SL v India, 3rd Test, Colombo (SSC) August 31, 2015

Opening lows, and Prasad's best

Stats highlights from the fourth day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC

Dhammika Prasad returned his best match figures in this Test. © AFP

8/169 Dhammika Prasad's bowling figures in this match - his best bowling performance in a Test match. His previous best was the 7 for 135 he took against Pakistan at P Sara Oval earlier this year. The 15 wickets that Prasad has taken in this series are his most, beating the 14 he took against Pakistan earlier this year.

44 Wickets Prasad has taken in 11 Tests since his comeback to Sri Lanka Test team in 2014, against England in Leeds. He has averaged of 28.68 and has taken four or more wickets in an innings five times. In 12 Tests before that Prasad had taken only 22 wickets at an average of 59.00 and no four-wicket hauls.

4/62 Nuwan Pradeeps's bowling figures in India's second innings - his best in an innings in Tests and his third four-wicket haul. His previous best was the 4 for 63 he took against New Zealand in January this year in Wellington. Pradeep has taken 34 wickets at an average of 46.70. He had a slow start to his career having taken only one wicket in his first three Tests at an average of 345.00. He had bowled 504 balls in those three Tests for a solitary wicket. Since then though, he has taken a wicket every 61 balls.

0 Number of fifty-plus scores by Rohit Sharma in second innings before his fifty in this Test. In ten innings Rohit had scored 170 runs at an average of 18.88 and a highest of 39 against Australia at the SCG.

1953 Last time India had fifty-plus stands from both fourth and fifth wickets after losing their first-three wickets for ten runs or fewer. India were 10 for 3 in the second innings against West Indies in Port of Spain before Madhav Apte and Polly Umrigar added 135 runs for the fourth wicket and then Apte and Vijay Hazare added 64 runs for the fifth. The fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli and Rohit was only the fifth time that India's fourth-wicket had added fifty-plus runs in such situations. The last such instance had also come against Sri Lanka, at P Sara Oval in 1985, when Kris Srikkanth and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan added 76 runs.

98 Runs scored by Amit Mishra in this Test - the fourth highest by any batsman from No. 8 or lower at the SSC. The last time any batsman, batting at No. 8 or lower, scored more runs than Mishra in this Test was in 2009, when Daniel Vettori got 163 runs including a second-innings hundred.

1 Number of times India have had their No. 9 batsmen make two fifty-plus scores in a Test before this one. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar had made two fifties against England at Trent Bridge in 2014. In the current Test though, two different batsmen - Amit Mishra and R Ashwin - got fifties from that position.

1968 Last time India posted a total higher than the 274 they made in their second innings after having lost their first-three wickets for ten runs or less. India had made 279 runs in the first innings at the Gabba after having lost three wickets for just nine runs. The highest and the only other higher total posted by India in such a situation came in 1953 when India made 362 in their first innings in Port of Spain.

0 Number of times before this Test India have had each of their five batsmen batting at No. 5 to No. 9 scoring 30 or more in an innings. Overall, including this instance, this has happened only nine times with the last instance also coming this year, in New Zealand's second innings at Headingley.

15 The top opening stand of the series - between Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne in the first innings in Galle. Opening stands from either sides have made 14, 0, 12, 4, 1, 3, 8, 2, 11, 0, and 1 in this series after that. The 15-run stand in Galle is now the lowest top opening partnership in any three-Test series. The previous lowest also involved India as one of the teams: in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1999-00, VVS Laxman and MSK Prasad added 22 for the first wicket, which was the highest opening stand of the series.

5.91 Average opening stand in this series - the lowest in any Test series involving three or more matches. The first wicket in this series added just 71 runs from all the 12 innings put together from either team. The worst performance by the opening stand in a three-Test series before this was way back in 1895-96. Only 61 runs were scored from ten opening stands in that series between England and South Africa.

16 Number of single-digit score by openers out of 24 innings in this series - the most in any series with three or fewer Tests. There were as many as five ducks in this series from the openers. The previous highest was, again, in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1999-00 when there were 14 single-digit scores from the openers.

2008 The last time before R Ashwin in this Test an India batsman batting at No. 9 had top scored with the team posting a total 250 or more runs. On that occasion Zaheer Khan had made 57 in a team score of 360 in the Bangalore Test against Australia. Including this Test, there have been only nine such instances for India.

326 The highest target chased successfully at the SSC in Tests. Sri Lanka had done that against Zimbabwe in 1998. Teams setting a target of 250 or more at this venue have lost only once in 17 instances before this Test. The longest any team has batted in the fourth innings at the venue to draw a Test is 134 overs, which was done by the hosts against Pakistan in 2009.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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