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Stats highlights from a day which was completely dominated by Kumar Sangakkara
August 9, 2014
501 Runs scored by Kumar Sangakkara off Saeed Ajmal in Tests. Ajmal has dismissed him Sangakkara only three times, giving the batsman an average of 167. The next-highest runs scored by any batsman off a bowler since May 2001 is 431, by Mahela Jayawardene against Harbhajan Singh.
10 The number of double-centuries Sangakkara has scored in Tests, next only to Don Bradman's 12. Sangakkara also has six scores of 150 or more against Pakistan, the second-best by a batsman against one opposition, after Bradman's 11 against England.
84.59 Sangakkara's Test average against Pakistan. In 38 innings against them, Sangakkara has scored 2707 runs, which is easily the best by any batsman facing Pakistan - the next-highest is Sunil Gavaskar's 2089 runs, scored in 41 innings.
9 Number of centuries for Sangakkara in his last 19 Tests, going back to June 2012. Sangakkara has scored 2504 runs in these 19 Tests - the highest by any batsman at an average of 83.46. Those nine hundreds include scores of 319, 221, 199 not out and 192.
1329 Sangakkara's Test aggregate in 2014, which is the highest by any Sri Lankan in a calendar year. He has scored those runs in 16 innings, at an average of 88.60. The previous-highest by a Sri Lankan in a year was 1271, by Sanath Jayasuriya in 19 innings in 1997.
18 The number of century partnerships in Tests between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, with 20, have more century stands. However, Sangakkara and Jayawardene average 56.28 per completed partnership, compared to 50.51 for Tendulkar and Dravid.
91.15 Angelo Mathews' batting average in his last ten Tests. In 17 innings, ten times he has gone past 50, with three centuries, three scores in the 90s.
1094 Mathews' Test aggregate in 2014, in 16 innings, at an average of 91.16. Only Sangakkara has scored more runs this year. With Mahela Jayawardene scoring 919 and Kaushal Silva 792, the top four run-getters in Tests this year are all Sri Lankans.
933 The number of Test runs Mathews has scored against Pakistan, out of an aggregate of 2947, which means 31.6% of his total runs have come against Pakistan. His next-highest against any team is 449, against Australia.
46.2 The number of overs Ajmal bowled before getting his first wicket in the innings, which is the longest he has ever waited for his first scalp. In Abu Dhabi against Sri Lanka in 2013, Ajmal had figures of none for 115 from 49 overs. In an innings in which he did take at least one wicket, the longest he had waited for a first scalp before today was 41.2 overs, against England at Lord's in 2010.
166 The runs Ajmal conceded in Sri Lanka's innings, which is the most he has gone for when taking a five-wicket haul. His previous most expensive five-for was 5 for 151, against South Africa in Dubai last year.
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstatsFeeds: S Rajesh
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