In this article, we will talk about the Sharjah Cricket Stadium pitch report according to all Cricket formats Test, ODI, T20 and you will also get IPL pitch report for Sharjah Cricket Stadium (UAE).
You will also get to know about pitch and ground conditions in detail, matches records of all Cricket formats also matches records, Innings average scores of Test, ODI, T20, IPL matches, toss factor, and winning records.
Sharjah Cricket Ground is situated in the City of Sharjah, UAE, the stadium was established in 1982. The two ends of the stadium are the Pavilion end and the Sharjah club. The no. of ODI played is highest in UAE on this stadium specifically. The throw-back, the first ODI played on this ground was on 6 April 1984. The Sharjah Cricket Stadium has become the home ground now to the Afghanistan cricket team for One Day International and First-Class matches. Later, in 2016, Afghanistan changed their home ground and decided the Greater Noida sports complex in Uttar Pradesh India. Controversies followed by this pitch was quiet in the discussion. The owner of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is Sharjah Cricket Association. The seating capacity of the stadium is 27,000.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
Sharjah Cricket Stadium pitch is dusty/dry, the pitch is harder favors to pacers. Once the batsmen understand the movement of balls, they get a chance to build high targets. The cracks are formed overnight on this pitch, as the humidity and moisture content of the stadium region is high. The cracks look like tiles, having light patches of grass, this in regards to batsmen, but, mainly as bowlers don’t get enough bounce to let to make the batsmen stroke for a wrong shot. Wrong strike might help bowlers to break partnerships. The warm winds decides the moisture content of the pitch. Conditions and weather of the day, which are dynamic in nature and are responsible for the semi-arid conditions of the pitch. All over, the pitch is in fine condition. The only issue is that the unoccasionally arrival of rains had deteriorated the maintenance of pitch before.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Test Pitch Report
Test Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:
In the first days of the test match, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium Pitch behaves as batting friendly, and then it becomes harder to bat on. Spinners start to get help from the footmarks and pitch cracks. In the first innings, if there is lack of swing then top-order and middle-order batsmen will enjoy batting here with good partnerships. In hot sunny days of Sharjah, UAE, the pitch becomes harder and bowl comes on bat very well.
The toss is an important aspect of a test match, mostly on the Sharjah ground. The win of toss makes a captain bat first in most of the situation, by keeping in the mind of regarding that, what types of conditions of pitch is or will be at the end of the day. The records speak that the fresh opting for batting usually helps the team to form longer partnerships.
The first innings score might cross 300+ in any conditions. But it also depends on the form of batsmen, that how he/she is performing from last innings. Since the bowlers have to wait for the spells of 3rd or 4th innings to get some wickets. At the end of innings, there is a great opportunity to grasp wickets as batsmen can make a slight mistake, and after which a bowler can grasp the wicket. Spinners also may change the directions of the match at the end of the day.
Here are the last 5 test matches average scores of all 4 Innings at Sharjah Cricket Ground:
- Test Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 352 runs
- Test Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 352 runs
- Test Matches 3rd Innings Average Score – 212 runs
- Test Matches 4th Innings Average Score – 180 runs
So, from the average scores in the all 4 innings of the last 5 Test matches at Sharjah Cricket ground, we can conclude that the first innings have a higher average comparatively and with each subsequent innings, the average score collapse, while looking at the last innings it is very much low which is usually recorded at other UAE grounds as well. Overall average score deteriorates throughout the innings.
Subsequently, that it is easy for batsmen to score runs on the first two days as there swing is in minor, which is the direct link to their on-pitch performance. The bowlers have to bowl a lot to get grasp some wickets, so they can break partnerships, but as the days pass, though the wicket gets flatter, the spin bowlers can help their team to decrease the run rate of opposition. Vice-versa it affects the overall consistency of batsmen to build a scoreboard.
Test Matches Winning Record at Sharjah Cricket Stadium:
In the format of the test, on this stadium, the first test was played on 31/01/2002. The highest run chased was 302/5. Matches won here on the neutral side are 8. And 1 match is drawn, and the matches won batting first are 4 and bowling 4 out of total tests played. So, most of the team who had opted for batting first had won the most of the matches. Highest total in an innings is 690/10 made by NZ against Pakistan in 2014.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium ODI Pitch Report
ODI Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:
Sharjah Cricket Stadium pitch in ODI is quite batting friendly in the first innings and then bowlers start getting help from the pitch. If the bowlers manage to get the swing then it could be difficult for batsmen, also spinners on this pitch get great help for turn and bounce. Dry and hard wicket makes batting easy, one who can spend time on the pitch can make big score as a batsman. As it is a batting pitch, the team winning the toss in ODI at Sharjah cricket ground always prefer batting first. Of the 241 total matches played here, 129 teams have won batting first. And bowling first are 110 wins. Any team, after losing the toss moreover also had some % of winning, if they spell some brilliant overs, which may help them to break the set partnerships.
Here are last 5 ODI matches average scores of both Innings at Sharjah Cricket Ground:
- ODI Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 257 runs
- ODI Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 220 runs
In the case of One Day International matches, the pitch condition is similar to the scenario of Test matches. In the last five matches played here, the team batting first has managed to score more runs mostly, which are approximately 235+. And the records of the partnerships also speaks a lot regarding the stadium.
ODI Matches Winning Record at Sharjah Cricket Stadium:
In the last five matches played here, 4 teams have won by batting first. The highest total chased is 285. Also, the inertia of the scoreboard depends upon the form of opening partners. The scoreboard is always built at the start and end of the death overs. Highest total in an innings is 364/7(50 Overs) made by Pakistan against NZ.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium T20 Pitch Report
T20 Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:
Though the ground has a batting pitch, unusual to the case of ODI and Test matches where teams choose batting first, the teams that win the toss in T20 matches here prefer bowling first. This is considering the dew factor. As most of the T20 matches are day-night matches or completely night matches, the dew falling and wide cracks on the pitch makes it difficult for the bowlers to control the ball in the second innings contrary to the usual case in Test or ODI matches held during the day.
Here are last 5 T20 matches average scores of both Innings at Cricket Ground:
- T20 Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 166 runs
- T20 Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 145 runs
From the average scores of the last 5 T20 matches, it is evident that though the average score in the first innings is slightly higher than the second innings, teams batting in the second innings have managed to chase the score in some cases. In fact, teams bowling first have won more matches. Of the 14 T20I matches played here, 4 matches were won by teams batting second.
T20 Matches Winning Record at Sharjah Cricket Stadium:
In the last 14 T20I matches played on the grounds here, the team batting first has won 10 matches and the team bowling first has won 4 matches.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium IPL Pitch Report
IPL Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:
The pitch usually designed for IPL individually for entertainment purposes. The cracks might get introduced with pitch, as the purpose of IPL is excitement and unknown end of the match results. Flat and dry wickets assist the batsmen as well as bowlers in some conditions. Toss plays a major role in predicting the winning team in IPL matches so far. But it has been noticed that teams winning the toss prefer bowling first just like in the case of T20I matches considering the effect of dew on the pitch.
Here are last 5 IPL matches average scores of both Innings at Sharjah Cricket Ground:
- IPL Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 160 runs
- IPL Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 146 runs
It is quite similar to T20I matches, the average scores in both innings in the last five IPL matches do not differ by a huge margin. 6 IPL matches have been played here in 2014 IPL season 7 and 12 in 2020 IPL season 13. Sharjah Cricket Stadium is one of UAE Cricket ground where IPL matches has been played in 2020.
IPL Matches Winning Record at Sharjah Cricket Stadium:
The total no. of IPL matches hosted in this stadium is 19. Yet this no. of matches are insufficient to decide whether the ground is suitable for IPL tournaments. So, the batting first has won the 14 matches, and balling first had won the rest of matches.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Ground and Pitch Conditions
In Test and ODI matches, the hot day and the dry flat pitch favors batting and the teams winning toss prefer to bat first, same as the other. Spin bowlers can help cut down the chase in the second and third innings because the flat pitch and the footmarks cause a good spin and basically a general cause. But in T20 and domestic limited-overs matches, dew has a great effect on teams batting second, and hence the teams winning the toss prefer bowling first these conditions are ultimately similar to other rest of the stadium which hosts the IPL tournament.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Boundary Length:
The distance between the two pavilion ends is 133 meters approximately. 62 meters boundary in long and 57 meters in staright.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium Matches Records
Here, we will be sharing the results and scorecards of the last 5 international matches played in each format in Sharjah Cricket Stadium. This in addition to the detailed pitch report and ground conditions explained before will help you develop an understanding of the pitch behavior in all four innings of Test matches and both innings in case of ODI and T20 matches. This will aid in predicting the scores which can help you play and form your team in Dream11 and other similar Fantasy Cricket platforms.
Test Matches Records
A total of 9 Test matches have been played in the stadium between 2002 and 2019. India hasn’t played a single test match in the stadium. The last test match played in the ground was on 29 October 2016. Test records are not much that interesting in the case of the Sharjah cricket stadium.
Last 5 Test Matches Records:
Test Match 1: Pakistan vs West Indies on 3 November 2016
Result: West Indies won by 5 wickets.
- PAK 1st Innings – 281 All Out (90.5 Overs, RR: 3.09)
- WI 1st Innings – 337 All Out (115.4 Overs, RR: 2.91)
- PAK 2nd Innings – 208 All Out (81.3 Overs, RR: 2.55)
- WI 2nd Innings – 154/5 (43.5 Overs, RR: 3.51)
Test Match 2: Pakistan vs England on 1 November 2015
Result: Pakistan won by 127 runs.
- PAK 1st Innings – 234 All Out (85.1 Overs, RR: 2.74)
- Eng 1st Innings – 306 All Out (126.5 Overs, RR: 2.41)
- PAK 2nd Innings – 355 All Out (118.2 Overs, RR: 3.0)
- Eng 2nd Innings – 156 All Out (60.3 Overs, RR: 2.57)
Test Match 3: Pakistan vs New Zealand on 26 November 2014
Result: New Zealand won by an innings and 80 runs.
- PAK 1st Innings – 351 All Out (125.4 Overs, RR: 2.79)
- NZ 1st Innings – 690 All Out (143.1 Overs, RR: 4.81)
- PAK 2nd Innings – 259 All Out (63.3 Overs, RR: 4.07)
Test Match 4: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan on 16 January 2014
Result: Pakistan won by 5 wickets.
- SL 1st Innings – 428/9 declared (172 Overs, RR: 2.48)
- PAK 1st Innings – 341 All Out (109.1 Overs, RR: 3.12)
- SL 2nd Innings – 214 All Out (101.4 Overs, RR: 2.1)
- PAK 2nd Innings – 302/5 (57.3 Overs, RR: 5.25)
Test Match 5: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan on 3 November 2011
Result: Match drawn.
- SL 1st Innings – 413 All Out (153.3 Overs, RR: 2.69)
- PAK 1st Innings – 340 All Out (138.2 Overs, RR: 2.45)
- SL 2nd Innings – 181/6 declared (58 Overs, RR: 3.12)
- PAK 2nd Innings – 87/4 (57 Overs, RR: 1.52)
ODI Matches Records
A total of 241 One Day International matches have been played on this ground from 1984 to 2019. The last ODI match played on 9 December 2019.
Last 5 ODI Matches Records:
ODI Match 1: United States of America vs Scotland on 9 December 2019
Result: U.S.A. won by 35 runs.
- 1st Innings – USA 282/8 (50 Overs RR: 5.64)
- 2nd Innings – SCOT 247 All Out (47.2 overs RR: 5.21))
ODI Match 2: United Arab Emirates vs United States of America on 8 December 2019
Result: U.S.A. won by 3 wickets.
- 1st Innings – UAE 202 All Out (45.2 Overs / 47 Overs, RR: 4.45)
- 2nd Innings – USA 206/7 (45.2 Overs/ 47 Overs, RR: 4.54)
ODI Match 3: Pakistan vs Australia on 24 March 2019
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets.
- 1st Innings – PAK 284/7 (50 Overs, RR: 5.68)
- 2nd Innings – Aus 285/2 (47.5 Overs, RR: 5.95)
ODI Match 4: Pakistan vs Australia on 22 March 2019
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining).
- 1st Innings – PAK 280/5 (50 Overs, RR: 5.60)
- 2nd Innings – Aus 281/2 (49 Overs, RR: 5.73)
ODI Match 5: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on 19 February 2018
Result: Afghanistan won by 146 runs.
- 1st Innings – AFG 241/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.82)
- 2nd Innings – ZIM 95 All Out (32.1 Overs, RR: 2.95)
T20 Matches Records
A total no. of International T20 matches that have been played on this ground from 2013 to 2019 are 14. The last match played on the ground was on 6 February 2018.
Last 5 T20 Matches Records:
T20 Match 1: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on 6 February 2018
Result: Afghanistan won by 17 runs.
- 1st Innings – AFG 158/9 (20 Overs, RR: 7.90)
- 2nd Innings – ZIM 141/5 (20 Overs, RR: 7.05)
T20 Match 2: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on 5 February 2018
Result: Afghanistan won by 5 wickets.
- 1st Innings – ZIM 120/9 (20 Overs, RR: 6.00)
- 2nd Innings – AFG 121/5 (14.4 Overs, RR: 8.25)
T20 Match 3: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on 10 January 2016
Result: Afghanistan won by 81 runs.
- 1st Innings – AFG 215/6 (20 Overs, RR: 10.75)
- 2nd Innings – ZIM 134 All Out (18.1 Overs, RR: 7.37)
T20 Match 4: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on 8 January 2016
Result: Afghanistan won by 5 runs.
- 1st Innings – AFG 187/7 (20 Overs, RR: 9.35)
- 2nd Innings – ZIM 182/7 (20 Overs, RR: 9.01)
T20 Match 5: England vs Pakistan on 8 January 2016
Result: Match tied (England won the one-over eliminator).
- 1st Innings – ENG 154/8 (20 Overs, RR: 7.70)
- 2nd Innings – Pak 154/7 (20 Overs, RR: 7.70)
IPL Matches Records
IPL 2021 now scheduled in UAE and we will update here IPL 2021 matches records until we are providing IPL 2020 matches records played in UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Last 5 IPL Matches Records (IPL 2020 UAE):
Sharjah IPL Match 1: Royal Challengers Bengalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on 31 October 2020
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 5 wickets.
- 1st Innings – RCB 120/7 (20 Overs)
- 2nd Innings – SRH 121/5 (14.1 Overs)
Sharjah IPL Match 2: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings on 26 October 2020
Result: Pubjab Kings won by 8 wickets.
- 1st Innings – KKR 149/9 (20 Overs)
- 2nd Innings – KXIP 150/2 (18.5 Overs)
Sharjah IPL Match 3: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians on 23 October 2020
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 10 wickets.
- 1st Innings – CSK 114/9 (20 Overs)
- 2nd Innings – MI 116/0 (12.2Overs)
Sharjah IPL Match 4:Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings on 17 October 2020
Result: Delhi Capitals won by 5 wickets.
- 1st Innings – CSK 179/4 (20 Overs)
- 2nd Innings – DC 185/5 (19.5 Overs)
Sharjah IPL Match 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings on 15 October 2020
Result: Punjab Kings won by 8 wickets.
- 1st Innings – RCB 171/6 (20 Overs)
- 2nd Innings – KXIP 177/2 (20 Overs)