ICC CT 2009 : New Zealand prevail over England and enter Semi final from Group B

Match No 10 : Group B : New Zealand vs England at Johannesburg on 29.09.09 : New Zealand won by four wickets

England’s all out for 146 in this game provides the 25th occasion of a team being dismissed all out for a score less than 150 in the tournament. England has been all out for the second time for a total less than 150 in the tournament, the first occasion beings its 125 all out against India at Jaipur on 15.10.06

England has been dismissed all out on five occasions in the tournament including the one in this game. All these five occasions are when they batted first in the game.

England’s 146 all out in this game provide the 53rd occasion of a team being all out in the tournament and it also represents the 29th such occasion while batting first in the tournament.

England’s 146 all out in this game provide the eighth occasion of a team being all out against New Zealand in the tournament. Of these eight occasions, two of them are when a team has batted first and six of them are when a team has batted second. Apart England’s all out for 146 in this game, Pakistan’s 252 at Nairobi on 11.10.00 represent the other occasion of a team all out while batting first against New Zealand in the tournament.

AJ Strauss was dismissed for zero in this game, providing the 13th occasion of a captain scoring duck in the tournament. AJ Strauss is the second England captain to score a duck in the tournament, the first being A Flintoff {vs India at Jaipur on 15.10.06}

GD Elliott {4 for 31} and SJC Broad {4 for 39} captured four wickets for New Zealand and England respectively in this game providing the sixth occasion of rival bowlers capturing four or more wickets in the tournament.

GD Elliott {4 for 31} and SJC Broad {4 for 39} captured four wickets for New Zealand and England respectively in this game providing the 122nd occasion of rival bowlers capturing four or more wickets in the history of one day games.

D Elliott {4 for 31} and SJC Broad {4 for 39} captured four wickets for New Zealand and England respectively in this game providing the 32nd and 33rd occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in the tournament.

GD Elliott with his 4 for 31 in this game became the sixth New Zealand bowler to capture four or more wickets in the tournament. The performances of six bowlers are listed below.

No Bowlers W R Opp Ground Date
1 Wiseman 4 45 Zim Nairobi 09.10.00
2 O’Connor 5 46 Pak Nairobi 11.10.00
3 Bond 4 21 Ban ColSSC 23.09.02
4 Oram 5 36 USA Oval 10.09.04
5 Mills 4 38 Aus Mohali 01.11.06
6 Elliott 4 31 Eng Jo’burg 29.09.09

SJC Broad with his 4 for 39 in this game became the second England bowler to capture four or more wickets in the tournament after RC Irani {4 for 37 against Zimbabwe at Col-RPS on 18.09.02}

SJC Broad’s 4 for 39 in this game was in a losing cause providing the ninth occasion of a bowler’s four wickets going in vain in the tournament. All the nine occasions are listed below

No Bowlers W R Team Vs Opp Ground Date
1 A Mahmood 4 65 Pak Vs NZl Nairobi 11.10.00
2 Dillon 4 60 Win Vs RSA Col-SSC 13.09.02
3 Hondo 4 62 Zim Vs Ind Col-RPS 14.09.02
4 Hondo 4 45 Zim Vs Eng Col-RPS 18.09.02
5 Malinga 4 53 Srl Vs RSA Ahmedabad 24.10.06
6 Mills 4 38 NZl Vs Aus Mohali 01.11.06
7 Tonge 4 25 Win Vs Pak Jo’burg 23.09.09
8 Nehra 4 55 Ind V Pak Centurion 26.09.09
9 Broad 4 39 Eng Vs NZl Jo’burg 29.09.09

SJC Broad became the first England bowler to witness his four wickets {4 for 39 in this game} to go in vain.

BB McCullum of New Zealand effected four dismissals behind the wicket {all caught} providing the ninth occasion of a wicket keeper effecting four or more dismissals behind the wicket in the tournament. BB McCullum became the first New Zealand wicket keeper to effect four dismissals in the tournament

LRPL Taylor pouched three catches in this game and his effort represent the ninth occasion of a fieldsman pouching three catches in the tournament. LRPL Taylor became the first New Zealand fielder to achieve the distinction.

MJ Guptill’s 53 in this game represent the 134th half century by a batsman in the tournament. It also represents 18th occasion of a New Zealand batsman registering a half century in the tournament

MJ Guptill’s 53 in this game represent the 12th half century by a batsman in the tournament against England and the first half century by a New Zealand batsman against England in the tournament.

