July 26, 2010

Sri Lanka's awesome toss record

Winning a Test against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is one of the toughest tasks going around, but beating them in a home venue after losing the toss is perhaps the toughest task in international cricket
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Sri Lanka's openers continue their team's awesome record after winning the toss in another home Test
Sri Lanka's openers continue their team's awesome record after winning the toss in another home Test © Associated Press

Winning a Test against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is one of the toughest tasks going around, but beating them in a home venue after losing the toss is perhaps the toughest task in international cricket. In April next year, the island will celebrate a decade of never having lost a home Test in which they've won the toss. An awesome stat for them, and a scary one for all opponents.

The table below lists the records of all teams after winning tosses in home games, and none is as imposing as the Sri Lankans. In 19 matches before the ongoing one in Colombo, they'd won 15 and drawn four. Their preferred method has been, as you'd expect, bat first and knock the stuffing out of the opposition - they've done that 11 times. And on six of the seven occasions when they've fielded, the opponents have been Bangladesh - so the move was probably to ensure an early finish to the match. None of the other sides have a record which is as dominant, though Pakistan haven't lost any of ten Tests either. (To see how these teams perform when they lose the toss, click here.)

The last team to achieve the near-impossible feat of losing the toss and winning the match against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka was England, in that acrimonious series in 2001, when they edged past the home team by four wickets at the SSC. On the basis of what has been witnessed in the first two sessions of the current match at the SSC, it can safely be said that MS Dhoni's team won't repeat that feat over the next four days.

Win-loss ratios of teams in Tests at home after winning toss since April 2001
Team Matches Win/loss Draw W/L ratio Bat ave Bowl ave
Sri Lanka 19 15/ 0 4 - 50.37 22.79
Pakistan 10 5/ 0 5 - 48.56 37.21
Australia 24 20/ 3 1 6.67 47.44 28.52
England 30 19/ 3 8 6.33 42.33 29.41
India 20 9/ 2 9 4.50 43.38 33.21
South Africa 24 14/ 7 3 2.00 37.20 29.87
New Zealand 21 9/ 5 7 1.80 31.69 30.12
West Indies 24 5/ 11 8 0.45 32.85 35.59
Zimbabwe 13 3/ 7 3 0.42 28.99 36.64
Bangladesh 20 1/ 18 1 0.05 23.87 46.30

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Hassan on July 28, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    What an impressive record from Sri lanka. Proud to be a Sri Lankan

  • Masood on July 27, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I am much surprised that considering other teams like Srilanka, England, Australia, South Africa & also include India and New Zealand, the one of the major team PAKISTAN has very low average of Match just 05 Matches. Yes, In Pakistan, we see some crises but this above statement is from 2001. well, its a good work to see.

    Regards

  • Kashif on July 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    "Win the toss, win the match" Thats rubbish... Why cant we give credit to excellent srilankan batting? At least in this series, they have shown that they are a much better side than indians. And in the first test, they had murali and malinga....none of the indian bowlers can match the two. Indians need resolve in test cricket to win matches in srilanka...look at the record of the English team batting second in Srilanka.

  • yorkshirepudding on July 27, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    An intesesting article however how does winning the toss @ home vs winning games stack up over all cricket history, as that would give you a mean in which to judge an even keel. I suspect that a home team that wins the toss also wins the game, regardless of battign first or second.

    @Phil Gnana, I have to say thats a rather simplistic view, the team winning the toss will always have the better of the conditions, eg in England winning the toss in overcast conditions with swing bowlers gives you an advantage.

    @Rakesh, dont be so daft, why should the team get any 'free' runs for batting second. The toss is a 50/50 chance so each team have the benefit of getting the conditions.

  • V. Gomes on July 27, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    How do you think India went to #1 in the ICC ranking. Check your stats gentlemen. Funny how the toss was never brough-up in the past 2 years when India benifited by winning 90% of the tosses agaist Sri Lanka. In the past 3 tours India have won 90 of the coin tosses in ODI's. Even the recently concluded Asia Cup final when Idia won the toss and won. Yes it might be win the toss and win the match in Sri Lanka (ODI or Test) but that is why India has managed to beat Sri Lanka. The record between the two countries when playing outside of India or Sri Lanka is 100% in favor of Sri Lanka in the past 2 years. So Indians shoud not be complaining about playing in Sri Lanka as the coin toss is their only hope.

