28 – Number of years Pakistan waited to beat Australia in the final in international cricket. Their 6 wickets win in Harare was their first win in a final against Australia since defeating them in Sharjah in 1990 courtesy a hat-trick by Wasim Akram. Prior to Harare, Pakistan had lost eight games to Australia, including World Cup Final at Lord’s in 1999. In addition to that Pakistan also lost the final of Under-19 World Cup to Australia in Lincoln in 2010.
3 – Number of batsmen who have bagged a diamond duck (i.e duck without facing a ball) on T20I debut. Pakistan’s Sahibzada Farhan became the third to achieve this unwanted feat when he was stumped off a wide delivery by Glenn Maxwell in Harare last week. The previous two debutants to score 0 off 0 balls were Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2015 and Australia’s Ashley Noffke against New Zealand in Perth in 2007.
2 – Number of batsmen who have scored three centuries in T20 Internationals. Rohit Sharma became only the second player, after New Zealand’s Colin Munro, to score 3 hundreds in 20 overs internationals when he scored 100 off 56 balls in a successful chase of 199 to earn India a 2-1 series win against England in Bristol last week. In doing so, Sharma also became the first batsman in history to have three centuries in each format – 3 in Tests, 18 in ODIs and 3 in T20Is.
312- Number of consecutive innings Virat Kohli had batted without being stumped in international cricket. Jos Buttler became the first keeper in seven years to dismiss the Indian batting maestro stumped in the first ODI in Nottingham. Kohli has never been out stumped in Tests and T20Is and was caught short of his crease in ODIs for the first time since 2011. Between 2018 and 2011, he batted 312 consecutive innings across Tests, ODIs and T20Is without being stumped.
9580 – Number of consecutive deliveries bowled by England without a line no-ball. The English bowlers have not bowled a single foot-fault no-ball in the last 36 ODIs. Their last offence was by Liam Plunkett against India in Cuttack in January 2017. Since then they have bowled a few no balls for height or going against the fielding restrictions but have not overstepped or cut the return crease.
6 – Number of wickets taken by Kuldeep Yadav in the first ODI against England in Nottingham. His figures 6-25 are the best by any left-arm spinner in ODI history beating 6-27 by Murali Karthik against Australia in Mumbai in 2007. Yadav also became only the second left-arm wrist-spinner to take a five-wicket haul in ODIs. First was Australia’s Brad Hogg, who had done it twice. Another remarkable aspect in Yadav’s spell was bowling 10 overs without conceding a boundary at a venue where the last two England totals were 481 and 444.
199 – Number of runs conceded by Sri Lanka to take South Africa’s 20 wickets in the first Test in Galle. It was first time that Sri Lanka dismissed the opponents twice in a Test for less than 200 runs. South Africa were dismissed for 126 in the first innings and 73 in the second. The latter being their lowest total in Tests since readmission. Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne alone scored more runs in the match than the entire South African team. He carried the bat in the first innings scoring 158 not out and registered 60 in the second innings.
60 – Number of years after which a team was bowled out for less than 150 in five consecutive innings in Tests. Bangladesh were at the receiving end of this unwanted record when they were bowled out for 149 by Windies pacers in the second Test in Jamaica. Their previous four innings in Tests were 144 and 43 against Windies in Antigua and 123 and 110 against Sri Lanka in Mirpur. The last team to be dismissed for a sub-150 total in five innings in a row was New Zealand in 1958.
11,321 – Number of balls taken by MS Dhoni to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs. The Indian batsman became the second fastest to reach the milestone after Sanath Jayasuriya who had scored 10,000 off 11,296 balls in the year 2005. Dhoni became the twelfth batsman, ninth Asian, fourth Indian and only the second wicket-keeper to take his ODI tally to five digits but the he first one ever to do it with an average above 50. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are the three other Indian batsmen with 10,000 runs whereas Kumar Sangakkara is the only other keeper.
7 – Number of years after which India failed to hit a single six when playing full 50 overs in a one-day international. India could not get any maximum against England in the second ODI at Lord’s. The last time when they didn’t hit a single six was against Pakistan in the semi-final in Mohali in 2011.