Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Steyn's Asia haul, and Mathews second to the Don

Stats highlights from the third day in Galle, which was dominated by Dale Steyn

S Rajesh

July 18, 2014

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Angelo Mathews played superbly on the fourth morning, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day, June 23, 2014
Since taking over as captain, Angelo Mathews has scored 1035 runs in ten Tests at an average of 79.61 © PA Photos
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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.

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Posted by Sehwag3rd300 on (July 18, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

while its odd that there are more 8th wicket fifty plus partnerships than opening partnerships, we should remember that many of those 8th wicket partnerships have one top order or middle order batsman and they were probably playing against an older ball, while the opening pair always has to face the new ball

Posted by DeathHawk on (July 18, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

I think Mathews will bat at 5 when Mahela J retires. This will allow him to steady the upper middle order and also keep an eye on the guys coming in after him.

Posted by HenryPorter on (July 18, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

What's up with Philander? Only 7 wickets at an average of 53 so far this year.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

mathews should not go higher than 5. great stats

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 18, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

I am seriously impressed with Matthews. Needs to bat higher.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 18, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Angelo Mathews is great. No doubt captaincy has made him better just like Misbah Ul Haq. Angelo must come at no. 4 ideally and let Vithanage come at no. 5. Bowling spells of 3 overs per spell is what suits him best. No doubt he worries about his injury too which makes him bowl less in tests. Definitely he has 3 out of 4 test tons overseas which proves he is an all weather shield. Hope his form continues against Pakistan too. Best of him is when he bats with tailenders.

Posted by bestbuddy on (July 18, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Pretty good going by Matthews. Thats said, Cook reached a 1000 runs as captain in just 7 tests, 3 betteer than Graeme Smith actually. Yet Cooks captaincy might be cut short while Smiths lasted 100 tests. Only time will tell which Matthews will emulate

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