MJ Guptill’s 53 in this game represent the 45th half century by an opening batsman in the tournament. It also represents fourth occasion of a New Zealand opening batsman registering a half century in the tournament. The other three occasions are – SP Fleming {89 vs South Africa at Mum-BS on 16.10.06}, SP Fleming {80 vs Pakistan at Mohali on 25.10.06} and JD Ryder {74 vs Sri Lanka at Jo’burg on 27.09.09}

MJ Guptill’s 53 in this game represent the third half century by an opening batsman against England in the tournament. The other two batsmen are – DJ Cullinan of South Africa {69 at Dhaka on 25.10.98} and Javed Omar of Bangladesh {63* at Nairobi on 05.10.00}

SJC Broad’s 4 for 39 in this game represents the fifth occasion of his capturing four or more wickets in one day games, while GD Elliott’s 4 for 31 represents his first four wicket haul in one day games. SJ Broad’s 4 for 39 represent his first four wicket haul against New Zealand in one day games. His previous best bowling figures against New Zealand was 3 for 26 at Wellington on 09.02.08

New Zealand’s victory in this game represents the 35th win in 70 encounters against England. It has lost 29 games, two games have ended in a tie, while four games are no result games.

Interesting facts and figures of Irani Trophy

Crickick.com brings it to its viewers some interesting snippets of Irani Trophy. Many cricket enthusiasts does not know that in the first ever Irani Trophy match played between Bombay and Rest of India at Delhi in 1959-60, Bombay had eleven cricketers while Rest of India had twelve cricketers. Lala Amaranath who led Rest of India bowled in Bombay’s innings, while Prem Bhatia batted in Rest of India’s innings !

SNIPPETS OF IRANI TROPHY : MANY FIRSTS IN INAGURAL FIXTURE OF IRANI TROPHY MATCH 1959-60

The first ever Irani Cup was played in 1959-60 between Bombay and Rest of India at Feroz Shah Kotla Grounds, New Delhi

Rival captains were Polly Umrigar for Bombay and Lala Amarnath for Rest of India. NS Tamhane for Bombay and BK Kunderan for Rest of India were the rival wicket keepers. KD Saxena and S Bhattacharya were the two umpires who officiated this game

This game consisted of 12 cricketers from Rest of India and 11 from Bombay and still regarded as the First Class match

When Bombay batted in the first innings, Skipper Lala of Amarnath of Rest of India opened the bowling to return with figures of 11.0-4-27-1 [that of SG Adhikari whom he had leg before wicket} and when Rest of India, in its first innings, Prem Bhatia batted in place of Lala Amaranath.

I asked Polly Umrigar whom I met at Bombay, and enquired about this instance, he said “ Lala could do any thing and get away with whatever he did”. Lala Amaranath was then a force to reckon with, in the administrative matters relating to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The first toss of the Irani Trophy game was won by PR Umrigar of Bombay. ML Apte was the first batsman to face the first ever ball bowled in Irani Trophy game by Lala Amarnath. SG Adhikari of Bombay was the first batsman to be dismissed – dismissed leg before wicket to Lala Amarnath – in Irani Trophy match. Lala Amarnath of Rest of India was the first bowler to take a wicket in Irani Trophy – that of SG Adhikari – whom he had leg before for zero. Lala Amarnath of Rest of India earned the distinction of becoming the first captain in Irani Trophy match to get a wicket

Polly Umrigar became the first centurion in Irani Trophy when he made 102 in this game. He also earned the distinction of becoming the first captain to register a hundred in Irani Trophy match.

ML Apte became the first batsman to register a ninety in Irani Trophy match. He was dismissed for 98 in this game.

Coupled with yet another fifty in the second innings – 70 – ML Apte became the first batsman to register twin fifties in Irani Trophy.

The first ever three figure partnership was registered in Irani Trophy was the fourth wicket partnership of 187 runs between ML Apte and PR Umrigar in this game.

JM Patel of Rest of India earned the distinction of becoming the first bowler to capture five or more wickets in Irani Trophy match. He retuned with figures of 23.0-3-98-5 in the first innings by capturing the wickets of ML Apte (caught Kunderan for 98}, PR Umrigar {caught Jaisimha for 102}, HD Amroliwala {caught Surti for zero}, SJ Diwadkar {leg before wicket for zero} and GS Ramchand {caught Contractor for 82}.

