Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day August 15, 2014

Herath races to 250, Sarfraz keeps scoring

Stats highlights from the second day's play of Mahela Jayawardene's final Test

Younis Khan became the first Pakistan fielder to complete 100 Test catches © AFP

    57 Number of Tests Rangana Herath has taken to reach 250 wickets. He is fourth quickest on the list of spinners to take 250 wickets, after Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria also took 57 Tests to complete 250 wickets.

    20 Five-wicket hauls that Herath has taken in Tests; he is only the seventh spinner to take those many five-fors. Overall, 21 bowlers have taken 20 or more five-wicket hauls in Tests.

    180 Wickets Herath has taken at an average of 26.55 in 35 matches since Muralitharan's retirement from Tests, including 16 five-fors - the most five-wicket hauls in this period, with Saeed Ajmal, Dale Steyn and Graeme Swann next in the list with ten each. Before that, Herath's 71 wickets had come at 37.88 runs apiece, with only four five-wicket hauls in 22 Tests.

    6 Number of fast bowlers, including Junaid Khan in this Test, who have taken a five-for in the first innings of a Test at the SSC, Colombo. The last such five-wicket haul came five years ago in a Test involving the same teams, when Thilan Thushara took 5 for 83 against Pakistan.

    5 Five-wicket hauls Junaid has taken in 11 matches against Sri Lanka, which equals the most against them in Tests. Shane Warne is the other bowler to take five five-fors against Sri Lanka. Junaid's 49 wickets against Sri Lanka have come at an average of 25.95. He has played a total of seven Tests against other teams - three each against South Africa and Zimbabwe and one against England - and has taken 16 wickets against them at an average of 37.62 without a five-wicket haul.

    100 Catches Younis Khan completed in Tests when he caught Herath off Abdur Rehman. He becomes the first Pakistani to reach that milestone. Younis was already topping the list of Pakistan fielders with most catches, with Javed Miandad's 93 the next highest.

    3 Number of consecutive fifties that Sarfraz Ahmed has hit in Tests, the first Pakistan wicketkeeper to do so. This is also only the sixth time that a Pakistan wicketkeeper has hit four or more fifty-plus scores in a calendar year. Kamran Akmal did it three times for Pakistan.

    61.40 Sarfraz's average in 2014; he has hit 307 of his 396 career runs this year in four Tests. In four Tests before this year, he had hit just 89 runs at an average of 11.12.

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  • Abdul on August 16, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    herath outside sri lanka averaging 40+ so,is he a good bowler he answer is no...he only performs at home

  • Android on August 16, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Easily Herath has been SL s only genuine bowler since Vaas and Murali s retirement .The other seamers have a lot of potential but are not fit very often and SL bowling as of now depends entirely on Herath and he has been doing an outstanding job .Hope he crosses 350 wickets before retiring.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Being a Pakistan, I always find Herath more dangerous than Murali was. We used to play Murali very well but Herath has been very dangerous against us.

  • Sinhhalaya on August 15, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Nice little package of stats. Herath will never be celebrated like Murali, Mahela, Sanga and the like but he is worth his weight in gold to SL cricket. Honest toil, dedication to his craft, subsuming his ego for the good of the team are all characteristics of a throwback to the era of the roly-poly slow trundler who is an integral part of an attack but is much less renowned than the "stars". He may not play for much longer but will be remembered fondly. Good on ya mate!

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