  • TheTruth on July 27, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Cool. Nice stat. SL are monsters to beat at home. They've been poorly mistreated by the FTP/ICC the last decade.

    Lets hope India get into more matches where they lose the toss and the pitch is a road and the opposition bat them into oblivion. Maybe then the BCCI can complain and try to get more result friendly pitches prepared, helpful to both bat and ball. Its no fun watching a bowler bowl when he, his team, the opposition, the hotdog man, the commentators, and most importantly the audience know that he has no chance of taking a wicket on his own. Might as well get a bowl machine to bowl to SL as everyone will simply be waiting for the SL batsmen to gift away their wicket like Dilshan.

    Test cricket is dying folks and dead pitches are killing it. I hope India get creamed 3-0 so more attention can be paid to dead pitches. Look how exciting the Aus Pak match was in England. If only more effort was made in the subcontinent to produce results, Test cricket would be in better standing.

  • viswanathan on July 27, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    better, give every team a fair chance in the subcontinent. let there be toss only for first test. the next test automatically the loser of the first test toss gets to chose what he wants to do and it goes vice versa after that in each test. how does this sound.

  • mark on July 27, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Interesting stat. Most interesting is Pakistan can be a consistent team. They didn't lose a game provided they won the toss at home. Even Australia lost some. And the ability of Pakistan to reduce the number of draws and increase their number of wins will depend on improving their bowling stat. Scary.

  • andrew schulz on July 26, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It is not a scary stat for all opponents. Australia do not figure in the stat at all, because they won all three tosses the only time they toured in the last ten years, and smashed Sri Lanka 3-zip. While Australia have a 5-1 record in Sri Lanka, and an 11-1 record against Sri Lanka overall, it is a pointless stat to put forward. Unless you simply say it is a scary stat for all but one opponent.

  • Anwar Usman on July 26, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Lets not forget, that winning the toss is a 50% probability. So it is a fair and equal chance for both teams. Remember aussie tracks made for Lillee and Thompson. Those tracks are still leaning towards pace attack. The opposition should be prepared for this when they tour Sri Lanka or Pakistan/India. In Canada, the ice-hockey rinks are tailored for North American style vs. European style eg. Russians. And let us not forget baseball, the fences are shorter for home-team sluggers. Biggest example is Babe Ruth at old yankee stadium. Welcome to home field advantage and sports.

  • Hassan on July 28, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    What an impressive record from Sri lanka. Proud to be a Sri Lankan

  • Masood on July 27, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I am much surprised that considering other teams like Srilanka, England, Australia, South Africa & also include India and New Zealand, the one of the major team PAKISTAN has very low average of Match just 05 Matches. Yes, In Pakistan, we see some crises but this above statement is from 2001. well, its a good work to see.

    Regards

  • Kashif on July 27, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    "Win the toss, win the match" Thats rubbish... Why cant we give credit to excellent srilankan batting? At least in this series, they have shown that they are a much better side than indians. And in the first test, they had murali and malinga....none of the indian bowlers can match the two. Indians need resolve in test cricket to win matches in srilanka...look at the record of the English team batting second in Srilanka.

  • yorkshirepudding on July 27, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    An intesesting article however how does winning the toss @ home vs winning games stack up over all cricket history, as that would give you a mean in which to judge an even keel. I suspect that a home team that wins the toss also wins the game, regardless of battign first or second.

    @Phil Gnana, I have to say thats a rather simplistic view, the team winning the toss will always have the better of the conditions, eg in England winning the toss in overcast conditions with swing bowlers gives you an advantage.

    @Rakesh, dont be so daft, why should the team get any 'free' runs for batting second. The toss is a 50/50 chance so each team have the benefit of getting the conditions.

  • V. Gomes on July 27, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    How do you think India went to #1 in the ICC ranking. Check your stats gentlemen. Funny how the toss was never brough-up in the past 2 years when India benifited by winning 90% of the tosses agaist Sri Lanka. In the past 3 tours India have won 90 of the coin tosses in ODI's. Even the recently concluded Asia Cup final when Idia won the toss and won. Yes it might be win the toss and win the match in Sri Lanka (ODI or Test) but that is why India has managed to beat Sri Lanka. The record between the two countries when playing outside of India or Sri Lanka is 100% in favor of Sri Lanka in the past 2 years. So Indians shoud not be complaining about playing in Sri Lanka as the coin toss is their only hope.

