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India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Visakhapatnam

Ganguly breaks his wicket drought

S Rajesh and HR Gopala Krishna

February 17, 2007

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India's emphatic seven-wicket win at Visakhapatnam helped them seal the ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-1. Cricinfo looks at some of the stats highlights from the game.



Chamara Silva became the 19th Sri Lankan batsman to score an ODI hundred in a losing cause © AFP
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145 - The unfinished fourth-wicket stand between Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh. It's the highest for that wicket for India versus Sri Lanka, beating the 128 that Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir added at Ahmedabad in November 2005.

51.80 - The average partnership between Ganguly and Yuvraj. In 19 innings they have put together two century and four half-century stands

49.24 - Yuvraj's average in ODIs won by India. In matches lost, he only averages 22.09.

45 - The number of consecutive ODI matches in which Ganguly hadn't taken a wicket, before the Visakhapatnam match. The last time Ganguly managed a wicket, he took three - against Australia in the VB Series at Sydney in 2003-04, he grabbed 3 for 41.

114 - The number of runs Chamara Silva had scored in his nine previous ODI innings before his unbeaten 107 against India.

17 - The number of consecutive ODI innings in which Mahela Jayawardene hasn't managed a half-century. It's his longest such slump - his previous longest was 15 innings in 2002-03, which, incidentally, included 21 runs from seven innings during the 2003 World Cup. In the 17 innings during the current drought, Jayawardene has managed 314 at an average of 22.43.

19 - The number of times a Sri Lankan batsman has scored a century in a losing cause. India hold the record with 39 such instances, while England come in next with 27.

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