SL v Pak, 2nd ODI, Pallekele July 15, 2015

Kusal matches idol Jayasuriya

Stats highlights from the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Pallekele

Kusal Perera's 25-ball 68 was Sri Lanka's fastest innings of 50 or more runs in ODIs. © AFP

288 Target chased down by Sri Lanka in this match, the second-highest successful chase in ODIs in Sri Lanka, and only one run short of the highest. The highest successful chase in Sri Lanka also was by the hosts against the same opposition, in Dambulla in 2009.

4 Times Sri Lanka have beaten Pakistan in ODIs by a margin of two wickets, including this game. This is the narrowest margin of win in terms of wickets for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in ODIs.

17 Balls Kusal Perera took to score his fifty; this was the second-fastest fifty ever in ODIs, and the joint-fastest for Sri Lanka. Sanath Jayasuriya had also made a 17-ball fifty against the same opposition, in 1996. AB de Villiers' 16-ball fifty against West Indies earlier this year is the fastest fifty in ODIs.

272 Perera's strike-rate in this match - the highest in an innings of 50 or more runs by a Sri Lanka batsman in ODIs. Perera's innings in this game managed to edge out Jayasuriya's against Pakistan in 1996, in which he had a strike rate of 271.42.

70 Runs conceded by Sachith Pathirana from his nine overs, the most conceded by a Sri Lanka debutant in ODIs. Pathirana's economy of 7.77 in this match was also the worst by any Sri Lanka debutant to bowl five or more overs.

20 Runs off Lasith Malinga's ninth over in this game - the fourth-highest he has conceded in an over in ODIs and the second time he conceded 20 or more runs in an over against Pakistan. Mohammad Rizwan carted 18 off that over from Malinga, which equals the third-most he has conceded in an over to a batsman in ODIs.

536 Runs Azhar Ali has scored in his eight ODIs as captain. He has averaged 67 as captain and scored two hundreds and three fifties. Azhar's 536 runs are the most by a batsman in his first eight or fewer matches as captain. Glenn Turner, with 515 runs in seven matches, had scored the most before Azhar. For Pakistan, Aamer Sohail had made the most runs in the first eight ODIs as captain before Azhar. Sohail had hit 411 runs, including four fifty-plus scores.

55 Times Angelo Mathews has been involved in run-outs in international cricket, the most for any player since Mathews' debut in 2008. MS Dhoni, who has been involved in 37 run-outs since Mathews debut, is a distant second. However, this was only the 15th time Mathews himself was run out.

23 Mohammad Hafeez's bowing average against left-hand batsmen, exactly half of his average of 46 against the right-hand ones. Sixty-seven of his 129 ODI wickets have been of left-hand batsmen. Hafeez has dismissed five left-hand batsmen in this series and averaged 12 runs per wicket against them. His one wicket against the right-hand batsmen cost him 40 runs.

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  • Kepili on July 17, 2015, 23:32 GMT

    The 2nd ODI 1st wkt fell at 97 in 9th over, leaving 196 more runs to score from 41 overs (RRR was 4.7), The 2nd wkt stand between UT & TMD was a productive 48 runs = Upul 28r (78 SR)-Dilly 19r (SR 74).

    When UT got out, beaten by an in-swinging Rhat beauty at 140 (in the 19th over), SL had just 148 more to score from nearly 32 ovrs, with 8 wikts in hand (RRR was 4.6). In Contrary to absurd criticism of some armchair pundits (belong to shallow-end), the 2nd wicket partnership between UT & TMD had maintained the RRR & even slightly reduced it from 4.7 in 9th over to 4.6 in 19th ov.!

    Then the 3 quick-wikts (Dil, Mathews, Thiri) fell for just 5 r within 2 ovs, tumbling the score from pretty STABLE 154 for 2 wkts to 159 for 5 wikts! Anyone could clearly see the culprits responsible for dragging the things down suddenly from comfortable 154 for 2 to tensed 159 for 5 within 2 overs, to put the pressure on lower middle order (despite having an easy RRR of 4.6 to maintain).

  • Kepili on July 17, 2015, 19:21 GMT

    SL's HIGHEST EVER successful chase in history was 289 (that was also Vs PK in 2009 Aug) which was won by 6 wickets with 6 overs to spare!