ND Contractor {108} and ML Jaisimha {105} of Rest of India provide the first instance of two batsmen from the team registering hundreds in Irani Trophy game. They scored hundreds in the first ever fixture of Irani Trophy game in 1959-60.

HD Amroliwala of Bombay became the first bowler to capture six wickets in Irani Trophy match when he returned with figures of 9.1-1-44-6.

JM Patel {5 for 98} and HD Amroliwala {6 for 44} in this match provide the first instance of two rival bowlers capturing five or more wickets in Irani Trophy match.

While Bombay batted in the second innings, HD Amroliwala shone with the willow too by scoring 77 not out. His performance of 6 for 44 with the leather and 76 not out with the willow, makes him the first all rounder to register a fifty and capture five plus wickets in Irani Trophy match.

Prem Bhatia who fielded for Rest of India in Bombay’s second innings, is credited with a catch as a substitute fieldsman. He caught SG Adhikari of the bowling of Rusi Surti for 23.

Prem Bhatia scored an exact half century – 50 – in Rest of India’s second innings – which gave him, perhaps first class cricket’s unique distinction – substitute’s first ever fifty.

RB Kenny of Bombay became the first victim of a wicket keeper in Irani Trophy game, when he was caught by BK Kunderan of Sohoni for four.

HD Amroliwala with his zero and 76 not out in this game became the first batsman to register zero and a fifty in Irani Trophy.

SNIPPETS FROM OTHER GAMES

There were no matches of Irani Trophy in 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons.

Amroliwala was a useful wicket keeper too. He kept the wickets for Bombay in the second innings and effected three dismissals – two caught and one stumping in 1962-63 fixture.

Pankaj Roy {132} and PR Umrigar {124 not out} with their centuries in 1962-63 fixture provide the first instance of rival skippers registering hundreds in Irani Trophy match.

PR Umrigar of Bombay earned the distinction of registering consecutive hundreds in Irani Trophy games. He registered 102 in the first ever fixture in 1959-60 and followed it up with 124 not out in 1962-63. He is also the first captain in Irani Trophy to register two consecutive hundreds.

1962-63 fixture witnessed Bombay’s first five batsmen registering fifties – the only such instance in Irani Trophy matches played to date. FM Engineer {72}, SG Adhikari {173}, VJ Paranjpe [66}, RG Nadkarni {91} and skipper PR Umrigar {124 not out} were the first five batsmen to register fifties.

Baloo Gupte of Bombay became the first bowler to concede 100 plus runs in Irani Trophy. He returned with figures of 56.0-6-169-4 in 1962-63 fixture. He also became the first bowler to bowl fifty plus overs in Irani Trophy.

PR Umrigar of Bombay became the first bowler to concede 100 plus runs with no wickets. He returned with figures of 40.0-12-107-0 in 1962-63 fixture. PR Umrigar also holds the distinction of bowling ten or more maiden overs in Irani Trophy

Bhagawat Chandrashekhar became the first bowler to capture ten or more wickets in Irani Trophy. He returned with match figures of 10 for 97 {3 for 56 and 7 for 41} in 1962-63 fixture. His seven in the second innings makes him the first bowler in Irani Trophy to capture seven wickets in an innings.

Baloo Gupte became the second bowler to capture ten or more wickets in Irani Trophy. He returned with figures of 11 for 57 {5 for 11 and 8 for 46} in 1962-63 fixture. His eight in the second innings makes him the first bowler in Irani Trophy to capture eight wickets in an innings

Bhagawat Chandrashekar {10 for 97} and Baloo Gupte {11 for 57} with their ten plus wickets in 1962-63 fixture provide the first instance of rival bowlers capturing ten plus wickets in the same game in Irani Trophy

Bhagawant Chandrashekhar became the first bowler to witness a ten plus haul by a bowler going in vain – his 10 for 97 in 1962-63 fixture could not win the match for Rest of India.

