Colombo: Following are the statistical highlights on the fourth day of the third and final cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka here on Friday.
Thilan Samaraweera (137 not out + 83) has posted a hundred and a fifty in a Test match against India for the first time.
Samaraweera took his runs’ tally to 306 runs in the present series at an average of 153.00. He became the fourth batsman to aggregate 300 runs or more in the series, joining Kumar Sangakkara (467), Virender Sehwag (348) and Sachin Tendulkar (347).
Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis have shared a ninth wicket partnership of 118 - Sri Lanka’s highest against India, bettering the 73 by the same pair at Kanpur in November, 2009.
The aforesaid partnership is actually Sri Lanka’s highest for the ninth wicket in Tests, surpassing the 105 between Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara against England at Lord’s in 2006.
The 118-run ninth partnership is the fourth best against India - the highest three being 161 between Clive Lloyd and Andy Roberts for the West Indies at Kolkata in 1983-84, 136 by Ian Smith and Martin Snedden for New Zealand at Auckland in 1989-90 and 133 by Jason Gillespie and Steve Waugh for Australia at Kolkata in 2000-01.
Sehwag has posted his second duck against Sri Lanka – his 11th in Test.
For the second time, Sehwag has posted a century and a duck in the same Test match - the first occasion being against England - 106 and 0 at Trent Bridge in 2002.
Sehwag is the first Indian batsman to post the said feat against Sri Lanka.
Sehwag has joined two other batsmen - Vijay Manjrekar and Sachin Tendulkar, who have registered the feat of a century and a duck in the same Test match twice.
With his 28 in the second innings, Sangakkara has taken his run-aggregate in the series to 467 at an average of 116.75. The said tally is his career-best in a Test series.
Sehwag is the first batsman to register a hundred (109) and bag three wickets in an innings for India against Sri Lanka.
Prasanna Jayawardene’s first duck in twelve innings against India is his sixth in Test cricket.
Prasanna Jayawardene’s series average of 12.00 against India in (36 runs in three innings) is his worst in a three-Test series.
Rahul Dravid (7) has recorded another failure at Colombo (PSS), aggregating 108 in four innings at an average of 27.00.
Dravid’s overall Test average fell below 53 (52.94).
Dravid’s performance was below average in the present series - 95 (average 19.00) in five innings at a strike rate of 37.84.
Dravid’s overall record against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is not at all impressive, amassing 662 in 12 Tests at an average of 33.10, including one century and four fifties. His next worst record is in South Africa, averaging 33.60 in eight Tests - 504 in 16 innings.
Dravid’s has performed below average in 2010 - 234 in five Tests at an average of 33.42, including one hundred - 111 not out against Bangladesh at Dhaka in January.
Amit Mishra (3/47) has produced his best bowling performance against Sri Lanka.
Mendis (78) has registered his career-best score. His great knock is the highest by number ten batsman for Sri Lanka, obliterating the 64 by Nuwan Kulasekara against England at Lord’s in 2006.
Mendis’ aforesaid knock is the highest by a number 10 batsman against India, outstripping the 68 by Andy Roberts (West Indies) at Kolkata in 1983-84.
Pragyan Ojha’s figures of 7/204 are his career-best figures in a Test match - 4/115 + 3/89, obliterating the five for 185 (3/101 + 2/84) against Sri Lanka at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in December 2009.
Ojha’s tally of eight wickets at 64.37 runs apiece in the series is the best for India in the current series.
Sehwag (3/51) has recorded his best bowling performance against Sri Lanka.
Sehwag has claimed seven wickets at 27.57 runs apiece – his best in a Test series against Sri Lanka.
Lasith Malinga (15) has recorded his second best innings against India, next only to the 64(a career-best) at Galle in the first Test last month.