    THE FIRST Wicket partnership was solid 202 runs in just 33 overs! The Openers who won that match for SL were Upul Tharanga 76 runs (SR 80) & Mahela Jayawaradane 123 runs (SR 113). When Upul fell at 202, the rest of the 10 batters had just 87 runs to score from 17 overs.! This is how SL regularly WON many ODIs in the past, depending on SOLID PARTNERSHIPS, rather than flash-in-a-pan occasional BLITZ, rarely dawn!

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2015, 9:24 GMT

    Common selectors get rid of Thirimanne and give a chance to players who can bowl and bat like Shehan Jayasuriya and Danushka Gunathilake or Jeewan Mendis ( will improve the fielding too ) Some stage Ajantha Mendis has to come into the team, doesn`t matter he gives runs or not he`s capable of taking wickets and bowl 10 overs. The problem is Sri Lanka does`t have a bowler to bowl 10 over under 50 runs take a wicket or two. If some one their who can do that 3 out 5 games, then they are going win more games. Ajantha Mendis with his variation in the team, even the other bowlers going to bowl well. They got to improve their fielding, I can`t believe they wasted money on Jonty . They need more players like Mathews who can bowl and bat in shorter formats not players like Thirimanne. I don`t know what to say about these selectors and coaching staff.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2015, 22:42 GMT

    Kusal's 50 in 17 is much better than what Jayasuriya did. I can very well remember how small that ground was. This score was achieved at a standard international venue so has more value.

  • Dudley on July 16, 2015, 20:00 GMT

    Dilshan and Malinga have slowed down considerably. Kusal's valiant effort only secured this win. Selectors have to bring in 'new blood' for the next game. Dudley Gunsena, Eastwood, NSW,Australia.

  • Ammarhit on July 16, 2015, 14:25 GMT

    I forgot about Mathews and runouts lol. He seems a bit too aggressive when trying to take singles and just doesn't look properly once he gets going. Maybe he does it to keep everyone else on their toes?

  • Andrew on July 16, 2015, 11:50 GMT

    @CUPULW : Openers Kusal & Dilshan were benefited from new rule of not having compulsory close-in catchers (mainly slips in PP-1 ten overs) on top of just having 2 outside the ring to stop anything went past 30 yrds. Kusal exploited this for big hitting, without risking those edges ended up in those hands previously in many occasions under conditions influenced for new ball movement (ended inside 10 balls). Pallekalle first 10 in SL ing, luckily there was no any new ball movement or slips to curtail Kusal's superb ing. Hopefully, this will not becoming a blue-moon dream, that we see only once in a while!

    NEW ODI RULES: An ODI game will consist of three power plays.

    PP- 1 will be from Overs 1-10, where not more than 2 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

    PP-2 will be from overs 11-40, where not more than 4 fielders are allowed outside the circle.

    PP- 3 will be from Overs 41-50, where not more than 5 fielders will be allowed outside the circle.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2015, 7:40 GMT

    Batting with mathews is nightmare to other sri lankan batsmen.

  • Chandana on July 16, 2015, 7:35 GMT

    errr.... there seems to be some misconception regarding rule changes to ODIs. the main changes are 1. No compulsory catchers in overs 1-10 (ODIs) 2. Between 11 to 40 overs four fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle (ODIs) 3. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in overs 41-50 (ODIs) 4. No batting Power-play between overs 15-40 (ODIs) 5. All "no balls", not just "foot faults", to result in a free hit (ODIs & T20Is)

  • Ted on July 15, 2015, 21:11 GMT

    Kusal (68)-Dilly (21) = 92 run stand was the best / Sachith (33) - dinesh (17 ) = 52 runs was the 2nd Best stand / Tharanga (28)- Dilly (19) = 48 runs was the 3rd Best stand for SL.

    After, Upul Tharanga was unfortunately bowled for a beauty, ending a productive 48 run partnership put up for the 2nd wicket, THREE quick wickets fell for just 4 runs (Dilly, Mathews, Thirimanne). This middle-order collapse, suddenly crumbled the pretty good stable score of 155 for 2 to 159 for 5 wickets.!

    Openers Kusal 68 (SR 272), Dilshan 47 (SR 74) benefitted by First 10 ov New PP rule with just 2 fielders outside the ring to cut down big runs (best ever PP1 benefit seen in ODI history),

    Chandi 48* (SR 76), Pathirana 33 (SR 117), Tharanga 28 (SR 78) These scores were made, having 4 fielders outside the ring to cut down 4s (New PP2 rule).

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