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England dismissed India for 100 in the Mumbai Test. The Wankhede's average of 24.12 is the lowest for any ground since 1996. © AFP

According to stereotypes, Test pitches in India are conducive to turn, the Australian and South African variety are bouncy, in England it will seam and swing, tracks in Pakistan produce run-fests, and ones in Sri Lanka and West Indies, of late, are slow and low. A week after South Africa scaled Australia's 434 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Sri Lanka and Pakistan toiled hard for a total of 264 runs in 89 overs in a one-dayer at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. This week, the List takes a look at various grounds and the kind of totals they allow.

The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali is the only ground in the world to average over 40 runs per wicket in Tests. As a result, four of the seven matches played there have been drawn. But for batting paradises in India, or for that matter the world, there are few that beat the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur. It has an average of 43.92 runs per wicket in Tests since 1996, 34.63 per wicket and a run-rate of 5.58 in ODIs.

Highest average of runs per wickets on grounds - Tests (qualification: 5 matches)
Ground Span Mat Runs Wkts Ave
Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh 1994-2006 7 7943 198 40.11
Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua 1981-2005 20 21211 555 38.21
Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad 1973-1984 5 5094 134 38.01
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo 1992-2005 6 6153 164 37.51
Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur 1969-2006 9 9283 249 37.28
McLean Park, Napier 1979-2006 5 3921 107 36.64
Green Park, Kanpur 1952-2004 19 18508 506 36.57
Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 1930-2005 30 29120 803 36.26
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 1948-2005 28 27435 775 35.39
Adelaide Oval 1884-2005 64 76724 2172 35.32

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  • Among the low-scoring grounds, Dunedin heads the list. It has just eight 300 plus scores in ten Tests and one of the lowest scoring-rates at 2.45 runs per over. The usual suspects, Headingley, Cape Town and the MCG are all there but if you had to bet on which ground had the lowest average runs per wicket in the last ten years, would you have backed the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai?

    Lowest average of runs per wickets on grounds - Tests (qualification: 5 matches)
    Ground Span Mat Runs Wkts Ave
    Carisbrook, Dunedin 1955-1997 10 8047 313 25.70
    National Stadium, Dhaka 1955-2005 17 13380 511 26.18
    St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 1889-2004 21 18519 704 26.30
    Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 1983-2006 19 15631 571 27.37
    Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1896-1939 22 20962 742 28.25
    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1975-2006 21 20004 686 29.16
    Headingley, Leeds 1899-2004 65 59848 2043 29.29
    Newlands, Cape Town 1889-2006 39 36440 1231 29.60
    Melbourne Cricket Ground 1877-2005 98 98338 3316 29.65
    Sydney Cricket Ground 1882-2006 94 92712 3110 29.81

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  • If you're looking for runs aplenty and more than a healthy helping of boundaries, don't buy tickets to games at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent or the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Sri Lanka. In 16 ODIs at Kingstown, teams have scored in excess of 250 just thrice, and below 200 on 19 occasions. Its average per wicket, 23.52, is the lowest in the world and its run-rate of 4.07 is second only to Dambulla. The first six matches at Dambulla produced sub-200 scores and after 20 games only four times has a team scored in excess of 250.

    Lowest average of runs per 6 balls on grounds - ODIs (qualification: 10 matches)
    Ground Span Mat Runs Balls RR
    Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2001-2005 20 7461 11014 4.06
    Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent 1981-2005 16 5953 8772 4.07
    Headingley, Leeds 1973-2005 30 11280 16537 4.09
    Old Trafford, Manchester 1972-2005 35 13977 20298 4.13
    MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong 1988-2005 10 3598 5191 4.15
    Edgbaston, Birmingham 1972-2005 37 14734 20818 4.24
    Melbourne Cricket Ground 1971-2005 120 47768 66499 4.30
    Basin Reserve, Wellington 1975-2005 26 9781 13491 4.35
    W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 1980-2006 58 23234 31898 4.37
    Westpac Park, Hamilton 1981-2003 12 4595 6299 4.37

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  • The trend among Test grounds is that Asian venues have higher averages while the ones with lower averages are from all over. The one-day list is similar. The top ten grounds with highest averages and run-rates are an India-Pakistan monopoly, apart from the odd exception.

    Highest average of runs per 6 balls on grounds - ODIs (qualification: 10 matches)
    Ground Span Mat Runs Balls RR
    Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur 1985-2005 12 5853 6287 5.58
    Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1978-2006 48 21883 25604 5.12
    National Stadium, Karachi 1980-2006 31 13241 15537 5.11
    Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior 1988-2003 10 4833 5762 5.03
    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 1982-2006 14 6496 7836 4.97
    Karnataka State C.A. Stadium, Bangalore 1982-2005 14 6128 7402 4.96
    Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala 1982-2000 11 4419 5339 4.96
    Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 1996-2006 35 15077 18240 4.95
    SuperSport Park, Centurion 1992-2006 25 11084 13455 4.94
    Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 1984-2005 12 5638 6845 4.94

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    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo