Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Hambantota August 26, 2014

Mathews - 0 hundreds, 22 fifties

A stats review of the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Hambantota
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Thisara Perera won the MoM award for his all-round performance, scoring 65 runs and taking three wickets. He became the sixth Sri Lankan player to score a fifty and take three wickets in the same ODI
Thisara Perera won the MoM award for his all-round performance, scoring 65 runs and taking three wickets. He became the sixth Sri Lankan player to score a fifty and take three wickets in the same ODI © AFP

0 Number of times that that a 300-plus total has been successfully chased down in an ODI in Sri Lanka. The highest total that has been chased down successfully in Sri Lanka is the 288 that Pakistan had set Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2009. There have been two instances of teams, India and Sri Lanka, scoring 300-plus runs during an ODI chase in Sri Lanka, but both came in close losses.

6 Number of Pakistan wicketkeepers to have effected 50 ODI dismissals. Umar Akmal became the latest addition on the list when he took a catch to dismiss Upul Tharanga off the bowling of Wahab Riaz. Moin Khan leads the list with 287 ODI dismissals.

22 Number of fifties that Angelo Mathews has now scored in ODI cricket. This is the most fifties scored by a Sri Lankan batsman who does not have an ODI hundred. Chamara Kapugedera with eight fifties is a distant second. Across countries, Misbah-ul-Haq holds the record, with 37 fifties and no hundred. Mathews is also one of only five batsmen to have made 3000-plus ODI runs without scoring a century.

90 Number of 50-plus scores that Mahela Jayawardene has made in ODI cricket. There are only nine players who have made 90 or more such scores, an elite list led by Sachin Tendulkar (145) and Ricky Ponting (112). The only others with 100 or more 50-plus scores are Kumar Sangakkara (105) and Jacques Kallis (103).

2 Number of times that Seekkuge Prasanna has got to double digits in his 11 ODI innings. Prasanna batted at No. 6 today and was dismissed lbw for 1 by Mohammad Hafeez. Apart from his scores of 42 and 22, both versus Pakistan, Prasanna's highest ODI score is 8*.

19 Number of balls that Sri Lanka needed to go from 250 to 300. The breakup of Sri Lanka's 50s throughout the innings was erratic and makes for interesting reading - the first fifty came off 46 balls, the next off 70, the third off 42, the fourth off 75 and the penultimate fifty came off only 40 balls.

30 Number of times that Hafeez has taken two or more wickets in an ODI innings, without ever taking a four-for. He returned figures of 3-39 in this game. The only player to have two or more wickets on more occasions, without ever taking four wickets, is R Ashwin, who has done this 37 times in ODIs.

75 Number of balls (or 12.3 overs) in which Pakistan got their first 100 runs. This is Pakistan's fourth fastest 100 since 2001. Their fastest 100 in this period was in 10.4 overs against India at Kanpur in 2005. Earlier in the innings, Pakistan had got to 50 off 40 balls - their fastest in the last seven years, since another game against India at Kanpur in 2007.

45 Hafeez's ODI average in the 33 innings when he has batted at No. 3 for Pakistan. He batted at No. 3 today and scored a brisk 62 off 49 balls. In the 110 innings that he has opened the innings, his average is only 28.2. Only four of Hafeez's nine ODI hundreds have come when he has opened the innings, with the remaining five coming at No. 3.

15 Number of times that a Sri Lankan player has made a 50-plus score and taken three wickets in the same ODI, Thisara Perera becoming the latest. Sanath Jayasurya has done this on six occasions, with no other Sri Lankan having done it more than thrice. In all ODI cricket, this has been done 174 times.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor with ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Lol it does make difference on your career without hundred and one make confident and committed once hundred is been scored by a batsmen

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Angelo will eventually score a hundred. It is a matter of time. But that is not the point. He was batting at No. 6 or at times at No. 7 for the greater benefit of the team. This time he batted at No. 5 because SL opted to drop Chandimal to accommodate a bowler, which was the right thing to do considering the form and temperament he is in right now. Angelo will move up the order to No. 5 when the seniors retire after 2015 WC. Until then whoever bats at No. 5 should make a reliable contribution according to the situation. While Angelo is virtually carrying entire team on his broad shoulders it is an utter disgrace to see his deputy seated on the bench.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    i dont see point here , why is it a big deal for not making a hundred , for god sake he wins matches for us , thats it , what is the point in making big hundred and if the team is loosing ?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is no doubt a great team player. He is in amazing form. Giving him the captaincy is the reason for it. Hope he keeps on scoring buckets of runs.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 27, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Ask from the great "Aravinda de silva" which was his best knock in his career he wil say "50 in 1996 world cup semifinal"..... it dosent matter 50 or 100 (or even quick 25 - 30 sanath n kalu)as long as its help ur team win da match... last thing is if ur team losses no point of scoring 100 of 100s.... sorry bro

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 27, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    "As long as the team wins, the personal milestones don't matter much to me " - Angelo Davis Mathews. Enough said !!!

