Eng v SL, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day June 24, 2014

Rare away success for Sri Lanka

Stats highlights after the end of the fifth day's play between Sri Lanka and England at Headingley
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  • Sri Lanka, with this win, have now won seven Test matches outside the subcontinent, excluding Tests in Zimbabwe. The margin of victory in this Test - 100 runs - is the narrowest in terms of runs for Sri Lanka in these countries. They have won five Tests by larger margins and another by 10 wickets. Three of these seven wins have come in England, two in New Zealand and one each in South Africa and West Indies. These seven wins have come in 57 Tests, which makes their win percentage 12.3%. India and Pakistan, the other subcontinental giants, have win percentages of 12.4% (22 wins in 177 Tests) and 21.4% (31 wins in 145 Tests) respectively in these conditions. The overall records of India and Sri Lanka, in terms of win percentages, are now quite similar.

  • Sri Lanka's performance in this series was largely due to Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 342 runs over the two Tests, and became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score 300-plus Test runs during a tour of England. This is not for a lack of opportunity, because Sri Lanka's last three tours to England have included three Tests. Sangakkara also overtook Saurav Ganguly to score the most runs by an overseas batsman in a two-match series (or who played only two matches in a longer series) in England.

  • Mahela Jayawardene contributed 174 runs as well, including a couple of half-centuries. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have now scored exactly 11493 runs each and are joint sixth on the all-time list of highest run-scorers in Tests. During the second Test, Sangakkara overtook Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was previously seventh on the list. It is also worth noting that Alistair Cook moved past Geoffrey Boycott to go fifth on the list of leading run scorers in Tests for England.

  • Jayawardene was the only Sri Lanka captain to have scored a hundred in an away Test victory, in a country other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews has now become the second man to have achieved this feat and also the first Sri Lanka captain to have scored a hundred and taken more than one wicket in a Test win, whether at home or away.

  • Sangakkara came into this series on the back of three consecutive 50-plus scores against Bangladesh. That sequence has now been extended to seven consecutive scores. Sangakkara's batting average of 90.50 since the start of 2013, is the highest for any batsman in this period. He has scored 1448 runs in 17 innings during this phase, which is second only to David Warner who has scored 1484 runs, but in 32 innings.

  • Rangana Herath has bowled 263.3 overs in Tests starting this year, the most by any bowler. Shaminda Eranga has bowled the second-highest number of overs, 217.5. No other player has bowled more than 160 overs in Test cricket in 2014. This is partly due to the fact that Sri Lanka have played six Tests in 2014, while no other team has played more than four. This in itself is noteworthy, because Sri Lanka have played only 56 Tests in the period from 2007 to 2013. Only Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Pakistan (who have had hardly any home Tests in that period) have played fewer Tests in that period.

  • Jayawardene took two catches in this match and thus went past Ricky Ponting on the all-time list of outfield players who have taken the most catches in Test cricket. Jayawardene has now taken 197 catches in Test cricket, going past Ponting who had taken 196. Jayawardene is all set to join an elite two-man list of fielders who have taken more than 200 catches in Test cricket, namely Rahul Dravid (210) and Jacques Kallis (200).

  • Jayawardene bowled six overs in the fourth innings of this Test. This is the most number of overs that Jayawardene has bowled in a Test outside the subcontinent. He had bowled six overs in an innings on one previous occasion as well, against New Zealand at Wellington in April 2005. Since 22 August 2009, Jayawardene had bowled only one over in Test cricket.