  • TheTruth on July 27, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Cool. Nice stat. SL are monsters to beat at home. They've been poorly mistreated by the FTP/ICC the last decade.

    Lets hope India get into more matches where they lose the toss and the pitch is a road and the opposition bat them into oblivion. Maybe then the BCCI can complain and try to get more result friendly pitches prepared, helpful to both bat and ball. Its no fun watching a bowler bowl when he, his team, the opposition, the hotdog man, the commentators, and most importantly the audience know that he has no chance of taking a wicket on his own. Might as well get a bowl machine to bowl to SL as everyone will simply be waiting for the SL batsmen to gift away their wicket like Dilshan.

    Test cricket is dying folks and dead pitches are killing it. I hope India get creamed 3-0 so more attention can be paid to dead pitches. Look how exciting the Aus Pak match was in England. If only more effort was made in the subcontinent to produce results, Test cricket would be in better standing.

  • viswanathan on July 27, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    better, give every team a fair chance in the subcontinent. let there be toss only for first test. the next test automatically the loser of the first test toss gets to chose what he wants to do and it goes vice versa after that in each test. how does this sound.

  • mark on July 27, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Interesting stat. Most interesting is Pakistan can be a consistent team. They didn't lose a game provided they won the toss at home. Even Australia lost some. And the ability of Pakistan to reduce the number of draws and increase their number of wins will depend on improving their bowling stat. Scary.

  • andrew schulz on July 26, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It is not a scary stat for all opponents. Australia do not figure in the stat at all, because they won all three tosses the only time they toured in the last ten years, and smashed Sri Lanka 3-zip. While Australia have a 5-1 record in Sri Lanka, and an 11-1 record against Sri Lanka overall, it is a pointless stat to put forward. Unless you simply say it is a scary stat for all but one opponent.

  • Anwar Usman on July 26, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Lets not forget, that winning the toss is a 50% probability. So it is a fair and equal chance for both teams. Remember aussie tracks made for Lillee and Thompson. Those tracks are still leaning towards pace attack. The opposition should be prepared for this when they tour Sri Lanka or Pakistan/India. In Canada, the ice-hockey rinks are tailored for North American style vs. European style eg. Russians. And let us not forget baseball, the fences are shorter for home-team sluggers. Biggest example is Babe Ruth at old yankee stadium. Welcome to home field advantage and sports.

  • Anand on July 26, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    This can be tried out..

    1) Win the toss and elect to bat or bowl. Opposition will get a chance to make one change in the team.

    2) WIn the toss and ask opposition to decide on what they want to do and you make the one change in the team.

  • Krishna on July 26, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    thats very interesting. Two things can be done in the interest of the gsme. First, we can have odd number of test matches in a series so that the 1-1 or 2-2 scenarios happen. It is fine if it was a 3 or 5 match series when it ends in a 1-1 or 2-2. But a 2 or 4 match series ending so has no one to blame other than the even numbers. Secondly, in test matches alone there can be a tossless call until the final game where the teams are given the prevelige of choosing what they want to do first without the toss in alternative matches. May be the guest team will choose in first game

  • Zahran on July 26, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    All you Indian fans - stop moaning...The record at SSC shows that the team batting second has won more matches - but when Sri Lanka wins the toss they ensure that they bat the opposition out of the game. and another thing about the pitches in Sri Lanka - they are way better than the ones in India and Pakistan, there is always a possibility that a "test quality" bowler can get a wicket - sadly the current Indian attack does not have a "test quality" bowler. and another important thing is that dravid, tendulkar and laxman have not scored a century in Sri Lanka during the last 10 years - now the tracks can't be that flat can they?

  • Bandu on July 26, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Somewhat simple solution to reduce the "undue" advantage to the team winning the toss would be to alternate the choice after the first match in a test series. In a series with an even number of matches both teams will have equal number of choices - whether to bat or bowl first. Of course in a series with odd numer of matches, team winning the toss in the first match will have a one match advantage - or it could be stipulated that in such cases a fresh toss to be done in the last match. This rule could be extended to a large extent in ODIs and T20s. Not only in series involving only 2 teams, but in tournaments as well, in the initial round-robin/group stages where each team plays each other a set number of matches.

  • sampath ranasinghe(srilanka) on July 26, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    yse any way sri lanka is a good team. as you told india they should have some good alrounder for the test match. like dilshan he is the one who will change the test cricket. before test cricket is borring to watch. but now the way of sri lankans playing you will to watch it by the tv or inthe staadium. all the best for seri lankan cricket team

  • Pradeep on July 26, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    But how come toss has been playing such big role since many years? I would say matches in such pitches are handicapped matches. Do you think such matches are really interesting to watch. And Sangakkara has raised his concern over ICC ranking criteria. Yes he is absolutely right for such pitches.

  • Kalyan on July 26, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Hi Rajesh

    Interesting work again. We can get the whole picture if you can post SL's record at home after losing the toss. Thanks in advance.

  • vinod on July 26, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    I completely support the first comment. Its really interesting to see Sri Lanka maintains the same record after loosing the Toss. Thats the sign of a good side. From the record its seems, "win the toss and win the match". Great teams like Australia and WI of 80's won after loosing the toss. There is nothing great in batting in a flat track, pile up mountain of runs, and the ball starts turning from say) 3rd session of 3rd day. Its a very easy way of winning 5day matches. NOTHING GREAT IN THIS !!

  • ram on July 26, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Could someone have a closer look at the Sri Lankan coin???

  • Anjana on July 26, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    There is no such wickets call fare wickets in Cricket. If you are preparing such wickets for visitors, then that's the problem of that country's board. It's a known fact that Ausies got bouncy tracks there is Aus compared to Subcontinent, where as the soil of sub-continent is rather not that firm due to the conditions such as humidity factors etc. Therefore always you have the home advantage, and may be it's true that it's quite predictable, but winning under these conditions after losing the toss are not impractical, if you have a very good attack. Same thing applies to SL too when they play on those bouncy wickets..so it's something that the cricket governing body must do..either to standardize the pitches ..but i feel it is something that should not happen because when you win a match under unfamiliar environment will remember for last. Just like the sanga 192 in Gabba where SL were chasing 400+ but lost the game but still in our mind..

  • Khadagdhari on July 26, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    This test reminds me of the famous test match in which Lanka murdered Kumble & co. scoring 950 odd runs. Indian attack is hopeless, hapless and helpless....... I can bet, the same so called placid pitch will start turning, swinging, seaming the moment Indians come to bat......... Some things never change..........

  • Rick James on July 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Whats the point of playing test matches, they should just do the coin toss, shake hands and call it a game. Nearly 76% of matches with results have been won by teams winning the toss(96/31), if we exclude Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • rocker on July 26, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    yeah......... lanka rox

  • Agnel Pereira on July 26, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Conclusion1: Murali factor may have helped SL achieve greater win record, from now on, I think there will be more draws until SL has the Jayewardene and Sangakkara with them. Without them, they will start losing even after winning tosses in the future. Concl 2: Does not matter for India, whether SL wins the toss or not. It does not have a bowling attack to bowl out a decent enough team (and they struggled against Bangladesh too) on Day 1, or 2, or 3, or 4 or Day 5 of a test match. Just see the fate of someone called Harbhajan Singh who is all words, words and words but no wickets, mate, no wickets!! And he is rated as our strike bowler. On tracks that spin, he cant take a wicket! Concl 3: Batting here will test India because we proclaim that we have the most formidable batting side with such record holders like Viru, Sachin, Dravid & VVS! Will they thrive now that there is no Murali, but what about Mendis & Mathews?

  • ssr on July 26, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    The art and quality of preparing pitches for test matches has deteriorated to an alarming extent. An ideal test pitch is one which is difficult to bat for the first two sessions, evens out into a decent batting surfaces on days 2 and 3, starts taking significant spin on day 4 and is very tough to bat on day 5.

    If this was the case, both teams will have a great shot of winning the test match and the contest will be very fair. If you have good batsmen you can survive the storm and then score runs. If you have good bowlers, you can exploit conditions when it is in your favor.

    Sadly, the pitches in Sri Lanka are an absolute joke. Winning a test matches by raking on runs on a flat surface from ball 1 is only half a victory. It is pressure due to a mountain of runs that usually wins these games.

    If today's batsmen who score so many runs batted on pitches in the past (for e.g. those during the last decade), their averages would be 20 runs lower with far fewer meaningless centuries.

