• - WU Tharanga was dismissed for duck of the first ball he received in this game providing the 135th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. It also provides the 23rd occasion of a Sri Lankan opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games.

     

    - WU Tharanga's first ball duck in this game provide the third occasion of his suffering such an ignominy as an opening batsman in one day games. The other two occasions are - vs West Indies at Mum-BS on 14.10.06 and vs India at Delhi on 27.12.09, He became the fourth Sri Lankan opening batsman to collect the first ball duck on three or more occasions. Others are - ST Jayaasuriya {08}, RS Kaluwitharna {03} and RS Mahanama {03}.

     

    - WU Tharanga's first ball duck in this game provide the 32nd occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman collecting the first ball duck against India in one day games. His duck provide the ninth occasion of a Sri Lankan opening batsman to suffer such an ignominy against

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  • Five years ago, I wrote "at 30, Laxman is the youngest member of the famed quartet and it can be said that his most prolific years are ahead of him." Naturally, I am doubly happy that the touch artist from Hyderabad has proved me right but to be candid almost anyone could have made the same prediction. From Mr Elegance to Mr Crisis Man, VVS Laxman has played the whole of gamut of roles combining substance with style along the way.

     

    In a poll conducted on a website a few years ago, Laxman's 281 against Australia at Kolkata in March 2001 was adjudged the greatest innings ever played by an Indian in Test cricket. It was final confirmation of something that had been acknowledged by cricket followers, experts and fellow players ever since he crafted an unforgettable knock - a near triple century of epic proportions which turned a Test match around on its head so markedly that only for the third time in Test history a side that enforced the follow on crumbled to defeat.

     

    Since then,

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  • - New Zealand capped BJ Watling for this game. He became the 162nd cricketer to represent New Zealand in one day games. He is the 22nd cricketer to make one day debut against Sri Lanka.

     

    - MJ Guptill scored zero in this game of the very first ball he received providing the 108th occasion of a New Zealand batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. DR Tuffey joined MJ Guptill later in the innings to provide 109th occasion of New Zealand batsman collecting the first ball duck.

     

    - MJ Guptill and DR Tuffey with their first ball ducks in this game provide the 13th and 14th occasion of a New Zealand batsman suffering such an ignominy against Sri Lanka.

     

    - MJ Guptill's first ball duck in this game provide the 16th occasion of a New Zealand opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. He is the third New Zealand batsman to suffer such an ignominy against Sri Lanka. Others are - CJ Nevin at Sharjah on 17.04.01 and MJ Horne at Sharjah on 14.04.02.

     

    - MJ

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