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Vijay's Blogs: Controversial run-out mars Kiwi Victory
by Vijay Jeedigunta
Dec 13, 2006

The first test match at Christchurch between Sri Lanka and New Zealand ended predictably with a win for New Zealand, but not before another controversial run out took place that involved New Zealand wicket keeper Brendon McCullum. The controversial run out occurred on the third day of the test match, which ultimately proved out to be the last day of the test. As Muralitharan walked out of his crease after completing a single that fetched Sangakkara his hundred to congratulate him for completing a well deserved hundred. Though Muralitharan did not show any intention of going for a run, McCullum whipped of the bails after receiving a throw from Martin leaving Muralitharan shocked and run-out. McCullum did exactly what he did last year against the hapless Zimbabweans in the 2nd test at Bulawayo when he ran out their number eleven batsman Chris Mpofu when he stepped out to congratulate his team mate Blessing Mahwire for completing a fifty, thus completing a 46 run innings victory for New Zealand in a bizarre fashion. Mahwire in that test smashed Chris Martin in for 21 runs in the previous over with 2 sixes and 2 fours and duly completed his half century with a single of Vettori’s first ball.

Though McCullum did not do anything wrong as per the laws of cricket it goes to show that the modern cricketers are more concerned about winning the game than the spirit of the game. Incidentally, last year when McCullum ran Mpofu out New Zealand team was the holder of ICC Cricket’s Spirit of the Game title. When I hear about such dismissals, I always remember two incidents one involving Gundappa Viswanath who recalled Bob Taylor in 1979/80 Golden Jubilee Test after he was given out by umpire which in turn cost the match for India and another involving Courtney Walsh in a group match at Lahore during 1987 Reliance World Cup when he warned Abdul Qadir for backing up too far at non-striker’s end instead of running him out. Qadir went on to hit a big six to bring a 1 wicket victory with the final ball of the match. West Indies lost that match and a chance to reach the semi finals. Both Viswanath and Walsh did receive some flak for their actions but after these many years though people do not remember the results of those games but they certainly do remember their actions for upholding the spirit and honor of the game.

In the end the result of the Christchurch test match would not have been different had McCullum chosen to let the spirit of the game take precedence over the laws of cricket. But the win-at-any-cost modern cricketing battles that are taking place nowadays do not give a choice to cricketers to play the game in its true spirit and incidents like this let us make wonder whether the game is should still carry the tag Gentlemen’s Game or not.

Keeping the controversial run-out aside aside lets get to the statistical trivia of this test match. In a stark contrast to prevailing pattern of putting the opposition into bat after winning the toss at this Venue, Sri Lanka’s Captain Mahela Jayewardene opted to bat first and suffered the consequences as his team was bowled out for a paltry total of 157 and went on to lose the test match by five wickets. Only one captain, New Zealand’s Dion Nash in the 2nd test of 1998/99 series against South Africa chose to bat first in the last eleven tests including the recently concluded test played on this ground.

Here are some of the other statistical highlights of this test match that finished in three days:

Kumara Sangakkara while completing his 11th test hundred of his test career has also completed 1000 runs for the calendar year 2006. He becomes the 7th batsman to do so this year. See the list below.

Player

Country

Tests

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

100s

50s

Avg

Mohammad Yousuf*

Pakistan

11

19

1

1788

202

9

3

99.33

Ponting, R T*

Australia

8

15

3

1249

196

7

3

104.08

Pietersen, K P *

England

12

22

0

1191

158

4

4

54.14

Younis Khan*

Pakistan

11

20

2

1179

199

3

6

65.50

Sangakkarra, K C*

Sri Lanka

10

18

1

1078

287

3

4

63.41

Collingwood, P D*

England

12

22

4

1061

206

3

2

58.94

Dravid, R *

India

10

18

4

1046

146

3

7

74.71


Sangakkara also became one of the twelve cricketers to have registered a test hundred in a team’s completed innings total of less than 200.Here is a list of batsmen who scored a hundred in a completed innings totalling less than 200 runs.

Tot

Score

  %

Player

For

Vs

Venu e

Series

Res

Test Seq

177

 106  

59.89

 JH Sinclair  

SA

Eng  

Cape Town    

1898-99

L

t0059

182

 109  

59.89

 HW Taylor    

SA

Eng  

Durban(1st)    

1913-14

L

t0130

193

 102*

52.85

 GA Headley  

WI  

Aus  

Brisbane      

1930-31

L

t0203

191

 103*

53.93

 DG Bradman  

Aus

Eng  

Melbourne    

1932-33

W

t0221

191

 102  

53.4

 MC Cowdrey  

Eng

Aus  

Melbourne    

1954-55

W

t0393

159

 100  

62.89

 JR Reid      

NZ  

Eng  

Christchurch  

1962-63

L

t0542

198

 121  

61.11

 GN Yallop    

Aus

Eng  

Sydney(6th)    

1978-79

L

t0840

198

 100*

50.51

 KJ Hughes    

Aus

WI  

Melbourne    

1981-82

W

t0915

184

 123  

66.85

 MJ Slater    

Aus

Eng  

Sydney    

1998-99

W

t1439

194

 107*

55.15

 RR Sarwan    

WI  

SA

Port-of-Spain

2004-05

L

t1747

170

 100*

58.82

 KC Sangakkara

SL  

NZ  

Christchurch  

2006-07

L

t1820


For the sake of record, Charles Bannerman’s 67.35% (165* out of 245 in the first test match ever) is the highest percentage of runs scored in a completed test innings, though strictly speaking , only nine wickets fell in that innings as Bannerman was retired hurt. In Kiwi great Glen Turner holds the record for recording highest percentage of runs in first class cricket. Turner carried his bat through out the innings for scoring 141* in his team‘s total of 169 playing for Worcestershire against Glamargon in 1977. A staggering 83.43% of the innings total. The next highest scored in that innings was Norman Gifford with 7. Truly amazing knock.

