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Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Perth

Gilchrist maintains perfect record

Stats highlights from the sixth match of the CB Series, between Australia and Sri Lanka in Perth

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

February 15, 2008

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Stats highlights from the sixth match of the CB Series, between Australia and Sri Lanka in Perth.

Adam Gilchrist: Another ODI century, another ODI victory © Getty Images

  • Adam Gilchrist ended his international career at his home ground on a tremendous high, scoring his second ODI hundred at the WACA to ease Australia to a 63-run win. Perth has been a kind venue for him, especially over the last four years: he has scored 489 runs from ten ODIs at 48.90, but 369 of those runs have come in the last five innings, including two centuries, both against Sri Lanka.

  • This was Gilchrist's 27th Man-of-the-Match award, of which six have come against Sri Lanka, and three at Perth.

  • Australia's superb performance in the field also ensured Gilchrist maintained his 100% record of always finishing on the winning side whenever he has scored an ODI hundred. This was his 16th century, and Australia have ended up winning all those games. In fact, Gilchrist has been Man-of-the-Match on 15 of those occasions; the only time he scored a hundred and didn't get the match award was nearly ten years ago, against Pakistan in Lahore, when his 104-ball 103 was overshadowed by Ricky Ponting's unbeaten 124 in a run-chase of 316.

  • All of Gilchrist's 16 ODI hundreds have come at the top of the order, which makes him the highest centurion among openers for Australia, one more than Mark Waugh's 15. Gilchrist also became only the fourth batsman - after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Sanath Jayasuriya - to score more than 9000 ODI runs as an opener. In 253 innings as opener, Gilchrist has scored 9071 runs at an average of 36.87.

  • Ricky Ponting became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs at the No. 3 position in ODIs. After his innings of 25 at the WACA, Ponting has 10,021 runs from 253 innings at No. 3, which is well clear of the second-placed Jacques Kallis, who has 5917 runs from 154 innings.

  • The 105-run stand between Gilchrist and Michael Clarke was Australia's 50th century partnership for the third wicket in ODIs. Australia are the only side to have 50-plus hundred stands for each of the first four wickets.

  • Clarke's stumping gave Muttiah Muraliltharan his 51st such dismissal, which is a record. Shane Warne is next with 50 stumpings in ODIs. Kumar Sangakkara has effected 54 stumpings, which puts him in third place, after Romesh Kaluwitharana and Moin Khan.

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