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First Test – Sri Lanka vs Australia at Galle

First Test - Sri Lanka vs Australia
at Galle in Aug 2011 - Australia won
by 125 runs

 

Australia capped TA Copeland and NM Lyon for this test. They became the
420th and 421st cricketer to represent Australia in
Tests. They became the seventh and eighth Australian cricketers to make test
debut against Sri Lanka.

 

RT Ponting was making his
13th test appearance against Sri Lanka. He holds the Australian
record for most appearances against Sri Lanka
jointly with SK Warne who also has played 13 tests against Sri Lanka.

 

RT Ponting
also shares the series record for most appearances in Sri Lanka-Australia test
series with his 13 appearances. SK Warne of Australia
and ST Jayasuriya of Sri
Lanka have also played 13 tests in Sri
Lanka-Australia test series

 

At the end
of Australia's first
innings, RT Ponting's run aggregate against Sri Lanka stood at 895. He is the
second batsman to total 800 plus runs in Sri Lanka-Australia test series. PA de
Silva of Sri Lanka has totalled 803 runs against Australia

 

RT Ponting's
run aggregate stood at 9900 while batting at number three in a test innings at
the end of Australia's
first innings. He needs 100 more runs to reach the milestone of 10000 runs to
become the second batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 10000 plus runs
after R Dravid who has scored 10011 runs at number three. RT Ponting made 4 in
the second innings to take his aggregate to 9904 while batting at number three

 

HAPW
Jayawardne's dismissals tally at the end of Australia's first innings stood at
101. He became the 38th wicket keeper in the annals of test cricket
to effect 100 plus dismissals and also became the third Sri Lankan wicket
keeper to accomplish the feat. Others are - KC Sangakkara {144} and RS
Kaluwitharana {119}

 

MEK Hussey's
95 in this test provide the ninth occasion of an Australian batsman scoring a
ninety against Sri Lanka.
Others are - 98 by GN Yallop at Kandy in Apr 1983, 96 by GRJ Matthews at
Moratuwa in Sep 1992, 96 by MA Taylor at Perth in Dec 1995, 96 by RT Ponting at
Perth in Dec 1995, 96 by RT Ponting at Kandy in Dec 1995, 96 by MJ Slater at
Galle in Sep 1999, 92 by RT Ponting at Col-SSC in Mar 2004 and 97 by DR Martyn
at Cairns in Jul 2004

 

MEK Hussey's
95 in this innings represent his 25th test half century and 38th
fifty. His knock also represents his fourth test ninety. Others are - 93 vs England at Adelaide
in Dec 2010, 91 vs England
at Adelaide in Dec 2006 and 90 vs India at Nagpur
in Nov 2008. MEK Hussey became the 14th Australian batsman to score
four or more nineties in a test innings.

 

MEK Hussey's
95 in this innings provide the 172nd occasion of an Australian
batsman scoring a ninety in a test innings.

 

MEK Hussey's
95 in this test represent his third fifty against Sri Lanka. Other two are - 133 at Brisbane in Nov 2007 and 132 at Hobart in Nov 2007.  MEK Hussey became the 16th Australian batsman
to score three or more fifties against Sri Lanka

 

 

RT Ponting's
first innings appearance in this test provided his 260th test
innings appearance. He is on par with SR Waugh who also has played 260 test
innings. Only AR Border {265} has played more test innings than RT Ponting and
SR Waugh and holds the Australian record for most test innings appearances

 

The
following batsmen have played more than 260 innings in the annals of test
cricket  - SR Tendulkar {298}, R Dravid
{273}, AR Border {265}, RT Ponting {260} and SR Waugh {260}

 

Australia was all out
for 273 in the first innings of this test providing the 20th
occasion of Australia
dismissed all out against Sri
Lanka in a test innings.

 

NM Lyon wrote himself in to the record books as he captured
a wicket of the first delivery he bowled in his test career. His victim was KC
Sangakkara caught by his skipper MJ Clarke for 10.

 

NM Lyon became the second Australian bowler to capture a
wicket of the first ball in tests. The first Australian bowler to perform such
a feat was A Conningham. He had taken the wicket of AC Maclaren of England at Melbourne
in 1894-95.

 

NM Lyon became the 14th bowler in the annals of
test cricket to capture a wicket of the first ball of his test career. The
other thirteen bowlers are - A Coningham of Aus vs Eng at Melbourne in 1894-95
{batsman-AC MacLaren}, WM Bradley of Eng vs Aus at Manchester in 1899 {batsman-F
Laver}, EG Arnold  of Eng vs Aus at Sydney
in 1903-04 {batsman-VT Trumper}, GG Macaulay of Eng vs RSA at Cape Town in 1922-23
{batsman-GAL Hearne}, MW Tate of Eng vs RSA at Birmingham in 1924 {batsman-MJ
Susskind}, M Henderson of  NZl vs Eng at Christchurch
in1929-30 {batsman-EW Dawson}, HD Smith of NZl vs Eng at Christchurch in 1932-33
{batsman-E Paynter}, TF Johnson of Win vs Eng at  The Oval in 1939 {batsman-WW Keeton}, R
Howorth of  Eng vs RSA at The Oval in 1947
{batsman-DV Dyer}, Intikhab Alam of Pak vs Aus at  Karachi in 1959-60 {batsman-CC McDonald}, RK Illingworth
of Eng vs Win at Nottingham in 1991 {batsman-PV Simmons}, NM Kulkarni  of Ind vs Srl at Colombo in 1997 {batsman-MS
Atapattu} and MKGCP Lakshitha of Srl vs Ban in Colombo 2002 {batsman-Mohammad
Ashraful}

 

NM Lyon captured 5 for 34 in this test to provide the 32nd
occasion of an Australian bowler to capture five or more wickets on his test
debut.