  • Dhammika Prasad's five wicket haul was the 31st by a Sri Lanka pace bowler in away Tests. This is only the second instance of a Sri Lanka seamer taking five wickets in an innings in England, the fourth instance of taking a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of an away Test.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • Lion_96 on June 29, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    this year has been tough for the Sri Lankan hater (i.e some Indian fans). Think about it. Before the start of the year, we were called Bridesmaids in not winning tournament finals. When we won the Asia Cup and World T20 (which some Indians called a Hit and giggle tournament, ofcourse when they won it in 2007 it was as serious as the Ashes, such is the cricket world the delusional Indian fan lives in) they said we couldnt win in England. We won the T20 International (Sri Lanka have never lost to ENG in England in a t20 international) and the ODI Series, some Indian fans said that we would lose the Test Series 1-0 or 2-0. We won the Test Series 1-0 and now you see comments of "its a weak England side" and they never won a Test Match in India or Australia. Let me remind Indian fans, the win percentage of Sri Lanka and India away from home is the same. Despite India playing Test Cricket alot longer than Sri Lanka (SRL played its first Test in 1982)

  • MXcrick on June 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    You have missed the most important man who single handedly ensured Sri Lanka victory ie. Angelo. In the 2nd Test scoring 160 and taking 4 wickets and leading the team from the front is a marvelous achievement. No other Sri Lankan team as achieved this feat in England in the past.

  • Abaa on June 27, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Excluding Bangladesh/Zimbabwe - Sri Lanka's seven overseas wins have come in 57 Tests, which makes their win percentage 12.3%. India and Pakistan, the other subcontinental giants, have win percentages of 12.4% (22 wins in 177 Tests) and 21.4% (31 wins in 145 Tests) respectively in these conditions. The overall records of India and Sri Lanka, in terms of win percentages, are now quite similar.

    How on earth can India criticise Sri Lanka's record now ????? Of course it is rare but that is because they have not got as many opportunities as India has !!!!! Pakistan is the true Asian giant when it comes to overseas test victories with India and Sri Lanka having equally weaker records

  • Sinhaya on June 26, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @vkias, yes we all know how Indians got all out for double digits in 1996 in SA where only 66 was scored and in Sharjah expressway where only 54 was scored and when 81 was scored with over 2 days remaining in the 1997 test match against West Indies.

    Typical Indian excuses to undermine and belittle Sri Lankan victory by saying that a weak England team was beaten. Yeah when India wins it is always against a strong England team haha when all Indian wins are due to nothing but umpiring help and luck as India can never win without those 2.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    The title says it all " Rare Away Success for Sri Lanka". Truth is always bitter.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    iIndia has won too many times in England for Sri Lankans to compare. Moreover, the surge in cricket's popularity in India started around the same time as that of Sri Lanka- in the 1980s. Remember, India's national sport is hockey and the country was a powerhouse in hockey till the 1980s (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist). Acu lot of focus therefore till that time was on . It was only after the 1983 World Cup victory that we started focusing more on cricket. After this India has won series in England twice. India may not have won a series in Australia, but we were the team that held them to a 1-1 draw in 2003-04, when Aussies were at their peak. The Aussies were also beaten in India, during their peak in 2001 during the "greatest series ever". Sri Lanka has never won a test match in India. It was also white-washed 3-0 at home by the same Australia team in 2004, despite turning tracks being prepared for Murali. It was the comeback series for Shane Warne after a years ban.

  • ksquared on June 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @vkias..Please get ur facts straight IND has never won a test series in AUS and it took them 45 years to win their first test match in AUS. BTW SL has won a ODI series in AUS and they drew 2-2 the last time they toured. IND won its first test series in ENG in 1986 under Kapil Dev but the English had a very poor attack without the likes of Botham or Willis. The fact remains that IND has the same win percentage as SL outside the subcontinent excluding Zimbabwe even after achieving test status 50 years before SL. So most of what you say is just hype mixed in with some white lies.

  • priya65 on June 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    People call maela and Sanga legend now. As hey entered they lamented the departre of Aravinda Mahanama Gurusunghe and Arjuna. It appears that some people want to portray Sri Lankan wins as good work of one or two individuals. People were talking about with/with out Murali scenarios. What they say is you are nothing without Aravinda/ Murali/Sanga /Mahela... Come on they too are members of sri lanka teams. No one talks about Australia before and after warne though. It is a subtle form of belittling of a team that produces top class cricketers, different cricketers time and time again with fewer resources and a smaller pool of players. May be in time to come they will talk about retirement of Anjelo Maththews Lahiru thirimanna ( his best is round the corner) and the likes as legends.

