Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day July 24, 2014

Jayawardene joins Gavaskar and Lara, owns the SSC

Stats highlights from the first day of the SL v SA Test at the SSC, where Mahela Jayawardene scored yet another hundred
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Mahela Jayawardene drew level with Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara at 34 Test centuries with yet another hundred at the SSC, Colombo. © AFP

34 Test hundreds that Mahela Jayawardene has made, having drawn level with Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. Jayawardene needs two more centuries to catch up with Rahul Dravid, who is the only other batsman within striking distance of Jayawardene given that the Sri Lanka batsman only has a maximum of five more Test innings before retiring. Kumar Sangakkara also has 36 Test centuries, but is likely to end up above Jayawardene in this list.

11 Number of hundreds Mahela Jayawardene now has at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo - the highest any batsman has in Tests at one venue. Jayawardene was already leading this list before his latest century at this venue. Don Bradman and Jacques Kallis are next with nine hundreds at the MCG and Newlands, Cape Town, respectively.

1031 Runs scored by Angelo Mathews since the New Year Test against Pakistan. Only Sangakkara has outscored Mathews in Tests during this period. Mathews has scored three centuries and five fifties in 15 innings and has averaged 85.91.

131 Partnership runs between Jayawardene and Mathews - Sri Lanka's highest for the fourth wicket against South Africa, beating the 118-run partnership between Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga in Centurion back in 1998.

10 Number of times Sri Lanka have lost their first two wickets before reaching 20 in their innings, including today. The last such instance came seven years ago against Bangladesh, when Sri Lanka were two down for just 14 on board.

21 Debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella's age on Test debut; he is the third-youngest wicketkeeper at 21 years and 263 days to make his debut for Sri Lanka. Asanka Gurusinha, who made his debut at the age of 19 years and 52 days against Pakistan in 1985, is the youngest Sri Lanka debutant wicketkeeper.

5 Number of times Kumar Sangakkara has been out for a first-ball duck. Including this, three of the five instances have come at this venue.

18 Hundreds Jayawardene has scored at the SSC and Galle put together. He has currently scored 5135 runs at these venues at an average of 76.64 from 74 innings. He has taken nearly a hundred more innings at other venues to score the remaining 16 of his 34 centuries. At other venues, Jayawardene 's 6511 Test runs have come at an average of 39.7.

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC and Galle
Venues Mat Inns NO Runs Ave 100/50
SSC and Galle 48 74 7 5135 76.64 18/19
Other venues 99 173 9 6511 39.70 16/29
Overall 147 247 16 11646 50.41 34/48

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • PadMarley on July 25, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    There is something that people are very shallow in their cricketing views when it comes to Mahela. If perth is the capital of playing on bouncy pitches, Galle is the capital of playing on turning wickets. What is amazing about Mahela's numbers proves that he is one of the best batsman against spin the world has ever seen!! Just see how beautiful his feet, and his wrist moves against spinners, this is a special talent. It is sad that many shallow cricket fans tend to focus on what he is not good at than the magical talent he was gifted with.

  • StevenKarrik on July 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    No one can be judged based on stats or records. Mahela is a great player, but it'll will be inexplicable to term him as a legend. Over stats, there was a player from India, Vinod Kambli, with 60 as his first class average and 55 as a Test average. But he is nowhere near good. Mahela is a good player. No doubts. But according to me Sanga can be classified as a legend by the time he retires. Dravid will be all time great in the post Viv Richards era.

  • deepalw on July 25, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    The argument that he scores better at home does not make him less talented as he has scored world over but may be more consistent at home. obviously all players score better on their home grounds as that is where they learn and play cricket at from their younger days and it's not always a valid point to suggest that they are inferior in anyway. the subcontinent pitches are also not very easy to score on as if so all the other overseas teams also should find success to the same level but they are difficult turning tracks mostly where a lot of overseas batsman struggle to cope with.and more than the pitches it's the talent of the batsman to tackle the type of bowling as Mahela is a better player of spin than fast bowlers which is also a skill as some players are very poor against spin. so no doubt he is very talented. Aravinda was the most skilled batsman we had and played fast and spin bowling alike overseas and home but he's avg is 42 and that does not reflect his true genius.