  • Adhi on July 26, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Pitches in subcontinent are not at all suitable for test cricket.These pitches make the test matches boring.Being an Indian fan i would rather watch an AUS vs PAK test match played in England than IND vs SRI played in the subcontinent

  • Dasith on July 26, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Like to see without Bangladesh tests on it. In subcontinent wickets the only way to create pressue is by piling on the runs. Plus Murali ran the game after 3 days. Even in that 2001 series england only won the 2nd and 3rd tests due to really really bad umpiring decisions. I remember Murali getting Greame Hick out 3 times in 3 balls and only the last one being allowed. In 2004 Australia won all three matches after conceeding a first innings lead. I think too much is being read to the toss. If youre good enough you can win.

  • Gayan on July 26, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    It is funny how articles blogs and comments have been made on cricinfo just because Sri Lanka won the toss. Hello lets speak about india as well. Since 2006 India has been touring Sri lanka other than any other team and every game that they won in Sri lanka due to winning the toss including asia cup final which concluded this month. And remember 2nd and 3rd test in India which SL lost in India ?? That due to toss as well as India won the toss and took the advantage. It’s hard to be at the receiving end isn’t it India ?

  • Rizwan Rabbani from Augsburg on July 26, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    well well well.....i am happy for srilanka being pakistani i always wish after pakistan srilanka gud team gud players .....keeep going

  • Ska on July 26, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    @JohnB, Only your first statement is true. AUS rate of winning is 83.33%. If SL win this one, their rate of winning becomes exactly 80. For SL to even equal AUS' rate of winning they'd have to win the current one and four more at home after winning toss.

    The most result oriented team is AUS - 95.8% of the games they play after winning the toss end up having a result - not that I don't enjoy an odd thrilling 5th day draw.

  • Ahmad on July 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Both the teams have to score well in the first innings because the condions are similar in the first three days of the test.There is no point in getting follow-on on the subcontinent tracks. The problem comes in the second innings where the spin offered by the track and the pressure takes on one particular side which then decides the game.

  • Phil Gnana on July 26, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    This is frightening figures from the point of view of the opposition. It is not fair game that the toss plays such an important role in the result of a match. This cannot be cricket. You might as well not play the game if you have lost the toss in SL by the looks of it. "Tosses win matches"..or was it catches win matches? Got to be a tosser to lose the toss. It is like the ODI at the Premadasa stadium too. Win the toss and win the match. No contest. One way to give some help to all opposition against home teams will be the introduction of the technology based umpiring decisions. This will give the opposition a fairer shot at the game. Philip Gnana, New Malden Surrey.

  • Chalaka on July 26, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    It has been the Murali factor that has contributed to such an amazing run. Win the toss put a big score on the board and get Murali to exploit the detiorating wicket and win the match. Lets see how it spans out in years to come without Murali

  • SG on July 26, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Good stat, but what is the win/loss ratio after losing the toss at home?

    The stat link is in the piece, at the end of the second para. Sri Lanka have won 15 and lost six.

  • Rajitha on July 26, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    "In 19 matches before the ongoing one in Colombo, they’d won 15 and lost four" You need to correct that to say 4 draws man.

    Thanks Rajitha, the error has been corrected.

  • shahzad ghazi on July 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    MS Dhoni & his team always focus to their batting strength. they should replace a batsman with a bowler. & avoid to use their part time bowlers also they need a world class alrounder.

  • Shankar B on July 26, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    This according to me is because of the nature of the tracks in SL. Win the toss bat for 2 days and then the track detoriates, turns bring on the spinners and take 20 wickets pattern is not good for cricket. The tracks should be prepared in such a way that toss does not play a crucial role. So even if you loose the toss you know that you can go and pick few wickets to get back into the game. If SL loose the toss I'm sure that things would be other way around.

  • Vinesh Thakkar on July 26, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    First i would suggest Dhoni to pick a proper test playing team and atleat 5bowlers with 1 all rounder in it .As srilankan pitches are Batsmen friendly why dont u start stopping run flow from the word go , as u would stop flow of runs definetly batsmen is gonna take some risk and play akward shot.

    Second thing though u lose the toss why does the mindset is negative and we dont go for the kill from the ball one rather then being defensive after runs scored .

    Why is not cheteshwar Pujara in team who has a calibre to play long innings with run scoring ability as well or are we waiting for him go to age of 3?

  • Drag on July 26, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Interesting stat and record

  • Ram on July 26, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    This is interesting but it would be good to see the stats for matches where they lost the toss, I am presuming SL's record is equally impressive there given their overall home record

    Writer's reply: There's a link in piece which gives you that stat - teams at home when they lose the toss. SL have won 15 and lost six - so not as impregnable as when they win the toss.

