West Indies once again defied the odds to defeat Bangladesh, who are considered one of the strongest at home. The visitors with the help of Rakheem Cornwall ensured they wrapped up the series 2-0 in their favor and in doing so they also managed to break a number of records.
On the other side, Team India at the end of Day 2 find themselves in a dominating position with a lead of 249 runs with 9 wickets in hand, and with plenty of time left in the match, the hosts look to be in the driver’s seat to level the series.
The action does not stop with the intense red-ball action as we also have the Pakistan team taking on South Africa in a 3-match T20I series. The proteas made a promising comeback into the series after losing the first match by 3 runs. The 6-wicket win by the visitors has ensured the 3rd T20I is worth a watch. Who do you think can seal the series?
With a lot of cricket action taking place simultaneously. Cricwizz as usual brings you the quirky numbers and stats revolving around the matches.
The last two weeks have been tough for the Bangladeshi fans as they have been dealt two heartbreaks. The second test too was a closely fought one and proceedings looked in their favor when their young sensation- Mehidy Hasan was hitting the ball cleanly.
But the loss of the wickets at regular intervals and the pressure proved out to be too much for the 23-year old and West Indies ended up on the winning side by 17 runs. The defeat also marked Bangladesh’s 15th white-wash in tests, which is the highest by any team on their own turf.
Bangladesh’s second innings was dominated by the spinners. The spin trio of Rakheem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, and Kraigg Brathwaite managed to pick up all the 10 wickets in the second innings. The feat was last achieved by the West Indies team back in the year 1956 against New Zealand, which the Windies won by an innings and 64 runs.
West Indies managed to just score 117 in their second innings as Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan ran through the batting line-up of the visitors picking 7 wickets between them. The total of 117 was the second-lowest ever by West Indies against Bangladesh with the previous one being 111 in the year 2018.
South Africa, who are playing with a second-string team against Pakistan made a stunning comeback in the second T20I to win the match by 6-wickets and level the series 1-1. It was the South African bowlers who did the job and all credits to the proteas pacer- Dwaine Pretorius, who picked up a staggering 5-wickets for just 17 runs and currently holds the best figures by a South African in T20I. The second best stands to be 19 for 5 by Ryan McLaren back in 2010 against West Indies.
Mohammed Rizwan once played a gem of an innings but was not enough to get his team to a par score. The Wicket-keeper Batsman scored a fluent 51 of 41 balls, before being dismissed by the Man of the Match- Dwaine Pretorius. The 28-year old became the first Pakistan opener to score three fifty-plus scores in a row in T20I.
Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been playing some incredible knocks for his team. The 23-year old is someone who does not shy away from playing the big shots and with just 18 matches under his belt, the southpaw has already hit 31 sixes in test cricket. He currently ranks 12th in the list of most sixes by Indians in tests and is just one away from his fellow teammate Ajinkya Rahane.
Given the fact that he has only played 18 matches to get here, It would not be a surprise to see Pant rank up the elite list in the coming years.
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 29th five-wicket haul against England, ended up with figures of 5 for 43. The 34-year old became the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handers in Test cricket.
Team India were made to sweat it out at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as the visitors were reluctant to offer any free runs. The 329 by team India now stands to be the highest score in test history without an extra being conceded. The previous highest was 328 in the match between India and Pakistan back in 1955.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his 29th 5-wicket haul in test cricket. The off-spinner now ranks 7th in the list of most 5-wickets haul in the longest format and is also the quickest to do, in just 76 matches. The record for most 5-wicket hauls belongs to Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a mind-blowing 67 to his name. The second best is the Australian legend Shane Warne, who is 30 less than Muralitharan. Can Ashwin break the record of Anil Kumble’s 35?
A record which the English all-rounder Stuart Board would not want to be holding. The 34-year old joined Chris Martin of New Zealand for the second place in the list of most ducks in Test cricket and he is now only behind Courtney Walsh of West Indies, who has been dismissed for a duck on 43 occasions.