South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day December 26, 2011

More debut heroics, and South Africa's low

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from an engrossing second day's play between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Durban

Following an innings defeat in the first Test, Sri Lanka were not expected to give South Africa too many problems, but the hosts stumbled to their lowest total against Sri Lanka. Marchant de Lange's seven-wicket haul on debut and Thilan Samaraweera's century were the stand-out achievements on a day with numerous statistical highlights. Here are the most important stats from an action-packed second day in Durban.

  • de Lange became the eighth bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul on Test debut in 2011. Six of these instances have come since the beginning of November.
  • de Lange also became only the second South Africa bowler to pick up seven or more wickets on Test debut since Lance Klusener picked up 8 for 64 in 1996 in Kolkata. This is also the 20th instance of a bowler picking up seven or more wickets on debut.
  • de Lange's 7 for 81 is the tenth instance of a bowler picking up seven or more wickets in an innings against Sri Lanka. Imran Khan's 8 for 58 in Lahore in 1982 is the best bowling performance against Sri Lanka.
  • Thilan Samaraweera's century is only his second outside the subcontinent after his 125 against West Indies in Trinidad in 2008. In 17 Tests outside the subcontinent, he has scored 939 runs at 37.56. This is also the first time that Samaraweera has faced more than 200 deliveries in an innings outside Asia. Samaraweera's century is also only the second for a Sri Lanka player in South Africa; the first was Hashan Tillakaratne's 104 in 2002.
  • Chanaka Welegedara's 5 for 52 is his second five-wicket haul and best bowling performance in Tests, surpassing his 5 for 87 against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2011. It is also the second-best bowling performance by a Sri Lanka bowler in South Africa after Muttiah Muralitharan's 6 for 39 in Durban in 2000.
  • Dale Steyn bowled 23 overs in the innings without picking up a single wicket. This is the most overs bowled by Steyn in an innings without success. The only previous occasion when he went wicketless in a completed innings was against Bangladesh in Centurion in 2008.
  • AB de Villiers became the sixth South Africa batsman to reach the 5000-run mark in Tests. His average of 47.71 is third behind those of Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith.
  • South Africa's total of 168 is their lowest total against Sri Lanka. Their previous lowest of 169 came in the Test at the SSC in 2006 when they lost by an innings.
  • The 170-run deficit is the fourth-highest for South Africa in Durban since their readmission. Click here for the highest deficits in home Tests when South Africa have batted first and here for the list of deficits when South Africa have batted second.
  • Sri Lanka's total of 338 is their highest total in an innings in South Africa, going past their 323 in Centurion in 2002.

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  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    SL win or loose i'm still laughing at Kepler Wessel .hhahaah!

  • Piyush on December 28, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I have said this before and saying again, currently no team can claim to be Test match champs, Indian bowling is weak, SA always gives you chance to come back, they have not dominated a single series of late though they look best on paper, England doesn't know how to play spin.Australia looks too weak for mention.

  • Tanmay on December 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Indian fan here.....where are SA supporters now....i said at the start SL has a strong chance in this series as SA isnt the team they were back in the 90' SL has to stick with this attack(Welegedera-Fernando-Thisara) overseas...well done Welegedera.....SL did not lost previous series by big margins....0-1 to be precise against Eng-Aus & Pak....SA is highly inconsistent team since their victory in Australia in 2009....not having won any series since 18 months proves the point further & as i said earlier SL will carn SA in SL...& they were billing Eng-SA series in Eng as series between number 1 & number 2 !!!

  • Cricinfouser on December 28, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    I just don't get it. SA should be killing all the teams. Their fielding is probably the best in the world. Their pace attack is the best(Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Marchant). They have the world's best allrounder (AB DeVilliers). Kallis and Amla are every bit as competent as Dravid and VVS. Then how the hell do they draw series against teams they should be thrashing on their home turf? How can you not win a home series in the last three years. How do you manage to get blown out by the SL pace attack? What's wrong with you people? I thought the Boers were supreme in mental toughness having stalemated the Russians in 1980s and driven the Brits to exasperation in the second Boer War after having actually defeated them in the first. So it can't be mental toughness. so what's the problem Saffers? Are you people complacent? Or arrogant? Or just plain lazy? Or do you not really care?

  • Anver on December 28, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    A dream debut for youngster !! but sadly SA bundled out for168 at their own den.... Mr.Kepler is this the SA 2nd XI team you were referring against SL before the series ? Now SL has to set a good target from here on wards & push for a win !!!

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    now we don't need rain to spoil the match, Lankans roar

  • Ramesh on December 27, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Where is Kepler Wessel now? SA narrowly escaped a follow on. SA struggling in their own pitches..

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