Bowler’s performance of five wickets in an innings and six wickets in an innings have been witnessed in the same match while the performances of seven wickets in an innings and eight wickets in an innings was also witnessed in the same match

5WI 5 98 JM Patel ROI Vs Bom Delhi 1959
6WI 6 44 Amroliwala Bom Vs ROI Delhi 1959
7WI 7 41 Chandra ROI Vs Bom Ananthpur 1963
8WI 8 48 BP Gupte Bom Vs ROI Ananthpur 1963

Rest of India’s 83 all out in the first innings of 1963-64 provides the first instance of a team dismissed for a total below 100 runs in Irani Trophy.

Bombay’s 99 in the second innings of 1966-67 fixture at Calcutta provides the first instance of Bombay dismissed for a total below 100 in Irani Trophy. It is the second instance of a team dismissed for a total below 100 in Irani Trophy.

1968-69 fixture at Bombay – Brabourne Stadium, can be termed as Eknath Solkar’s Irani Trophy match. He gave a superb exhibition in all the three departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding. With the willow he made a half century in the second innings – 4 and 50. With the leather he picked up nine wickets to return with the match figures of 9 for 134 {4 for 62 and 5 for 72}. He pouched seven catches in the match – five in the first and two in the second. His seven catches in a match was the then record for an Indian fieldsman. It’s a pity to note that despite such an all round performance by Solkar, his team Bombay lost the match on first innings lead to Rest of India.

Budhi Kunderan of Rest of India, became the first wicket keeper to effect five dismissals in an innings in Irani Trophy, when he caught three batsmen and stumped three batsmen in Bombay’s second innings of 1969-70 fixture played at Poona.

70 and 195 by Ramanath Parkar and 65 and 121 by Dilip Sardesai in 1972-73 fixture for Bombay, at Pune, provide the first instance of two batsmen registering fifty and hundred in Irani Trophy.

GR Viswanath of Karnataka became the first batsman to register a double hundred in Irani Trophy. He made 52 and 200 not out in 1974-75 fixtureat Pune. His 52 and 200 not out remains the only instance of a batman registering a fifty and a doube hundred in Irani Trophy.

SM Gavaskar of Bombay carried the bat through a completed innings when he remained not out on 156 in Bombay’s total of 307 at Pune in 1974-75. SM Gavaskar became the first batsman to carry the bat through a completed innings in Irani Trophy.

SMH Kirmani’s 99 for Karnataka in 1974-75 fixture at Pune makes him the first batsman to be dismissed for 99 in Irani Trophy

Gavaskar and Bishen Singh Bedi of Rest of India added 109 runs for the ninth wicket in 1974-75 fixture against Karnataka at Pune, providing the first instance of a three figure partnership for the ninth wicket in Irani Trophy.

Parthasarathy Sharma’s 206 for Rest of India at Delhi in 1976-77 fixture earned him the distinction of becoming the first captain to register a double hundred. He became the second batsman to register a double hundred in Irani Trophy

Yashpal Sharma became the second batman to be dismissed on 99 in Irani Trophy. He made 99 for Rest of India against Karnataka at Bangalore in 1978-79. The first batsman who was dismissed for 99 in Irani Trophy was Karnataka’s SMH Kirmani in 1974-75

The year 1980 witnessed the two fixtures of Irani Trophy. The 1979-80 fixture slated to be played between Delhi and Rest of India at Jullunder in February 1980 {2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th} was washed out completely due to rain. 1980-81 fixture between Delhi and Rest of India was played at Delhi in October 1980 {23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th}. 1979-80 fixture was played at the end of the season due to International commitments, while the 1980-81 fixture was played prior to the start of the season

Surinder Amarnath became the third batsman in Irani Trophy to register a double hundred after GR Viswanath and Parthasarathy Sharma. Surinder Amarnath scored 235 not out for Delhi at Delhi in 1980-81.

1981-82 fixture at Indore witnessed a bowler capturing nine wickets in an innings in Irani Cup – Ravi Shastri of Bombay returned with figures of 45.0-8-101-9. Ravi Shastri is credited with the distinction of becoming the first bowler to capture nine wickets in Irani Trophy. This match also witnessed the first instance of two bowler capturing ten wickets in an innings – Ghavri {1 for 51} and Ravi Shastri {9 for 101}

Ravi Shastri is the only all rounder in Irani Trophy to register a half century and capture ten plus wickets in a match. He scored 80 and 4 not out and captured 11 for 146 {9 for 101 and 2 for 45} for Bombay at Indore in 1981-82

1982-83 fixture at Delhi witnessed a fantastic run chase in the fourth innings to win a game – the first of its kind in Indian domestic first class game. Set a target to chase 421 runs in 226 minutes and 20 mandatory overs, Rest of India won the game by five wickets with four balls to spare. The victory was possible due to some enthralling, breath taking knocks from the blades of Krish Srikkanth {110}, Arunlal {81} and Ashok Malhotra {116 not out}. The batting resembled a typical one day chase.

