanka also leads 6-3 for Tests at home.

We now move to individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (500 runs and above):

Batting-500

The old firm of Jayawardene and Sangakkara at the top. Amla heads the current players including Karunaratne, the only one from SL.

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

Sangakkara (10) has the most scores of 50+ followed by Cullinan and Sangakkara with 8.

Highest scores (110 and above):

Innings-110

The same old firm monopolizes the first four positions. MDKJ Perera’s match-winning 153* is now the best for SL in SA, surpassing TT Samaraweera’s 115* in 2012. Note Cullinan’s three centuries at the bottom.

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

Batting avg

Almost inevitably it is the same pair at the top. Amla is the only current player here.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Strike rate

Here we have Jayasuriya leading with ABD in second place. Karunaratne leads the current players.

To be continued.

Review of Aus-SL Tests-2019 (1)

Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka have often been one sided, with Sri Lanka winning all 3 tests at home in 2016 and losing both tests in 2019. Sri Lanka is getting used to clean sweeps at home, losing 3-0 to India in 2017 and 3-0 to England in 2018.

Here we look at the history of Tests between Australia and Sri Lanka:

Summary

Australia lead 19-4, with 3 of their losses coming in 2016. Sri Lanka has never won a Test in Australia.

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs-500

The most centuries are by M Hussey (5) and the most scores of 50+ are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

No current player from either side has more than 500 runs in these matches.

Highest innings (125 and above):

Highest innings-125

From this series we see 180 by Burns and 161 by Head.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average-all

Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara, with no recent players here.

Strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 40.00)

Batting strike rate-40

Headed by Jayasuriya, with no one from recent years.

To be continued.

Best performances in “No Result” ODIs

Anyone who was following the Australia-New Zealand ODI on Jun 2 would have been frustrated with the rain delays-particularly when the rain ended play at an intriguing stage. However, you would have witnessed a couple of new records for No-Result ODIs.

Williamson’s 100 was, however, not a record. It is one of 17 centuries made in these ODIs.

Here you can see all scores of 90+ in No-Result ODIs:

High score in NR

The highest is 140 by Jayasuriya back in 1994. A number of current players as well as Indian players have also scored centuries in these matches. For scores in the 90s, we have Maxwell as well as PA Patel. Also note Vengsarkar’s 94* on 31 Oct 1984. If you see the date you should remember what event caused the match to be abandoned.

However, there was a new record in bowling in no-result ODIs.

5wi in No Result ODIs:

BB in NR

Hazlewood’s 6-52 (including the last 3 wickets in one over) are the best bowling in a no-result ODI. The previous record was 5-22 by MN Hart in a tri-series in India in 1994. This was only the 4th instance of a five-wicket haul in these ODIs.

There was also a fielding record.

3 dismissals in an innings in No Result ODIs:

BF in NR

GJ Maxwell became the first non-keeper to take 4 catches in an innings of a no-result ODI. The earlier record was 3 by several players. The record for dismissals by a keeper is 5, shared by Parore and Jones.

So we see that even a rain-ruined game can see new records being made.

Afterthought: there was also one record equalled for all ODIs:

4 catches by non-keepers in all ODIs:

4wi fielder in ODI

The record for all ODIs is 5 catches by Jonty Rhodes. It has been achieved several times in Tests.

Until yesterday, Younis Khan was the only one to take 4 catches twice. Now he has been joined by GJ Maxwell, as shown above.