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Sri Lanka vs India, 1st Test Day 4: Rangana Herath's 7 and India's first

Roy Dilawer
2.35K   //    15 Aug 2015, 16:15 IST
Herath in 7th heaven

0 - instance prior to this match India have lost a match after taking a first innings lead of 100 or more. In this match, India took a lead of 192 runs and lost the match by 63 runs.

0 - number of times a target of 100 plus has been chased down successfully at Galle; overall there have been 13 instances in Test, including this one, when a team has been asked to pursue 100 or more runs at this ground with 3 matches drawn and 10 concluding in favour of bowling side. The highest successful chase at this ground is Sri Lanka’s 99 against Pakistan.

3 - instances in Tests before this match when a team took first innings lead in excess of 190 runs and still lost the match. Today it happened for the 4th time. Pakistan took a lead of 331 runs vs England at Oval in 2006 (The match was forfeited, England awarded the match), Sri Lanka took a lead of 291 vs Australia at Colombo in 1992, Pakistan took 206 runs lead vs Australia at Sydney in 2010 and in this match, India had a lead of 192 runs vs Sri Lanka, and all the teams lost their respective matches.

1 - previous instance when India have lost a Test match chasing a target less than 200 runs. India lost against West Indies in March 1997 when they were in pursuit of 120 and could score only 83 runs. Today it happened for the second time. Overall, India have been asked 46 times to chase target less than 200 runs with India winning on 36 occasions, losing on 2 and drawing 8.

1 - instance prior to this match when Sri Lanka won a match after giving a target of less than 200 when they won against Pakistan at Galle in Nov 2009 (Pak 117 all out chasing 168). Today it occurred for the second time. Overall, Sri Lanka have given 27 times a target lesser than 200 with Sri Lanka registering 2 wins, 2 draws and 23 defeats.

1 - instance prior to this match, Sri Lanka has won a match after scoring 183 runs in the first innings. This was the second instance. Back in 1995, Sri Lanka scored 183 in first innings of the Test against New Zealand at Napier and yet went onto won the match.

1 - instance prior to this match that India was all out in the 4th innings of a Test match against Sri Lanka. It was the second time. The other occasion was when India were dismissed for 198 at Colombo back in 1985. Overall, India have been dismissed 52 times in their 4th innings including this one.

176 - runs target was defended by Sri Lanka today - 2nd lowest total defended by them ever in Tests. Their lowest defended total in Tests is 168 vs Pakistan

7-48 - Rangana Herath’s figures in the last innings of this match - his best against India surpassing 5-121 which came Kanpur in 2009, his best in the 4th innings going past 6-97 vs England at Galle in March 2012 and second best figures for him in a Test innings with his 9-127 vs Pakistan above this performance. Interestingly, his 9-127 came exactly a year ago on 15th and 16th August 2014.

22nd - five wicket haul for Rangana Herath, 5th most for any bowler in Tests after Murali’s 67, Warne’s 37, Kumble’s 35 and Harbhajan SIngh’s 25. He went ahead of Clarie Grimmet who had taken 21 five-fors in Tests.

1 - bowler prior to this match to have taken more than 6 wickets in a single innings at Galle. Rangana became the 2nd bowler to achieve this record to his name. At Galle, Muralitharan has taken 7 wickets twice vs SA and Eng in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Rangana Herath’s 7-48 are second best figures for a bowler at Galle after Murali’s 7-46 vs SA.

270 - wickets Rangana Herath has now in Tests - 3rd highest for a left-arm spinner. He surpassed Bishan Bedi (266), and is now next only to Daniel Vettori’s 362 and Derek Underwood’s 297.

112 - runs scored by India in the 4th innings of this Test - their 8th lowest all-out total in 4th innings of a Test match, and lowest against Sri Lanka. Earlier their lowest 4th innings total against Sri Lanka was 198 in 1985 (for all-out totals).

3 - wickets prior to this innings, Rangana Herath had taken from his 6 innings in 2015. His figures for those six innings are 0-7, 1-154. 1-99, 0-30, 1-89, 0-67 with an average of 148.7. Today he got 7 wickets for 48 runs averaging 6.85.

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Roy Dilawer
A law graduate by education, and a writer by interest and a cricket fan by all means.
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