Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day July 28, 2014

Jayawardene's safe hands, and SA's stonewalling

Stats highlights from the fifth day of the second Test at the SSC, where South Africa batted 111 overs to save the match

2 Number of Test series won by South Africa in Sri Lanka. Monday's draw secured South Africa their second series win in five visits to the country. The only other time South Africa won here was in the first ever series between the teams in 1993, when the hosts were beaten 0-1.

541 Deliveries that Hashim Amla faced in the match, which is the fourth highest a South Africa batsman has ever faced in a Test. Given that Amla was required to anchor South Africa's first innings and to bat on a turning pitch to save the Test in their second, Amla scored only 164 runs both innings put together. The last time Amla batted 500-plus balls in a Test, against England at The Oval in 2012, he scored 311 runs in 529 balls at a strike rate of 58.79.

18 Five-wicket hauls that Rangana Herath has taken in Tests, all of which have come since his most recent comeback in 2008. Herath has now gone past Dale Steyn and Graeme Swann as the bowler to have taken most five-wicket hauls since 2008.

200 Catches Mahela Jayawardene has held in Tests, which is the second highest by any fielder. Rahul Dravid (210 catches) and Jacques Kallis are the only other fielders with 200 catches in Tests. However,Jayawardene is the quickest among the three to take 200 Test catches, having reached the landmark in his 147th Test. Dravid took 149 Tests and Kallis 166.

0.88 Herath's economy rate in South Africa's second innings. Herath gave away just 40 runs off his 45 overs in the innings and took five wickets. The last time a bowler bowled 240 or more balls in an innings and ended up with more economical figures than Herath's was in 1978, when England's Phil Edmonds bowled 34 eight-ball overs and went for only 38 runs against New Zealand in Christchurch. There have been only nine instances of bowlers returning more economical figures than Herath's from their 40-plus overs in a Test innings. The last time a bowler bowled 40-plus overs and went at less than a run per over was also when South Africa battled to save a Test: in Adelaide in 2012, Nathan Lyon conceded 49 runs in 50 overs as South Africa made 248 for 8 in 148 overs.

4.87 JP Duminy's strike rate in the Test, which is the second lowest for any batsman to have batted 100 or more balls in a match. Duminy, whose strike rate in the first innings was the sixth-lowest by a top-order batsman in an innings of 50 or more balls, batted slower than he did in the first innings to produce two of the slowest 50-plus ball innings in this Test. He scored off only six of the 123 balls he faced in this match. Duminy's effort in the match was slower than Kyle Abott's 114-ball 10 against Australia in Cape Town earlier this year, which is also one of the lowest strike rates by a batsman in a Test.

17 Number of wickets taken by Sri Lanka's spinners in this Test, which is only the seventh instance of Sri Lanka's spinners taking 17 or more wickets in a Test. The last such instance was against England at Galle in 2012, when Herath and Suraj Randiv combined to take 18 wickets.

111 Number of overs South Africa batted in their second innings, which is the sixth-highest any overseas team has batted in the fourth innings in Sri Lanka, and only one over less than South Africa's effort at Moratuwa in 1993. On that occasion too, South Africa battled in the fourth innings to save the Test, ending with a score of 251 for 7 from 112 overs. The Moratuwa Test was the first of a three-Test series which South Africa won 1-0.

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  • Lalith on July 29, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    I do somewhat agree with Narayan, that Mathews failed to declare on time. But when you play against a top Team, with four plus sessions to go with a solid batting line up, that would have been a tough decision. Becuase if SA had the desire to chase the runs, it would have been a different story, we would have blamed Mathews for that. Nevertheless, I think Mahela getting out for zero in the second innings basically sealed the fate for SL. If Mahela had added 50 to 60 runs, in his current form SL could have declared much much sooner. That would have saved a lot of time to send SA to bat. It's important to take note of such tactics when your up against a top team, cuase SA were determined to win the series and it was carved on every player with the way they blocked.

  • Altaf on July 29, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    In that match on 1993 series first test, Eksteen played at strike rate of 4.49 but could not join above Duminy as he was 11 balls short of 100 balls. He scored 4 from 89 balls to save the test match!

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    England and SA have re written definition of defence and resilience. Outstanding. Another nail biting draw.

  • greig on July 28, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    SA were scoring at a very low rate the whole Test, something around 2 runs per over. Matthews declaration was too late, especially considering the weather that was around.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Very Well played by both teams. As a SA fan I am happy that they regained number 1 spot again but feel sorry for SL as well. This 4th innings nowhere belongs to runs for SA team. The only consideration is how many balls a batsman played, so for us top scorers in final innings are Amla with 159 balls (170 min), Philnder with 98 balls (105 balls) & Cock with 92 balls (96 min). Also some most valuable contributions from Imran & Steyn combine they have faced 49 balls (58 mins). Great bowling over rate from SL. A beautiful test match ended up with a draw.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    SL effectively lost the op to win on day 4 when they failed to declare with a lead of 300. In any case SL were 0-1 down, atleast with an equal op , SL would have more overs to bowl at SA. Another 10 to 15 overs SL would have won. That's the extra number of overs that SL batted in the second innings. Angelo Mathews has to learn quickly.

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