Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Thisara Perera - 79 matches, nine MoM awards

Stats highlights from the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Dambulla, which Sri Lanka dominated from start to finish to set up one of their most convincing wins

S Rajesh

August 30, 2014

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Thisara Perera has won nine Man-of-the-Match awards in just 79 ODIs, of which four have come in 18 matches against Pakistan © AFP

8 The number of times Pakistan have been bowled out for less than 102, which was their total against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. One of those eight scores was against Sri Lanka, when they were bowled out for 75 in Lahore in 2009, after Sri Lanka had scored 309.

1 The number of times Pakistan have been bowled out for less than 102 after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, as they did in Dambulla. The only such instance was against West Indies in a Benson & Hedges World Series game in Brisbane in 1993, when Pakistan were bowled out for 71 in 23.4 overs. West Indies chased down that score with 30.4 overs to spare.

9 The number of Man-of-the-Match awards for Perera in 79 ODIs, of which four have been against Pakistan. He is already 11th among Sri Lankans with the most such awards. Both his Man-of-the-Series awards have been against Pakistan.

Highest frequency of MoM awards  (min. 50 ODIs)
S. No. Player Matches MoM awards Matches / MoM award
1 IVA Richards 187 31 6.03
2 CG Greenidge 128 20 6.40
3 HM Amla 92 14 6.57
4 SR Tendulkar 463 62 7.47
5 MD Crowe 143 19 7.53
6 V Kohli 136 18 7.56
7 MA Atherton 54 7 7.71
8 Zaheer Abbas 62 8 7.75
9 GS Chappell 74 9 8.22
10 NLTC Perera 79 9 8.78

178 The number of balls that were remaining when Sri Lanka knocked off the target. Only six times have Pakistan lost an ODI by a bigger margin, in terms of balls remaining. Their largest such defeat was against West Indies in 1993, again, this time in Cape Town in a triangular tournament. They were bowled out for 43, their lowest ODI score, and West Indies knocked off the runs in 12.3 overs. Sri Lanka have won an ODI with more balls to spare on 13 occasions, but it was their biggest such win against Pakistan.

15-5 Sri Lanka's win-loss record in ODIs in 2014. They've won series against Bangladesh, Ireland, England and Pakistan - apart from winning the Asia Cup - and lost a series only to South Africa.

26 Sharjeel Khan's highest score in his last ten ODI innings, during which period he has scored 133 runs at an average of 13.30. In his first ODI innings he scored 61.

106 Fawad Alam's batting average since his return to the ODI team. In five innings he has notched up scores of 74, 114*, 62, 30 and 38* - 318 runs at a strike rate of 84.12.

103 The number of ODI wickets for Thisara Perera, which makes him the 14th Sri Lankan to make it to the 100-wicket club in this format. Twenty-nine of those wickets have come in 18 matches against Pakistan, at an average of 24.27. At home, he has taken 55 wickets in 32 games at an average of 19.25; overseas, he has 48 wickets in 47 matches at 34.72.

40 The number of 50-plus scores for Tillakaratne Dilshan in ODIs since the beginning of 2009, which is the third highest, after Kumar Sangakkara (52) and Virat Kohli (48). In 134 ODI innings during this period, Dilshan has scored 5478 runs at an average of 45.65.

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Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

rambukwella , chandimal, is the biggest headache for srilanka cricket.. they are tring and playing all this trick to get him to srilanka team.. well we have better spinners and better batter than him.. sanath must be good enough to say this.. i guess we can keep playing say team in england tour ,may be maharoof ,jeewan ,sekukuge ,suraj can fight for spinners allrounder spot and kula and dammi can fight for fast balling spot.. if chandimal or thirimane come into the team one off many 3 must rested.. and hope kusal be fit for smashing the english fast ballers

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Every one knows why Thisara was droped England & SA series. Thanks to Sanga who explain the situation to President MR. His advise was don't be hurry to leave NZ. Thisara proved to SL selectors wining the MOM now SL selectors should consider him for the Test matches and V.Capton for the T20 and 50 over. He is the ideal selection not Chandimal or Threemanna. C&T are good players but need time them to prove.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2014, 2:08 GMT)

thisara must be the vice captain in the team.. he was with angi from school time.. and there playing together well from that time.. selecter and politican and the team mangers must know most off the peolpe in srilanka do know what is cricket .. don,t make what babies do....

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

India & South Africa are the formidables for 2015 World Cup. The other two semi finalists come from England, Sri Lanka & Nes Zealand.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

We've already proven how good we are overseas after cleaning up England in their home soil. We know how good we are home and away.

Posted by ak928 on (August 30, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

the real test of this lankan side will be on the tour of nz........nz have recently proven to be an outstanding team......lets see what the lankan pacers do against quality batsman like taylor,mccullum,williamson and co....and how they play the nz pacers who can be very destructive...it'll be a very nice contest.....but in those conditions(outside asia) ......nz certainly will have a upper hand

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Thissara is a match winner in ODI cricket. Dropping him is the most silly thing selection committee did. He is a must for Australia in 2015 world cup

Posted by SLMaster on (August 30, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Sanath's restriction on Thisara is working well. It good to see him back in form after miserable performance early this year. Should congrat Sanath as well. His stats is very good with number quality players in the team. Hard to get MoM when there are quality players likes of Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Malings etc.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Thisara lost his place in the team only because they wanted to keep 7 batsman in the team with under performing Vice captains so it was clear he lost his place to keep the vice captains in the team, 6 batsman and thisara at 7 is the best combination for SL. He is not just a wild hitter so need to let him to bat at 7.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

That Bold head nut job will drop Thisara Perera & Priyaranjan for the next ODI series against England for Rambukwella, Thirimmane or Chandimal. Hope Kithuruwan has gone for good. Can`he identify these players can`t bowl, bat, or field. What`s Santh`s problem? Thank god still they have the 3 old veterens to guide this SriLanka side for the next WC. If Santh can`t find talent why he don`t ask Duleep Mendis and Michael Tissera for help. These two are the Masters of that.

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