Chris Martin after waiting for seven months with a 99 wickets test career aggregate, finally took his hundredth test wicket when he dismissed Prasanna Jayawardene. He now joins Bruce Reid of Australia ( 113 wickets and 93 runs from 27 tests) as the only other player in test history to have gathered fewer than hundred runs (48) and more than hundred wickets (101) in 32 tests. Incidentally, India’s Bhagwat Chandrasekhar ( 82 runs) , Australia’s Glen McGrath ( 67 runs) and Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria (81 runs) have all had fewer than hundred runs when they took their hundredth wicket, Subsequently all of them crossed hundred run mark in their career with only Chandrasekhar not being able to cross the number of wickets mark in his career. Chandrasekhar ended his career with 167 runs and 242 wickets from 58 tests.

Sri Lanka’s Chamara Silva started his test career with a pair and becomes the 36th member of the Pair-on-Test-Debut Club. But Silva can take solace to the fact that one of the leading run scorers for Sri Lanka, Marvan Atapattu, too started his test career with a pair. But he went on to hit six double centuries which puts him in the fourth in the list of batsmen. Atapattu got out for 0 & 1 in his second test when he got a test recall two years later and after thrown into wilderness for two more years he returned to test cricket and registered another pair in his third test and spent three more years without a test appearance before returning back to test cricket in 1996/97 and putting up consistent performances.

Player

For

Vs

Venu e

Series

Test Seq

GF Grace

Eng

Aus

The Oval

1880

t0004

CS Wimble

SA

Eng

Cape Town

1891/92

t0037

JT Willoughby

SA

Eng

Port Elizabeth

1895/96

t0047

JJ Kotze

SA

Aus

Johannesburg(2nd)

1902/03

t0076

PS Twentyman-Jones

SA

Aus

Cape Town

1902/03

t0077

Tommy Ward

SA

Aus

Manchester

1912

t0121

PT Lewis

SA

Eng

Durban

1913/14

t0130

CD Dixon

SA

Eng

Johannesburg(3rd)

1913/14

t0132

FT Badcock

NZ

Eng

Christchurch

1929/30

t0186

KC James

NZ

Eng

Christchurch

1929/30

t0186

CIJ Smith

Eng

Eng

Bridgetown

1934/35

t0238

CG Rowe

NZ

Aus

Wellington

1945/46

t0275

LA Butterfield

NZ

Aus

Wellington

1945/46

t0275

CN McCarthy

SA

Eng

Durban

1948

t0306

AL Valentine

WI

WI

Manchester

1950

t0323

GS Ramchand

Ind

Eng

Leeds

1952

t0351

GA Gooch

Eng

Aus

Birmingham

1975

t0760

BP Bracewell

NZ

NZ

London

1978

t0828

MR Whitney

Aus

Aus

Manchester

1981

t0907

Maninder Singh

Ind

Pak

Karachi

1982/83

t0942

KR Rutherford

NZ

WI

Port of Spain

1984/85

t1013

CM Kuggeleijn

NZ

Ind

Bangalore

1988/89

t1107

RGM Patel

Ind

Ind

Bombay

1988/89

t1109

MS Atapattu

SL  

Ind

Chandigarh

1990/91

t1156

Saeed Anwar

Pak

WI

Faisalabad

1990/91

t1157

AA Donald

SA

WI

Bridgetown

1991/92

t1188

SG Peall

Zim

Zim

Karachi(DHA)

1993/94

t1237

PE McIntyre

Aus

Eng

Adelaide Oval

1994/95

t1284

DP Viljoen

Zim

Pak

Bulawayo

1997/98

t1408

GM Hamilton

Eng

SA

Johannesburg

1999/00

t1471

JEC Franklin

NZ

Pak

Auckland

2000/01

t1533

Alamgir Kabir

BD

SL

Colombo(PSS)

2002/03

t1609

KHRK Fernando

SL  

SA

Johannesburg

2002/03

t1624

SL Malinga

SL  

Aus

Darwin

2003/04

t1705

LPC Silva

SL  

NZ  

Christchurch  

2006-07

t1820


Trivial Facts about Pairs:

Tommy Ward’s Pair was achieved on a single day and is a king pair. He was also the third victim of TJ Matthews’ hat-trick in both the innings of the test match.

For CS Wimble, PS Twentyman-Jones, PT Lewis , CD Dixon, CG Rowe, LA Butterfield, RGM Patel and GM Hamilton it was their only test match appearance.

JJ Kotze also holds the record for registering a pair both his first and final test appearances excluding the One Test wonders mentioned above.
 
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