Ratings - 26th October 2011
Russell Degnan

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1st TestPakistanvSri Lanka
Pre-rating1035.891052.15
Form+8.97-11.84
Expected MarginSri Lanka by 8 runs
Actual MarginMatch Drawn
Post-rating1038.351048.99

For four and a half days Pakistan did nearly everything required to win on a placid pitch. Bowled tightly and induced some poor shots to roll Sri Lanka for 197, batted patiently and in partnerships (each of the first 5 wickets made moe than 75) to compile 511 (Taufeeq Umar 236), and reduced Sri Lanka to 5/233 with a day of effort and some good deliveries. Then they ran into a Sangakarra shaped road-block, who, with by Prasanna Jayawardene put on 20 for the 6th wicket. It was just enough, 10 overs fewer and Pakistan would have fancied the chase. Pakistan's catching didn't help, but Sri Lanka conjured another draw, maintaining, for now, their ranking, but looking increasingly unlikely to take 20 wickets, and increasingly prone to sudden collapse. Pakistan are not immune to either of those (less so the first with the skillful Umar Gul leading the attack), so the series is far from played out, but only one team looks likely to win.

1st TestBangladeshvWest Indies
Pre-rating617.01922.70
Form+11.09+6.77
Expected MarginWest Indies by 103 runs
Actual MarginMatch Drawn
Post-rating622.73921.28

Not often can Bangladesh have been said to dominate an opposition, but they did so here, cruelly denied by two washed out day's play - sadly too, better drainage would have seen almost no play lost. The undoubted hero was Elias Sunny, taking 6/94 in his debut innings to bowl West Indies out for 244. Even that was more than Bangladesh ought to have allowed after they declared at 9/350, but lack of experience dogs their attempts to close out games, and Sammy blasted 58 invaluable runs. The second innings batting was laboured when it needed to be attacking, and the game looked certain to drift towards a draw when Mushfiqur Rahim, on his test captaincy debut, declared again, offering a 226 runs in 37 overs sized carrot. They declined, but not before losing two wickets to Sunny and Shakib (as usual). The West Indies have been terrible since closing out the one day series, and a sharp improvement is needed if they are to prevent successive series losses to a side who might soon start believing they can take their scalp.


Rankings at 26th October 2011
1.England1333.15
2.South Africa1180.15
3.Australia1133.16
4.India1111.89
5.Sri Lanka1048.99
6.Pakistan1038.35
7.West Indies921.28
8.New Zealand885.38
9.Bangladesh622.73
10.Zimbabwe553.31

11.Ireland559.06
12.Afghanistan514.53
13.Scotland437.45
14.Namibia407.53
15.Kenya338.92
16.U.S.A.296.99
17.Uganda268.44
18.U.A.E.219.51
19.Netherlands202.55
20.Nepal196.51
21.Canada154.58
22.Hong Kong148.65
23.Cayman Is134.24
24.Malaysia123.90
25.Bermuda105.40

Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.

Idle Summers 26th October, 2011 23:47:24   [#] 

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