• - GC Smith with his 13 in this game took his T20I aggregate runs to 920. He went past England's KP Pietersen's 911 runs to occupy the second place amongst the most run getters in T20I games. The first place is held by BB McCullum of New Zelaland who has an aggregate of 1100 runs.

     

    - GC Smith has an aggregate of 118 boundary fours at the end of this game. He has the most number of boundary fours in T20Is to his credit. The only other batsman to score more than 100 boundary fours is BB McCullum of New Zealand. He has scored 110 boundary fours.

     

    - Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhtar added 20 runs for the tenth wicket in this game to provide the fifth occasion of 20 plus runs stand for the tenth wicket in T20Is. The other four are – 28 runs between JDP Oram and JS Patel of New Zealand vs Australia at Perth on 11.12.07, 23 runs between PJ Ongondo and HA Varaiya of Kenya vs Pakistan at Nairobi {Gym} on 04.09.07, 21* runs between RM Haq and JD Nel of Scotland vs Kenya at Nairobi {Gym} on

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  • New Zealand haven't had a great record in this country and a look at the composition of the visiting side – as also the fact that India are the No 1 Test team and No 2 ODI team in the rankings – makes me stick my neck out and predict a one-sided outcome in both contests.  The tourists are to play three Tests and three one-day games and on both past record and present form it is difficult to see them stretch a confident Indian side. I would love to be proved wrong for there is nothing as insipid as a lop-sided result.

     

    The Kiwis have won just two Tests in India while losing ten out of 26 matches spread over eight visits dating back to 1955. Admittedly, they were rather unfortunate not to win the three-match series in 1969 due to a combination of circumstances, but undaunted they hopped over to Pakistan and promptly won their maiden Test series. This record alone should be more than just a comforting factor for the Indians, while the fact that they won their first series in New Zealand

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  • In the trailer of Fire in Babylon, destined to be top of the Christmas wish-list for any serious cricket fan, Viv Richards says: "It's history that you'll never forget". It's also a requiem for an Empire that time forgot, a team that evoked such awe that those who didn't watch them will never quite fathom just how good or intimidating they were. Years ago, when I asked Michael Holding about Steve Waugh and 'mental disintegration', he just smirked. "We spoke with the ball," said the Rolls Royce of pace bowlers. "We didn't have to say anything."

     

    Just how good were they? Well, between March 1976 and March 1995, they lost just one series, in New Zealand, a contest marred by officiating so wretched that it should have hastened the emergence of neutral umpires. There was also a 2-0 loss in India in 1978-79, of little relevance when you consider that the cream of Caribbean talent was on show in Kerry Packer's World Series at the time.

     

    Rob Steen, who reviewed the movie recently, put their

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