Review of West Indies-Zimbabwe Tests

West Indies won this series 1-0 with one draw, when the second Test was drawn. The last draw involving Zimbabwe was in January 2005, when a Test in Bangladesh was drawn. From then till now Zimbabwe played in 26 Tests, including 23 losses and 3 wins (2 against Bangladesh and one against Pakistan). However, Zimbabwe did not play any Tests between Sep 2005 and Aug 2011.

Some Zimbabwe players ended their all-loss Test record. Chakabva now has seen 11 losses and 1 draw, while Sikandar has seen 8 losses and 1 draw. SC Williams has seen losses in all his 7 Tests, though the overall Test record is held by Alok Kapali with 17.

Zimbabwe’s captain AG Cremer also came out of the all-loss group. His 7 Tests as captain now have 6 losses and 1 draw.

Here we have a summary of all 10 Tests between these teams:

Results

WI leads 7-0 with 3 draws. They won all 4 Tests held in the West Indies and 3 out of 6 in Zimbabwe. All 3 draws were in Zimbabwe.

With this limited sample size there is no point in looking at averages, strike rates and the like. So we concentrate on overall tallies and innings and match performances.

Most runs (200 and above):

Runs

Gayle and H Masakadza scored 2 centuries apiece. These two players along with Sarwan are the only ones to make 3 scores of 50-plus. Gayle and Chanderpaul had played in all Tests between these teams except this series.

Highest individual scores (all centuries):

Innings

In this series H Masakadza made the highest score for Zim against WI. The previous record was 127* by Streak.

Also during this series WI’s no 8 and 9 batsmen (Holder and Dowrich) scored centuries. This was only the 2nd time this happened, after this one in the 1907-08 Ashes: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17646/scorecard/62493/Australia-vs-England-3rd-Test-the-ashes/

In that match a top-order batsman Clem Hill was batting at No 9 for some reason (probably an injury). So this instance is the only one involving “genuine” No 8 and No 9 batsmen.

Bowling: 10 or more wickets:

Wkts

Price has the most wickets. He and S Shillingford are the only ones to have taken tenners. Shillingford is also the only one with 3 fivers. Several current players (led by Bishoo) are in the above table.

Best innings bowling (including all fivers):

Innings bowling

Shillingford and Price lead again.

Best match bowling (including all cases of 8wm and above): The same pair again head the table.

Match bowling

Some current players (notably Bishoo) are in these tables.

Fielding records (5 or more dismissals):

Overall fielding

Gayle has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 or more):

Innings fielding

Ervine and A Flower have the most catches in an innings.

Most dismissals in a match (4 or more):

match fielding

Interestingly a non-keeper Powell has the most dismissals.

All-round performances (overall):

AR overall

Fittingly the only name here is that of Zimbabwe’s leading all-rounder.

All-round match performances (50 and 5wi):

ARmatch

In this series Sikandar Raza became only the second Test player to make two eighty-plus scores along with a fiver (see more about this in the previous post).

 

 

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An unusual all-round feat

Test matches between the West Indies and Zimbabwe have generally been one-sided. So it is a welcome change to see a strong performance by a Zimbabwe player.

Sikandar Raza became only the 15th player in all Tests to score two fifty-plus scores and take a fiver in the same Test:

AR Raza

In fact, he and Kallis are the only ones to make two scores of 80+ and take a fiver.

This list include some well-known and not so well-known players. Mankad (256) and Umrigar (228) have scored the most runs here-but in both cases India lost. Faulkner is the only other one here to have scored over 200 runs (when his team won).

There are a few other instances where the player’s team lost. Bhuvaneswar Kumar was the last to achieve this all-round feat, which resulted in a draw.

Sikandar Raza is probably the only Zimbabwe player who was born in Pakistan.

Review of England-West Indies Tests-1

The England-West Indies series of 2017 was won by England 2-1. It marked a comeback of sorts for the West Indies who won their first Test in England since 2000. They have not won a Test series in England since 1988, which was termed as a politically incorrect “dark greywash” as they won only by 4-0, instead of the 5-0 “blackwash” margins in 1984 and 1985-86.

Since then the West Indies have won some series against England at home, but never in England. They did draw in 1991 and 1995.

We now look at overall performances:

Eng-WI results

The West Indies still enjoy an overall 55-48 lead, though they do seem to enjoy a strong home advantage.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (1000 or more):

Runs

Only Cook among current players has crossed 1000, besides Chanderpaul from recent times.

Sobers has the most centuries (10) followed by Headley and Richards (8 each). A few English players including Cook have made 6.

Richards and Sobers have the most fifty-plus scores (23) followed by Chanderpaul with 21. Boycott has the most for England (20).

