It was the 1652nd ODI in cricket history.
It was India's 454th and Sri Lanka's 336th ODI.
It was was the 66th meeting between the two sides. The record now reads: Sri Lanka 27, India 34, abandoned 5.
Umpires Daryl Harper and George Sharp officiated in their 40th and 22nd match respectively.
Sanath Jayasuriya recorded the third highest individual innings in the one-day internationals. He surpassed a number of records during his assault. The details:
- on 89, he bettered his previous best at this venue (88 against West Indies on 17-10-1999).
- on 100, he recorded his ninth ODI hundred (in 217th match): his fourth against India (in 42nd match).
- on 106, he bettered his best as captain: 105 also against India at Dhaka on 01-06-2000.
- on 123, he bettered the previous best by a captain at this venue: 122 by West Indian Richie Richardson against Pakistan on 21-10-1991.
- on 132, he bettered the previous best by a Sri Lankan captain in ODIs: 131 (unbeaten) by Arjuna Ranatunga against India at Colombo RP on 18-07-1997. It was also the highest ever score made against India by a skipper.
- on 139, he bettered the previous best by a captain in a day-night match in ODIs: 138 (unbeaten) by Australia's Greg Chappell against New Zealand at Sydney on 25-11-1980.
- on 150, he became the fourth batsman to make 150 plus scores on two occasions in ODIs after Viv Richards (3), Brian Lara (2) and Saurav Ganguly (2).
- on 152, he bettered his previous personal best score: 151 (unbeaten) also against India at Mumbai Wankhede on 17-05-1997.
- on 152, he bettered the previous highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman against India: he had made 151 (unbeaten)
- on 153, he bettered the second highest score by any batsman against India: 152 (not out) by West Indian Desmond Haynes at Georgetown on 21-03-1989 (only Pakistani Saeed Anwar - 194 - at Chennai on 21-05-1997 has scored more).
- on 154, he bettered the previous best by a batsman in the final/ grand final of a tournament: 153 by West Indian Brian Lara against Pakistan at Sharjah on 05-11-1993.
- on 166, he completed his 6000 runs in ODIs. He became the third Sri Lankan and the 19th batsman overall to do.
- on 170, he bettered the highest individual score at this venue: 169 by West Indian Brian Lara against Sri Lanka on 16-10-1995.
- on 187, he bettered the previous highest score by a captain in ODIs: 186 (unbeaten) by India's Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad on 08-11-1999.
- his 189 is the third best score by a batsman in ODIs after Saeed Anwar's 194 against India at Chennai on 21-05-1997 and West Indian Viv Richards' 189 (unbeaten) against England at Manchester on 31-05- 1984.
The fifth wicket partnership of 166 runs between Jayasuriya and Russel Arnold is a new record for Sri Lanka for this wicket against all countries. This obliterates the previous highest of 139 between Aravinda de Silva and Duleep Mendis against Australia at Sydney on 23-01-1985. Incidentally Sri Lanka's previous best fifth wicket stand against India was 131 (unbeaten) between Arjuna Ranatunga and Hassan Tillekeratne at Delhi on 02-03-1996.
The partnership is also the highest for fifth wicket against India bettering the 147 run-partnership between the Kiwi pair of Roger Twose and Chris Cairns at Pune on 24-11-1995. It is also the highest for the fifth wicket at this venue beating the unbroken 153 run-stand between Andy Flower and Dirk Viljoen against Sri Lanka on 21-10-2000.
Venkatesh Prasad's bowling figures of 7-0-74-0 (RPO 10.57) is the second most expensive by a bowler bowling at least seven overs in a match. The worst figures still remains with another Indian Ravi Shastri who conceded 77 runs in his 7 overs (RPO 11.00) against West Indies at Jamshedpur on 07-12-1983.
Jayasuriya now also holds the record of facing most balls in a match for Sri Lanka. The previous record was in the name of Roshan Mahanama who faced 153 balls (for his 101) against West Indies at Sharjah in 1995-96. Just for the record, Pakistan's Javed Miandad holds the record of facing most balls in an innings in a 50 over game. Miandad faced 170 balls for his unbeaten 63 against West Indies at Perth in 1988-89 in a World Series Cup match. New Zealand's Glenn Turner faced 210 balls for his unbeaten 171 against East Africa at Birmingham in 1975 World Cup but that was a 60 over per side game.
