Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fastest fifties in Test cricket

Fighting a lost battle in the second Test at Mirpur Mohammad Ashraful decided that enough was enough and put Indian bowling attack to sword.Almost all bowlers were hit to all corners of the ground in the highly entertaining innings of 67 which lasted for only 46 minutes. Ashraful faced 41 balls in all and hit 12 fours and two sixes. During the course of his innings Ashraful raced to his fifty in just 27 minutes and off 26 balls.

Ashraful's fifty is now the fastest ever in Test cricket history in terms of minutes and second (joint) fastest in terms of balls. The accompanying tables have the details.

Fastest Test fifties (by minutes)

Mins Batsman Countries Venue Season
27 Mohammad Ashraful (67) Ban v Ind Mirpur 2007
28 JT Brown (140) Eng v Aus Melbourne 1894-95
29 SA Durani (61*) Ind v Eng Kanpur 1963-64
30 EAV Williams (72) WI v Eng Bridgetown 1947-48
30 BR Taylor (124) NZ v WI Auckland 1968-69

Fastest Test fifties (by balls)

Balls Batsman Countries Venue Season
24 JH Kallis (54) SA v Zim Cape Town 2004-05
26 Shahid Afridi (58) Pak v Ind Bangalore 2004-05
26 Mohammad Ashraful (67) Ban v Ind Mirpur 2007
27 Mohammad Yousuf (50) Pak v SA Cape Town 2002-03

- Australia's VT Trumper is shown at some places with a time of 22 minutes for his fifty during his innings of 63 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1902-03. However Trumper took no less than 45 minutes for his fifty.

- Some sources show England's IT Botham with a 26-ball fifty against India at Delhi in 1981-82. Botham actually took 28 balls to do so.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Two world records for Dhoni

Wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni got himself a couple of world records by scoring an unbeaten 139 in the third and final Afro-Asia Cup match on Sunday.

Coming into bat with Asia XI tottering at 72 for five, Dhoni added 218 runs (off just 178 balls) with skipper Mahela Jayawardene for the sixth wicket establishing a new partnership record for this wicket in one-day internationals.

The previous record of 165 runs was set by Australia's Brad Haddin and Mike Hussey against West Indies at Kuala Lumpur in September 2006 and also between New Zealand's Brian McCullum and Craig McMillan against Australia at Hamilton in February 2007.

Dhoni then went on to surpass the record of scoring the highest individual innings by a number seven batsman in one-day internationals. Interestingly the previous record was set just four days ago by Shaun Pollock in the first match of this series.

Pollock had broken the record of India's Mohammad Kaif. Another Indian has got it back, though while doing so he was representing Asia XI and not Team India.

Highest innings by number 7 batsman in ODIs

Runs Batsman SR Opponent Venue Date
139* MS Dhoni (Asia XI) 143.29 Africa XI Chennai 10 Jun 2007
130 SM Pollock (Afr XI) 118.18 Asia XI Bangalore 06 Jun 2007
111* M Kaif (Ind) 99.10 Zimbabwe Colombo (RPS) 14 Sep 2002
100* JM Kemp (SA) 112.35 India Cape Town 26 Nov 2006
100 HP T'ratne (SL) 94.33 West Indies Sharjah 16 Oct 1995
94* SS Dighe (Ind) 97.91 West Indies Harare 07 Jul 2001
89 Abdul Razzaq (Pak) 222.50 New Zealand Wellington 17 Jan 2004
88* MEK Hussey (Aus) 157.14 New Zealand Christchurch 10 Dec 2005
87* M Kaif (Ind) 116.00 England Lord's 13 Jul 2002
87 Kapil Dev (Ind) 135.93 West Indies Nagpur 08 Dec 1987
86* BB McCullum (NZ) 94.50 Australia Hamilton 20 Feb 2007
86 Wasim Akram (Pak) 113.15 Australia Melbourne 23 Feb 1990
86 JR Murray (WI) 111.68 England The Oval 26 May 1995
85 SB Styris (NZ) 104.93 West Indies Gros Islet 08 Jun 2002