Murali's World Records

Muthaiah Muralidaran has yet another world record to his credit. He has bowled most maiden overs in the annals of test cricket. Prior to the start of the Galle test against New Zealand he had bowled 1754 maiden overs which was next to Shane Warne’s 1761 maiden overs.

He needed to bowl eight maiden overs to surpass Shane Warne’s 1761 maiden overs and to script the world record for most maiden overs.

During the course of New Zealand’ first innings, he bowled 79th over of Sri Lanka’s innings to Jacab Oram. This was a maiden over. It was the eighth maiden over bowled by Muralidaran in this innings and was the 27th over bowled by him.

This eighth maiden over bowled by him gave him record for most maiden overs bowled by a bowler in the annals of test cricket – 1762 – as he went past Shane Warne’s 1761 maiden overs. At the end of the first innings, he had figures of 42.0-10-73-4 which gave him 1764 maiden overs and at the end of the match his maiden overs stood at 1768 as he had returned with figures of 27.0-4-88-3 in the second innings

Another world record came in the way of Muralitharan in the Galle test. He had an aggregate of 96 test wickets at Galle. IE O’Brien who was caught at the wicket by HAPW Jayawardene became his 100th victim at Galle. At the end of the test, his total tally of wickets at Galle stood at 103. Muralidaran had already captured 160 wickets at Colombo-SSC and 117 wickets at Kandy.

Thus he became the only bowler in the annals of test cricket to capture 100 plus wickets at three specific venues.

{Muralidaran’s Photo : Courtesy – Cricinfo.com}

England win The Oval test and also the Ashes series 2-1

Ashes 2009 : Fifth Test at The Oval : Start date : 20.08.09

England won this test by 197 runs and with it the Ashes series 2009 by 2-1 margin. England won the second test at Lords and also the final test at The Oval. Australia won the test fourth test at Leeds and the first test at Cardiff was drawn.

AJ Strauss completed 1000 runs during the calendar year 2009. He reached the mile stone when he was on 4 during his second innings knock of 75. At the end of the test, his aggregate stood at 1071. He is the first batsman to earn this distinction in 2009 and his feat provides the 109th occasion of a batsman scoring 1000 runs in a calendar year. His feat provides the 24th occasion of England batsman achieving such a feat.

AJ Strauss is the third England captain to aggregate 1000 runs in a calendar year and his feat provides the fifth occasion of an England captain achieving the feat. The other two captains are – GA Gooch {1264 in 1990 and 1040 in 1991} and MA Atherton {1136 in 1994 and 1129 in 1995}. It is interesting to note that the AJ Strauss’s feat came after 14 years after MA Atherton’s feat in 1994.

AJ Strauss scored 55 and 75 in this game providing the 33rd occasion of an England captain registering twin fifties in a test match against various oppositions. AJ Strauss’s twin fifties in this test provide the 13th occasion of a England captain achieving the feat against Australia. The complete list read thus – AC MacLaren-109 and 50* at Sydney in Dec 1897, JWHT Douglas-50 and 60 at Melbourne in Feb 1921, PBH May-63 and 63 at Lord’s in Jun 1956, ER Dexter-70 and 99 at Brisbane in Nov 1962, ER Dexter-93 and 52 at Melbourne in Dec 1962, DI Gower – 57 and 106 at Lord’s in Jun 1989, GA Gooch – 59 and 54 at Sydney in Jan 1991, GA Gooch – 87 and 117 at Adelaide in Jan 1991, GA Gooch – 65 and 133 at Manchester in Jun 1993, MA Atherton – 88 and 67 at Sydney in Jan 1995, AJ Stewart – 107 and 52 at Melbourne in Dec 1998, N Hussain – 75 and 72 at Sydney in Jan 2003 and AJ Strauss – 55 and 75 at The Oval in Aug 2000

AJ Strauss {55 and 75} and RT Ponting {66} scored fifties in this test providing the 63rd occasion of rival captains registering fifties in a test match in England-Australia test series.

IJL Trott became the 645th cricketer to be capped by England in tests against various oppositions. He also became the 237th England cricketer to be capped against Australia.

IJL Trott was dismissed run out after scoring 41 runs in the first innings providing the 15th occasion of an England batsman run out on his debut against Australia. His score is the second best score by an England batsman after BW Luckhurst’s 74 Brisbane in Nov 1970.

