Sri Lanka’s tour of India

Here is a short summary of Sri Lanka’s cricket performance in India:

Tests: 17. India lead 10-0, 7 draws.

ODIs: 48. India lead 34-11, 3 with no result. Sri Lanka has never won a bilateral series in India-though they did beat India twice during the 1996 World Cup on their way to the trophy.

T20Is: 5. India lead 3-2, and won the only bilateral series between the teams.

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Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests

The 2-Test series in the UAE ended in a 2-0 win for Sri Lanka, which was the first defeat for Pakistan in the UAE since they moved there in 2010. The earlier series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE have had an 1-0 win by Pakistan in 2011-12 and an 1-1 draw in 2013-14.

Here is the summary of all Tests between these teams:

Overall results

As we can see, the teams have been quite evenly matched-particularly in the UAE which has seen an equal number of wins by Pakistan, wins by Sri Lanka and draws.

We now look at individual statistics.

Batting: Most runs (750 and above):

Pak-SL runs

Sangakkara is far ahead of Younis who is also far ahead of the next (M. Jayawardene). Among those who played in this series, Azhar Ali is the only one with above 1000 runs although Asad Shafiq and others are catching up.

The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, followed by 8 by Aravinda and Younis.

The most scores of 50+ are 22 by Sangakkara, followed by 14 by Younis.

Highest individual scores (150 and above):

innings

This includes a triple century and several double centuries. This series was  somewhat low-scoring as the highest score was “only” 196 by Karunaratne. Note the Test at Faisalabad in October 1985 where two Pakistani batsmen scored double centuries in the same innings which were almost equal (203* and 206).

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):

Batting average

Sangakkara is well ahead of the others, while the next two Inzamam and Mathews have almost identical averages. Among those who played in this series, the highest averages are by Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Kaushal Silva.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Wkts

Herath has moved ahead of Muralitharan (like he has done against a few other teams). Saeed Ajmal has the most by Pakistan. Other current players here include Yasir Shah and Dilruwan Perera.

Herath has the most fivers (8) while three others have 5.

Herath is also the only one with more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 6wi and above):

innings bowling

Herath and Yasir Shah appear from the current series.

Best match bowling (all instances of 9wm and above):

Match bowling

Herath’s 11-wicket haul is the only one from the current series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

The two Ws lead this table followed by Muralitharan and Herath.

To be precise, the best bowling averages are by Akram followed by Younis.

The best economy rates are by Akram followed by Abdur Rehman.

The best strike rates are by Younis followed by Akram (a reversal of the rankings for bowling average).

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

Moin Khan has the most dismissals. However the fielder M. Jayawardene has more catches than him (37 to 35). Sarfraz Ahmed has the most stumpings (8). Younis Khan also has more catches (33) than any keeper other than Moin.

Note that several Sri Lankan players have played significant numbers of Tests as keepers and non-keepers. One of them (Dilshan) even took a few wickets as a bowler which theoretically makes him second to Walcott among the “triple all-rounders”.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

Chandimal is the only keeper with 6 dismissals. Two fielders have 4 dismissals.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

match fielding

The lesser-known of the Jayawardenes (the keeper, not the fielder) has 9 dismissals followed by K. Akmal and Chandimal with 8. However, Sarfraz Ahmed has the best innings and match performances in the current series.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450 and above):

Dismissal rate

Headed by Moin Khan followed by Tillakaratne. Azhar Ali and Kaushal Silva appear from the current players, although Sarfraz Ahmed has not played enough in this series. However, he is soon likely to head this list.

Best overall all-round figures (see table for criteria):

AR-overall

The two best all-rounders of their teams at that time.

Best all-round match figures (fifty and fiver):

AR-match

Includes Saqlain (not really an all-rounder) and Dilruwan Perera from the current series, apart from Akram.

 

 

 

The triple clean sweep

The triple clean sweep in all 3 formats of cricket has been recorded once before, when Pakistan visited Australia in 2009-10. Australia won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and the single T20I (admittedly by only 2 runs). You can see the details here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The second Test was won by the comparatively narrow margin of 36 runs.

Then came the ODIs:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The first 4 ODIs were rather one-sided although Australia won the 5th one by 2 wickets.

And finally:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

Australia won this by just 2 runs, making it a 9-0 sweep. Remember that this was in their home country.

Nothing like this was achieved until India visited Sri Lanka in 2017:

Tests 3-0 with Sri Lanka losing by big margins:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

ODIs 5-0, all by handsome margins except one win by 3 wickets:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

And the T20I by a good margin:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

Thus India emulated Australia’s 9-0 triple clean sweep, with somewhat bigger margins of victory. But unlike Australia, they achieved this away from home.