  • Unbiased-views on June 26, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    @Kotuwegogoda If struggling ENG(no KP, no Swann, no Trott) & BAN are TOP teams, then what about AUS,SA, IND & ever-improving NZ ??

  • Sinhaya on June 26, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    @vkias, also forgot to include Kaushal Silva our rock hard test opener who has a very good test average in both England and UAE. SRI LANKAN FUTURE IS BRIGHT!

  • Lion_96 on June 29, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    this year has been tough for the Sri Lankan hater (i.e some Indian fans). Think about it. Before the start of the year, we were called Bridesmaids in not winning tournament finals. When we won the Asia Cup and World T20 (which some Indians called a Hit and giggle tournament, ofcourse when they won it in 2007 it was as serious as the Ashes, such is the cricket world the delusional Indian fan lives in) they said we couldnt win in England. We won the T20 International (Sri Lanka have never lost to ENG in England in a t20 international) and the ODI Series, some Indian fans said that we would lose the Test Series 1-0 or 2-0. We won the Test Series 1-0 and now you see comments of "its a weak England side" and they never won a Test Match in India or Australia. Let me remind Indian fans, the win percentage of Sri Lanka and India away from home is the same. Despite India playing Test Cricket alot longer than Sri Lanka (SRL played its first Test in 1982)

  • MXcrick on June 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    You have missed the most important man who single handedly ensured Sri Lanka victory ie. Angelo. In the 2nd Test scoring 160 and taking 4 wickets and leading the team from the front is a marvelous achievement. No other Sri Lankan team as achieved this feat in England in the past.

  • Abaa on June 27, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Excluding Bangladesh/Zimbabwe - Sri Lanka's seven overseas wins have come in 57 Tests, which makes their win percentage 12.3%. India and Pakistan, the other subcontinental giants, have win percentages of 12.4% (22 wins in 177 Tests) and 21.4% (31 wins in 145 Tests) respectively in these conditions. The overall records of India and Sri Lanka, in terms of win percentages, are now quite similar.

    How on earth can India criticise Sri Lanka's record now ????? Of course it is rare but that is because they have not got as many opportunities as India has !!!!! Pakistan is the true Asian giant when it comes to overseas test victories with India and Sri Lanka having equally weaker records

  • Sinhaya on June 26, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    @vkias, yes we all know how Indians got all out for double digits in 1996 in SA where only 66 was scored and in Sharjah expressway where only 54 was scored and when 81 was scored with over 2 days remaining in the 1997 test match against West Indies.

    Typical Indian excuses to undermine and belittle Sri Lankan victory by saying that a weak England team was beaten. Yeah when India wins it is always against a strong England team haha when all Indian wins are due to nothing but umpiring help and luck as India can never win without those 2.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    The title says it all " Rare Away Success for Sri Lanka". Truth is always bitter.

  • on June 26, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    iIndia has won too many times in England for Sri Lankans to compare. Moreover, the surge in cricket's popularity in India started around the same time as that of Sri Lanka- in the 1980s. Remember, India's national sport is hockey and the country was a powerhouse in hockey till the 1980s (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist). Acu lot of focus therefore till that time was on . It was only after the 1983 World Cup victory that we started focusing more on cricket. After this India has won series in England twice. India may not have won a series in Australia, but we were the team that held them to a 1-1 draw in 2003-04, when Aussies were at their peak. The Aussies were also beaten in India, during their peak in 2001 during the "greatest series ever". Sri Lanka has never won a test match in India. It was also white-washed 3-0 at home by the same Australia team in 2004, despite turning tracks being prepared for Murali. It was the comeback series for Shane Warne after a years ban.

  • ksquared on June 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @vkias..Please get ur facts straight IND has never won a test series in AUS and it took them 45 years to win their first test match in AUS. BTW SL has won a ODI series in AUS and they drew 2-2 the last time they toured. IND won its first test series in ENG in 1986 under Kapil Dev but the English had a very poor attack without the likes of Botham or Willis. The fact remains that IND has the same win percentage as SL outside the subcontinent excluding Zimbabwe even after achieving test status 50 years before SL. So most of what you say is just hype mixed in with some white lies.

