Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day August 16, 2014

A century after 1998 days

Stats highlights from an eventful third day, when a bowler took nine wickets in an innings for the first time in 12 years, and a Pakistan wicketkeeper got a Test hundred for the first time since February 2009

Sarfraz Ahmed became the first Pakistan wicketkeeper to score a Test century since February 2009, when Kamran Akmal made an unbeaten 158 against Sri Lanka in Karachi © AFP

18 The number of instances of bowlers taking nine or more wickets in a Test innings. Rangana Herath became the latest to join the group, with his innings haul of 9 for 127. Two bowlers - Jim Laker and Muttiah Muralitharan - have achieved the feat twice, making Herath the 16th bowler to join this club.

1 The number of left-arm bowlers who have taken nine wickets in a Test innings. Unlike in batting, where four of the top five scores are by left-handers, the top 17 bowling figures are all by right-arm bowlers. Before Herath, ten times left-arm bowlers had taken eight in an innings, with the best being 8 for 11, by England's Johnny Briggs against South Africa in 1889.

3.82 Herath's economy rate, which is the highest for any bowler who has taken nine wickets in an innings; the previous-highest was 3.45, by Devon Malcolm when he took 9 for 57 off 16.3 overs against South Africa in 1994. The 127 runs Herath conceded are also the highest for any bowler when taking nine in an innings.

83 Herath's Test haul against Pakistan; it's the third-highest by a bowler in Tests against Pakistan, after Kapil Dev (99) and Shane Warne (90).

1998 The number of days (5 years, 5 months and 22 days) since a Pakistan wicketkeeper last scored a Test century, before Sarfraz Ahmed's 103 today: Kamran Akmal scored an unbeaten 158 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in February 2009.

23.23 The batting average for Pakistan's wicketkeepers since March 2009, before this Test. In 75 innings, they had scored 11 fifties, with a highest of 88. The average was the lowest among wicketkeepers from all teams.

6545 The aggregate partnership runs between Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in Tests, which is second only to Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar's 6920 runs. During the course of this partnership, they went past Greenidge-Haynes (6482 runs in 148 innings). The Sangakkara-Jayawardene pair averages 56.91 runs per partnership, compared to 50.51 for Dravid-Tendulkar. The current partnership is already worth 98; two more runs will make it their 19th century stand, which is one short of the record of 20, between Dravid and Tendulkar.

33 The number of times both Sangakkara and Jayawardene have passed 50 in the same innings in Tests. Jayawardene needs one more run to make this the 34th instance. Dravid and Tendulkar hold this record too, with 39 instances of 50-plus scores for both batsmen.

4 The number of batsmen who have scored more Test runs than Sangakkara, who went past Brian Lara's aggregate of 11,953 runs during the course of his unbeaten 54. Sangakkara has played 221 innings to score these runs, compared to Lara's 232. Only Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Dravid have scored more Test runs.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Venkatesh on August 20, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @Yasir Khan Kashani: I don't think Amla will come anywhere near Sachin given his age and the amount of matches that the Proteas play. Kohli has a chance to better Sachin's records in ODIs.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    @Ksquared and Thomas Cherian. Sanga if he plays like this at the average of 59 Runs per inning, he will break Sachin Record by playing 170+ matches, Right now he hold fastest 9000, 10000 , 11000 and will have fastest 12000 Runs in test match, beating Sachine Tendulkar atleast 20 innings difference, Sachine made 12000 Test Runs in 242 innings, whereas Sanga will make it in 221 innings, and the inning gap increasing in each 1000 Runs. Due to IPL, Kallis left the game early playing only 164 games, 36 matches short of Sachin, and about 2800 Runs short, and Kallis prefered to play IPL by excusing family life for international Cricket, the way Hashim Amla playing in Test and ODI and the way Virat Kholi playing in ODI, if they consistently play like this, then Sachine's record will not far away in 2020.

  • Kanishka on August 16, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    @ Thomas Cherian If Sanga plays the same amount of tests that Sachin did he would have easily gone beyond Sachins records but I don't see him playing more than 80 tests to catch up to Sachins 200 odd tests before he calls it a day. He may not have the god given talent like Sachin but his hard work and perseverance is phenomenal he has probably scored more runs since turning 30.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    I think he can take Sachins test records. I would very much like that

  • MOHAMMED on August 16, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Sarfraz century will be in vain as Pakistan will lose this match comfortably. Great bowling from Herath and another 5 wkt haul is there in store for Herath in second innings. Congrats Herath and SL

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I applaud to this pair. Really great

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