Salute Virat Kohli and his men.

Kohli captained all 9 matches, but faced a bewildering array of captains:

Tests: Herath, Chandimal, Chandimal

ODIs: Tharanga, Tharanga, Kapugedara, Malinga, Tharanga

T20I: Tharanga

In contrast, the Australian captain Ponting faced M. Yousuf in the three Tests and 4 of the 5 ODIs, when Afridi came in for the last one. In the T20I it was Clarke vs Shoaib Malik.

Tail piece:

Earlier, India won a T20I series 3-0 in Australia in early 2016 which was believed to be the only clean sweep by a visiting team in Australia in any format of cricket in a series of at least 3 matches:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/category/australia-t20/

India-Sri Lanka ODI records-Sep 2017

With the conclusion of India’s 5-0 sweep, the full record of the 155 ODIs between these countries is summarized below:

Summary

While India enjoys an overall 88-55 lead, the current series also brought India to a 28-27 lead for matches played in Sri Lanka.

We now look at individual performances.

Batting:

1000 and more runs:

SL v Ind-runs

The names at the top are no surprise. Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players. Mathews and Tharanga just cross the 1000-run mark.

Kohli and Tendulkar have scored 8 centuries each, followed by Jayasuriya with 7.

Tendulkar has 25 scores of 50-plus, followed by Sangakkara with 24.

Innings scores of 120 and above:

SL v Ind-innings

While Rohit Sharma’s world record ODI score of 264 has pride of place, Dhawan (132*) and Kohli (131) had the highest scores in this series. No Sri Lankan batsman crossed 120.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00):

SL v Ind-Bat avg

Dhoni and Kohli have the highest averages, with Dhoni benefiting from a large number of not out innings where he finished. (He was not dismissed in the four innings he played in this series.) Mathews and Rohit Sharma are some distance behind.

Highest strike rates (minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

SL-Ind SR

Sehwag leads by a large margin over Jayasuriya and Dhawan. Several other current players are here, with Tharanga just making the cut.

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

SL v Ind-Wkts

Muralitharan has unsurprisingly taken the most wickets, although he is closely followed by Vaas and Zaheer. A few current Sri Lankan players are towards the bottom. The current Indian bowlers have not played enough matches.

Robin Singh is the only bowler with two fivers, while Ajantha Mendis is the only one with four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and better):

SL v Ind-innings bowling

Muralitharan predictably leads here. Newcomer A Dananjaya has the best figures in the current series, while Bumrah and B Kumar also recorded their maiden fivers in ODIs.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls, maximum 40.00):

SL v Ind-Bowl avg

Agarkar has the best average followed by Ajantha Mendis. The best economy rates are by Kapil (3.92) and Harbhajan (4.19). The best strike rates are by Agarkar (24.7) and Ishant Sharma (27.3). While Agarkar and Ishant Sharma were generally expensive, they seem to have done best against Sri Lanka.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

SL v Ind-dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals and stumpings, although Sangakkara has more catches as a keeper. The most catches by a non-keeper is by M Jayawardene.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

SL v Ind-Innings fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as most stumpings in an innings. M Kaif has the most catches by a non-keeper (4), which was a World Cup record which was later equaled by two others in 2015.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450):

SL v Ind dis avg

Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, while Kohli has the highest among non-keepers. Dravid and several others kept in some of their matches.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria:

SL v Ind AR overall

Mathews has the best overall performance here, with Irfan Pathan some distance behind. Others such as Kapil and Vaas did not play enough matches between these teams.

All-round performances (match)-minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets:

SL v Ind AR match

Only two instances, with Ganguly having the best figures.

 

More on ODI defeats of Sri Lanka

It is well known that India has followed the 3-0 Test clean sweep with a 5-0 ODI sweep against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka last won a bilateral ODI series against India in 1997 with a 3-0 margin with one NR. The previous occasion was in 1993, when they won 2-1. They have not won a bilateral ODI series in India. The 1997 ODI victory was overshadowed by the world record Test total of 952/6 during that tour.

This was also their worst home defeat in a bilateral ODI series. The previous worst defeats were 2-0 in a 3-match series against Pakistan in 2005-06, and by the same margin also against Pakistan in 1985-86.

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-2

Continuing from Part 1, we take up fielding records.

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Azharuddin leads here with 27 dismissals, followed by Dhoni who played relatively few Tests against Sri Lanka. P. Jayawardene has the most stumpings (8). Dhoni and Amal Silva the most catches by keepers (21) and Azharuddin the most catches by a non-keeper (27) followed by M. Jayawardene with 22.  Rahane, Saha and Rahul are also here.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Amal Silva, who had a surprisingly short career, has the most dismissals in an innings (6). Rahane has 5, which is a share in the world record for innings catches by a non-keeper. Dickwella and Dhoni also represent the current players.