  • priya65 on June 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    People call maela and Sanga legend now. As hey entered they lamented the departre of Aravinda Mahanama Gurusunghe and Arjuna. It appears that some people want to portray Sri Lankan wins as good work of one or two individuals. People were talking about with/with out Murali scenarios. What they say is you are nothing without Aravinda/ Murali/Sanga /Mahela... Come on they too are members of sri lanka teams. No one talks about Australia before and after warne though. It is a subtle form of belittling of a team that produces top class cricketers, different cricketers time and time again with fewer resources and a smaller pool of players. May be in time to come they will talk about retirement of Anjelo Maththews Lahiru thirimanna ( his best is round the corner) and the likes as legends.

  • Unbiased-views on June 26, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    @Kotuwegogoda If struggling ENG(no KP, no Swann, no Trott) & BAN are TOP teams, then what about AUS,SA, IND & ever-improving NZ ??

  • Sinhaya on June 26, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    @vkias, also forgot to include Kaushal Silva our rock hard test opener who has a very good test average in both England and UAE. SRI LANKAN FUTURE IS BRIGHT!

  • pradeeplasantha on June 25, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    @bhas, we all know that India is own backyard Heros, India even struggle in Bangladesh..

  • Kotuwegogoda on June 25, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Srilanka have achieved what some said that we won't win a series in England. Now that is history. There will come a day when Lankan's would do so against Australia and India though it might take some years if not a decade or two.

    Make no mistake no baby walks the day he was born. With due maturity this will come to pass. Now those who can't stomach a Srilanka come back in T20, ODI and Test cricket will have to digest the truth since February this year. All achievements have been against Top teams in foreign soil.

    We only hope Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would elevate their level of intensity and perform better to remove the stigma attached to their status Test playing country.

  • on June 25, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    any one can say anything about Lankans but LIONS always roars...............

  • LAKINGSFAN on June 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    ??we started playing test cricket 50 years after India so dont expect us to have won more tests outside Asia than India who have a winning percentage equal to Sri Lanka which goes on to show how weak is India's overseas test record.//

    SL would have been the same even if they had started playing when India did. Nothing would have changed.

  • LAKINGSFAN on June 25, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Awesome record. Isn't it? SL yet to win a test match both in India and Australia. I don't think they will ever be able to do that.

  • cric1965 on June 25, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Dhammika Prasad records the best bowling record in England by Sri Lankan pace bowler in history. Only Rumesh Ratnayake took 5 wickets in 1991. Without Dhammika,s bowling, Sri Lanka would not win this test. He is really a unsung hero. Give him more opportunities rather than Kulasekara for tests. Kula is a one day bowler.

  • on June 25, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    If India doesn't win the series in England, everyone should agree SL is better than India in test arena.

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    @Gaurav Mishra, Sri Lanka depends on Kusal Perera, Mathews, Vithanage, Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Shaminda Eranga and many more. All these players helped us throughout this tour. You have not been following the series I guess.

    @Bhas Ernesto, Sri Lanka was the team that won the Independence Cup of India held in May 1997. Forgot Sanath Jayasuriya's 152 not out in Mumbai against the world's best bowling attack? Sri Lanka have won ODI series in India.

  • getsetgopk on June 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    With a win ratio of almost double that of India and Sri Lanka, it would be only fair to say that Pakistan is clearly in a different league when drawing comparison between the three Sub Continent sides. India and Sri Lanka are almost similar but I would put Sri Lanka ahead of India simply because of the resources available to them and that they have to pick players from a very small pool compared to the massive India population.

