Sri Lanka v Bermuda, Trinidad, Group B March 15, 2007

World Cup runs at last for Jayawardene and Sangakkara

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

Sri Lanka's first match of the 2007 World Cup was a comfortable walk in the park. Cricinfo looks at the stats highlights from the game.

Kumar Sangakkara finally got some World Cup runs as Sri Lanka thrashed Bermuda at Port-of-Spain © Getty Images

  • Sri Lanka's 243-run win against Bermuda was the third-largest margin of victory in one-day internationals, and the second-largest in World Cups, next only to Australia's 256-run thrashing of Namibia in 2003.

  • Sri Lanka's total of 321 for 6 is their second-highest in World Cups, after their 398 for 5 against Kenya at Kandy in 1996. It was their third 300-plus score in World Cups, and they've all come against non-Test-playing teams.

  • Sri Lanka's heroes with the bat were their three middle-order batsmen, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva. Both Jayawardene and Sangakkara notched their maiden half-centuries in a World Cup: Jayawardene's previous highest in 11 innings was just 45, while Sangakkara's 39 not out was his highest in his nine earlier knocks.

  • Bermuda's total of 78 was six runs lesser than Jayawardene's 84. It was the eighth instance in World Cups of a batsman's score being greater than the entire opposition's total.

    Batsman's score being greater than opposition total
    Batsman Score Opposition Total Venue & year
    Denis Amiss 137 India 132 for 3 Lord's, 1975
    Glenn Turner 171* East Africa 128 for 8 Birmingham
    Viv Richards 181 Sri Lanka 169 for 4 Karachi, 1987
    Gary Kirsten 188* UAE 152 for 8 Rawalpindi, 1996
    Sachin Tendulkar 152 Namibia 130 Pietermaritzburg, 2003
    Matthew Hayden 88 Namibia 45 Potchefstroom, 2003
    Chris Gayle 119 Kenya 104 Kimberley, 2003
    Mahela Jayawardene 84 Bermuda 78 Trinidad, 2007

  • The 150-run third-wicket stand between Jayawardene and Sangakkara was the first century partnership of the 2007 World Cup. The pair once again demonstrated their special relationship at the crease: Jayawardene and Sangakkara have now put together 2443 runs in ODIs - with six century stands - at an average of 43.62 runs per partnership.

  • Farveez Maharoof became the first Sri Lankan bowler, and the 17th in all, to capture at least four wickets on his World Cup debut.