Pakistan scored 203 for no loss against England in the 2nd T20I at Karachi on 22 Sep. Actually, the T20I record is 213/0 by Gibraltar v Bulgaria earlier this year, though Pakistan’s 203 is the best for matches between full members. The batsman were M Rizwan (88*) and Babar Azam (110*).
Here we see all instances of a winning chase of 100 or more runs for no loss in T20Is:
The best by India is 103/0 against Zimbabwe in 2016 (KL Rahul 47*, Mandeep Singh 52*).
Now we look at the corresponding figures for ODIs:
All instances of a winning chase of 150 or more runs for no loss in ODIs:
South Africa holds the record with 282/0 against Bangladesh in 2017 (de Kock 168*, Amla 110*).
India’s record is 201/0 against New Zealand in 2009 (Gambhir 63*, Sehwag 125*).
Finally, we look at 10-wicket victories in Tests with 75 or more in the 4th innings:
The record is 173/0 by Australia against England in 2017 (Bancroft 82*, Warner 87*).
The first 4 partnerships are all by Australia.
The best for India is 78/0 against Pakistan in 1980 (Gavaskar 29*, Chauhan 46*).
England won the 3-test series 2-1, with all three Tests finishing within 3 days of play. The 3rd Test at the Oval lost the first day due to the weather and the second day to the queen’s demise, but still finished soon after the start of what was the scheduled 5th day. Stokes was the last English captain of the Elizabethan era. Earlier, SA won by an innings in the first Test and England won by an innings in the second Test.
A summary of Tests between these teams:
The upper table is for all tests since the beginning. England leads by a large margin both at home and abroad. This is not surprising as SA was a weak team for many of its earlier Tests, when they only played against England and Australia.
I thought it would be more useful to look at the record after SA returned to Tests in the 1990s. Here, England still leads at home and abroad but with a narrower margin.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (1200 and above):
As we will see in the later tables, many of the aggregate records are from the pre-1990 period. Thus Kallis has the most runs of the post-1990 batsmen but is fifth overall. Next is GC Smith (6th overall).
Kallis has the most centuries (8), followed by several others with 7.
B Mitchell has the most 50+ scores (23), followed by Hammond and HW Taylor with 20. The most by a recent player is 16 by Kallis.
Highest individual scores (180 and above):
Here, the top few scores are from recent players. None from this low-scoring series.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 40.00):
GC Smith has the highest average among recent players, followed by Amla. However, the highest averages are by Hammond and Hobbs from the early days.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 45.00):
Here Stokes leads by a good margin over de Kock. None of the pre-1990 players are here.
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
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).
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;
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.
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.
Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:
Note the exact symmetry: WI leads BD 7-2 with one draw both at home and away. In 2009 Bangladesh won because of the absence of many WI players. These were the first two Tests won by Bangladesh away from home. They also won 2-0 under normal circumstances in 2018.
Looking at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (350 and more):
Brathwaite, Tamim and Shakib are bunched together at the top.
Chanderpaul has the most centuries (4), while Shakib has the most 50+ scores (10, but with no centuries). Bratwaite has 8 including 3 centuries.
Highest innings scores (120 and more):
Sarwan and Samuels are far ahead of the others. Mayers scored 210* on debut in a 4th-innings chase which his team won. The highest for Bangladesh is 136 by Mahmudullah.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Led by Brathwaite, but Shakib is close behind.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):
Headed by Shakib by a large margin over second-placed Tamim. DM Bravo has the best for WI.
Now for Bowling:
Most wickets (12 and more):
Led by Shakib, Roach and Miraz.
Roach has the most 5-fors (4) while only Miraz and Holder have taken a 10-for.
Best innings bowling (includes 6wi and more):
Miraz is the only one on either side to take a 7-for. Lawson’s 6-3 is the best for WI, and the best 6-for in any Test.
Best match bowling (includes 8wm and more):
Headed by Miraz and Holder. Lawson appears at the bottom of this list.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):
Shakib is the only one who has bowled enough.
Now for Fielding:
Most dismissals (8 and more):
Headed by Mushfiqur and Ramdin. The most by a fielder is 13 by DJG Sammy.
J Da Silva has the most dismissals (16) among current players.
Most innings dismissals (4 and more):
While several WI players have taken 5 in an innings, Khaled Mashud is the only one from BD to take 4. DM Bravo is the only fielder with 5 catches.
Most match dismissals (5 and more):
Led by three WI players with 7 in a match. The best for BD is 5 by Nurul Hasan twice. DM Bravo has the most by a fielder (6).
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):
Headed by Mushfiqur, while Brathwaite has the best by a fielder. Apart from Mushfiqur, no keeper has fielded for 20 innings.
Overall (see criteria in table):
Shakib is the only one to have batted and bowled enough.
Match (50+ and 5wi):
Only three instances, all by Shakib. His best performance was in 2009, where he narrowly missed a century and 5wi.