  • timus6778 on June 25, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Like DRavid said, Sanga is a genius and a hardworker. About Mahela , he exudes elegance with every shot. As for ANgelo, he is now coming of age. This performance would definitely rank among the top 5 batting performances from Sri Lanka I have seen. others worth note being Sanga's monumental 193 in Aus etc. A win for SL bodes well for India as well. Kudos Lankan tigers/lions,

  • on June 25, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Srilanka have never won a odi series or even a single test against India in Indian soil.But India have won odi series and test series in Srilanka.Never compare SL with Ind until u achieve this.

  • on June 25, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    But what after sang and make a. Sri Lanka largely depends on two players

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    @Amar_bw, India did not win a single test in Pakistan until 2004 which was 72 years after getting test status. Sri Lanka already has 6 test wins in Pakistan.

    @sidh78 no Sri Lanka played on average between 1 to 5 tests per year from 1982 to 1995. So dont expect a team which played so little cricket back in the early 80s and 90s to win tests abroad.

  • sidh78 on June 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    dear sinhya cricket played professionly & serieasly in late 70's & after WC win in 1983.before that cricket was not popular in india.very few peoples play & watch cricket.in that period most popular game was hocky.india hocky team was the best in world that time.india won 8 olympic gold medals back to back. indian hocky player major dhyanchand is like bradman of hocky.so 1932- 1975, near 43 years no developement in cricket becoz no one take it seriesoly. in that period india played very few matches.if you check avg match per years of india & SL from start of their playing year ,you see india's avg match per year is very less.

  • Amar_bw on June 25, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    One fact that most people are not aware, Sri Lanka never won a single Test match in India. Most of the Test matches they lost in India are by innings plus runs.

  • Tijara on June 25, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    India is such a big Country with such vast resouces. They should have 10 teams like Sri Lanka has, but their performance is not good or worse. CBBI has to think about it.

    My suggestions: 1. Ranji Trophy competion should be made international like English County Cricket. 2. There should be internal competition between several Indian top class Teams.

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS, oh your wrong. Cricket was never professional in Sri Lanka until we won the world cup in 1996. Players did other jobs on top of playing cricket until 1996. Before 1996 we hardly played any cricket. Dont expect a country new to cricket to win tests from the moment test status is given. We have done very well ever since getting test status.

  • SLT20WCS on June 25, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    I read almost all the comments here and most of them talk about a post Sanga / Mahela era where SL team will suffer. Well, the same sentiments were aired when Arjuna and Aravinda retired but in came Sanath, Marvan & Co., Again, when they hung their boots, a similar story popped up and Sanga / Mahela took over. Well my friends, FYI, from these two, there are many a young waiting to take over in Angelo, Lahiru, Dinesh, etc., etc., So, please take history as a lesson and stop shooting in the dark. Oh!! and BTW, India was given test status somewhere in the 1930's and SL in 1982 and yes, we are just one decimal below India in our away test victories. Isn't that sweet enough to shut gabs? JAYAWEWA LIONS....

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @Dushan Senarathne, if this series was played in Sri Lanka, Thirimanne would have scored buckets. We are right now playing our best XI and invariably Sanga will stand out. It was our fault not to play Vithanage in the latest test instead of out of form Thirimanne. Other greats to come in include Shehan Jayasuriya, Priyanjan, Binura Fernando, Angelo Perera etc meaning we have a golden era ahead.

  • on June 25, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @vkias . Well Well Well. You tell your young generation has some awesome players. That is true. You also tell SL haven't that kind of young generation. That also true. But mate SL is still winning. So what is the secret. The only thing is team spirit. They work as a team. Not as an individual. See the performance in T20 world cup. Not any batsman at top 5 run makers. But SL win the title. That is the real team spirit.

  • on June 25, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    This is for all who are talking about the future of SL cricket after retirement of Sanga and Mahela. At the present Sri Lankan youngsters are not performing well except Mathiws. Don't think about their future. They will be show their class at the time. For example when Sanga came to the team in 2000 every body told that is a very bad move. In 2003 world cup semi final, Sanga miss the stumping of Andrew Symond which was vary cost to the SL. So everybody blame to him (I also one person). But today, He is a one of legend in modern cricket. Like wise i think these young guns will become legends one day. Also, SL is not win a game by individual performance. The secret of the SL win is work as a unit. Every day one of guy in squared perform well for winning the game. That is the secret of the Sri Lankan crickert

  • on June 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    surprised how this write up missed the two centuries from mathews

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @vkias, we started playing test cricket 50 years after India so dont expect us to have won more tests outside Asia than India who have a winning percentage equal to Sri Lanka which goes on to show how weak is India's overseas test record.