  • Alexk400 on July 25, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Mahela plays elegant for right handed batsman. I think he looks better than VVS but vvs play effortless ease. Mahela kinda genius in srilankan pitches.

  • mizan3060 on July 25, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Mahela is an elegant batsman, his innings worth watching. I must say, he is a great character in worlds cricket. Compare him with others based on statistics is very rude.The stat guru's who has shown subcontinent cricketers moderate avg. in fast pitch should compare how Aussie or Englishmen avg. in subcontinent. All are test grounds, and all have different qualities.

  • ygkd on July 25, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is one of the classiest bats of a whole generation. Statistics are a fine tool but they don't always tell the whole story. Still, here's some stats. He's played about 28 Tests at SSC but only one each at the MCG and The Oval. Now where would you play better - the ground which you know like the back of your hand or the one which you never really get to see?

  • RAJEESHKUMAR on July 25, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I am an Indian and not at all a fan of mahela and sanga. But what everyone should keep in mind is that, a batsman need to score runs in a match, whether it is played in home or away. Someone need to score in every match so that the team will win or save the match. Runs scored in subcontinent are equally worth as those scored outside the subcontinent as far as a match is concerned.

  • Ramansilva on July 25, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Those cricket pundits who comment about test cricket batting and test cricket pitches are just arm chair pundits. They through numbers and names to discredit a fine cricket of our time but they do not recognize the effort a cricketer put in to score against world class bowlers like Steyn to score whether it is on home or away grounds or flat or fast tracks. When these pundits comment about Mahela who is about to retire, that just show their ignorance, jealousy and prejudice against him. By the way I was never a fan of Mahela. I appreciated his predecessor (as captain and presently coach) more.

  • Hasi21 on July 25, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Mahela may not the Best player in the world. I just want to say for this Cricket Geniuses, every Asian pitches aren't flat pitch.some kind of pitches are very difficult to bat on.so, please don't underestimate his effort.

  • Johnny_129 on July 25, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Congrats to Jayawardene - Great bat. But one can not compare him to Dravid as far as technique and playing on all-around wickets. Dravid technique was the most pure of all - text book stuff!!

  • PadMarley on July 25, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    There is something that people are very shallow in their cricketing views when it comes to Mahela. If perth is the capital of playing on bouncy pitches, Galle is the capital of playing on turning wickets. What is amazing about Mahela's numbers proves that he is one of the best batsman against spin the world has ever seen!! Just see how beautiful his feet, and his wrist moves against spinners, this is a special talent. It is sad that many shallow cricket fans tend to focus on what he is not good at than the magical talent he was gifted with.

  • StevenKarrik on July 25, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    No one can be judged based on stats or records. Mahela is a great player, but it'll will be inexplicable to term him as a legend. Over stats, there was a player from India, Vinod Kambli, with 60 as his first class average and 55 as a Test average. But he is nowhere near good. Mahela is a good player. No doubts. But according to me Sanga can be classified as a legend by the time he retires. Dravid will be all time great in the post Viv Richards era.

  • deepalw on July 25, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    The argument that he scores better at home does not make him less talented as he has scored world over but may be more consistent at home. obviously all players score better on their home grounds as that is where they learn and play cricket at from their younger days and it's not always a valid point to suggest that they are inferior in anyway. the subcontinent pitches are also not very easy to score on as if so all the other overseas teams also should find success to the same level but they are difficult turning tracks mostly where a lot of overseas batsman struggle to cope with.and more than the pitches it's the talent of the batsman to tackle the type of bowling as Mahela is a better player of spin than fast bowlers which is also a skill as some players are very poor against spin. so no doubt he is very talented. Aravinda was the most skilled batsman we had and played fast and spin bowling alike overseas and home but he's avg is 42 and that does not reflect his true genius.

  • Alexk400 on July 25, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Mahela plays elegant for right handed batsman. I think he looks better than VVS but vvs play effortless ease. Mahela kinda genius in srilankan pitches.