There is also S Viswanath whose Test career was limited to three matches against Sri Lanka.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Match dismissals

Amal Silva had a short but meteoric career with 9 dismissals in successive Tests. He played only 9 Tests in all, scoring a century as well as taking 9 dismissals against India in one Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/50432.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/16848/scorecard/63410/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-2nd-Test   

Oddly enough, Silva’s Cricinfo profile does not have a picture of him. Even the Wikipedia article does not have one. Anyway here is one from a Sri Lankan newspaper:

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/101114/Sports/spt15.html 

Then we have AM Rahane taking 8 catches in a match, a world record which he does not have to share:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/11331/scorecard/895773/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-1st-Test

Unfortunately, India lost that Test but went on to win that series 2-1.

Saha also makes this list from the current players, while NV Ojha made 5 dismissals in what is likely to be his only Test.

Best dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings. minimum rate 0.400).

Dismissal rate

Azharuddin leads here, while no pure keeper has played enough. Sangakkara, who played both as a keeper and fielder, is second. Dhoni and Saha have not played enough to qualify.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Only Kumble and Muralitharan qualify with these modest criteria-and one can hardly call them all-rounders.

Match performance (fifty and 5wi):

AR Match

Until this series, only Malinga qualified though his Test batting average is less than 12 and he scored his only Test fifty in this match. In the second Test of this series, both Ashwin and Jadeja achieved this mark. It is rare for two players from the same side to score a fifty and take a fiver in the same Test, but it has happened a few times before.

To be precise, this was only the third time in all Tests where two players from the same side scored a 50 and took a fiver in the same match. The two previous examples were:

Adelaide, 11 Jan,1895: Giffen and A Trott of Aus vs England

Nottingham, Jul 29, 2011: Broad and Bresnan of Eng vs India

Interestingly, there have been 9 examples of players from opposing sides who took a 50 and a fiver in the same match. The first was at the Oval, starting on August 11, 1902 where the adversaries were H Trumble and GH Hirst, in the first ever one-wicket victory.

The most recent instance was at Chittagong starting on Oct 17, 2008 where it was Vettori vs Shakib.

 

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-1

At the close of the series in Sri Lanka in August 2017, the teams had played 41 Tests.

Overall, India has won 19, Sri Lanka 7 and 15 were drawn.

In Sri Lanka, India has won 9, Sri Lanka 7 and 8 were drawn.

In India, India has won 10, Sri Lanka none and 7 were drawn.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries (including UAE) except India and Australia.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (500 and above):

Ind-SL runs

Mathews and Dhawan are the only current players here. Kohli and other current players have not played enough in this series.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (9) followed by M. Jayawardene (6).

Tendulkar also has the most scores above 50 (15) followed by M. Jayawardene (14) and Dravid (12).

Highest scores (140 and above):

Innings scores

Dhawan, Pujara and Karunaratne are in this list but are not near the top. Chandimal had done well in 2015.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting avg

M. Jayawardene tops the average but Sangakkara is somewhat lower down. Azharuddin’s position is higher than one would have guessed. At the bottom end, Muralitharan has a better average than Kumble and Harbhajan who are generally considered to be better batsmen. In fact, Muralitharan made his only Test 50 against India.

Among current players, only Mathews appears as most current players have not played enough in this series. That also applies to some other big names like Jayasuriya.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wkts

Muralitharan leads by a big margin, ahead of Kumble who also leads the next-placed Harbhajan by a big margin. Ashwin and Herath are the only current players here, though Ishant Sharma may possibly play in the future.

Muralitharan has 7 fivers, followed by Kumble with 4.

Harbhajan, Kumble and Muralitharan have each taken two ten-fors.

Best innings bowling (all cases of 6wi and above):

Best innings

Only N Pradeep from the recent series, although Herath and Ashwin did better in 2015.

Best match bowling (all cases of 9wm and above):

Best match bowling

No example from the current series, although Ashwin had done better in 2015.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Kapil tops the averages, with even Kumble surpassing Muralitharan. The only current player here (Herath) has a rather poor average. Others such as Ashwin and Jadeja have not bowled enough.

We can see that the best averages are by Kapil (26.55) and Kumble (31.20).

The best economy rates are by RK Chauhan (2.28) and Kapil (2.64).

The best strike rates are by Kapil (60.3) and Muralitharan (66.8).

To be continued.