  • POSTED BY CricketFirst on | August 27, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Mathews might make only a few hundreds in his career due to his batting position. But the runs that he makes and the way he makes them, take Sri Lanka to a winning position. That's what matters!!!

    Same goes with Thisara who sacrificed his wicket in trying to keep strike for the last ball and add more to the total. Thisara is a good finisher,the only player in SL who maintains a career strike rate above 100.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    I think the main reason for Matthew's lack of hundreds is that he usually bats too low down the order and ends up with far too few overs to get a hundred

  • POSTED BY Kod. on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Sajith said it the best... Mathews is a mem in the middle order... Enough said...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    mathews is very calm and honest in his approach over the years he Has matured massively. I observed 3 similarities in sanga and mahela and mathews is when they got the captaincy all 3 of them performed exceptionally well. mahela was in his peak when he was captain played some remakebale innings as it goes with sanga as well .now mathews on his role. does that extra responsibility makes them better cricketer since they are the one who is going to answer the board and the media. If that is the case some of the great players couldn't able to handle the pressure being captain and focus on their own performance. sachin, lara, Arvinda De silva, they were not able to cope up with their own game when they made captain . I belive mahela along with arjuna both are born leaders. sanga and mathews both learned looking at mahela . He was tactician in terms of reading the game when he was fielding. mahela will be key player in this wc as can see on filed leader will be himself for sure .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Lol it does make difference on your career without hundred and one make confident and committed once hundred is been scored by a batsmen

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Angelo will eventually score a hundred. It is a matter of time. But that is not the point. He was batting at No. 6 or at times at No. 7 for the greater benefit of the team. This time he batted at No. 5 because SL opted to drop Chandimal to accommodate a bowler, which was the right thing to do considering the form and temperament he is in right now. Angelo will move up the order to No. 5 when the seniors retire after 2015 WC. Until then whoever bats at No. 5 should make a reliable contribution according to the situation. While Angelo is virtually carrying entire team on his broad shoulders it is an utter disgrace to see his deputy seated on the bench.

  • POSTED BY on | August 27, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    i dont see point here , why is it a big deal for not making a hundred , for god sake he wins matches for us , thats it , what is the point in making big hundred and if the team is loosing ?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is no doubt a great team player. He is in amazing form. Giving him the captaincy is the reason for it. Hope he keeps on scoring buckets of runs.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 27, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Ask from the great "Aravinda de silva" which was his best knock in his career he wil say "50 in 1996 world cup semifinal"..... it dosent matter 50 or 100 (or even quick 25 - 30 sanath n kalu)as long as its help ur team win da match... last thing is if ur team losses no point of scoring 100 of 100s.... sorry bro

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 27, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    "As long as the team wins, the personal milestones don't matter much to me " - Angelo Davis Mathews. Enough said !!!

  • POSTED BY CricketFirst on | August 27, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Mathews might make only a few hundreds in his career due to his batting position. But the runs that he makes and the way he makes them, take Sri Lanka to a winning position. That's what matters!!!

    Same goes with Thisara who sacrificed his wicket in trying to keep strike for the last ball and add more to the total. Thisara is a good finisher,the only player in SL who maintains a career strike rate above 100.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    I think the main reason for Matthew's lack of hundreds is that he usually bats too low down the order and ends up with far too few overs to get a hundred

  • POSTED BY Kod. on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Sajith said it the best... Mathews is a mem in the middle order... Enough said...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    mathews is very calm and honest in his approach over the years he Has matured massively. I observed 3 similarities in sanga and mahela and mathews is when they got the captaincy all 3 of them performed exceptionally well. mahela was in his peak when he was captain played some remakebale innings as it goes with sanga as well .now mathews on his role. does that extra responsibility makes them better cricketer since they are the one who is going to answer the board and the media. If that is the case some of the great players couldn't able to handle the pressure being captain and focus on their own performance. sachin, lara, Arvinda De silva, they were not able to cope up with their own game when they made captain . I belive mahela along with arjuna both are born leaders. sanga and mathews both learned looking at mahela . He was tactician in terms of reading the game when he was fielding. mahela will be key player in this wc as can see on filed leader will be himself for sure .

  • POSTED BY SajithaD on | August 27, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Those 50s from mathews says the story about a player who sacrifices personal glory for his teams victory... Mathews should not come earlier because its not about the runs he make, its about keeping the lower-middle order away from collapsing and hold the pressure when the team needs most... Those 50s are more valuable than 100s because of the situation it comes...