IJL Trott scored 119 in the second innings providing the seventh occasion of an England batsman to register a hundred on debut against Australia. The complete list read thus – WG Grace – 152 at The Oval in Sep 1880, KS Ranjitsinhji – 154* at Manchester in Jul 1896, RE Foster – 287 at Sydney in Dec 1903, G Gunn – 119 at Sydney in Dec 1907, Nawab of Pataudi Snr – 102 at Sydney in Dec 1932, GP Thorpe – 114* at Nottingham in Jul 1993 and IJL Trott – 119 at The Oval in Aug 2009

AJ Strauss and IR Bell were concerned in a second wicket stand of 102 runs in the first innings of this test providing the 58th occasion of a three figure partnership for the second wicket against Australia.

AJ Strauss and IR Bell were concerned in a second wicket stand of 102 runs in the first innings of this test providing the seventh occasion of a three figure partnership for the second wicket by England batsman against Australia oppositions in a Oval Test. This stand has come after 24 years after GA Gooch and DI Gower added 351 runs in Aug 1985.

AJ Strauss and IR Bell were concerned in a second wicket stand of 102 runs in the first innings of this test providing the 21st occasion of a three figure partnership for the second wicket by England batsman against various oppositions in the Oval Test.

AJ Strauss’s 55 and IR Bell’s 72 represent the 16th half century and 21st half century of their respective test careers.

AJ Strauss’s 55 and 75 represent the 124th and 125th occasion of an England captain registering fifties in a test innings against Australia.

AJ Strauss’s 55 and 75 represent the 90th occasion of an England batsman registering twin fifties in a test match against Australia. As far as AJ Strauss is concerned, it provides the second such instance against Australia. He had scored 107 and 52 at Melbourne in Dec 1998.

AJ Strauss’s 55 and 75 represent the 217th occasion of an England batsman registering twin fifties in a test match against various oppositions. As far as AJ Strauss is concerned, it provides the fifth such occasion in his test career. The five occasions are – 112 and 83 against New Zealand at Lord’s in May 2004, 126 and 94* against South Africa at Port of Elizabeth in Dec 2004, 60 and 106 against New Zealand at Manchester in May 2008, 123 and 108 against India in Dec 2008 and 55 and 75 against Australia at The Oval in Aug 2009.

AJ Strauss with his five occasions of twin fifties in a test match earns the distinction of becoming the thirteenth England batsman to register twin fifties on five or more occasions. The complete list read thus – G Boycott {09}, GA Gooch {09}, MA Atherton {08}, MC Cowdrey {07}, H Sutcliffe {07}, KF Barrington {06}, DCS Compton {06}, AN Cook {06}, L Hutton {06}, JB Hobbs {05}, AJ Stewert {05}, AJ Strauss {05} and MP Vaughan {05}

AJ Strauss’s 55 and 75 represent the 95th occasion of an England opening batsman registering twin fifties in a test match against various oppositions. As far as AJ Strauss is concerned, it provides the fifth such occasion in his test career. The five occasions are – 112 and 83 against New Zealand at Lord’s in May 2004, 126 and 94* against South Africa at Port of Elizabeth in Dec 2004, 60 and 106 against New Zealand at Manchester in May 2008, 123 and 108 against India in Dec 2008 and 55 and 75 against Australia at The Oval in Aug 2009.

AJ Strauss with his five occasions of twin fifties in a test match earns the distinction of becoming the ninth England opening batsman to register twin fifties on five or more occasions. The complete list read thus – G Boycott {09}, GA Gooch {08}, MA Atherton {08}, AN Cook {06}, H Sutcliffe {07}, L Hutton {06}, JB Hobbs {05}, AJ Stewert {05} and AJ Strauss {05}.

Australia were all out for 160 in their first innings providing the 98th occasion of Australia being all out for a total of 160 and less than 160 in a test innings against England.

SJC Broad captured five for 37 in the first innings of this test providing the third occasion of his capturing five or more wickets in a test innings against various oppositions. The other two occasions are – 6 for 91 against Australia at Leeds in Aug 2009 and 5 for 85 against West Indies at Kingston in Feb 2009

SJC Broad’s five for 37 in the first innings of this test represent the 237th occasion of an England bowler capturing five or more wickets in a test innings against Australia. It also represents the 35th occasion of an England bowler capturing five or more wickets in a test innings at The Oval.