 

NM Lyon
became the second Australian bowler to capture five or more wickets on debut
against Sri Lanka.
TM Hogan was the other bowler. He had captured 5 for 66 at Kandy in Apr 1983

 

NM Lyon's 5
for 34 in this test provide the 14th occasion of a Sri Lankan bowler
capturing five or more wickets in an innings against Sri Lanka. His performance provides
the third occasion of an Australian bowler capturing five or more wickets in a
test innings at Galle.
The other two occasions by SK Warne who took 5 for 116 in the first innings and
5 for 43 in the second innings in Mar 2004

 

MJ Clarke's
60 in Australia's second
innings provide the 12th occasion of an Australian captain scoring a
fifty against Sri Lanka.
His knock also provides the 88th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman
scoring a fifty against Sri
Lanka.

MJ Clarke's
60 in this test represent his third fifty against Sri Lanka. Other two are - 145* at Brisbane in Nov 2007 and 71 at Hobart in Nov 2007.  MJ Clarke became the 17th
Australian batsman to score three or more fifties against Sri Lanka

 

RT Ponting's
catches tally at the end of Sri Lanka's
first innings stood at 180 and against Sri Lanka it read 15. RT Ponting
holds the record for most catches by an Australian fieldsman against Sri Lanka
with SK Warne who also has pouched 15 catches.

 

RT Ponting
with his 180 catches in one catch shy of ME Waugh's tally of 181 catches. ME
Waugh holds the record for most catches by an Australian fieldsman.

 

RT Ponting
with 180 catches to his credit stands third in the list of fieldsmen who have
pouched most catches in the annals of test cricket. The first two places are
occupied by R Dravid {207} and ME Waugh {181}

 

RT Ponting's
appearance in this test was his 70th appearance on away including
neutral venues. He became the fourth Australian cricketer to appear in 70 plus
away including neutral venues, Others are - SR Waugh {79}, SK Warne {76} and AR
Border {70}

 

RT Ponting
was dismissed for 4 in the second innings of this test providing the 59th
occasion of his dismissals for scores between zero and nine in a test innings
which includes 14 ducks

 

DPMD
Jayawardne was dismissed run out for 11 in Sri
Lanka's first innings providing the eleventh occasion of
a Sri Lankan batsman dismissed run out in a test innings against Sri Lanka.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene has been dismissed run out on five occasions in his test career -
for 42 vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi in Feb 2000, for 61 vs England at Galle in Feb
2011, for 99 vs West Indies at Galle in Nov 2001, for 10 vs India at Kanpur in
Nov 2009 and for 11 vs Australia at Galle in Aug 2011.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene with five run out dismissals to his credit became the eighth Sri
Lankan batsman to be dismissed run out on five or more occasions. Others are -
TT Samaraweera {09}, A Ranatunga {08}, MS Atapattu {07}, TM Dilshan {07}, KC
Sangakkara {07}, ST Jayasuriya {05} and RS Kaluwitharana {05}

 

Sri Lanka was dismissed for 105 in the first innings of this test
providing the second occasion of it being dismissed for a total less than 150
runs in a completed innings. The other occasion was its 95 all out at Darwin in Jul 2004

 

Sri Lanka was
dismissed for 105 in the first innings of this test providing its lowest team
total against Australia in Sri Lanka. It's
previous lowest was 154 - which was also at Galle in Mar 2004

 

RJ Harris
returned with figures of 8.0-5-6-0 in Sri Lanka's first innings providing
the 12th occasion of an Australian bowler conceding six and less
than six runs in an innings coupled with five or more bowled maiden overs in an
innings

 

This test
witnessed rival opening batsmen collecting the first ball duck - SR Watson in Australia's second innings and NT Paranavitana
in Sri Lanka's
second innings. This interesting statistical trivia provides the fourth such
occasion in the annals of test cricket.

 

The first
such occasion occurred in the test match between South
Africa and Australia
at Melbourne in
Feb 1932. WM Woodful collected the first ball duck in Australia's first innings while JAJ Christy of South Africa suffered such an ignominy in South Africa's
second innings.