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @vkias, forgot the twin fifties of Kaushal Silva in the 1st test? Forgot Eranga and Prasad's bowling which helped us win? Forgot how Kithuruwan Vithanage helped us win the T20 game?

    During Asia Cup it was Thirimanne who scored 2 tons which helped us win. Look at Kusal Perera as well during the Asia Cup. Senanayake was the man of the series in the ODIs against Bangladesh and he was our leading wicket taker in the ODIs against England.

    We have great young talent and our future is bright!

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @ Kays789.....and INDIA dont want the support of neutral fans (again excluding WI and AUS)....INDIAN fans are enough and the combined total of all other neutral fans who are from cricketing countries not even equal to the fan base of INDIA (1.2 billion)

  • ksquared on June 25, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    It all comes down to taking 20 wickets and Pakistan with its superior bowling attacks will always outperform other sub-con. teams outside of the sub-continent and stats support it. It was really surprising to see that the win percentages of IND and SL are both virtually the same. Just shows how IND fans and media are overhyping their average team. Expect SL to go ahead of IND in the future.

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @ Kays789....neutral fans (except WI and Australia) never supported INDIA...im observing it since from last world cup 2011...dont know the exact reason for this...but i feel IPL and strong cricketing infrastructure of INDIA combined with her economy are the main reasons....INDIA has huge fan base even in countries like Japan, Russia, America and Eastern Europe countries which do not play cricket

  • SyedArbabAhmed on June 25, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Powerful Pakistan had great past that is why has almost twice winning rate than Indians and SL but now they have to work hard to win test any where even.

  • on June 25, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Comparing IND and SL , India have done well in all the conditions (if not always then some times at least) which SL still not able to do like they have't won a test match in AUS and in IND...so, stop comparing until u guys achieve this....Ind have won more series outside subcontinent than SL....let it be Test or ODI....

  • SajithaD on June 25, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @vikias and some other indians....Okay i don't like to compare our team with other teams but if indians are asking for that,here it is....Outside subcontinent Sri Lanka Matches:71--Won:11--Lost:36--W/L:0.30----India Matches:183--Won:25--W/L:0.28........Overall Sri Lanka Matches:229--Won:69--Lost:36--W/L:0.85----India Matches:478--Won:121--Lost:151--W/L:0.80..(From cricinfo statsguru).........In both ways Sri Lankans are better(slightly) than india....But being better than india brings no joy to us Sri Lankans because other than the media hype about indian team, there are 4 teams played far better than both teams, take Pakistan for instance...Matches:380--Won:118--Lost:107--W/L:1.10....Now you guys can narrow this criteria until indian team is better than Sri Lankan team in some way and take a little joy from it..So good luck with statsguru ...

  • on June 25, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Yet another thrilling test match so far in the history. Really credits to both the teams and especially Moines Ali played a tremendous knock under pressure and Anderson too. Moreover a new chapter for srilankans. I hope so eng will come back strongly against india .

  • .Raina on June 25, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    This is an article celebrating the success of Sri Lankan 'away' victory. Difficult to understand why people need to bring IND/PAK into this discussion. Stats in isolation do not present any useful information. All sub-continental countries have a fairly recent history in terms of 'performance' on the world stage 'consistently'. Game was dominated both politically & skill-wise by ENG/AUS for a long time, and they never liked to play with the sub-continental teams for financial reasons. SL had a relatively better run as a Test Playing nation sooner than PAK/IND, and PAK was able to perform immediately in the first series itself because the team already had established players when the country/team was created. But after that initial burst PAK too had to wait till late 70's - early 80's before they started winning a few games. For now let us just celebrate this hard fought win by a sub-continental team....hopefully with many more to follow in the season ahead.....