MEK Hussey collected his seventh duck when he failed to open his account in the first innings of this test. He came up with a hundred – 121 in the second innings. He became the 132nd batsman in the annals of test cricket to register a duck and a hundred in a test match

MEK Hussey’s zero and 121 represent the 23rd occasion of an Australian batsman scoring zero and hundred in a test match against various oppositions. It also represents the 12th occasion of an Australian batsman achieving such a feat against England. It is fourth such occasion in a test match at The Oval. The four occasions are – WL Mudroch of Australia – zero and 153* against England in Sep 1880, MEK Hussey of Australia – zero and 121 against England in Aug 2009, G Boycott of England – 137 and zero against Australia in Aug 1981 and GA Hick of England – 107 and zero against Sri Lanka in Aug 1998

GP Swann with his 63 became the fourth England batsman to register a fifty against Australia while batting at number nine in The Oval test. The other three are – GC Small – 59 in Aug 1989, AF Giles – 59 in Sep 2005 and J Briggs – 53 in Aug 1886. Thus GP Swann’s 63 represents the highest individual score by an England batsman batting at number nine in The Oval test against Australia.

GP Swann’s 63 represent the 15th occasion of an England batsman registering a fifty while batting at number nine in a test innings against Australia at various venues. It also represents his third test fifty. The other two are – 63 not out against West Indies at Lord’s in May 2009 and 62 against Australia at Leeds in Aug 2009.

RT Ponting was run out in the second innings after scoring 66 runs providing the 36th occasion of an Australian captain dismissed run out in a test innings against various oppositions.

RT Ponting’s run out in the second innings of this test after making 66 runs provides the sixth occasion of his being dismissed run out in a test innings while leading Australia. The six occasions are – for 28 v Sri Lanka at Galle inMar 2004, for 48 v England at Nottingham in Aug 2005, for 52 v Bangladesh at Chittagong (CDS) in Apr 2006, for 45 v England at Sydney in Jan 2007, for 8 v India at Nagpur in Nov 2008, for 66 v England at The Oval in Aug 2009,

RT Ponting holds the record for an Australian captain to be dismissed run out on most occasions – six occasions.

RT Ponting was run out in the second innings after scoring 66 runs providing the 12th occasion of an Australian captain dismissed run out in a test innings against England.

RT Ponting six run out dismissals while leading Australia makes him to share the record for a captain who has been dismissed run out on most occasions with SP Fleming who also has been dismissed run out on six occasions while leading New Zealand

RT Ponting’s run out dismissal for 66 in the second innings of this test provides the 181st occasion of a captain being dismissed run out in a test innings in the annals of test cricket.

RT Ponting’s run out dismissal for 66 in the second innings of this test provides the 49th occasion of a captain being dismissed run out in a test innings after registering a fifty in the annals of test cricket.

SP Fleming of New Zealand {03}, Greg Chappell of Australia {02}, R Dravid of India {02}, Inzamam-ul-Huq of Pakistan {02}, Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan {02}, RT Ponting of Australia {02}, SR Waugh of Australia {02}, RB Simpson of Australia {02} and WM Woodful of Australia {02} are the captains who have been dismissed run out on two or more occasions after registering a fifty. RT Ponting becomes the ninth captain to join this club.

RT Ponting’s 66 in the second innings of this test gave him another distinction. He became the first captain in the world to register 25 half centuries while batting at number three.

MEK Hussey’s 121 in the fourth innings of this test was in a losing cause providing the 54th occasion of batsman’s hundred in the fourth innings of a test match going in vain. It also represents the sixth occasion of an Australian batsman’s fourth innings hundred in a losing cause. The six occasions are – 131 by DG Bradman against England at Nottingham in Jun 1930, 105 by AR Border against Pakistan at Melbourne in Mar 1979, 114 by GN Yallop against England at Manchester in Aug 1981, 123* by AR Border against England at Manchester in Aug 1981, 136 by MJ Clarke against England at Lord’s in Jul 2009 and 121 by MEK Hussey against Australia at The Oval in Aug 2009.

AJ Strauss and IEJ Trott added 118 runs for the fourth wicket in the England’s second innings providing the 41st occasion of England batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket against Australia. This partnership also represent the seventh occasion of a fourth wicket three figure partnership by England batsman against Australia in The Oval test.

