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Stats highlights from the first day of the SL v SA Test at the SSC, where Mahela Jayawardene scored yet another hundred
July 24, 2014
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.
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