  • janiya85 on June 25, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS Noticed so many times that you talked a lot about Sanga. Sanga does not need to learn cricket from guys like you. Whether it is new ball or 20 over old ball he will play the way he wants to play. No matter how good Sanga play for some people its not good.

    All i can say he will play most likely 15+ test before retirement. He will do the talking with his bat.

  • wscperera on June 25, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    without more test matches how we talk about rankings and etc.we have talent but no big sponsors like india and england.

  • Unbiased-views on June 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    @rizwan1981 You've answered the your question...As the Srilankan openers did fairly in all the 4 innings & by the time sanga came to the crease, it was almost 20 overs or thereabout...So, sanga was shielded from the new ball in all the innings....so, batting wasn't that difficult...Mathews probably played the BEST innings by a srilankan overseas to set up the match & he took 4 wickets also to mop up the tail!!!

  • on June 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Batting at no 5 & 6 is the most difficult. if u r at the top you no what to expect. New red cherry and therafter the old ball. If you r at 5 or 6 some days its 20 for 3 another day 300 for 3. The game is so different in both situations. further you have the tail to bat with. 5 & 6 has the team goal first then personal goal. At the top just bat long and get maximum for your self and the team. For a 5 & 6 its about finding gap and forcing the ball. At the top its about leaving ball and making a gentle push into wide open spaces. Therefore scoring runs at any batting position in cricket is tough and the runs scored cannot be discounted on the place you bat. Runs is runs. Its just that Middle order batsman will not do well at the Top and vis a vis, top order bat finds it difficult at the middle. Its different set of skill sets.

  • VinothSam on June 25, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Yet another joyful moment for Sri lankan fans. Thank you for our captain cool Anjo for making us proud. Asia cup, WC T20 and England series. Wow, happiest days. Thanks to all of our Lions.

  • Trendulkar2 on June 25, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Pakistan has higher win percentage because of their glorified team of the past, now they have a team which can lose even to Zimbabwe. While Sri Lanka thrives on the fact that many Western(And Australasia) still considers them to be minions. While India who are yet to reach UK, with the Eng-Sl series still going on, most people are talking about them and the 5 match series only, and every team gives their best while playing India, because they know winning against them is something.

  • Kays789 on June 25, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    @vkias: Again, did you not just read the article? SL and india have the same win percentage despite india getting far more games to play in far better conditions in mid-late summer in england and elsewhere. Indians like you clearly make it difficult for a neutral fan to root for your country whenever india plays.

  • on June 25, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    moen ali is the culprit for this loss...he never tried for a single off the 4 th 5 th & 6th ball of an over in last 12-15 overs...he should have atleast kept strike for the last over...poor fellow

  • Dhutugemunu on June 25, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Finally a sensible stat analysis. Most of fans (specially some Indian fans) demean SL away record pointing that SL have won only 6 Tests outside the subcontinent (excluding Zim and this Test) and Ind have won 22 and Pak won 31. But nobody analyzed the fact that SL have not played that much Tests outside the subcontinent. The best factor for the comparison is the win percentage as shown above. Ind (12.4%) and SL (12.3%) are almost the same now and Pak (21.4%) have a superior record among subcontinent teams. Thanks Jeswant.

  • rizwan1981 on June 24, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Interesting analysis of India and Pakistan performances

    India has 22 WINS out of 177 Matches

    Pakistan has 31 WINS out of 145 Matches

    How come India , Australia and England are the big 3 ?

  • rizwan1981 on June 24, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    The man of the SERIES should have been SANGAKKARA - Not to to take anything away from Mathews but its a lot easier to score a century from # 6 rather than # 5 .

    Credit should also go to Silva for occupying the crease and shielding the batsmen to follow. Thirimanne was an utter failure - Time to bring back THARANGA to bat at # 3 with Sanga at # Mahela at #5.