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | August 27, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Andersons-Broads tried, Steyns-Morkels tried, Junaids-Ajmals tried. Seems like no bowler on this planet is able to dislodge Mathews unless if he perishes to his own mistake. Be it Tests, be it ODIs, be it T20s, he's there to rescue his country single handedly. I often wonder what is red-hot form means and now I know after seeing Mathews' batting what red-hot form means. If he doesn't deserve to be the Cricketer of the year, no body else too. Salute to the Incredible Captain!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Mathews is an amazing batsmen .He comes too late for the century but often plays knocks which are match winning which is worth more than a century ! .

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | August 27, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    The moment the seniors retire, Angie will get plenty of fifties. He has been batting low down the order. So not a huge surprise that he hasn't got hundreds. But of course his exceptional talent makes it a bit disappointing that he hasn't got hundreds. It is just a matter of time. I think everybody knows that.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 27, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Good showing by Hafeez, who should always bat at 3, he seems more balanced there. That should be his spot. Hafeez is a valuable performer, with only one real weakness - Dale Steyn. No bowler has dismissed him more times - tests or ODIs. Hafeez should be rested for his own safety is Steyn is bowling.

  • POSTED BY Kotuwegogoda on | August 27, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Interesting statics. Asian cricketers dominate most. The competition should entice more English, Aussie, South African, New Zealand and West Indian cricketers. Then ODI itself will become more competitive globally.

    Though haven't mentioned Bangladesh, Zambabwe and Kenya their players also should invigorate themselves and bring pride to respective countries.

  • POSTED BY knuckleballz on | August 26, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Hard not to be impatient if your a SL supporter; but it'll soon come and it will be all the sweeter for Mathews. Good luck.......

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  • POSTED BY knuckleballz on | August 26, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Hard not to be impatient if your a SL supporter; but it'll soon come and it will be all the sweeter for Mathews. Good luck.......

  • POSTED BY Kotuwegogoda on | August 27, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Interesting statics. Asian cricketers dominate most. The competition should entice more English, Aussie, South African, New Zealand and West Indian cricketers. Then ODI itself will become more competitive globally.

    Though haven't mentioned Bangladesh, Zambabwe and Kenya their players also should invigorate themselves and bring pride to respective countries.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 27, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Good showing by Hafeez, who should always bat at 3, he seems more balanced there. That should be his spot. Hafeez is a valuable performer, with only one real weakness - Dale Steyn. No bowler has dismissed him more times - tests or ODIs. Hafeez should be rested for his own safety is Steyn is bowling.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | August 27, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    The moment the seniors retire, Angie will get plenty of fifties. He has been batting low down the order. So not a huge surprise that he hasn't got hundreds. But of course his exceptional talent makes it a bit disappointing that he hasn't got hundreds. It is just a matter of time. I think everybody knows that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Mathews is an amazing batsmen .He comes too late for the century but often plays knocks which are match winning which is worth more than a century ! .

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | August 27, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Andersons-Broads tried, Steyns-Morkels tried, Junaids-Ajmals tried. Seems like no bowler on this planet is able to dislodge Mathews unless if he perishes to his own mistake. Be it Tests, be it ODIs, be it T20s, he's there to rescue his country single handedly. I often wonder what is red-hot form means and now I know after seeing Mathews' batting what red-hot form means. If he doesn't deserve to be the Cricketer of the year, no body else too. Salute to the Incredible Captain!

  • POSTED BY SajithaD on | August 27, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Those 50s from mathews says the story about a player who sacrifices personal glory for his teams victory... Mathews should not come earlier because its not about the runs he make, its about keeping the lower-middle order away from collapsing and hold the pressure when the team needs most... Those 50s are more valuable than 100s because of the situation it comes...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    mathews is very calm and honest in his approach over the years he Has matured massively. I observed 3 similarities in sanga and mahela and mathews is when they got the captaincy all 3 of them performed exceptionally well. mahela was in his peak when he was captain played some remakebale innings as it goes with sanga as well .now mathews on his role. does that extra responsibility makes them better cricketer since they are the one who is going to answer the board and the media. If that is the case some of the great players couldn't able to handle the pressure being captain and focus on their own performance. sachin, lara, Arvinda De silva, they were not able to cope up with their own game when they made captain . I belive mahela along with arjuna both are born leaders. sanga and mathews both learned looking at mahela . He was tactician in terms of reading the game when he was fielding. mahela will be key player in this wc as can see on filed leader will be himself for sure .

  • POSTED BY Kod. on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Sajith said it the best... Mathews is a mem in the middle order... Enough said...

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | August 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    I think the main reason for Matthew's lack of hundreds is that he usually bats too low down the order and ends up with far too few overs to get a hundred