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1st Test: SL vs IND at Galle: Fifth day highlights

- India were asked to follow on in this test providing the third occasion of being asked to follow on by Sri Lanka. The other two occasions are - at Col-SSC in Aug 2001 and at Col-SSC in Jul 2008. This test was won by ten wickets.

 

- India were asked to follow on in this test providing the 23rd occasion of being asked to follow on by various teams. Of the 23 occasions, they have lost by an innings on 16 occasions and by wickets margin on seven occasions.

 

- Muralidaran became the first bowler in the annals of test cricket to capture 800 wickets when he had PP Ojha caught by DPMD Jayawardene for 13 in the second innings of this test.

 

Progressive milestones of his 800 wickets read thus:

 

- First Wicket : CJ McDermott of Australia - lbw for 9 at Col-RPS in Aug 1992 in his first test

 

- 100th wicket : SP Fleming of New Zealand - bowled for 59 at Hamilton in Mar 1997 in his 27th test

 

- 200th wicket : DG Cork of England - caught by RS Kaluwitharana for 8 at The Oval in Aug 1998 in his 42nd test

 

- 300th wicket : SM Pollock of South Africa - caught by TM Dilshan for 11 at Durban in Dec 2000 in his 58th test

 

400th wicket : HK Olanga of Zimbabwe - bowled for zero at Galle in Jan 2002 in his 72nd test

 

- 500th wicket : MS Kasprowicz of Australia - bowled for zero at Kandy in Mar 2004 in his 87th test

 

- 600th wicket : Khaled Mashud of Bangladesh - caught by SL Malinga for 6 at Bogra in Mar 2006 in his 101st test

 

- 700th wicket : Syed Rasel of Bangladesh - caught by MF Mahroof for 6 at Kandy in Jul 2006 in his 113rd test

 

800th wicket : PP Ojha of India - caught by DPMD Jayawardene for 13 at Galle in Jul 2010 in his 133rd test

 

- It is by statistical coincidence that Muralidaran has captured his 400th and 800th wickets in a test match played at Galle.

 

- SL Malinga captured five for 50 in this test providing the 130th occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler capturing five or more wickets in an innings. His figures provide the 20th occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler capturing five or more wickets in an innings against India

 

- Break up of Muralidaran's 800 wickets country wise read thus - vs Australia {59}, vs Bangladesh {89}, vs England {112}, vs India {105}, vs New Zealand {82}, vs Pakistan {80}, vs South Africa {104}, vs West Indies {82} and vs Zimbabwe {87}.

 

- Break up of Muralidaran's 67 five wicket haul  country wise read thus - vs Australia {05}, vs Bangladesh {11}, vs England {08}, vs India {07}, vs New Zealand {05}, vs Pakistan {05}, vs South Africa {11}, vs West Indies {09} and vs Zimbabwe {06}.

 

- Break up of Muralidaran's 22 ten wicket hauls country wise read thus - vs Australia {01}, vs Bangladesh {04}, vs England {04}, vs India {02}, vs New Zealand {01}, vs Pakistan {01}, vs South Africa {04}, vs West Indies {03} and vs Zimbabwe {02}.

 

- Muralidaran returned with figures of 3 for 128 in the second innings of this test providing the 61st occasion of his conceding 100 plus runs in a test innings - the most number of occasions in the annals of test cricket.

 

- VVS Laxman and I Sharma added 68 runs for the ninth wicket in the second innings of this test providing the fourth occasion of a fifty plus runs stand by Indian batsmen against Sri Lanka for the ninth wicket. The other three occasions are - 89 runs between SC Ganguly and A Kuruvilla at Mohali in Nov 1997, 67 runs between M Azharuddin and RK Chauhan at Ahmedabad in Feb 1994 and 60 runs between R Dravid and BKV Prasad at Galle in Aug 2001.

 

- Thus the stand of 68 runs between VVS Laxman and I Sharma in this test is a record stand for the ninth wicket by Indian batsmen against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

 

- VVS Laxman was run out in this game providing the eighth occasion of a batsman dismissed run out after scoring a fifty against Sri Lanka. Other occasions are - DB Vengaskar for 90 at Chennai in Sep 1982, SM Gavaskar for 51 at Col-SSC in Aug 1985, DB Vengsarkar for 62 at Kandy in Sep 1985, NS Sidhu for 131 at Mohali in Nov 1997, A Kumble for 78 at Nagpur in Nov 1997, R Dravid for 53 at Delhi in Dec 2005 and R Dravid for 144 at Kanpur in Nov 2009.

 

- VVS Laxman's run out in this test provide the 23rd occasion of an Indian batsman dismissed run out against Sri Lanka. It was the second run out dismissal for VVS Laxman against Sri Lanka, the first being for 5 runs at Chennai in Dec 2005. VVS Laxman became the third batsman to be dismissed run out on two or more occasions against Sri Lanka. Others are - R Dravid {04} and DB Vengsarkar {02}.

 

- VVS Laxman's run out dismissal in this test represent the sixth occasion of his being dismissed run out in a test innings. He became the eighth Indian batsman to be dismissed run out on six or more occasions. Others are - R Dravid {12}, M Azharuddin {07}, SMH Kirmani {07}, A Kumble {07}, SR Tendulkar {07}, S Abid Ali {06} and J Srinath {06}.

 

- I Sharma registered his highest score in a test innings when he scored 31 not out in this test was 23 against Australia at Sydney in Jan 2008. VVS Laxman's 69 in this test represent the 44th test half century and 59th fifty.

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