1st Test, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Statistical Highlights
- It was the 1504th Test match in cricket history.
- It was Sri Lanka's 103rd and South Africa's 242nd Test match.
- It was the sixth Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa. The
record now reads : Sri Lanka 1, South Africa 3, drawn 2.
- It was the fourth Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sri
Lanka. The record now reads : Sri Lanka 1, South Africa 1, drawn 2.
- Daryll Harper and Peter Manuel both were officiating in their
seventh Test match.
- Neil McKenzie and Kumar Sangakkara were making their Test debut.
They became 277th and 84th player to represent South Africa and Sri
- Shaun Pollock captained South Africa for the first time in his
43rd Test. He became the 28th player to captain South Africa in a Test.
- Jonty Rhodes was playing his 50th Test. He became the sixth South
African to do so. The full roster : Hansie Cronje (68), Allan Donald
(62), Gary Kirsten (61), Daryll Cullinan (57), Johnny Waite (50) and
Jonty Rhodes (50).
- Sri Lanka's total of 522 is the highest in the Sri Lanka-South
Africa Tests.This obliterates South Africa's 495 at Colombo SSC in
1993-94. Incidentally Sri Lanka's previous highest against South
Africa was 331 at Moratuwa in 1993-94.
- The first wicket partnership of 193 runs between Marvan Atapattu
and Sanath Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka's highest opening wicket stand in
any Test, home and away, against South Africa, outstripping the
previous highest of only 53 between this same pair at Centurion in
1997-98 and a modest stand of 26 between Roshan Mahanama and Chandika
Hathurusinghe at Moratuwa in 1993-94.
- The partnership is the second highest for Sri Lanka for the
opening opening wicket against all countries after the record 335-run
between this same pair against Pakistan at Kandy in June this year.
- The partnership is also the highest for the first wicket against
South Africa since its return to Test cricket obliterating the 179 run
stand between Mark Butcher and Mike Atherton at Birmingham in 1998.
- Marvan Atapattu became the seventh Sri Lankan to complete 2000
runs in a Test career when he reached 25. It was the 63rd innings of
his 36th Test.
- Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 96 runs before lunch on the first
day, came close to becoming the first Sri Lankan to score a pre-lunch
hundred on the opening day of a Test. This feat has been achieved only
on four occasions in Test cricket. They are three Australians Victor
Trumper (lunch score 103*) v England at Manchester in 1902, Charles
Macartney (lunch score 112*) v England at Leeds in 1926 and Don
Bradman (lunch score 105*) v England at Leeds on 1930 and a Pakistani
Majid Khan (lunch score 108*) v New Zealand at Karachi in 1976-77.
- Mahela Jayawerdene's 167 is a new series record for the highest
individual score on either side in any Sri Lanka-South Africa Test,
taking precedence over 148 by Sanath Jayasuriya in this Test on the
first day. The previous record for the highest individual innings in
the series prior to this Test was 131 by Arjuna Ranatunga at Moratuwa
in 1993-94 and 122 by Hansie Cronje at Colombo in 1993-94.
- The century for Jayawerdene came in his first Test against South
Africa. He now joins the august company of 11 Sri Lankans who have
scored a century on their first appearance against a country. They are
Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, AmalSilva, Aravinda de Silva, Brendon
Kuruppu, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sajeewa Ranatunga,
Asanka Gurusinha and Marvan Atapattu. De Silva and Kaluwitharana have
made century on first appearance against two countries.
- The eighth wicket partnership of 117 runs between Jayawerdene and
Chaminda Vaas is a new record for Sri Lanka's eighth wicket in all
Test cricket outstripping the previous highest of 76 between Aravinda
de Silva and Chaminda Vaas versus Pakistan at Colombo SSC in 1996-97.
The previous highest eighth wicket stand for Sri Lanka against South
Africa was a modest 29 run stand between Vaas and Pramodya
Wickremasinghe at Cape Town in 1997-98.
- This partnership is also the third highest for eighth wicket
against South Africa in all Tests after the 161 run stand between
Mohammad Azharuddin and Anil Kumble for India at Calcutta on
27-11-1996 and 154 run stand between Charles Wright and Hugh Bromley-
Davenport for England at Johannesburg in 1895-96.
- Chaminda Vaas became the third Sri Lankan to score a fifty at
number nine after Graeme Labrooy who made 70* against New Zealand at
Auckland in 1990-91 and Pramodya Wickremasinghe who made 51 against
South Africa at Cape Town in 1997-98.
- The tenth wicket partnership of 22 runs between Nuwan Zoysa and
Muttiah Muralitharan is Sri Lanka's best for this wicket against South
Africa improving upon the previous record of 19 between Wickremasinghe
and Ravindra Pushpakumara at Cape Town in 1997-98.
- Paul Adams (45-6-184-3) narrowly missed the undesirable feat of
conceding most runs in an innings for South Africa. His figures are
second most expensive for South Africa in a Test innings. The record,
however, is on the name of CL Vincent who conceded 188 runs off his
bowling in the Oval Test against England in 1935.
- South Africa was made to follow-on for the 34th time in Test
cricket. It was the only second occasion when a team enforced followon on South Africa since its return to international cricket. England
made it to do so at Durban in December 1999. However, on that
occasion, South Africa saved the match quite comprehensively.
- Daryll Cullinan (114*) scored his 11th century in his 57th Test,
his fourth against Sri Lanka. He has now scored most centuries in a
career for South Africa. Cullinan surpassed fellow team-mate Gary
Kirsten's tally of 10 centuries from 61 Tests.
- The fifth wicket partnership of 43 runs between Cullinan and Lance
Klusener is South Africa's best for this wicket against Sri Lanka.
This expunges the previous record stand of 35 between Cullinan and
Jonty Rhodes at Moratuwa in 1993-94.
- South Africa's first innings total of 238 is its lowest against
Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. This expunges the previous lowest of 267 at
Moratuwa in 1993-94.
- Muralitharan twice established the record of returning the best
innings bowling for Sri Lanka against South Africa in the Test by
returning match winning figures of 6 for 87 in the first innings and 7
for 84 in the second innings. Muralitharan bettered his own 5 for 63
at Centurion in 1997-98.
- Murali's match figures (13-171) are the best for Sri Lanka against
South Africa. This obliterates the previous best of 8 for 157 also by
Muralitharan at Centurion in 1997-98. Interestingly the previous best
figures for Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka was also on the name of
Muralitharan, who captured 6 for 152 at Moratuwa in 1993-94.
- Muralitharan's figures are also the best in Sri Lanka-South Africa
Tests surpassing Brett Schultz's nine for 106 at Colombo SSC in
- Muralitharan achieved a rare feat of dismissing all eleven batsman
in a match. Only five times before this feat has been achieved in
Test cricket.Here-under is the complete list of bowlers performing
this feat :
Bowler Figures Countries Venue Season Jim Laker 19-90 Eng v Aus Manchester 1956 S Venkataraghavan 12-152 Ind v NZ Delhi 1964-65 Geoff Dymock 12-166 Aus v Ind Kanpur 1979-80 Abdul Qadir 13-101 Pak v Eng Lahore 1987-88 Waqar Younis 12-130 Pak v NZ Faisalabad 1990-91 M Muralitharan 13-171 SL v SA Galle 2000-01
- The wicket of Paul Adams was the 50th for Muttiah Muralitharan in
the calendar year 2000. He was playing his seventh Test. He became
first bowler to reach this milestone this year. Incidentally it was
the second such occasion for him. Muralitharan had a tally of 68
wickets in only 8 Tests at 18.47 .
- Muralitharan has now taken ten wicket match hauls on four
occasions. He had taken 12 for 117 versus Zimbabwe at Kandy in
1997-98, 16 for 220 (best match figures by a Sri Lankan bowler)
versus England at the Oval in 1998 and 10 for 148 versus Pakistan at
Peshawar in 1999-00. Muralitharan thus became first Sri Lankan and
20th bowler in Test annals to take 10 wicket match hauls on four or
- Muralitharan has now taken 45 wickets in just six matches against
South Africa. Only Australia's Shane Warne (64 wickets in 12 matches)
and India's Javagal Srinath (51 in 11) and Anil Kumble (51 in 12) have
taken more wickets against South Africa since its return to Test
cricket in 1992.
- The victory was Sri Lanka's third by an innings margin. Sri Lanka
had beaten Zimbabwe by an innings and 77 runs at Colombo in 1996-97
and New Zealand by an innings and 16 runs at this same venue in
- The defeat was South Africa's third by innings margin since its return to international cricket. The other two innings defeats came against Australia at Johannesburg in 1996-97 (lost by an innings and 196 runs) and at Sydney in 1997-98 (lost by an innings and 21 runs).