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November 15, 2011

Crazy cricket from Cape Town

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:52 am

The second day of the first cricket test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town (November 10 2011) was as bizarre a day of cricket as I have heard about. Based on the references below here is a collection of some oddities and tidbits from this match.

  • In Australia’s first innings captain Michael Clarke produced one of his best test innings: 151 out of an Australian total of 284.
  • On day 1, Dale Steyn had figures of 4.1 overs for 22 runs versus Clarke and 9.5 overs, 4 wickets for 9 runs against the remaining players!
  • Boucher also took his 500th catch on the first day.
  • On day 2 Australia resumed from an overnight score of 8/214 and made it to 284, with Clarke the last batsman dismissed. South Africa made it to 1/49 just after lunch before Shane Watson came on and took two wickets in his first over (including Kallis for his first duck in 55 innings over almost four years). Then the true carnage began: both teams combined lost 16 wickets for 44 runs in 115 balls!! South Africa lost their last 7 wickets for 23, then Australia were reduced to 9/21 before the last wicket stand took them to 47 – past the lowest ever test score of 26 (by NZ). I went to bed after South Africa was bowled out for 96, thinking that even if Australia were bowled out for a similar total, they had enough of a first innings lead to win the match. The day ended with South Africa 1/81 comfortably on track for an unlikely victory. Never have I seen such a flurry of wickets with relatively free scoring on either side, on the same day!
  • Twenty-three wickets fell on the second day, the fourth most ever for a single day in test cricket and the most since 1902.
  • It was Australia’s third sub-100 score in 16 months (12 tests).  Only once in their previous 277 tests over 25 years had they done this! (This was back in Mumbai in 2003.)
  • Australia’s first innings was the sixth shortest completed innings in terms of balls (108). [ref]
  • It was only South Africa’s second sub-100 score since 1960.
  • Australia’s collapse from 1/11 to 9/21 was the third time in test cricket that 8 wickets fell for ten or fewer runs.
  • It was the eighth time that the number 11 batsman (Nathan Lyon with 14) top scored in a test innings. [ref] Interestingly the opening batsman (Shane Watson) was also the top wicket taker in South Africa’s first innings – how topsy-turvy!
  • The previous lowest score at the fall of the ninth wicket was 25.
  • Watson and Vernon Philander became the first pair of bowlers from opposite sides to take five-wicket hauls for fewer than 20 runs in the same Test. Watson’s spell was the second fastest 5-wicket haul (28 balls) from first coming on to bowl.
  • It was only the third time since WW1 that both teams had innings scores less than 100 in a test match.
  • It was the first time since 1912 that 22 batsmen were out in single figures in the first 3 innings of a Test. Seventeen batsmen in a row were dismissed for single figures!
  • South Africa became the 12th team to win a Test after being bowled out for under 100 (the third since 1907).
  • It was only the fourth time a completed innings had only the openers scoring in double figures. [ref]
  • It was the first time a batsman from each team was out twice on the same day (Clarke and Rudolph).
  • Australia’s first innings was only the second time a tenth wicket partnership accounted for more than 50% of a test innings. The first time was far more impressive: a partnership of 117 out of an innings total of 209 for England between Peter Willey and Bob Willis in 1980 against the West Indies. [ref]
  • It was the eighth time the fourth innings exceeded the sum of the second and third innings. [ref]
  • It was the ninth test in which one side scored more twice as many runs in the first innings as the opponent and still went on to lose the match. [ref]
  • South Africa won after conceding the ninth biggest first innings lead (188 runs) [ref]
  • On 11/11/11, at 11 minutes to 11, the score was 1/111! [ref]
  • On 11/11/11, at 11:11, South Africa needed 111 to win!

Other References

ESPNcricinfo on Twitter

A quiz on the capers in Cape Town | The Confectionery Stall | Cricket Blogs | ESPN Cricinfo

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town: The best bowling day in more than 100 years | Cricket Features | South Africa v Australia | ESPN Cricinfo

A list of amazing statistics from Day 2 of the Cape Town test: Indian Cricket Fans forum

SA-Aus 1st Test, Day 2: A day of numerous records – Sports


1 Comment »

  1. I noticed some of this, but what a bizarre match you’re right.
    Glad to see the occasional blog about cricket on WordPress!

    Comment by firmank — November 16, 2011 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

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