RT Ponting and MEK Hussey added 127 runs for the third wicket in Australia’s second innings providing the eighth occasion of Australian batsman posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket against England in The Oval test. This partnership also represent the 48th occasion of a third wicket three figure partnership by Australian batsman against Engalnd at various venues.

RT Ponting and MEK Hussey added 127 runs for the third wicket in Australia’s second innings providing the 74th occasion of RT Ponting being one of the partners in a three figure partnerships. Only R Dravid of India has shared more three figure partnerships than RT Ponting. R Dravid has 76 three figure partnerships to his credit.

England’s win in this test after declaring third innings of the test at 373 for nine provides the sixth occasion of England winning a test against Austtalia after it had declared its third innings of a test. The complete list read thus – won by 213 runs at Nottingham in May 1905, won by 675 runs at Brisbane in Nov 1928, won by 299 runs at Sydney in Jan 1971, won by 225 runs at Sydney in Jan 2003, won by 115 runs at Lord’s in Jul 2009 and won by 197 runs at The Oval in Aug 2009

Mantri – KPL Fixtures announced

No Date Team-1 Vs Team-2 Time Venue
1 09.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs Mangalore United 03.30 PM Bangalore
2 09.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Belgavi Panthers 07.15 PM Bangalore
3 10.09.09 Bijapur Bulls Vs Mysore Maharaajas 03.30 PM Bangalore
4 10.09.09 D’gere Diamonds Vs Mangalore United 07.15 PM Bangalore
5 11.09.09 Bijapur Bulls Vs Malnad Gladiators 03.30 PM Bangalore
6 11.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Mangalore United 07.15 PM Bangalore
7 12.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs D’gere Diamonds 11.45 AM Bangalore
8 12.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Malnad Gladiators 03.30 PM Bangalore
9 12.09.09 Belgavi Panthers Vs Mysore Maharaajas 07.15 PM Bangalore
10 13.09.09 D’gere Diamods Vs Bijapur Bulls 11.45 AM Bangalore
11 13.09.09 Belgavi Panthers Vs Malnad Gladiators 03.30 PM Bangalore
12 13.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Provident, B’lore 07.15 PM Bangalore
13 14.09.09 Mangalore United Vs Belgavi Panthers 03.30 PM Bangalore
14 14.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs Bijapur Bulls 07.15 PM Bangalore
15 15.09.09 D’gere Diamonds Vs Mysore Maharaajas 03.30 PM Bangalore
16 15.09.09 Mangalore United Vs Malnad Gladiators 07.15 PM Bangalore
17 16.09.09 Mysore Maharaajas Vs Malnad Gladiators 03.30 PM Bangalore
18 16.09.09 Belgavi Panthers Vs Bijapur Bulls 07.15 PM Bangalore
19 17.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs Belgavi Panthers 03.30 PM Bangalore
20 17.09.09 Malnad Gladiators Vs D’gere Diamonds 07.15 PM Bangalore
21 18.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Mysore Maharajaas 10.00 AM Mysore
22 18.09.09 Mangalore United Vs Bijapur Bulls 01.45 PM Mysore
23 19.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs Bijapur Bulls 10.00 AM Mysore
24 19.09.09 Mangalore Uniited Vs Mysore Maharajaas 01.45 PM Mysore
25 20.09.09 Belgavi Panthers Vs D’gere Diamonds 10.00 AM Mysore
26 20.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs Malnad Gladiators 01.45 PM Mysore
27 21.09.09 B’lore Brigadiers Vs D’gere Diamonds 03.30 PM Bangalore
28 21.09.09 Provident, B’lore Vs Mysore Maharaajas 07.15 PM Bangalore
29 22.09.09 First Semi Finals Vs 03.30 PM Bangalore
30 22.09.09 Second Semi Finals Vs 07.15 PM Bangalore
31 23.09.09 Finals Vs 07.15.PM Bangalore

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand : First test : Sri Lanka sitting pretty at the end of second day : TT Samaraweera scores 159

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand : First Test at Galle : Start Date – 18.08.09 : Second day’s highlights

The overnight partnership of 159 runs for the fourth wicket between DPMD Jayawardene and TT Samaraweera ended when the latter was dismissed for 114. The partnership yielded 166 runs for the fourth wicket.