1983-84 fixture at Rajkot witnessed two bowlers sharing wickets equally in an innings – the first and the only instance ever witnessed in Irani Trophy so far. Left arm spinners of Karnataka – Raghuram Bhat and B Vijayakrishna shared the wickets equally by capturing five wickets each. Bhat had figures of 30.4-10-65-5, while B Vijayakrishna’s figures read 29.3-10-63-5.

GR Viswanath remains the only batsman to aggregate 1000 runs in Irani Trophy. He has an aggregate of 1001 runs from nine matches, 15 innings, two not outs, and his highest score being 200 not out. He has scored four centuries and five half centuries.

GR Viswanath is the first batsman to register four hundreds in Irani Trophy. The other batsman who has scored four hundreds in Irani Trophy is DB Vengsarkar.

Chandrakanth Pandit of Bombay became the first wicket keeper batsman to register a hundred in Irani Trophy when he made 123 in 1985-86 fixture at Nagpur

Chandrakant Pandit and Raju Kulkarni added 135 runs for the ninth wicket in 1985-86 fixture at Nagpur. This stand remains the best for the ninth wicket in Irani Trophy and also the second three figure partnership for the ninth wicket.

KP Bhaskar {some times referred to as Bhaskar Pillai} became the first batsman in Irani Trophy to register a zero and a hundred. He scored zero and 105 not out representing Rest of India against Bombay in 1985-86 at Nagpur

VB Chandrashekhar became the second batsman to register a zero and hundred in Irani Trophy. He made zero and 119 representing Tamilnadu against Rest of India at Chennai in 1988-89.

KP Bhaskar and VB Chandrashekhar are the only two batsmen to register zero and hundred in Irani Trophy match

Gopal Sharma of Rest of India became the first bowler in Irani Trophy to capture five or more wickets in each innings. He took 6 for 69 and 6 for 133 representing Rest of India against Tamilnadu at Chennai in 1988-89

Rest of India’s 737 for seven declared against Bengal in 1990-91 fixture at Bangalore remains the highest team total in Irani Cup.

Ravi Shastri {217} and PK Amre {246} registered double hundreds in this game representing Rest of India against Bengal at Bangalore in 1990-91. . This provides the only instance of two batsmen registering double hundreds in Irani Trophy.

Ravi Shastri with his 217 became the second captain to register a double hundred in Irani Trophy. His 217 remains the highest individual innings by a captain in Irani Trophy. PK Amre’s 246 remain the highest individual innings by a batsman in Irani Trophy.

In the match between Haryana and Rest of India at Faridabad in 1991-92, Rest of India innings in this game contained three centurions – WV Raman {149}, VG Kambli {116} and PK Amre {120} providing the first instance of three centurions in an innings in Irani Trophy.

Anil Kumble registered the best match figures in Irani Trophy in 1992-93. Representing Rest of India against Delhi. he returned with match figures of 13 for 138 {7 for 64 and 6 for 74} obliterating the previous best of 12 for 202 by Gopal Sharma of Rest of India against Tamilnadu at Chennai in 1988-89.

Anil Kumble became the second bowler in Irani Trophy to capture five or plus wickets in each innings. He captured 7 for 64 and 6 for 74 representing Rest of India against Delhi at Delhi in 1982-83

Z Bharucha became the second batsman to carry the bat through the completed innings in Irani Trophy. He scored 164 not out in Bombay’s total of 424 at Bombay-WS in 1994-95. The first batsman to carry the bat through a completed innings was SM Gavaskar. Z Bharucha and SM Gavaskar are the only two batsmen to have carried the bat through a complete innings in Irani Trophy.

J Arunkumar and R Vijay Bharadwaj scored 93 each against Rest of India representing Karnataka at Bangalore in 1996-97 providing the second instance of two batsmen from the same team registering individual nineties in Irani Trophy. The first such instance was witnessed when Raman Lamba and Gurusharan Singh of Delhi registered 93 and 94 respectively at Delhi in 1982-83. These are the only two instances in Irani Trophy when two batsmen from the same team registered nineties.

