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

- V Sehwag scored 109 in this game providing the 116th hundred by an Indian opening batsman in tests. This knock also represents his 19th hundred as an opening batsman.

 

- V Sehwag registered his fourth hundred against Sri Lanka when he scored 109 in this test. The other three hundreds are – 201* at Galle in Jul 2008, 131 at Kanpur in Nov 2009 and 293 at Mumbai {BS} in Dec 2009.

 

- V Sehwag became the fourth Indian batsman to score four or more hundreds against Sri Lanka. Others are – SR Tendulkar {08}, M Azhauddin {05} and NS Sidhu {04}.

 

- V Sehwag became the ninth batsman to score four or more hundreds against Sri Lanka. The other eight are – SR Tendulkar of India {08}, M Azharuddin of India {05}, DJ Cullinan of South Africa {05}, Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan {05}, BC Lara of West Indies {05}, Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh {04}, NS Sidhu of India {04} and Younis Khan of Pakistan {04}.

 

- V Sehwag completed 1000 runs against Sri Lanka when he was on 109 and he was dismissed immediately afterwards. He became the fifth Indian batsman to score 1000 runs against Sri Lanka. The list read as at the end of the fourth day's play - SR Tendulkar {1697}, R Dravid {1475}, M Azharuddin {1215}, SC Ganguly {1064} and V Sehwag {1031}.

 

- V Sehwag with 1031 runs against Sri Lanka has 1000 runs against four specific oppositons. The other three countries are – vs Australia {1483}, Vs Pakistan {1276} and vs South Africa {1162}. He became the fourth Indian batsman to score 1000 plus runs against four or more oppositions. Other three are – SM Gavaskar {against four oppositions}, R Dravid {against five oppositons} and SR Tendulakr {against six oppositions}.

 

- V Sehwag's 1031 runs against Sri Lanka provide the 45th occasion of an Indian batsman completing 1000 plus runs against a specific opposition.

 

- R Dravid completed 9000 runs while batting at number three when he was on 18 during the course of his knock of 44 in the second innings. At the end of this test his run aggregate stood at 9032. He became the second batsman in the annals of test cricket to total 9000 plus runs while batting at number three. RT Ponting is the other batsman to achieve this feat. He has an aggregate of 9453 runs {his score of 6 in the first innings of the second test against Pakistan at Headlingly which started today is also taken into account}.

 

- Yuvraj Singh's 52 in this game represent his ninth half century and 12th fifty. This knock represent Yuvraj Singh's fifth half century against Sri Lanka. He became the third Indian batsman to score five or more fifties against Sri Lanka. Others are – R Dravid {09} and VVS Laxman {06|.

 

- M Muralitharan captured his 100th wicket against India when he had the wicket of Indian skipper MS Dhoni bowled for 33. At the end of the fourth day's play his aggregate of wickets against India stood at 103. He became the first bowler in the annals of test cricket to total 100 wicket against India. His feat of 100 wickets against India would provide the 35th occasion of a bowler capturing 100 plus wickets against a specific opposition.

 

- His 103 wickets against India at the end of the fourth day of this test has earned him the distinction of aggregating 100 plus wickets against three oppositions. He has already aggregated 112 wickets against England and 104 wickets against South Africa. He became the second bowler in the annals of test cricket to total 100 plus wickets against three specific oppositions after SK Warne of Australia. SK Warne has an aggregate of 195 wickets against England, 103 wickets against New Zealand and 130 wickets against South Africa.

 

- DPMD Jayawardene took three catches of the bowling of Muralitharan – two in the first and one in the second innings – and at the end of the fourth day's play, this fielder-bowler combination has accounted for 76 batsmen. They became the first fielder-bowler combination to dismiss 75 batsmen in the annals of test cricket.

 

- M Muralitharan claimed his 67th five wicket haul when he returned with figures of five for 63 in the first innings. His five for 63 also provide the seventh occasion of his capturing five wicket hauls against India. The seven occasions are – 5 for 162 at Lucknow in Jan 1994, 5 for 49 at Galle in Aug 2001, 8 for 87 at Col-SSC in Aug 2001, 7 for 100 at Delhi in Dec 2005, 5 for 84 at Col-SSC in Jul 2008, 6 for 26 at Col-SSC in Jul 2008 and 5 for 63 at Galle in Jul 2010.

 

Murali's seven five wicket haul is a record for most five wicket hauls by a bowler against India. He wrested the record of six occasions held jointly by IT Botham of England, Imran Khan of Pakistan and MD Marshall of West Indies. It is noted with interest that IT Botham, Imran Khan and MD Marshall are fast bowlers, while Muralitharan is a spin bowler.

 

- Muralitharan's feat of seven five wicket hauls against India in this test earns him the distinction of becoming the only bowler in the annals of test cricket to capture seven or more wicket hauls against five specific oppositions. The other three oppositons are – vs Bangladesh {11}, vs England {08}, vs South Africa {11} and vs West Indies {09}.

 

- Muralitharan's seven wicket haul against India provide the 42nd occasion of a bowler capturing seven or more five wicket hauls against a specific opposition in the annals of test cricket.

 

- SR Tendulakar's 84 in the second innings of this test provide his 13th fifty against Sri Lanka. He now owns the record for most number of fifties by an Indian batsman against Sri Lanka and also the record for most number of fifties by a batsman in the test series. R Dravid of India and DPMD Jayawardene of Sri Lanka are the batsmen who have scored 12 fifties.

 

- SR Tendulakar's 84 in the second innings of this test provide his fifth half century against Sri Lanka. He became the fourth Indian batsman to score five or more half centuries against Sri Lanka. Others are – R Dravid {09}, VVS Laxman {06} and Yuvraj Singh {05}.

 

- SR Tendulkar with his 13 fifties against Sri Lanka holds the record for most fifties by a batsman against Sri Lanka. R Dravid of India {12} and Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan {12} are the other two batsmen who have scored 12 fifties each against Sri Lanka.

 

- SR Tendulkar registered his 55th test half century and 102nd fifty when he made 84 in the second innings of this test. Only AR Border {63} and R Dravid {58} have scored more half centuries than SR Tendulkar in the annals of test cricket.

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