India Vs Sri Lanka: Statistical Highlights

Colombo: Following are the statistical highlights on the fifth day of the third and final cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka here today.

  • VVS Laxman`s second hundred against Sri Lanka is his 16th in Tests - ninth in an overseas Test.
  • Laxman has become the fourth to register a century in the fourth innings of a Test for winning cause for India. Gundappa Viswanath had made 112 against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76, Sunil Gavaskar 102 against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76, Sachin Tendulkar 103 not out against England at Chennai in 2008-09 and VVS Laxman 103 not out against Sri Lanka in the just concluded Test at Colombo (PSS).
  • Laxman has posted six 50-plus scores in his last eight innings - 51 not out at Ahmedabad, 63 at Kanpur and 62 at Mumbai in November/December 2009, followed by 22 & 69 at Galle, 29 at Colombo (SSC) and 56 & 103 not out at Colombo (PSS).
  • Laxman has batted quite well to average 69.75 in the recently concluded series, aggregating 279 in five innings, including one century and two fifties.
  • Tendulkar has amassed 867 runs at an average of 86.70 in seven Tests this year, including five centuries and two fifties - the most in 2010.
  • Tendulkar and Laxman put on a fifth-wicket stand of 109 - India`s highest against Sri Lanka at Colombo (PSS), beating the 105 in the first innings of the just concluded Test between Raina and Laxman.
  • Suraj Randiv (5/82) has recorded his first five-wicket haul in Tests, surpassing the 4 for 80 in the first innings of the just concluded Test.
  • Randiv`s excellent figures of 9 for 162 are the best by a Sri Lankan spinner against India at Colombo (PSS), obliterating the 8 for 137 by Ajantha Mendis in 2008.
  • In the course of his match-winning century, VVS Laxman (103 not out off 149 balls) has completed his 4,000 runs in Asia, aggregating 4086 runs at an average of 47.51 in 66 Tests. His run-aggregate includes eight hundreds and 27 fifties.
  • For the first time in a Test match against Sri Lanka, Laxman has registered a century and a fifty - 56 & 103 not out.
  • India`s five-wicket triumph is their fourth over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and their 35th on foreign soil.
  • Tendulkar has recorded 77 century stands - a tally bettered only by Rahul Dravid (82) and Ricky Ponting (78).
  • Laxman and Raina were associated in a stand of 87 (unbroken) - India`s second highest for the sixth wicket at Colombo (PS) - the highest is 90 between Mohinder Amarnath and Sunil Gavaskar in 1985.
  • Suresh Raina, in his first ever rubber, has averaged 111.50, aggregating 223 in three innings, including one hundred and one fifty.
  • India`s aforesaid victory is their first in four Tests at Colombo (PSS). Sri Lanka had won by 149 runs in 1985 and by 8 wickets in 2008. The 1993 Test could not produce a result at this venue.
  • Since losing to Pakistan by 301 runs in 1994, Sri Lanka have lost their first Test at Colombo (PSS). Before their five-wicket loss to India, Sri Lanka had won five consecutive Tests.
  • Sri Lanka have won lost three, won seven and drawn four out of 14 contested at Colombo (PSS).
  • Sachin Tendulkar has produced his best series performance against Sri Lanka, amassing 390 at an average of 78.00 - the most by an Indian in the recently concluded series. The said tally is the second highest, next only to Kumar Sangakkara`s tally of 467 (ave.116.75).
  • Tendulkar has missed aggregating 2000 runs against Sri Lanka. His tally of 1995 in 25 Tests at an average of 60.45 is the highest by any batsman against Sri Lanka.
  • Tendulkar has averaged 50-plus in seven consecutive series for the first time in Tests - 56.57 against Australia in 2008-09, 52.00 against England in 2008-09, 68.80 against New Zealand in 2008-09, 65.66 against Sri Lanka in 2009-10, 132.00 against Bangladesh in 2009-10, 71.00 against South Africa in 2009-10 and 78.00 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
  • VVS Laxman has posted his first century in Sri Lanka, bettering the 69 at Galle last month.
  • Laxman`s aforesaid century is his first in the fourth innings of a Test match, outstripping the 74 against England at Lord`s in July 2002.
  • Laxman has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the fourth time - his first against Sri Lanka.
  • Virender Sehwag has received the Player of the series award for the fifth time, setting an Indian record. Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar share the second place with four such awards each.
  • Tendulkar (54) has posted his 56th fifty in Tests – his sixth against Sri Lanka.


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