Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day January 12, 2014

Opening highs for Sri Lanka

It was a Test match to remember for Sri Lanka, especially their openers and fast bowlers. Stats highlights from their win

  • The nine-wicket win is Sri Lanka's first in an away or neutral venue Test against Pakistan since 2004, when they won by 201 runs in Faisalabad. Since then, they'd lost twice and drawn five Tests in away or neutral venues against Pakistan.

  • Since February 2009, this is only Sri Lanka's second Test win in 19 away Tests - they've lost nine and drawn eight during this period. Their only other victory was a superb one by 208 runs against South Africa in Durban.

  • Pakistan have now lost two successive Tests in Dubai. In October last year they lost to South Africa by an innings and 92 runs. Before that defeat, they'd won three out of four.

  • Of the five Tests which've produced a result in Dubai, four have been won by the team batting second. The average runs per wicket in the first innings here is 19.56; in the next three innings it's 33.91, 35, and 56.06.

  • Sri Lanka's pace attack picked up 15 wickets in the Test, and averaged 22.86 runs per wicket. Only five times has a Sri Lankan pace attack taken more wickets in a Test, and the last time it happened was in November 2001, in Colombo (SSC) against West Indies, when the seamers picked up 16. The four previous instances were all before February 1992.

  • Suranga Lakmal's match haul of 6 for 123, and his haul of 4 for 78 in the second innings, are both his best in a Test. Before this Test, he had never taken more than four in a Test, or more than three in an innings.

  • The 124-run partnership between Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne was Sri Lanka's first century stand for the opening wicket since June 2011, when Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana added 207 at Lord's. Since that Lord's Test and before this one, in 47 partnerships Sri Lanka's opening pairs had averaged 28.02, with a highest of 93. This is also only the third time Sri Lanka's openers have added a century stand in the fourth innings of a Test.

  • Silva and Karunaratne scored three fifties in the match, which is only the sixth instance of Sri Lanka's openers making three 50-plus scores in the same Test, and the first since December 2009, when Paranavitana and Dilshan had achieved the feat against India in Mumbai.

  • One of the few positives for Pakistan was Sarfraz Ahmed's batting in the second innings. His 74 is the highest by a Pakistan wicketkeeper since Zulqarnain Haider's 88 against England at Edgbaston in August 2010. Since that Test, Pakistan's wicketkeepers have averaged 20.10, the poorest among all teams. They've managed only four half-centuries in 45 innings, and the only team apart from Zimbabwe with no centuries from their wicketkeepers. South Africa's wicketkeepers have averaged 47.61, Bangladesh's 42.63 and England's 38.31 in the same period. (Click here for the complete list.)

  • Mahela Jaywardene's Man-of-the-Match is the 11th of his Test career, thus equalling Aravinda de Silva's mark. Among Sri Lankans, only Kumar Sangakkara (15) and Muttiah Muralitharan (19) have won more such awards.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Ali on January 13, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Congrats! Sri Lanka. Hopefully Pakistan will make some changes (hint hint Azhar for Shafiq, Talha for Rahat) and include Azhar Ali and push Hafeez down and play him as all rounder (means give him at least 20-25 overs to bowl). I wonder why Pakistan have not included any left hand batsman in the team. It makes impact on bowling as bowlers have to adjust their length through the innings.

  • Rohan on January 13, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    In my honest opinion, it was Pak missing their first choice players, SL getting to win the toss, getting to bowl when pitch supported bowling, getting to bat when the track was pretty flat (it dint do anything for the bowlers on the 5th day too), Pak's dropped chances that altogether helped SL win this match. Come the 3rd test and if we get to see any one of the above thing going Pakistan's way, I am sure the result will be in the favor of Pakistan.

  • Chatty on January 12, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I too think that Kaushal Silva should have been the MOM. The second innings batting cannot be ignored. If a couple of quick wickets had fallen, things could have taken a very different turn, given the pressure that could be created in the fourth inning. Having said that, I am also happy that Mahela got the award because he played under a lot of pressure in the first inning - not just match pressure, but personal pressure to perform.

  • Chandana on January 12, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Why did Mahela get MOM ? well because he batted for almost 7 hours in making 129 with a split webbing in his left hand. for non-cricketers, that is his top hand which gives direction and power to bat follow-through. He must have been on a load of painkillers !!!

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Note that the one time since 1992 that the SL pace attack took more than 15 (November 2001) was Chaminda Vaas's best test haul where he got 2 7-fors.. this was the 3rd test match in a series where Murali got 2 10-fers in the first 2 and Lara dominated with the bat to no avail. Goes to show how much SL depended on Murali for wickets and wins (considering only the 2nd away win since he retired).

  • ESPN on January 12, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    kaushal shouuld have been man of the match but mahela scored when the chips were down. in that light mahela too deserves

  • Android on January 12, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    stat clearly shows how this wicket behave. with so much difference in 1 st innings per wicket avg and 4 th innings. SL planned well and read it well by choosing extra pacer and bowling 1st.

    but this was pakistans home series and they should plan accordingly.

    SL youngsters inproving day by day

  • ADARSH on January 12, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka :) That was a good fight shown by the youngsters. Disappointed of why Kaushal was not named as the man of the match.

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