You'd have got good odds before the just-finished series on Daryl Mitchell and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell being the leading scorers for New Zealand (Mitchell, after all, had not been expected to play in the first Test before an injury to Henry Nicholls).
West Indies' new captain Nicholas Pooran put himself on to bowl some offbreaks, and took 4 for 48 against Pakistan in Multan earlier this month. It was his 100th international - 43 ODIs and 57 T20s - but only the second time he had bowled.
David Warner was stumped one short of what would have been his 19th hundred in one-day internationals last week in Colombo. He was only the second to fall this way in an ODI, after India's VVS Laxman, against West Indies in Nagpur in 2002-03.
There have been two totals in excess of 300 in women's T20Is. Uganda amassed 314 for 2 in Kigali (Rwanda) in June 2019, then bowled Mali out for 10 to win by an improbably large margin. But Bahrain's women improved the highest total in May 2022, with 318 for 1 in Al Amerat, Oman, against Saudi Arabia, who were then restricted to 49 for 8.
This unusual incident happened during the first Test of England's tour of New Zealand in 1962-63, in Auckland. It seems that umpire Dick Shortt dropped his ball-counter towards the end of the sixth over by the New Zealand offspinner John Sparling. Shortt picked up the counter and started again - in all, Sparling's over contained 11 deliveries, none of them no-balls or wides. It's not known why Shortt didn't consult the scorers or the other umpire, John Brown, who was standing in his first Test. "I was bowling to Fred Titmus," remembered Sparling a few years ago in an interesting podcast with the New Zealand Cricket Museum. "I don't know why I didn't react - I just kept going back to my mark and bowling. Quite extraordinary."
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes