Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day

Biggest leads, and highest score at No. 8

Stats highlights from a batting fest by Sri Lanka on the third day against Bangladesh in Mirpur

S Rajesh

January 29, 2014

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Kithuruwan Vithanage forces it through the off side, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day, January 29, 2014
Kithuruwan Vithanage's unbeaten 103 equals the highest Test score by a Sri Lankan batsman at No. 8 © AFP
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  • Sri Lanka's first-innings lead of 498 is the seventh-highest in Test cricket. The last time a team took a bigger lead was in 2006, and Sri Lanka were the dominant side in that game as well: against South Africa in Colombo, they declared at 756 for 5, with Mahela Jayawardene scoring 374 and Kumar Sangakkara 287, after South Africa had been bowled out for 169 in their first innings. At the receiving end in that match, South Africa had dished out similar treatment to England three years earlier at Lord's, when they declared at 682 for 6 after bowling England out for 173. The four other instances of teams taking first-innings leads of more than 498 were all when the teams batting first made huge scores and then dismissed the teams batting second cheaply.

  • The biggest contribution for Sri Lanka came from Jayawardene, who scored an unbeaten 203, his seventh double-century in Tests. Only three batsmen - Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Sangakkara - have scored more doubles in Tests.

  • Jayawardene also became the third batsman to score 1000-plus Test runs against Bangladesh, after Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. In 15 innings against them, Jayawardene has scored 1063 runs at an average of 81.76, with five centuries. Only Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar have scored as many Test hundreds against Bangladesh.

  • Sri Lanka's total of 730 for 6 declared is their fifth 700-plus total in Tests, and their highest against Bangladesh; their previous-best against Bangladesh was 577 for 6 declared in Colombo in 2007. The last time a team scored 700-plus in a Test innings was in 2011, when England made 710 for 7 declared against India at Edgbaston.

  • Kithuruwan Vithanage's unbeaten 103 equals the highest Test score by a Sri Lankan No. 8 batsman: Thilan Samaraweera had made the same score at this slot against India in 2001. The only other Test century by a Sri Lankan at No. 8 is Chaminda Vaas' unbeaten 100 against Bangladesh in 2007.

  • Six Sri Lankan batsmen topped 50 in the innings, which is the second-best in their Test history. In the second innings against England at Lord's in 2006, seven Sri Lankan batsmen went past 50. For the 11th time in Tests, there were three or more hundreds in a Sri Lankan innings.

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Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

What is d highest score made by a team for an inning in all records? Please search my great Indian fans who try to compare the countries record each other. Do not forget that most matches SL lost against India in 80's and early 90's. Also Sri Lankan test debut in 1981 and Indian debut was in 1932

Posted by Smack-DAT on (January 30, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

@crzcric: Off late Ind is struggling overseas but even till 2010, we were doing far better than the mediocre Sri Lankan team. and if you talk about humiliation then hope you remember that your team was bowled out for 43 in SA. And at least we always managed to beat your team in every corner of the globe.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 30, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

AricentHarish asks, "And why will Indian fans feel insecure to a team which has not even won a test in India?"

Mate, you tell me! In every single match SL is involved in, you'll see a bunch of Indian commenters bad-mouthing us out of nowhere. A lot of your countrymen have some hatred towards us for some reason. My guess is it's because our nation of 20 million consistently punches above our weight, especially when touring overseas, while your country of 1 billion+ can't even find 1 decent bowler and hasn't won a match overseas in ages. Those grapes must truly be sour.

Posted by Udendra on (January 30, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Even 2 double centuries of Sachin is against BAN & ZIM. This is Mahela's first double against BAN or ZIM.

Posted by crzcric on (January 30, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

To all indians fans who criticize sanga and mahela, try to compare how many practice matches IND and SL get in those away tours always IND get more than SL, and SL got many 2 test match series while IND get 3 test match series. IND always get big tour.Its India who always get more chance to get use to the conditions.even then they always got humiliated in AUS ,SA and ENG.There is no point of comparing SL vs IND players.and SL get rarely away tours.I wonder what would happen to if they got chances like IND got.

Posted by indiancricketfan12 on (January 30, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

@SL_rockz Ha ha ha, joke? Sachin scored 241 against australia in australia mate see the stats before commenting here. and you are comparing Mahela with SACHIN, never mind doing Sangakara , he's the best technically sound batsman in SL.

Posted by crzcric on (January 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

To all indians fans who criticize sanga and mahela, try to compare how many practice matches IND and SL get in those away tours always IND get more than SL, and SL got many 2 test match series while IND get 3 test match series. IND always get big tour.Its India who always get more chance to get use to the conditions.even then they always got humiliated in AUS ,SA and ENG.There is no point of comparing SL vs IND players.and SL get rarely away tours.I wonder what would happen to if they got chances like IND got.

Posted by AricentHarish on (January 30, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

@ Ramansilva, only Sachin, Dravid and Lara have similar stats (averages) in both home and away. When you compare with these three, even Kallis and Ponting come next. This is for those who rate Kallis, Ponting, Sanga, Mahela as better batsmen than Sachin. And, he has been scoring 200s from 1999 and has six of them; could have got more if India had not declared in Multan (remember 194*) and continued to play for his 200, just like Lanka did yesterday. And why will Indian fans feel insecure to a team which has not even won a test in India ?

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 30, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

@AltafPatel, can you tell us how much your Indian flat track bullies average outside home? I bet it's closer to 20.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

@RoshJ. Also 9th ranked BD beat us @ home. But we can use them to improve averages of our FTB most of time. Even Herath could have score a 100. Remember even Gillespie scored double ton against BD!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

Which Channel broadcating this match in INDIA. I thought NEO Prime but it is not.

Posted by Ramansilva on (January 30, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

Indian fans always throw Sachin's stats to discredit Mahela and Sanga, but they don't do the same for other leading batsmen. Do they feel insecure by the continued presence of Mahela and Sanga in the SL test team? Sachin may be great but 200+ score was an illusive achievement for Sachin. If I am correct he scored a 200 in the twilight of his career. Mahela and Sanga have scored double hundreds 7 times or more. They are in the company of Lara and Bradman. Sachin does not belong in that group. So Indian fans, learn to respect the high achievers.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

New recruits and old hands doing great for the emergence of SL Cricket, lately at Test Level. Their number 1 at T20 yet to be challenged, nearing over an year!!...

Posted by Cricket_maniac91 on (January 29, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

SL_rockz

Sachin scored 241* in sydney!

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 29, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

AltafPatel

Then SAchin will also have to be removed because he scored most runs in subcontinent ..In so called flat tracks... YOU remove him Then we REMOVE sanga..Sachin didnot have 190+ in AUstralia even...

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (January 29, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Bravo Mahela, Kithuruwan and the entire Sri Lankan team - great effort!

Posted by AltafPatel on (January 29, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Record of Jaya and Sanga can be neglected, then can score on slower pitches only. On neutral pitches, they average near 30.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

@Shehan Kankanamge As people say, you can only do it against the opposition in front of you. Wasn't it Matthew Hayden who was the happy beneficiary of Zimbabwe's bowling to break the highest Test score with 380? Most records have been set against overmatched opposition in favourable circumstances (e.g. Brian Lara got the record back against an England attack that was two bowlers short in a dead rubber, played on a feather-bed pitch, with a short boundary!) You simply can't legislate for these things.

However, agreed that two Division Test cricket would remove most of the miss-matches and would allow the best of the Associates to aspire to playing Test cricket which, right now, is a closed shop.

Posted by RoshJ on (January 29, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Sorry...SL did not crumble against PAK..you have very small memory span (it seems)...someone has to play teams like BD, otherwise how else they will get exposure? Of course there are these so called "top tier" teams who do not give enough opportunities to teams like BD..I wonder whether it is because of the fear they have in losing to such sides. Just the other day..the 8th ranked NZ beat the skin out of a fancy, highest ranking team....do you need more facts to prove your tiered system is a joke?

Posted by scarrule on (January 29, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

As an indian i must this is a very special batting by sri-linkan batsman. Bangladesh should really work on there bowling . Batting i'm sure they can be very dangerous given that they are playing at home. Bangladesh bowlers are giving our indian bowlers a run for their money . Lol all the best to both teams.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

What is the fastest maiden 100?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Honestly, its no point. Given the ranks of the 2 teams, SL should win this. But its sad that they only do it against weaker opposition. Not to take anything away from Bangla. But SL mentally have the upper edge. I beg to differ on skillsets (excld. Mahela and Sanga).

But this is also a good note for this whole 2 tier test system. If it does come into place, we will have countries like Sri Lanka scoring absurd amounts of runs, posting bid totals, and not really learning anything new. If they keep playing this lower tier, whenever they go up against a stronger nation (.i.e - Pakistan Series), they crumble.

I only wish there was a better way around this.

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