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Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's comprehensive Test win by 105 runs at the SSC
August 18, 2014
11 The number of instances of Sri Lanka winning both matches of a bilateral two-Test series. The last such instance was five years ago, at home against New Zealand in 2009. Seven of those wins have been against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh; South Africa and West Indies are the other teams to have suffered such defeats. For Pakistan, it was only the second such defeat: they'd lost a two-Test series 2-0 in South Africa in 2002-03.
14 Rangana Herath's match haul in the Test. His figures of 14 for 184 are the second-best in Tests for Sri Lanka, next only to Muttiah Muralitharan's 16 for 220 against England at The Oval in 1998. These are also the second-best match figures for any bowler against Pakistan, after Anil Kumble's 14 for 149 in Delhi in 1999.
4 The number of instances of left-arm bowlers taking more than 14 wickets in a Test - the last such instance was by Hedley Verity against Australia at Lord's in 1934, when he took 15 for 104. Chaminda Vaas is the only other left-arm bowler to take 14 in a match - he took 14 for 191 against West Indies at the SSC in 2001.
23 Herath's series haul, which is the highest by any bowler in a two-Test series (or in a series when a bowler played only two Tests). The previous-highest was 22, by Muralitharan against South Africa in 2006; Murali took 22 at an average of 18.04 in that series, while Herath's 23 in this series came at an average of 15.13.
17 The number of five-fors for Herath in his last 33 Tests, since the beginning of 2011. He has taken 182 wickets during this period, averaging 5.5 wickets per Test, and 26.02 runs per wicket. Before 2011, Herath had taken four five-fors, and 78 wickets, in 24 Tests, averaging 3.25 wickets per Test, and 36.15 runs per wicket.
265 The series aggregate for Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan's wicketkeeper. In four innings he made one century and three fifties, with scores of 55, 52*, 103 and 55, and was the top run-getter for Pakistan. His aggregate is the highest by a Pakistan wicketkeeper in a series since India's tour there in 2006, when Kamran Akmal scored 293 runs in five innings.
4 The number of fifty-plus scores for Sarfraz in the series, which is a record for a Pakistan wicketkeeper. There have been five instances of Pakistan wicketkeepers making three fifty-plus scores in a series. The only previous instance of any wicketkeeper touching 50 in every innings he batted in a series (with a minimum of four innings batted) was Andy Flower against India in 2000-01, when he made scores of 183*, 70, 55, 232*.
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