September 14, 1999

1st Match: India v West Indies, Statistical highlights

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  • It was the 17th match on this venue (first for WestIndies).

  • It was the 61st match between the two sides.The record now reads : West Indies 39,India 20,tied 1,abandoned 1.

  • India recorded its first win over WestIndies in last 10 matches.India had last beaten WestIndies at Port-of-Spain on 27 April,1997.

  • It is also India's biggest win over WestIndies (by wickets margin) after its 10 wicket win at Port-of-Spain on 27 April, 1997.

  • Daryl Harper and David Orchard were officiating in their 19th and 46th match respectively.

  • Chris Gayle and Corey Collymore (for WestIndies) and Jacob Martin (for India) were making their ODI debut.Now 97 West Indians and 124 Indians have played ODI cricket.

  • Venkatesh Prasad,when dismissed Courtney Walsh,completed his 150 wickets in his 126th match.He became fifth Indian (after Kapil Dev-253,Anil Kumble-235,Javagal Srinath-234 and Manoj Prabhakar-157) and 21st bowler in the world to do so.

  • Jacob Martin became only the third Indian to held three catches in the field on debut after Bishan Bedi (v England at Leeds on 13 September 1974) and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (v Pakistan at Melbourne on 20 February 1985.

  • Martin also equalled Indian record of most catches by a fielder in a match against WestIndies.Manoj Prabhakar had also held three catches against WestIndies at Sharjah on 22 October 1991.

  • Ricardo Powell has now scored 262 runs off only 227 balls (strike rate 115.41) in 6 matches and 5 innings (batting average 65.50) with 22 fours and 15 sixes.Interestingly he has faced more balls than the runs scored only once (on debut,when he made 4 off 18 balls against Pakistan)

  • By conceding only 17 runs in his 10 overs,Nikhil Chopra recorded the most economical figures by an Indian in a 10 over spell against WestIndies.The previous record was held by Kapil Dev (10-3-18-2 at Calcutta on 27 November 1993). Incidentally Australia's MF Malone (10-5-9-2 at Melbourne on 10 January 1982) holds the record of most economical figures in a 10 over spell against WestIndies.

  • Chopra,in fact,just failed to equal Indian record of most economical 10 over spell against all countries by just one run. Manoj Prabhakar and Saurav Ganguly had conceded 16 runs in their 10 overs against SriLanka at Sharjah on 08 April 1984 and against Pakistan at Toronto on 18 September 1997 respectively.

  • Courtney Walsh became leading wicket taker for WestIndies with the wicket of Rahul Dravid.It was his 221st wicket in 197th match and he surpassed Curtly Ambrose's tally of 220 wickets

  • The third wicket unbroken stand of 106 runs between Sadagoppan Ramesh and Saurav Ganguly was the 24th century stand in which Ganguly was involved (the break-up : 10 for first,9 for second, 3 for third and one each for fourth and seventh).Now only Desmond Haynes (46),Sachin Tendulkar (35),Aravinda DeSilva (33), Mohammad Azharuddin (33),Viv Richards (32),Gordon Greenidge (28),Dean Jones (28),Mark Waugh (28),Richie Richardson (26), David Boon (26) and Javed Miandad (25) have featured in more century stands than Ganguly,while Geoff Marsh ,Rameez Raja and Arjuna Ranatunga have also figured in 24 century stands.

  • Saurav Ganguly won his 15th MoM award.Toronto seems to be his favourite venue as he has now won six awards here. Quite amazingly he has won all but one awards on foreign soil.

Contributed by: Rajneesh Gupta (rgcricket@hotmail.com)