  • mizan3060 on July 25, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Mahela is an elegant batsman, his innings worth watching. I must say, he is a great character in worlds cricket. Compare him with others based on statistics is very rude.The stat guru's who has shown subcontinent cricketers moderate avg. in fast pitch should compare how Aussie or Englishmen avg. in subcontinent. All are test grounds, and all have different qualities.

  • ygkd on July 25, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is one of the classiest bats of a whole generation. Statistics are a fine tool but they don't always tell the whole story. Still, here's some stats. He's played about 28 Tests at SSC but only one each at the MCG and The Oval. Now where would you play better - the ground which you know like the back of your hand or the one which you never really get to see?

  • RAJEESHKUMAR on July 25, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I am an Indian and not at all a fan of mahela and sanga. But what everyone should keep in mind is that, a batsman need to score runs in a match, whether it is played in home or away. Someone need to score in every match so that the team will win or save the match. Runs scored in subcontinent are equally worth as those scored outside the subcontinent as far as a match is concerned.

  • Ramansilva on July 25, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Those cricket pundits who comment about test cricket batting and test cricket pitches are just arm chair pundits. They through numbers and names to discredit a fine cricket of our time but they do not recognize the effort a cricketer put in to score against world class bowlers like Steyn to score whether it is on home or away grounds or flat or fast tracks. When these pundits comment about Mahela who is about to retire, that just show their ignorance, jealousy and prejudice against him. By the way I was never a fan of Mahela. I appreciated his predecessor (as captain and presently coach) more.

  • Hasi21 on July 25, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Mahela may not the Best player in the world. I just want to say for this Cricket Geniuses, every Asian pitches aren't flat pitch.some kind of pitches are very difficult to bat on.so, please don't underestimate his effort.

  • Johnny_129 on July 25, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Congrats to Jayawardene - Great bat. But one can not compare him to Dravid as far as technique and playing on all-around wickets. Dravid technique was the most pure of all - text book stuff!!

  • KW-SL on July 25, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Great player no doubt the most elegant in this era! No doubt Dravid is a legend like MJ, Do not always go with stats bcs Dravid's avg is very much modest in SA & SL but that doesn't say he is not a legend of the game! all have some weaknesses!

  • V-Lo on July 25, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Averages 60 in SL and 41 away. 24 of his 34 hundreds have come at home, with 4 more in Asia and another against Zimbabwe. So only five of his hundreds have been scored on seaming pitches.

    Avge v Aust in Aust - 31 Avge v Eng in Eng - 35 Avge v SAF in SAF -27 Avge v NZ in NZ - 27

    Based on those figures he is an inferior player (by some distance) to Sanga, not to mention Dravid, Gavaskar, Lara, Ponting, Kallis and Tendulkar. All of them have an away average which is similar to their overall average. In Dravid's case he averaged more outside the sub-continent than he did at home. Jaya is a fine (and very elegant) player, make no mistake, but those figures show that he is a flat track bully, and not in the class of others mentioned here. Can't argue with figures.

  • Dhutugemunu on July 24, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    To all who consider Mahela a flat track bully; To play in a flat track, a player should have a separate talent. Why not others can not play like Mahela in flat tracks? Answer: They don't have that talent.

  • gahapanmachan on July 24, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Together with Lara, Mahela is the most eye pleasing test cricketer I've seen. He is an absolute great at home and with 14 centuries and an average of ~40 is well above a good bat abroad.

    Lankans play it tough in foreign countries like Australia & England due to the short one or two series they get. They are never able to adjust and build on like Indians who plays 4/5 tests. Mahala/Sanga would have ended up a lot better than the likes of Dravid/Sunil if they had the same exposure.

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    The way he's still hitting hundreds, you'd wonder why he's retiring but I guess the best go out on a high!

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Congrats Mahela .. truly a legend.. Thank you cricnfo .. I like this new stats update. Keep rocking

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene - Classy @ Home (SSC & Galle) and Clumsy Abroad (Outside Asia).

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Actually averaging almost 40 with 16 hundreds abroad is by no means bad figures! Sure he is a better batsman in his own conditions but so are most batsmen...

