As there is a lot of interest in my earlier post from 2020, I am giving a list of all 4th-innings scores of 150 and above at Cape Town for all Test teams. This may help you to assess the chances of SA (and India) in the ongoing Test.
All scores of 150 and above in the 4th innings of Tests at Cape Town:
From this table, we can see that:
The highest winning score is 334/6 by Australia in 2002.
The highest drawn score is 354/5 (chasing 441) by the West Indies in 2004.
The highest losing score is 335 (chasing 408) by South Africa against New Zealand in 1962.
SS Iyer and Abdullah Shafique scored 50+ in both innings.
80 or more runs in a match:
4 or more wickets in an innings:
Headed by SM Boland’s 6-7 at the end of the year. There are others who have made 7wi and 8wi on debut, but these would probably be the most influential bowling figures by a debutant-as it reduced England to 68 all out and secured the Ashes for Australia.
7 or more wickets in a match:
P Jayawickrama took 11 wickets on debut, while Boland had the best figures of those who took 7 wickets.
2 or more dismissals in an innings:
Note AT Carey’s 5 and 3 in the same match.
3 or more dismissals in a match.
AT Carey took 8 dismissals, equalling the record by HB Taber and CMW Read.
However, Carey is the only one to take 8 catches on debut, as the others had 7 catches and a stumping.
Several fielders (including Boland again!) took 3 catches in a match.
50 runs and 4 wickets in match:
Only one instance, and he has not played for the past few months.
50 and 3 dismissals in match:
Note that Abdullah Shafique made two fifties in the match, besides taking 3 catches.
India won the 2-Test series 1-0. The summary of all Tests between these teams is
Both sides have considerable home advantage.
The neutral Test at Southampton in 2021 is India’s only neutral Test.
The second Test has a host of records, including the lowest total against India (62) and India’s highest innings margin (372 runs). Both these records were earlier held by South Africa in their series in 2015. These previous records were 79 at Nagpur and 337 runs at Delhi.
After India’s first innings in the 2nd Test against New Zealand, a number of records have to be rewritten. Here we look at the best innings bowling against India by all teams in Tests.
(This covers all instances of 7 or more wickets in an innings):
Bombay-born Ajaz Patel now has:
Best figures by any team against India. The previous record was 9-95 by JM Noreiga of WI, in what was India’s first Test victory against WI.
Best figures by NZ against India. The previous record was 7-23 by Sir Richard Hadlee at Wellington in 1976. In India, the previous record was 7-64 by Patel’s teammate TG Southee at Bengaluru in 2012.
Best figures by any team against India in India. The previous record was 8-50 by NM Lyon (Aus) at Bengaluru in 2017.
We now look at the best bowling figures by New Zealand against all teams in Tests.
Ajaz Patel’s 10-119 was the best by any NZ bowler, surpassing the 9-52 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985. This also makes Patel’s haul the best for NZ away from home.
The best figures for NZ at home remain with Sir Richard, with his 7-23 against India at Wellington in 1976.
After the Test is over, we will have a look at match bowling records.
For the moment, we note that the best match figures against India are 13-106 by IT Botham (also at Wankhede) in 1980. And the best match figures by New Zealand are 15-123 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985.