West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, 4th day, Providence

Test wins without a fifty

Stats highlights of West Indies' 40-run win against Pakistan in Providence

S Rajesh

May 16, 2011

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West Indies' memorable 40-run win against Pakistan in Providence was their first Test win in more than 27 months, and only their fourth since the beginning of 2007. Here are some of the stats highlights from the match.


Saeed Ajmal celebrates his ninth wicket of the match, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 3rd day, May 14, 2011
Saeed Ajmal had match figures of 11 for 111, which are the second-best in a losing cause for Pakistan © AFP
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  • The victory is West Indies' first in 18 Tests, since they beat England by an innings and 23 runs in Kingston in February 2009. In 17 Tests during this period, West Indies lost eight and drew nine.

    Meanwhile, Pakistan's win-loss since 2007 isn't much better: 5-15 in 30 Tests, with ten draws. The defeat also means Pakistan's record of never having won a Test series in the West Indies will stay on a little longer.

  • The highest score in the match for West Indies was Lendl Simmons' 49, which makes it only the fourth time since 2000 that a team has won a Test without a single half-century by any of their batsmen. It's the second such win for West Indies during this period - they'd beaten Zimbabwe by 35 runs in March 2000 when their highest scorer had been Shivanarine Chanderpaul with 49. The previous such instance was New Zealand's four-wicket win against India in Hamilton in December 2002, when no batsman from either team touched 40.

  • Saeed Ajmal's match figures of 11 for 111 are the second-best figures by a Pakistan bowler in a losing cause, only a run behind Wasim Akram's 11 for 110 against the same opponents in Antigua in 2000; in fact, it's almost exactly 11 years since Akram's feat. Akram also features three times in the top four such performances for Pakistan. The best figures in a defeat remain Javagal Srinath's 13 for 132 against Pakistan in Kolkata in February 1999.

  • The match average of 17.90 runs per wicket is the third-lowest in Tests in the West Indies since the beginning of 2000. The lowest is 15.32, in that Test between West Indies and Zimbabwe in Port of Spain in 2000.

  • Darren Sammy's match figures of 7 for 45 are his second-best in Tests, after his 8 for 98 against England at Old Trafford in 2007. In 12 Tests so far, Sammy has taken 36 wickets at an impressive average of 26.25. Ravi Rampaul's 7 for 75 are easily his best match figures; in fact, in his previous five Tests he had taken four wickets, and had gone wicketless in his previous two matches.

  • After being reduced to 2 for 3 in their fourth-innings run-chase, Pakistan fought back valiantly with an 81-run stand for the fourth wicket, which is only the third time they've managed a fifty-plus stand for the fourth after being three down for less than ten.

  • In conditions in which most bowlers enjoyed themselves, Pakistan's premier strike bowler Umar Gul had a poor game, finishing wicketless for only the third time in 35 Tests.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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