April 25, 2001

1st Test, Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh, Statistical Highlights

  • It was the 1543rd Test match in cricket history.

  • It was Zimbabwe's 49th and Bangladesh's second Test match.

  • It was the first ever Test between these two sides. Zimbabwe became second country after India to play against all other Test playing countries.

  • Seven players were making their Test debut in this match- Andy Blignaut, Dion Ebrahim and Brighton Watambwa for Zimbabwe and Javed Omar, Manjural Islam, Mohammed Sharif and Mushfiqur Rahman for Bangladesh.

  • At 15 years 128 days Mohammed Sharif became the third youngest player to play in Test cricket after Pakistan's Hasan Raza (14 years 227 days) and Mushtaq Mohammad (15 years 124 days). The accompanying table lists the youngest Test debutants. Incidentally Bikash Das at 18 years 119 days (v India at Dhaka in Bangladesh's inaugural Test) was the previous record holder for being the youngest debutant for Bangladesh.

Age

Player

For

Vs

Test

Venue

Season

(Yrs-days)

14-227

Hasan Raza

Pak

Zim

2nd

Faisalabad

1996-97

15-124

Mushtaq Mohammad

Pak

WI

3rd

Lahore LG

1958-59

15-128

Mohammed Sharif

Ban

Zim

1st

Bulawayo QC

2000-01

16-189

Aaqib Javed

Pak

NZ

2nd

Wellington

1988-89

16-205

SR Tendulkar

Ind

Pak

1st

Karachi NS

1989-90

16-221

Aftab Baloch

Pak

NZ

3rd

Dhaka (Dacca)

1969-70

16-248

Nasim-ul-Ghani

Pak

WI

1st

Bridgetown

1957-58

16-352

Khalid Hassan

Pak

Eng

2nd

Nottingham

1954

17- 5

Zahid Fazal

Pak

WI

1st

Karachi NS

1990-91

17-68

Ata-ur-Rehman

Pak

Eng

1st

Birmingham

1992

17-78

Imran Nazir

Pak

SL

1st

Lahore GS

1998-99

17-118

L Sivaramakrishnan

Ind

WI

5th

St. John's

1982-83

17-122

JED Sealy

WI

Eng

1st

Bridgetown

1929-30

17-129

Fazl-e-Akbar

Pak

SA

2nd

Durban

1997-98

17-189

CDUS Weerasinghe

SL

Ind

2nd

Colombo PSS

1985-86

17-193

Maninder Singh

Ind

Pak

2nd

Karachi NS

1982-83

17-239

ID Craig

Aus

SA

5th

Melbourne

1952-53

17-245

GStA Sobers

WI

Eng

5th

Kingston

1953-54

17-265

VL Mehra

Ind

NZ

2nd

Bombay BS

1955-56

17-265

Harbhajan Singh

Ind

Aus

3rd

Bangalore

1997-98

17-300

Hanif Mohammad

Pak

Ind

1st

Delhi

1952-53

17-341

Intikhab Alam

Pak

Aus

3rd

Karachi NS

1959-60

17-364

Waqar Younis

Pak

Ind

1st

Karachi NS

1989-90

  • Rudi Koertzen was officiating in his 25th Test. He became first umpire from South Africa and 30th in the world to stand in 25 or more matches. The other umpire Kevin Barbour was officiating in his second match.

  • Andy Flower (73) has now made atleast a fifty in last consecutive seven innings. With this he equalled West Indian Everton Weekes' world record of most consecutive fifties which was set in 1947-48. Flower's scores in his last seven innings have been : 65 (v NZ at Harare), 183* and 70 (v India at Delhi), 55 and 232* (v India at Nagpur), 79 (v New Zealand at Wellington)......and now 73. The following table gives details of players with most consecutive half-centuries :