Highest innings (175 or more):

Innings

Lara and his two world records at St John’s lead the way, while Sandham’s 325 was the first-ever triple century in Tests. Cook’s 243 is the only innings in this list from the current series, while Root had made 182* in 2015.

During the current series SD Hope made 147 and 118*, his first two Test centuries. Oddly enough they were the first instance of centuries in both innings at Headingley in over 500 first-class matches.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 35.00):

Batting average

Inevitably, Cook and Chanderpaul are the only current and near-current players here.

Bowling:

Most wickets (35 or more):

Wickets

Dominated by the long-serving Ambrose and Walsh. Anderson and Broad are further down.

The most 5wis are 8 by Ambrose and 7 by Gibbs. Trueman has the most for England with 6.

The most 10wms are 2 by Ambrose, Gibbs, Trueman and Valentine. Valentine’s 11-wicket haul was on debut, in the only Test the West Indies lost in the epochal 1950 series.

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 7wi and above):

Innings bowling

Anderson’s career best 7-42 is here along with Stokes’s from this series.

Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm and above):

Match bowling

This includes Anderson’s 9-73 from the current series. There is also CS Marriott’s 11-wicket haul in his only Test, which is the only case of a bowler taking 10 or more wickets in his only Test.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, 35.00 or less):

Bowling avg

Again dominated by the WI fast bowlers of the 1980s. though Anderson and Broad also figure here.

Garner (17.93) and Ambrose (18.79) have the best averages.

But the spin pair of Valentine (1.78) and Ramadhin (1.84) have the best economy rate.

Marshall (45.5) and Holding (46.7) have the best strike rates.

To be continued.

 

 

 

 

First two centuries in the same Test

Scoring centuries in each innings of a Test is not too rare. It has been done on 82 occasions. Three have achieved this in three Tests: Gavaskar, Ponting and Warner. And several others have done it twice. You can see the full list here:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=start;qualmin1=2;qualval1=hundreds;size=200;template=results;type=batting;view=match

The first to achieve this was Warren Bardsley in 1909, and the most recent was Shai Hope in his team’s unexpected victory at Leeds.

Bardsley and Hope are among the few who scored their first two centuries in the same Test. We look at these in more detail:

Maiden 2 centuries

The 11 instances are listed above, along with some points of interest.

As mentioned above, Bardsley was the first to score two centuries in the same Test.

Moroney, Wasti, Yasir, Fulton and now Hope made their only two centuries in the same Test. And Hope is the only one who is likely to play more Tests.

Rowe and Yasir scored two centuries on debut. The latter never made any other centuries. Rowe was the third (after KD Walters in 1968-69 and SM Gavaskar in 1970-71) to score a century and double century in the same Test. Since then others have also achieved this, with Gooch and Sangakkara going further with a single and triple.

Hazare’s second century came in a follow-on.

Mendis’s twin 105s represent the highest amongst identical scores made in each innings of a Test. There is also Misbah with 101 and 101*, which are not quite identical.

If you check with Statsguru, you will find that CAG Russell (Eng v SA in 1922-23) is the only one who scored two centuries in his last Test. Technically this applies to Hope as well at the time of writing, but he can hope to play many more Tests.

The selectors certainly had faith in him as he crossed 40 for the first time in his 7th Test and 50 in his 9th Test (though he got up to 90 that time).

Tail piece-incredible as it may seem, no one else had scored centuries in each innings of a first-class match at Leeds-not Bradman, nor Yorkshire stalwarts such as Sutcliffe, Hutton and Boycott.

More about this from Steven Lynch’s column on Sep 5, 2017:

“Is it true that Shai Hope was the first to score two centuries in the same match at Headingley? asked Brian McKenzie from Barbados
Remarkably, it is correct: in scoring 147 and 118 not out in his first match at Headingley, Shai Hope achieved what no one else had managed in 533 previous first-class matches on the ground. Yorkshire greats like Herbert Sutcliffe and Geoffrey Boycott played 61 and 59 times at Headingley respectively, but never managed two hundreds in the same game. Hope, of course, was nearly pipped to the honour by Kraigg Brathwaite, who followed his first-innings 134 with 95 in the second. According to the BBC scorer Andrew Samson, the ground that has now staged most matches without anyone making twin centuries there is Weston-super-Mare, with 191.”

 

Review of West Indies-India T20I matches (July 2017)

Only 8 T20I matches have been played between these countries:

WI-Ind T20I Overall

West Indies lead India 5-2 with one no-result. In the West Indies, they lead 2-1.

Looking at individual batting performances:

Most runs (75 and above):

WI-Ind Runs

Evin Lewis leads with two centuries, while KL Rahul scored the only other century. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli join Lewis in scoring over 200 runs. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni have played in the most matches (7).

