SL v WI, ICC World T20, 2nd semi-final, The Oval

Gayle and Dilshan's one-man show

The statistical highlights from the second semi-final between Sri Lanka and West Indies

S Rajesh

June 19, 2009

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The second semi-final between Sri Lanka and West Indies had several statistical highlights. Here are the important numbers from the game.

Chris Gayle pulls, Sri Lanka v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final, The Oval, June 19, 2009
Chris Gayle's innings was a solo effort in every sense © Getty Images

  • Chris Gayle became the first batsman to carry his bat through an innings in a Twenty20 international, scoring an unbeaten 63 in his team's miserable total of 101. (Only includes instances of teams being all out)

  • Gayle's 63 constituted 62.37% of West Indies' total, which is the highest in a complete innings. For a brief while, that record belonged to Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 96 out of Sri Lanka's 158, which is 60.75% of the total. The previous record was JP Duminy's 60% (78 out of 130). Click here for the full list.

  • Dilshan's unbeaten 96 is the third-highest score in Twenty20 internationals, after Gayle 117 and Ricky Ponting's unbeaten 98. It's the best by a Sri Lankan batsman, bettering Sanath Jayasuriya's 88 against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.

  • West Indies' total is also their lowest in a completed Twenty20 innings.

  • There were four ducks in the West Indies innings, which is the third such occurrence in a Twenty20 international. The record, though, is six ducks, by Kenya against New Zealand in the previous edition of the World Twenty20.

  • Dilshan's knock lifted his aggregate for the tournament to 317, easily the highest. He averages 63.40 at a strike rate of 148.13. He's also gone past the highest scorer of the previous edition - Matthew Hayden, who had 265.

  • Sri Lanka's two spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, had combined figures of 5 for 38 from eight overs. In the tournament so far, the two have combined figures of 20 for 247 from 46 overs, for an average of 12.35 at an economy rate of 5.37 runs per over. Mendis' figures of 2 for 9 is also the most economical by a Sri Lankan bowler in a Twenty20 international (minimum 12 balls bowled).

  • The one worrisome aspect about Sri Lanka's performance was the batting of Sanath Jayasuriya, who needed 37 balls for his 24. Among innings which lasted at least 25 balls, this was the slowest by any batsman in the tournament. Jayasuriya also played out 23 dot balls, which was 46% of the total number of dots (50) played by Sri Lanka.

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