  • Rakesh on July 26, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    The above shows test cricket is becoming rather predictable especially in subcontinent conditions. Look at India/Srilanka and Pakistan matches. Team batting first always bats. DAY 4 or 5 is impossible to bat due to spin heavy. U win the toss you win the match unless you dont have spinners. For eg : South Africa/Australia and New zealand can lose a match after winning a toss in subcontinent conditions. I think for ranking, more points/credit that the team is good if you win the match by LOSING the toss. (or maybe a handicap to be given to the one who loses the toss. For eg : if I lose the toss I ask for 50 runs before i bat 2nd. If the opponent agrees I start bowling first with 50 runs as a heads up for me. If he disagrees he says I will give you for eg :- only 20 runs as a heads up. Then if I disagree then I change positions with the batting and tell him to bowl first. Basically batting/bowling first should be bidded on with trading runs on the team starting on a weaker note.

  • niroj on July 26, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    In 19 matches before the ongoing one in Colombo, they’d won 15 and "lost" four. A correction needed. It's 4 draw's not lost.

  • neshar on July 26, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    MS Dhoni should get IRFAN PATHAN

  • JohnB on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Note that Australia's rate of winning the game after winning the toss just pips SL's. If SL win the current game, they'll have that stat also.

  • SR on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Dhoni,

    You have to give up this match, coz you don't have any person who can win this test match for you..

  • Daniel Fishman on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    In that 2000-01 series, England achieved the feat twice in succession - they won the series despite losing the toss in all three matches. England's record in Sri Lanka is in fact significantly *better* when they lose the toss: toss won: W0 D2 L2 toss lost: W3 D2 L2

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Good Work.

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    What would be interesting is to see the stats of win/loss of any team winning the loss. Its more likely that it is near impossible to win on those wickets batting second... so does Sri Lanka maintain this great record after loosing the toss. If not I don't think fair strips are being prepared!

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  • Anonymous on July 26, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    What would be interesting is to see the stats of win/loss of any team winning the loss. Its more likely that it is near impossible to win on those wickets batting second... so does Sri Lanka maintain this great record after loosing the toss. If not I don't think fair strips are being prepared!

  • Anonymous on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Good Work.

  • Daniel Fishman on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    In that 2000-01 series, England achieved the feat twice in succession - they won the series despite losing the toss in all three matches. England's record in Sri Lanka is in fact significantly *better* when they lose the toss: toss won: W0 D2 L2 toss lost: W3 D2 L2

  • SR on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Dhoni,

    You have to give up this match, coz you don't have any person who can win this test match for you..

  • JohnB on July 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Note that Australia's rate of winning the game after winning the toss just pips SL's. If SL win the current game, they'll have that stat also.

  • neshar on July 26, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    MS Dhoni should get IRFAN PATHAN

  • niroj on July 26, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    In 19 matches before the ongoing one in Colombo, they’d won 15 and "lost" four. A correction needed. It's 4 draw's not lost.

  • Rakesh on July 26, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    The above shows test cricket is becoming rather predictable especially in subcontinent conditions. Look at India/Srilanka and Pakistan matches. Team batting first always bats. DAY 4 or 5 is impossible to bat due to spin heavy. U win the toss you win the match unless you dont have spinners. For eg : South Africa/Australia and New zealand can lose a match after winning a toss in subcontinent conditions. I think for ranking, more points/credit that the team is good if you win the match by LOSING the toss. (or maybe a handicap to be given to the one who loses the toss. For eg : if I lose the toss I ask for 50 runs before i bat 2nd. If the opponent agrees I start bowling first with 50 runs as a heads up for me. If he disagrees he says I will give you for eg :- only 20 runs as a heads up. Then if I disagree then I change positions with the batting and tell him to bowl first. Basically batting/bowling first should be bidded on with trading runs on the team starting on a weaker note.

  • Ram on July 26, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    This is interesting but it would be good to see the stats for matches where they lost the toss, I am presuming SL's record is equally impressive there given their overall home record

    Writer's reply: There's a link in piece which gives you that stat - teams at home when they lose the toss. SL have won 15 and lost six - so not as impregnable as when they win the toss.

  • Drag on July 26, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Interesting stat and record