10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings

Cricket is a sport in which the course of a game can change at any moment, mainly in the Test matches, because of the long time of the matches. These test matches can be highly unpredictable. At times, much to the frustration of the audience who maintain patience for 5 whole days, the test matches end in a draw.

This is one of the main reasons test matches are so unforeseeable. Besides, as a team performs in the first innings of a test match and then reappears in the second innings, there is often a vast difference in their performances. Here is a list of the 10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings. Let us take a look at the short descriptions of the matches, and know how the teams fared.

10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings

10. India

10 Biggest Differences between A Team's First and Second Innings
10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings

India and New Zealand participated in the 1st Test match of the 1999 New Zealand in India Test Series at the Mohali cricket ground on 10th October 1999. New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first and India made just 83 runs with 10 wickets gone in 27 overs in their first innings. New Zealand’s Bowler DJ Nash took 6 wickets while conceding just 27 runs. New Zealand, on their first innings of batting, lost all of their 10 wickets in 215 runs in 91.1 overs and Indian bowler J Srinath took 6 wickets while conceding just 45 runs to New Zealand. India, on their second innings of batting, made a marvelous 505 runs after which they declared their innings with 3 wickets gone where SR Tendulkar scored 126 runs with 14 boundaries and R Dravid also scored 144 more with 18 boundaries. New Zealand, on their second innings, able to make 251 runs with 7 wickets gone after which the match was drawn due to time restriction.

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9. South Africa

10 Biggest Differences between A Team's First and Second Innings
10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings

Australia and South Africa participated in the 2nd Test match of the 1910 South Africa in Australia Test Series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, on 31st December 1910. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first and made 348 runs with 10 wickets down in 79.4 overs in their first innings. South Africa, on their first innings of batting, lost all of their 10 wickets in 506 runs in 153 overs and GA Faulkner made 204 runs with 26 boundaries. Australia, on their second innings of batting, made 327 runs with 10 wickets down in 79.3 overs. South Africa, on their second innings while chasing, lost all of their 10 wickets under just 80 runs in 32 overs. Australian bowler WJ Whitty took 6 wickets in 17 runs and A Cotter also bowled equally well as he took 4 wickets in 47 runs. Australia won the test match by 89 runs.

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8. England

10 Biggest Differences between A Team's First and Second Innings
10 Biggest Differences between A Team’s First and Second Innings

South Africa and England participated in the 2nd Test match of the 2004 Basil D’Oliveira Trophy at the Kingsmead ground, Durban on 26th December 2004. South Africa won the toss and selected to field first and England made just 139 runs with 10 wickets lost in 57.1 overs in their first innings. South African Bowler SM Pollock took 4 wickets while yielding just 32 runs. South Africa, on their first innings of batting, lost all of their 10 wickets in 332 runs in 102 overs and JH Kallis scored 162 runs with 21 boundaries. England, on their second innings of batting, made 570 runs after which they declared their innings with 7 wickets lost and ME Trescothick scored 132 runs with 20 boundaries and 2 sixers. South Africa, on their second innings, able to make 290 runs with 8 wickets lost after which the match was drawn due to time restriction.

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