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 24, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    He can catch up anybody but not even half potential of Lara, Gavaskar or Dravid.

  • DesaiVijay on July 24, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    If the runs scored at the 2 venues in Srilanka are taken out Mahela appears to be a ordinary batsman. Its the number of matches a batsman has won or saved for the team that is more important than one's own milestones. on this count Hats of to Dravid.

  • Triple_A on July 24, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    What an unbelievably skewed record!! One cannot be considered a great batsman by having 40% of their runs in only 2 venues. Heck, he has scored more hundreds in these two venues than everywhere else combined. This shows the lack of impact for Mahela in any conditions away from his comfort zone. No wonder he has constantly been termed as a Sri Lankan great, and not an all-time great. It will be a meaningless record if he goes past Dravid who has scored centuries in extremely foreign conditions in England, Australia and WI. It is quite sad that India gets blamed for having lifeless pitches when in fact their pitches spin and bounce whereas Srilankan pitches play out boring draws, albeit for the occasional brilliance of Murali or the opposition.

  • CricketChat on July 24, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Mahela has every chance of catching up with Dravid (36 100s) as he is playing all his remaining innings in SL only. He is truly one of the greats of the game since mid-90s anyway you look at it.

  • Criticalthinking on July 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Congrats Mahela, but his record at flat track pitches is really great, but a mediocre batsmen outside Srilanka. Srilankan pitches known for batting paradise. I do remember when Mahela and Sanga played ..played... played on a deadly flat pitch against southafrica. But one great thing is Muralidharan who took lots of wicket even in flat pitches. Salute to Muralidharan.

  • N.S.Ganesh on July 24, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Srilanka should concentrate on how to beat South Africa to level the series first. Then ofcourse we will talk about milestones. I guess this make sense guys.

  • sohanpandey578 on July 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations MAHELA, We will always miss you

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  • sohanpandey578 on July 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Congratulations MAHELA, We will always miss you

  • N.S.Ganesh on July 24, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Srilanka should concentrate on how to beat South Africa to level the series first. Then ofcourse we will talk about milestones. I guess this make sense guys.

  • Criticalthinking on July 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Congrats Mahela, but his record at flat track pitches is really great, but a mediocre batsmen outside Srilanka. Srilankan pitches known for batting paradise. I do remember when Mahela and Sanga played ..played... played on a deadly flat pitch against southafrica. But one great thing is Muralidharan who took lots of wicket even in flat pitches. Salute to Muralidharan.

  • CricketChat on July 24, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Mahela has every chance of catching up with Dravid (36 100s) as he is playing all his remaining innings in SL only. He is truly one of the greats of the game since mid-90s anyway you look at it.

  • Triple_A on July 24, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    What an unbelievably skewed record!! One cannot be considered a great batsman by having 40% of their runs in only 2 venues. Heck, he has scored more hundreds in these two venues than everywhere else combined. This shows the lack of impact for Mahela in any conditions away from his comfort zone. No wonder he has constantly been termed as a Sri Lankan great, and not an all-time great. It will be a meaningless record if he goes past Dravid who has scored centuries in extremely foreign conditions in England, Australia and WI. It is quite sad that India gets blamed for having lifeless pitches when in fact their pitches spin and bounce whereas Srilankan pitches play out boring draws, albeit for the occasional brilliance of Murali or the opposition.

  • DesaiVijay on July 24, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    If the runs scored at the 2 venues in Srilanka are taken out Mahela appears to be a ordinary batsman. Its the number of matches a batsman has won or saved for the team that is more important than one's own milestones. on this count Hats of to Dravid.

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 24, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    He can catch up anybody but not even half potential of Lara, Gavaskar or Dravid.

  • on July 24, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Actually averaging almost 40 with 16 hundreds abroad is by no means bad figures! Sure he is a better batsman in his own conditions but so are most batsmen...

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene - Classy @ Home (SSC & Galle) and Clumsy Abroad (Outside Asia).

  • on July 24, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Congrats Mahela .. truly a legend.. Thank you cricnfo .. I like this new stats update. Keep rocking