Stats Analysis

Brathwaite spins records, hosts' spin troubles at the P Sara

Stats highlight from the third day's play at the P Sara Oval where Kraigg Brathwaite broke some bowling records

Shiva Jayaraman
Kraigg Brathwaite claimed career-best first-class figures of 6 for 29  •  Associated Press

Kraigg Brathwaite claimed career-best first-class figures of 6 for 29  •  Associated Press

3 First-class wickets by Brathwaite before this Test. He had not taken more than a wicket in a match before and had bowled in only 19 innings in the 81 first-class games he had played before this one.
1957 The last time a bowler who had also opened in the Test returned better figures than Kraigg Brathwaite's 6 for 29 in Sri Lanka's second innings. Frank Worrell had figures of 7 for 70 in the Headingley Test. Including Worrell's there have been only eight better bowling returns by openers in Tests, the best being George Lohmann's 9 for 28 in South Africa's first innings of Johannesburg Test in 1895-96 is the best.
2005 The last time a West Indies opener took a five-for in Tests before Brathwaite. Chris Gayle had taken 5 for 91 against Pakistan in Barbados. Including Brathwaite's haul in this Test, there have been only five instances of a West Indies opener taking a five-for in Tests.
1Number of West Indies bowlers who have better figures against Sri Lanka in Tests than Brathwaite's. Corey Collymore had taken 7 for 57 in the second innings of the Jamaica Test in 2003.
1975The last time a West Indies spinner took a better haul in Tests than Brathwaite. Lance Gibbs had taken 7 for 98 in India's first innings of the Bombay Test.
6/129 Jomel Warrican's returns in the match - these are the second-best returns for the match by a West Indies spinner on debut. Alf Valentine's 11 for 204 at the Old Trafford in 1950 are the best.
38 Number of wickets taken by spinners against Sri Lanka in the last threeTests at the P Sara Oval, at a staggering average of 19.50 and a strike rate of 42.00. Brathwaite's five-for in second innings of this Test was the third five-wicket haul by a spinner in as many Tests here in 2015. Sri Lanka's spinners, however, have not been as successful in these Tests, having taken 20 wickets at an average of 35.70.
1982 Last time an overseas bowler returned better figures than Brathwaite's against the hosts at the P Sara Oval. John Emburey had taken 6 for 33 in Sri Lanka's second innings. Brathwaite's figures are now the best by any bowler against the hosts at the P Sara Oval.
2 Number of times before Jermaine Blackwood in Sri Lanka's second innings, a West Indies fielder had taken five or more catches in an innings. Darren Bravo had taken five catches against Bangladesh in Kingston last year and Darren Sammy had taken five against India -including the catch of Sachin Tendukar in his last Test innings- in Mumbai in 2013. Overall including Blackwood's effort there have been only ten such instances in Tests.
12.80 Dinesh Chandimal's batting average at the P Sara Oval - his second-worst at any venue. Chandimal has made just 64 runs in five innings at this ground. Among top-order batsmen who have played at least four innings at this venue, only Misbah-ul-Haq averages worse.
4 Number of times out 13, a team has been dismissed below 244 - which is West Indies' target to win this Test - in the fourth innings at the P Sara Oval. Teams have average 29.83 per wicket in the fourth inning of Tests at this venue.

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