Inns

Batsman

For

Scores

Series

Runs

Ave

7

EdeC Weekes

WI

141

128

194

162

101

90

56

1947-48 to 1948-49

872

124.57

7

A Flower

Zim

65

183*

70

55

232*

79

73

2000-01

757

151.40

6

J Ryder

Aus

78*

58

56

142

201*

88

1921-22 to 1924-25

623

155.75

6

EH Hendren

Eng

85

172

70

99

93

52

1929-30

577

115.40

6

GA Headley

WI

80

65*

76

51*

50

56

1934-35 to 1938-39

680

136.00

6

A Melville

SA

91

126

52

215

186

168

1938-39 to 1947

658

131.60

6

GStA Sobers

WI

108

52

101

77

59

101*

1957-58

783

195.75

6

ER Dexter

Eng

63

132*

101

94

126

76

1962 to 1962-63

571

95.17

6

KF Barrington

Eng

76

118

110

50

242

103

1962-63

592

118.40

6

KD Walters

Aus

77

205*

56

123

61

55

1968-69

699

116.50

6

GS Chappell

Aus

93

53

270*

106

107

51

1975-76 to 1976-77

432

86.40

6

GR Viswanath

Ind

68

54*

52

70

121

67

1977-78 to 1978-79

499

83.17

6

Zaheer Abbas

Pak

59

54

79

89

73

145

1982-83

838

139.67

6

AR Border

Aus

67

78

103

189

104*

117

1989 to 1989-90

378

94.50

6

MA Taylor

Aus

52

52

80

365*

125

109*

1989-90

498

99.60

6

RS Dravid

Ind

92

93

85

52

56

86

1997-98

464

77.33

  • Andy Blignaut, by returning the figures of 5 for 73 in first innings, now holds the record of best figures by a Zimbabwean in an innings on debut. The previous record was on the name of Brian Murphy who took 3 for 32 against West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1999-00 (Though John Traicos finished with 5 for 86 against India in Zimbabwe's first ever Test, this was not his debut Test as he had previously played in three Tests for South Africa in 1969-70)

  • Blignaut's match figures of 8 for 110 was the best by a debutant for Zimbabwe bettering Bryan Strang's 5 for 50 against Pakistan at Bulawayo QC in 1994-95.

  • The ninth wicket partnership of 56 runs between Murphy and Nkala was the highest for Zimbabwe for this wicket at home soil. This obliterated the previous highest of 49 between Grant Flower and Andy Whittall against Pakistan at Bulawayo in 1997-98.

  • The partnership was also the second best for Zimbabwe in all Testshome or awayafter the 87 run-partnership between Strang brothers against Pakistan at Sheikhupura in 1996-97.

  • Manjural Islam's analysis of 6 for 81 is the best by a bowler in an innings for Bangldesh. He bettered Naimur Rahman's six for 132 against India at Dhaka. Interestingly both Rahman and Islam were playing their first Test.

  • Javed Omar (85*) became first Bangladesh batsman to carry his bat through the completed innings. He also became the 35th batsman in Test chronicles to perform this feat on 41st occasion.

  • Omar also became only the second batsman to carry his bat in debut Test after Australia's Jack Barrett who made 67* out of team's total of 176 against England at Lord's in 1890.

  • Omar's contibution of 50.60 % in Bangladesh's second innings was the second highest by any batsman against Zimbabwe. The record is held by Pakistan's Mohammad Wasim who contributed 54.24 % (192/354) in first innings of Harare Test in 1997-98.

  • Omar became first Bangladeshi and only the 18th batsman in Test annals to score a fifty in each innings on debut. The list includes five West Indians -Bryan Davis, Frank de Caires, Jackie Grant, Clive Lloyd and Sew Shivnarine, three Australians -Wick Darling,Bruce Laird and Peter Toohey, three Englishmen -Tony Greig, Cyril Poole and Peter Richardson, three New Zealanders -Graham Dowling,Noel Harford and Mervyn Wallace, two Indians -Dilawar Hussain and Sunil Gavaskar and a South African- Bruce Mitchell.In addition, seven batsmen have scored half-centuries in their first two innings but not in debut Test. They are West Indians Sherwin Campbell, Desmond Haynes and Desmond Lewis, Australia's Darren Lehmann and Ricky Ponting , England's David Gower and India's Rahul Dravid (Kepler Wessels also scored two fifties in his debut Test for South Africa after having appeared in 24 Tests for Australia.

  • The victory was second for Zimbabwe by an innings margin. The first such instance took place in 1994-95 when Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by an innings and 64 runs at Harare in January 1995.Overall it was the 247th occasion of a side winning a Test by innings margin.