Dodda Ganesh remains the only fast bowler to capture five or more wickets in both innings in Irani Trophy. He became the third bowler to capture five or more wickets in both innings. He took 6 for 84 and 5 for 89 representing Karnataka against Rest of India at Bangalore in 1996-97. Other two bowlers are Gopal Sharma and Anil Kumble.

Anil Kumble’s 11 for 173 for Rest of India and SV Bahutule’s 13 for 168 for Mumbai at Mumbai-BS in 1997-98 provides the second instance of rival bowlers capturing ten or more wickets in the same match.

Anil Kumble remains the only bowler in Irani Trophy to capture ten or more wickets in Irani Trophy on two occasions. He had figures of 13 for 138 against Delhi in 1992-93 and 11 for 173 against Mumbai in 1997-98. On both the occasions, he was representing Rest of India

SV Bahutule became the fourth bowler in Irani Trophy to capture five wickets in both innings of a match. He took 5 for 97 and 8 for 71 representing Mumbai against Rest of India at Mumbai-BS in 1997-98. The other three bowlers are Gopal Sharma, Anil Kumble and Dodda Ganesh.

Murali Kartik became the second bowler after Ravi Shastri to capture nine wickets in an innings in Irani Trophy. He took 9 for 70 representing Rest of India against Mumbai at Mumbai-WS in 2000-01. His 9 for 70 remains the best bowling effort in an innings in Irani Trophy

In the Irani Trophy matches played so far. there are eleven teams who have played against Rest of India by virtue of their winning the Ranji Trophy previous season. The teams are – Mumbai, Karnataka, Delhi, Hyderabad, Tamilnadu, Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Baroda, Railways and Uttar Pradesh

PA Patel holds the record for the highest individual innings by a wicket keeper batsman with his 179 against Mumbai at Rajkot in 2007-08. He was representing Rest of India in this game.

Indian Domestic season starts with Irani Trophy at Nagpur from October, 01, 2009

The Indian domestic season will start from October, 01, 2009 with the annual affair – Irani Cup between Ranji Trophy Champions and Rest of India at Nagpur.

Mumbai team is led by Wasim Jaffer while Virender Sehwag is captaining Rest of India. The following list shows the team members of both the teams

No Mumbai No Rest of India
1 Wasim Jaffer (captain) 1 Virender Sehwag (captain)
2 Ajit Agarkar 2 M Vijay
3 Sahil Kukreja 3 Virat Kohli
4 Ajinkya Rahane 4 S Badrinath
5 Rohit Sharma 5 Manoj Tiwary
6 Prashant Naik 6 Ravindra Jadeja
7 Vinayak Samant 7 Irfan Pathan
8 Ramesh Powar 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
9 Iqbal Abdulla 9 S Sreesanth
10 Dhawal Kulkarni 10 Munaf Patel
11 Rahil Shaikh 11 Pragyan Ojha
12 Murtuza Hussain 12 Kedar Jadhav
13 Sushant Marathe 13 Abhinav Mukund
14 Saurabh Netravalkar 14 Uday Kaul
15 OJ Khanvilkar 15 Sudeep Tyagi.

ICC CT 2009 : What India need to do to go through

We reproduce the article published in cricinfo.com by S Rajesh, Stats Editor, for the benefit of our viewers with permission from the author

A look at the margin of the results of the last two Group A games needed for India to sneak into the semi-finals

The washout in Centurion means India and Australia will battle it out for one semi-final slot in Group A, with Pakistan already through. If Australia beat Pakistan on Wednesday, they’ll obviously go through as toppers in their group, while Pakistan will take the second slot. It’ll get more complicated, though, if Australia lose to Pakistan and India beat West Indies. Then, the margins of the wins will decide which team joins Pakistan in the last four.

The vital question is the margins of victories. Currently, the difference between the net run-rates of Australia and India appear vast: +1.00 for Australia, -1.08 for India. The good thing from India’s point of view, though, is that those numbers have come about on the basis of one match only – the stats from no-result matches are excluded in the calculation of net run rates. Thus, Australia’s positive net run-rate is because they’ve scored 50 more runs than they’ve conceded (in the win against West Indies), while India have conceded 54 more runs than they’ve scored (in the defeat against Pakistan).

