Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, day 4, Galle June 25, 2012

Sri Lanka's recent resurgence

A look at the numbers from Sri Lanka's largest Test victory over Pakistan

  • The 209-run win was Sri Lanka's tenth against Pakistan and their first since the seven-wicket victory at the P Sara Oval in 2009. It was their fourth win against Pakistan in home Tests. The margin was the largest (in terms of runs) for Sri Lanka against Pakistan. It was also Sri Lanka's third Test victory since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan in 2010. All three wins have come in the last five matches. Since Murali retired, Sri Lanka have lost seven and drawn ten tests.

  • The win was Sri Lanka's 11th in 20 Tests in Galle and their second in three Tests against Pakistan at the venue. Sri Lanka's win-loss ratio of 2.75 in Galle is their second-best at home. Their best win-loss ratio is at the SSC (2.83).

  • Pakistan, who were bowled out for 100 in their first innings, were dismissed for 300 in their second innings. It is the first time in Tests that a team has been bowled out twice in the same match for a round-figure total (100, 200, 300 etc)

  • Sri Lanka failed to take 20 wickets in a Test in the first eight matches after Murali's retirement. Since then (12 matches), they have bowled the opposition out on five occasions.

  • Younis Khan became the 21st batsman and the first from Pakistan to aggregate 1000 runs in the fourth innings. His average of 59.70 is the highest among batsmen with 1000-plus runs in the fourth innings. By falling for 87, Younis missed out on becoming the only player to score five centuries in the fourth innings. He is level with four other batsmen on four hundreds.

  • Asad Shafiq's 80 was his fifth half-century and his second against Sri Lanka. His only century was against Bangladesh in December 2011. Despite Shafiq and Younis scoring half-centuries, Pakistan lost by 209 runs. It is the ninth time Pakistan have lost a Test despite two or more batsmen making fifty-plus scores in the fourth innings.

  • The 151-run stand between Younis and Shafiq was the second-highest fifth-wicket partnership for Pakistan in the fourth innings. It was also the second-highest fifth-wicket stand for Pakistan in a Test defeat. The partnership between Younis and Shafiq was also the best fifth-wicket stand in Galle.

  • Suraj Randiv's match haul of 7 for 99 was the third-best bowling performance by a Sri Lankan spinner against Pakistan in home Tests. It was also Randiv's second-best match performance after the 9 for 162 against India at the P Sara Oval in 2010.

  • Only on four previous occasions have Pakistan played more overs in the fourth innings as they did in this match (114 overs). Of the eight times Pakistan played 100-plus overs in the fourth innings, they won one and lost three

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    It is not being pessimistic to predict that Sri Lanka have a long way to go to be the force they were with their main man Murali- it is being realistic. Without Murali, and once Sanga and Mahela also retire, it will take a lot to be better than what WI turned out to be. All this "fighting spirit" comments are nice to hear, but let's not forget the horror of a year they experienced after Murali retired.

  • Manesh on June 26, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    It was also Sri Lanka's third Test victory since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan in 2010. - that says everything!.

  • Siri on June 26, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    It's too obvious that Sri Lanka still has large spaces to fill in the bowling department, to become even close to formidable. However strong your batting line-up is, it wouldn't win matches if you are struggling to take 20 wickets a time. SL needs 3 to 4 fast/fast-medium bowlers plus another 2 as back up, who can provide the variety in pace, swing and seam. Coupled with this, the spin bowlers too need to have an assortment of attack and tactic. Only then can SL be able to compete with the best here and abroad. Despite this win, SL have some way to go.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Great stats for Younus Khan , where are the greats of the world cricket were not good enough he has proved his worth . Hihgest average in fourth innings who have scored more then 1000 runs and many more to come . the way his stats show he may be achieve the recored of highest number of centuries in world cricket in 4th innnings , I expect many more to come

  • saminda on June 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Pls don't be so pessimistic. Don't always see the bad side of things. I think Mahela has done a remarkable job as the captain. By far he is the best we have got (outside of Arjuna). Matches are won due to individuals they are won by team work ( at least on a sustainable basis), and with a great leader that consistency can be brought to the team. Forget about Murali, that era is gone ( with all due respect for him, and even little bit more). We should all whole heartedly support the teams resurgence and expect the youngsters to take the onus as a one cohesive unit and perform. Congratulations and all the very best for Mahela and the team, well done boys.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Sri Lankans will never be weak as the WI. And Sri Lanka have done well outside of the subcontinent when compared to India and Pakistan. See the ODI results in SA and AUS. Sri Lankans are whole hearted cricketers and come what may, they will play as lions always do - roaring.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    There were so many decisions that went against Sri Lanka too, specially LBW's not given

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Yes there were bad umpiring decisions, no Misbah; give a bit of credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers who bowled well to get 20 wickets in the match, not long ago people were saying that Sri Lanka will not be able to get 20 wickets without Murali. They've proven that there is some strength in their ranks. They just need to show them the correct direction and they can become world beaters and show that they are not dependent on just one man. So far this has been the best series for Sri Lanka after the world cup loss.

  • Masudur on June 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Srilanka is doing well in home but they need to prove themselves outside of subcontinents.

  • Prashan on June 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Hope UDRS can be used for the remained of the series. Umpiring was horrendous but still Sri Lanka was the better side and would have won this.

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