Highest innings (40 and above):

WI-Ind innings

Lewis made the highest score for West Indies, surpassing his 100 scored less than a year ago. He also surpassed the series record of 110* by Rahul in the same match last year. KD Karthik made the only other score above 40 in the recent match.

Highest batting averages and strike rates (minimum 5 innings batted):

WI-Ind Bat Avg

Kohli has the highest average as well as strike rate. Lewis has batted in only 3 innings and hence does not appear here.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

WI-Ind wkts

Dwayne Bravo leads here, followed by Jadeja.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

WI-Ind Innings bowl

Sammy has the best bowling here, while Mishra has the best for India. No one took 3wi in the recent match.

Best bowling economy rate (minimum 5 innings bowled):

WI-Ind Bowl SR

Ashwin has the best economy rate, although Dwayne Bravo has the best average as well as strike rate.

Turning to fielding:

Most dismissals (4 and above):

WI-Ind dismissals

Dhoni leads here, while Kohli and Rohit have the most catches for non-keepers.

Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

WI-Ind inngs dis

Lendl Simmons has the most dismissals (3), which was as a non-keeper. No keeper has made more than 2 dismissals in an innings.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

WI-Ind AR overall

Dwayne Bravo (again!) is the only one who qualifies.

Match performance (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):

WI-Ind AR match

This performance during the 2009 World T20 Championship is one of the finest T20I match performances of all time, as we see here:

T20I best AR

Probably it would be second only to that of Watson, while the other three instances were against weak opponents.

 

Records for all West Indies-India ODI matches-2

Continuing from https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/records-for-all-west-indies-india-odi-matches-1/ where we looked at the records after the ODI series which concluded on July 6, 2017.

Bowling figures: 20 or more wickets:

WI-Ind wkts

Walsh heads the list, closely followed by Kapil and Kumble. Jadeja (29) and U.Yadav (25) have the most wickets among current players.

M Dillon is the only one with two fivers. Rampaul has the most four-fors (4) followed by Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (including all 5-fors):

WI-Ind innings bowling

Kumble has the best analysis of 6-12, while the lesser-known Patterson has the best (6-29) for the West Indies. Only JO Holder’s 5-27 is here from the current series.

Bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled):

WI-Ind bowling Avg

Surprisingly the non-regular bowler Viv Richards has the best average. He seems to have done particularly well as a bowler against India.

The best economy rate is 3.17 by Marshall and the best strike rate 28.4, again by Richards. Jadeja has the best average among current players.

Fielding (12 or more dismissals):

WI-Ind dismissals

Dhoni (40) is followed by Dujon (38) at the top. Dhoni has the most stumpings (12) followed by More with 10. Dujon has the most catches by a keeper (34) while Richards (26) and Hooper (25) the most catches by non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (4 and more):

WI-Ind innings fielding

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals and 5 catches as keeper. Dravid has the most catches (4) by a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings and 0.400):

WI-Ind dism rate

Ramdin has the highest average, followed closely by Dhoni and Jacobs. Richards has the highest for non-keepers

All-round overall performance (see the criteria):

WI-Ind AR overall

Richards tops again, ahead of Hooper and Kapil who were more typical all-rounders.

All-round match performance (40 runs and 4 wickets):

WI-Ind AR match

Only Richards has achieved this.

 

 

Records for all West Indies-India ODI matches-1

With the present series concluding on July 6, 2017, India’s 3-1 victory meant that the West Indies had not won a bilateral series against India since 2006. West Indies had won that series 4-1 at home. The last time they won a bilateral series against India in India was a generation ago in 1987-88, with a 6-1 margin. That was a 7-match series along with a separate ODI for a benefit, which the unwary may consider as an 8-match series.

The results of all ODIs between these teams are summarized here (cancelled and abandoned matches are not counted):

Overall table

West Indies still lead 61-56 overall and 20-14 at home, besides 26-24 in India. Only on neutral grounds does India lead at 18-15.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

WI-Ind runs

While Tendulkar leads, Kohli is now in second place. His century in the final match enabled him to leapfrog over the totals of some older prominent players. Yuvraj, Dhoni and none of the current WI players can also be seen here.

Kohli, Tendulkar and Gayle have scored 4 centuries each. For 50+ scores, Tendulkar leads with 15 followed by Kohli with 13 with Chanderpaul and Sarwan level on 12.

Highest innings (110 and above):

WI-Ind innings

While Sehwag has by far the highest score of 219, only Kohli with 111* is here from the current series.

Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

WI-Ind Bat avg

Kohli and Dhoni lead this table, with Yuvraj further down. Greenidge leads for the West Indies, closely followed by Sarwan.

Strike rate (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

WI-Ind Bat SR

Sehwag leads here, closely followed by Richards. Kohli and Dhoni are close behind, while M Amarnath and Shastri are unsurprisingly at the bottom for all those who batted for at least 20 innings.

To be continued.