1st Match, India v Zimbabwe, Statistical Highlights

India's dismal performance at Faridabad continued with their loss to Zimbabwe

Rajneesh Gupta
  • India's dismal performance at Faridabad continued with their loss to Zimbabwe. The hosts have won only one match out of the five they have played on this ground.
  • India's total of 274 for six was the highest ever achieved on this ground, although Zimbabwe surpassed it and set a new high during their chase. The previous highest was 273 for five by West Indies against India on October 17, 1994.
  • Ajit Agarkar's score is the highest by any Indian playing exactly 19 balls in an one-day innings. Sachin Tendulkar had previously scored 30 against England at The Oval on May 23, 1996.
  • Douglas Marillier (56*) scored his second fifty in his 26th match; it is also his highest score in one-day internationals, beating the 52* off 68 balls against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on October 30, 2001
  • Marillier raced to his fifty off just 21 balls - the fastest fifty by a Zimbabwean in all one-dayers. He bettered the previous record of Andy Flower, who took 29 balls to complete his fifty during his innings of 53 against Sri Lanka at Harare on December 18, 1999.
  • Marillier's fifty is also the fastest by any batsman against India, putting into shade Pakistani Salim Malik's 23-ball fifty, which came during his match-winning innings of 72* at Kolkata on February 18, 1987.
  • Marillier's score is the highest for any number 10 batsman in one-day history. Pakistan's Abdur Razzaq (v South Africa at Durban on April 3, 1998) and India's Harbhajan Singh (v Australia at Visakhapatnam on April 3, 2001) were the previous joint record holders with identical scores of 46.
  • Interestingly, the previous record for the highest individual innings at number 10 against India was also held by a Zimbabwean. Andrew Whittall had scored 29 at Bulawayo QC on September 26, 1998.
  • Marillier scored 46 of his runs in boundaries (10x4, 1x6) during his innings - a boundary percentage of 82.14. Only two batsmen - New Zealand's Craig Spearman (88.23% at Rajkot on November 5, 1999) and Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva (84.84% at Calcutta on March 13, 1996) have achieved a higher boundary percentage in an innings of 50 or more against India. Just for the record, Australia's Matthew Hayden (96.00 % v New Zealand at Auckland on February 19, 2000) holds the one-day record.
  • The two catches in Zimbabwe's innings have taken Sourav Ganguly's tally of catches to 32 while captaining India. This moves him ahead of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, who took 31 catches each as India's capatain. Only Mohammad Azharuddin, with 83 catches, is ahead of Ganguly.
  • Zaheer Khan captured four wickets for the third time in his career. Interestingly his other two four-wicket hauls also came against Zimbabwe. Zaheer had the figures of 4-42 at Sharjah on October 26, 2000. He then returned identical figures at Bulawayo QC on June 27, 2001.
  • Anil Kumble (9.4-0-70-1) conceded 70 runs off his bowling in a match for only third time in a career spanning 222 matches. His worst performance came against New Zealand at Christchurch on January 19, 1999, when he conceded 78 runs in 10 overs. The other occasion when he went for more than 70 runs was against Australia at Adelaide on January 26, 2000. Kumble then conceded 71 runs in his 10 overs.
  • India lost a one-dayer for the third successive time in the last over of the match. It lost to England by two runs at Delhi on January 31 and by five runs at Mumbai on February 3 earlier this year.
  • India lost a match by one wicket for the third time. It also suffered losses by this margin against Pakistan at Sharjah on April 18, 1986, and against Zimbabwe at Jodhpur on December 8, 2000.