TT Samaraweera completed his hundred and was finally dismissed for 159. It was his tenth hundred of his test career. He became the seventh Sri Lankan batsmen to registere ten or more test hundreds. The other six are – DPMD Jayawardene {26}, PA de Silva {20}, KC Sangakkara {19}, MS Atapattu {16}, ST Jayasuriya {14} and HP Tilakaratne {11}.

TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings represent the 56th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering 150 plus runs in an innings against various oppositions.

TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings represent the third occasion of his registering 150 plus runs in an innings. The other two occasions are – 231 vs Pakistan at Karachi in Feb 2009 and 214 vs Pakistan at Lahore in Mar 09.

TT Samaraweera with his 159 in this innings took his run aggregate to 895 during the calendar year 2009. Only AJ Strauss with 941 runs is ahead of him in 2009. At the end of Sri Lankan first innings, TT Samaraweera {129} has the record of most boundary fours in calendar year 2009. Next to him is AJ Strauss with 117 boundary fours.

TT Samaraweera’s 159 contained 24 boundary fours providing the 31st occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering 24 or more boundary fours in an innings against various oppositions.

TT Samaraweera’s 159 contained 24 boundary fours providing the fourth occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering 24 or more boundary fours in an innings against New Zealand. The other three occasions are – 40 boundary fours by PA de Silva in his 267 at Wellington in Jan 91, 24 boundary fours by DSB Kuruppu in his 201 not out at Col-CCC in Apr 1987 and 24 boundary fours by HP Tilakaratne in his 144 at Col-PSS in Apr 2003.

BB McCullum pouched four catches in this innings which represent his best performance in an innings against Sri Lanka. His previous best was three catches in second innings at Christchurch in Dec 2006 and three catches in first innings at Wellington in Dec 2006. McCullum was playing his first test against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings represent the seventh occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering 150 plus runs against New Zealand. The other six are – 201* by DSB Kuruppu at Col-CCC in Apr 1987, 267 by PA de Silva at Wellington in Jan 1991, 153 by RS Mahanama at Moratuwa in Nov 1992, 167 by DPMD Jayawardene at Galle in Jun 1998, 156* by KC Sangakkara at Wellington in Dec 2006 and 152* by LPC Silva at Wellington in Dec 2006.

DPMD Jayawardene’s 114 and TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings provide the third occasion of two Sri Lankan batsmen scoring hundreds in an innings against New Zealand. The other two occasions are – at Dunedin in Mar 1995 {in second innings – AP Gurusinha – 127 and HP Tilakaratne – 108} and at Napier in Apr 2005 { in first innings – MS Atapattu – 127 and DPMD Jayawardene – 147}.

DPMD Jayawarden’s 114 in this innings represent the 46th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering a hundred while batting at number four. TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings represent the 18th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman registering a hundred while batting at number five. TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings represent the seventh hundred scored by him while batting at number five.

DPMD Jayawardene’s 114 and TT Samaraweera’s 159 in this innings provide the fourth occasion of Sri Lankan batsmen batting at number four and five registered hundreds against various oppositions. The other three occasions are – against India at Kandy in Sep 1985 {RL Dias – 106 and LR Mendis – 124 in second innings}, against India at Col-SSC in Jul 2008 {DPMD Jayawardene – 136 and TT Samaraweera – 127 in first innings} and against Pakistan at Karachi in Feb 2009 {DPMD Jayawardene -240 and TT Samaraweera – 231 in first innings}

It is interesting to note that out of the four occasions, three of them had DPMD Jayawardene and TT Samaraweera scoring hundreds batting at number four and five.

JS Patel returned with figures of 24.0-3-120-0 in this innings providing the 30th occasion of a New Zealand bowler going wicketless conceding 100 plus runs in an innings. JS Patel is the second bowler to go wicketless conceding 100 plus runs in an innings against Sri Lanka, the other being C Pringle who had figures of 31.0-4-116-0 at Wellington in Jan 1991. Thus JS Patel’s figures are the most expensive figures in this category of statistics against Sri Lanka.

At the end of the second day’s play, M Muralitharan’s spell read 6.0-2-7-0. With these two maiden overs he has an aggregate of 1756 maiden overs in his test career. He needs to bowl six more maiden over to wrest the present record of most maiden over by a bowler held by SK Warne of Australia who has bowled 1761 maiden overs.

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