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Stats highlights from the third day in Galle, which was dominated by Dale Steyn
July 18, 2014
5 - Number of five-wicket hauls for Dale Steyn in Asia - he has two each in India and Sri Lanka, and one in Pakistan. His 5 for 50 is his best figures in Sri Lanka.
76 - Number of wickets for Steyn in Asia, which is the second-highest for fast bowlers from outside the subcontinent. Only Courtney Walsh, with 77 wickets at 20.53, has more wickets. With a 25-wicket cut-off, Steyn's strike rate of 39.7 is the best among these bowlers.
79.61 - Angelo Mathews' batting average in ten Tests as captain - he has scored 1035 runs in 17 innings. Among batsmen who've scored at least 1000 runs as captain, only Don Bradman has a higher average (101.51), while Kumar Sangakkara (69.60) and Mahela Jayawardene (59.11) are both in the top five as well. In the 31 Tests when he wasn't captain, Mathews averaged 39.71.
50 - Mathews' career batting average, when he reached 86 in the Sri Lanka first innings. However, he added only three more before he got out, which pushed his career average down to 49.14. His home average, though, has gone up beyond 50 after today's effort - it's 50.50.
2004 - The number of Test runs Mathews has scored at No. 6, at an average of 51.38. He is one of only seven batsmen to score 2000-plus runs at a 50-plus average at No. 6.
71 - Runs added for the eighth wicket by Mathews and Rangana Herath, which is the 16th fifty-plus partnership in 54 eighth-wicket stands in Tests this year. Eighth-wicket pairs have averaged 35.13 runs per partnership this year, while the opening pairs have averaged 32.46, with 12 fifty-plus stands in 66 innings.
59 - The total runs contributed by Hashim Amla (11), AB de Villiers (21), Kumar Sangakkara (24) and Mahela Jayawardene (3). Given that 738 runs have been scored in the match so far, these four batsmen have contributed 8% of the total runs.
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstatsFeeds: S Rajesh
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