  • vkumar_086 on June 24, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    SL's success is largely depends on ONLY TWO batsmen performance....but Mathews helped his team to win this test....only 7 away tests won by SL which is way behind than both INDIA and Pak

  • Kays789 on June 24, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    That's quite a telling stat in that SL and India now have the same win percentage outside the subcontinent. If you listen to the indians commenting here you'd think they had mistaken india for pakistan who have performed considerably better in those conditions. And the fact is if SL were granted more tests in a series in these countries they may have had a better chance of getting used to the conditions and performing a little better if not winning a few more games.

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  • Kays789 on June 24, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    That's quite a telling stat in that SL and India now have the same win percentage outside the subcontinent. If you listen to the indians commenting here you'd think they had mistaken india for pakistan who have performed considerably better in those conditions. And the fact is if SL were granted more tests in a series in these countries they may have had a better chance of getting used to the conditions and performing a little better if not winning a few more games.

  • vkumar_086 on June 24, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    SL's success is largely depends on ONLY TWO batsmen performance....but Mathews helped his team to win this test....only 7 away tests won by SL which is way behind than both INDIA and Pak

  • rizwan1981 on June 24, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    The man of the SERIES should have been SANGAKKARA - Not to to take anything away from Mathews but its a lot easier to score a century from # 6 rather than # 5 .

    Credit should also go to Silva for occupying the crease and shielding the batsmen to follow. Thirimanne was an utter failure - Time to bring back THARANGA to bat at # 3 with Sanga at # Mahela at #5.

  • rizwan1981 on June 24, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Interesting analysis of India and Pakistan performances

    India has 22 WINS out of 177 Matches

    Pakistan has 31 WINS out of 145 Matches

    How come India , Australia and England are the big 3 ?

  • Dhutugemunu on June 25, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Finally a sensible stat analysis. Most of fans (specially some Indian fans) demean SL away record pointing that SL have won only 6 Tests outside the subcontinent (excluding Zim and this Test) and Ind have won 22 and Pak won 31. But nobody analyzed the fact that SL have not played that much Tests outside the subcontinent. The best factor for the comparison is the win percentage as shown above. Ind (12.4%) and SL (12.3%) are almost the same now and Pak (21.4%) have a superior record among subcontinent teams. Thanks Jeswant.

  • on June 25, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    moen ali is the culprit for this loss...he never tried for a single off the 4 th 5 th & 6th ball of an over in last 12-15 overs...he should have atleast kept strike for the last over...poor fellow

  • Kays789 on June 25, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    @vkias: Again, did you not just read the article? SL and india have the same win percentage despite india getting far more games to play in far better conditions in mid-late summer in england and elsewhere. Indians like you clearly make it difficult for a neutral fan to root for your country whenever india plays.

  • Trendulkar2 on June 25, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Pakistan has higher win percentage because of their glorified team of the past, now they have a team which can lose even to Zimbabwe. While Sri Lanka thrives on the fact that many Western(And Australasia) still considers them to be minions. While India who are yet to reach UK, with the Eng-Sl series still going on, most people are talking about them and the 5 match series only, and every team gives their best while playing India, because they know winning against them is something.

  • VinothSam on June 25, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Yet another joyful moment for Sri lankan fans. Thank you for our captain cool Anjo for making us proud. Asia cup, WC T20 and England series. Wow, happiest days. Thanks to all of our Lions.

  • on June 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Batting at no 5 & 6 is the most difficult. if u r at the top you no what to expect. New red cherry and therafter the old ball. If you r at 5 or 6 some days its 20 for 3 another day 300 for 3. The game is so different in both situations. further you have the tail to bat with. 5 & 6 has the team goal first then personal goal. At the top just bat long and get maximum for your self and the team. For a 5 & 6 its about finding gap and forcing the ball. At the top its about leaving ball and making a gentle push into wide open spaces. Therefore scoring runs at any batting position in cricket is tough and the runs scored cannot be discounted on the place you bat. Runs is runs. Its just that Middle order batsman will not do well at the Top and vis a vis, top order bat finds it difficult at the middle. Its different set of skill sets.