For India to pip Australia, they need to ensure that they redress that balance; in other words, they need to make up for that combined difference of 104 runs. If, for example, Australia lose by 50 runs and India win by 54, the net run-rates of both teams will be exactly zero (in which case the tie-breaker will be balls per wicket for each team in completed matches). If the margin of either result is one run more, Australia’s NRR will slip below India’s.

That difference of 104 can be made up in any combination – if Australia lose by 20, India will need to win their game by 85 runs (assuming Australia chase and India bat first). If Australia lose by 104, a one-run win will suffice for India.

The logic is similar if Australia bat first and if India chase, though it’ll be much tougher for India to overcome the NRR deficit: if Australia and West Indies both score 250 batting first, Pakistan and India will both need to chase the runs in about 40 overs for India’s NRR to sneak ahead of Australia’s.

It’s a tall order for India, whose only advantage is that theirs is a day-night game on Wednesday, which means they’ll know exactly what they need to do halfway into their match.

ICC CT 2009 : India and Australia split points in a no result game

Match Number 09 : India vs Australia at Centurion on 28.09.09 : Match abandoned due to rain

This game was abandoned due to rain providing the 101st occasion of no result game in the tournament. With this no result game, Australia, India and West Indies have 14 no result games. New Zealand has record no result games {15} in the history of One day games.

As far as Australia and India encounters are concerned, this game provides the eighth no result game

This game was abandoned due to rain providing the third occasion of no result game in the tournament. The other two occasions are – Sri Lanka vs India at Col-RPS on 29.09.02 and Sri Lanka vs India at Col-RPS on 30.09.02.

It is interesting to note that all the three no result games in the tournament involve India as one of the opposing teams.

Austalian innings contained three fifties {TD Paine -56, RT Ponting – 65 and MEK Hussey – 67} providing the ninth occasion of three batsmen scoring fifties in a team’s innings in the tournament. As far as England is concerned this is the third such occasion – the other two instances were – against Australia at Birmingham on 21.09.04 and against West Indies at Ahmedabad on 28.10.06.

No Team Fif Opp Venue Date
1 RSA 3 Eng Dhaka 25.10.98
2 RSA 3 Ken Col-RPS 20.09.02
3 NZl 3 USA The Oval 10.09.04
4 Eng 3 Aus Birmingham 21.09.04
5 Eng 3 Win Ahmedabad 28.10.06
6 Aus 3 Ind Mohali 29.10.06
7 Srl 3 RSA Centurion 22.09.09
8 Eng 3 RSA Centurion 27.09.09
9 Aus 3 Ind Centurion 28.09.09

TD Paine’s 56 in this game provide the 18th occasion of a wicket keeper batsman registering a fifty in the tournament. His knock provides the third occasion of Australian wicket keeper batsman scoring a fifty in the tournament. The other two fifties are by AC Gilchrist {54 vs Bangladesh at Col-SSC on 19.09.02 and 92 vs West Indies at Mumbai {BS} on 18.10.06.

RT Ponting becomes first captain to be dismissed run out with a fifty in the tournament. He was run out in this game after scoring 65. He is the seventh captain to be dismissed run out.

RT Ponting dismissal run out after scoring 65 provides the 18th occasion of a batsman run out after scoring a fifty in the tournament. He is the second Australian batsman after AC Gilchrist {92 vs West Indies at Mumbai-BS on 18.10.06} to be dismissed run out with a fifty in the tournament.

RT Ponting’s 65 in this game was his 97th fifty in ODI games. His aggregate of 97 fifties puts him second in the list of batsmen who have scored 90 plus fifties in the history of one day games. Only SR Tendulkar {135} is ahead of RT Ponting in terms of one day fifties. RT Ponting while registering his 97th fifty went past ST Jayasuriya {96 fifties} with whom he was on par prior to the start of this game. The following are the six batsmen have registered 90 plus fifties in one day games.

No Batsmen Team C F C+F
1 SR Tendulkar Ind 44 91 135
2 RT Ponting Aus/ICC 27 70 97
3 ST Jayasuriya Srl 28 68 96
4 R Dravid Asia/Ind 12 82 94
5 SC Ganguly Asia/Ind 22 72 94
6 Inzamam-ul-Haq Pak 10 83 93

MEK Hussey’s 67 in this game represent his 25th one day fifty. It was his 23rd one day half century.

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