Jayasuriya's 189 contributed 63.21 % of his team's total which is the fourth highest performance by a batsman monopolising a team's total. The details:Batsman%RunsTotal ForVsVenueSeason
IVA Richards 69.49 189* 9/272 WI Eng Manchester 1984 N Kapil Dev 65.79 175* 8/266 Ind Zim Tunbridge Wells 1983 AH Jones 63.51 47 74 NZ Pak Sharjah 1989-90 ST Jayasuriya 63.21 189 5/299 SL Ind Sharjah 2000-01 DR Martyn 60.73 116* 191 Aus NZ Auckland 1999-00 RA Smith 60.29 167* 5/277 Eng Aus Birmingham 1993
Jayasuriya extended his run-aggregate to 413 in five innings in the tournament. He now holds the Sri Lankan record of highest runaggregate in a tournament other than a World Cup or World Series (played in Australia). He beat the previous record of Aravinda de Silva, who, in the 1996-97 Singer Akai Championship (also at Sharjah) had scored 410 runs in five matches.
Only one batsman- Sachin Tendulkar-has aggregated more runs in a tournament at Sharjah. Tendulkar aggregated 435 runs in the Coca-Cola Cup in April 1998 at an average of 87.00.
Jayasuriya scored 108 runs in boundaries and sixes (21 fours and four sixes). It was the second instance that Jayasuriya scored more than 100 runs from strokes worth four or more in an innings. He had scored 11 sixes and 11 fours, making a total of 110 during his innings of 134 against Pakistan at Singapore on 02-04-1996. Jayasuriya became the second batsman after West Indian Viv Richards to do so on two separate occasions. The details:Runs 6s4sBatsman (Score)ForVsVenueSeason
118 5 22 Saeed Anwar (194) Pak Ind Chennai 1996-97 114 5 21 IVA Richards (189*) WI Eng Manchester 1984 110 11 11 ST Jayasuriya (134) SL Pak Singapore 1995-96 110 7 17 SC Ganguly (183) Ind SL Taunton 1999 108 4 21 ST Jayasuriya (189) SL Ind Sharjah 2000-01 106 7 16 IVA Richards (181) WI SL Karachi 1987-88 100 6 16 Kapil Dev (175*) Ind Zim Tunbridge Wells 1983 100 4 19 DJ Callaghan (169*) SA NZ Centurion 1994-95
Jayasuriya's 21 fours in the match are the joint second highest by a batsman in an innings alongwith two West Indians Viv Richards (during his innings of 189* v England at Manchester on 31-05-1984) and Brian Lara (during his innings of 153 v Pakistan at Sharjah on 05-11-1993). The ODI record is in the name of Pakistani Saeed Anwar who hit 22 fours during his world record innings of 194 against India at Chennai on 21-05-1997.
Russel Arnold, on 47, completed his 1000 runs in his 36th match (and 32nd innings). He became the 13th Sri Lankan and 144th batsman overall to do so.
Sri Lanka's total of 299 for five is the highest by a side against India at Sharjah. This obliterates the previous highest of 294 for five also by Sri Lanka made two days ago.
India's total of 54 is its lowest ever in all ODIs beating the 63 against Australia at Sydney on 08-01-1981. Incidentally India's previous lowest against Sri Lanka was 78 at Kanpur on 24-12-1986. India's previous lowest at this venue was 125 against Pakistan on 22-03-1985 (India went on to win that match though !).
The total is also the third lowest in the game's history after the 43 by Pakistan (v West Indies at Cape Town on 25-02-1993) and 45 by Canada (v England at Manchester on 14-06-1979). The previous lowest by a side at this venue was 55 by Sri Lanka (v West Indies on 03-12-1986.
Chaminda Vaas' figures of 5 for 14 is his personal best bettering his previous best of 4 for 20 against Zimbabwe at Harare on 03-11-1994.
Vaas' performance is also the third best in any final of a tournament after Pakistan's Aaqib Javed's 7 for 37 (v India at Sharjah on 25-10-1991 in Wills Trophy Final) and Anil Kumble's 6 for 12 (v West Indies at Calcutta on 27-11-1993 in Hero Cup Final). Incidentally the previous best figures by a Sri Lankan in a final was held by Muttiah Muralitharan who had taken 5 for 34 against England at Lord's on 20-08-1998 in the final of Emirates TriSeries.
Sri Lanka's win by 245 runs is the largest ever win (by runs) in ODI history. Pakistan had beaten Bangladesh by 233 runs in the Asia Cup in 1999-00. India's previous worst ever defeat had come against England at Lord's on 07-06-1975 in the inaugural World Cup match. At the other end of the scale, Sri Lanka's biggest win had come against Zimbabwe at Harare on 06-11-1994. India now holds the dubious distinction alongwith Kenya of losing a match by more than 200 runs on two separate occasions.
Sri Lanka registered its 11th title win in ODIs. India, on the other hand, suffered a loss for the 15th time in the final of a tournament.
Sanath Jayasuriya won his 23rd Man of the Match award-his sixth against India.