 

The second
such occasion was witnessed in the test match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe
at Col-RPS in
Sep 96. ST Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka
collected the first ball duck in Sri Lanka's
first innings and GW Flower collected his first ball duck in Zimbabwe's
first innings

 

The third such occasion
occurred in the test match between Australia
and New Zealand at Brisbane in Nov 2008. ML
Hayden in Australia's
first innings and JM How in New Zeland's second innings collected their first
ball ducks

 

RT Ponting
bowled two overs in this mach providing the 31st occasion of his
bowling in a test innings

 

BJ Haddin
was out for a duck in Australia's
second innings providing the sixth occasion of an Australian wicket keeper
collecting a duck in a test innings against Sri Lanka

 

HAPW
Jaywardene collected a pair in this test providing the seventh and eighth
occasion of a Sri Lankan wicket keeper collecting a duck in a test innings
against Australia.

 

HAPW
Jayawardene's pair in this test provides the 45th occasion of a
wicket keeper batsman collecting a pair in the annals of test cricket.

 

HAPW
Jayawardene's pair in this test represents his second pair in tests, the other
was against Australia at Hobart in Nov 2007. He
became the third wicket keeper batsman to collect two pairs in the annals of
test cricket. Others are RD Jacobs of West Indies {vs India at Mumbai in Oct 2002 and vs England at Birmingham
in Jul 2004} and D Williams of West Indies {vs Australia
at Melbourne in Dec 92 and vs England at Port
of Spain in Feb 1998}

 

HMRKB Herath
captured 5 for 79 in this game providing the 12th occasion of a Sri
Lankan bowler capturing five or more wickets in a test innings against Australia

 

HMRKB
Herath's 5 for 79 in this test provide the 133rd occasion of a Sri
Lankan bowler capturing five or more wickets in an innings against various
oppositions

 

HMRKB
Herath's 5 for 79 in this test provide the fifth occasion of his capturing five
or more wickets in an innings against various oppositions. The other four
occasions are - 5 for 99 s Pakistan at Col-PSS in Jul 2009, 5 for 157 vs
Pakistan at Col-SSC in Jul 2009, 5 for 136 vs New Zealand at Col-SSC in Aug
2009 and 5 for 121 vs India at Kanpur in Nov 2009

 

HMRKB
Herath's 5 for 79 in this test represent his best bowling figures in an
innings. His previous best was - 5 for 99 s Pakistan at Col-PSS in Jul 2009.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene scored 105 in the second innings of this test providing the 14th
occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman scoring a hundred against Australia.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene scored 105 in the second innings of this test which represents his
second hundred against Australia.
His first hundred - 104 had come at Hobart
in Nov 2007. This his 105 in this test represents his highest score against Australia

 

DPMD
Jayawardene with his two hundreds became the fourth Sri Lankan batsman to score
two hundreds against Australia.
Others are - MS Atapattu, AP Gurusinha and ST Jayasuriya

 

DPMD
Jayawardene's 105 in this test represent the 189th hundred by Sri
Lankan batsmen against various oppositions.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene's 105 in this test represent his 29th hundred against various
oppositions. He became the tenth batsman to score 29 or more hundreds in the
annals of test cricket. Others are - SR Tendulkar {51}, JH Kallis {40}, RT
Ponting {39}, R Dravid {35}, SM Gavaskar {34}, BC Lara {34}, SR Waugh {32}, ML
Hayden {30} and DG Bradman {29}

 

AD Matthews
scored 95 in Sri Lanka's
second innings to provide the 37th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman
scoring a ninety against various oppositions and also the third such occasion
against Australia.
The other two occasions are - 90 by A Ranatunga at Kandy
n Apr 1983 and 96 by S Wettimuny at Kandy
in Apr 1983.

 

AD Mathews's
95 in this test provide the 133rd occasion of a batsman scoring a
ninety in a test innings against Australia.

 

Australia
won this test by 125 runs and with it, RT Ponting earned a unique distinction
in the annals of test cricket to appear in a team's 100 wins. This game was 100th
appearance for RT Ponting in Australia's
100 victories

 

RJ Harris
captured 5 for 62 in this test providing the provide the 15th occasion of a Sri
Lankan bowler capturing five or more wickets in an innings against Sri Lanka.
His performance provides the fourth occasion of an Australian bowler capturing
five or more wickets in a test innings at Galle.
The other three occasions by SK Warne who took 5 for 116 in the first innings
and 5 for 43 in the second innings in Mar 2004 and 5 for 34 by NM Lyon in the
first innings of this test

 

DPMD
Jayawardene's 105 in this test represent his sixth hundred at Galle. The other five hundreds are - 167 vs
New Zealand in Jun 1998, 167 vs South Africa in Jul 2000, 237 vs South Africa
in Aug 2004, 213* vs England in Dec 2007 and 114 vs New Zealand in Aug 2009.

 

With his six
hundreds at Galle,
DPMD Jayawardene became the first batsman in the annals of test cricket to
score six or more hundreds at two specific venues. The other venue on which he
has scored six or more hundreds is Col-SSC. He has scored ten hundreds at
Col-SSC. His ten hundreds at Col-SSC constitutes a world record as no other
batsman has socred ten hundreds at a specific venue in the annals of test
cricket

 

The complete
list of batsmen who have scored six or more hundreds at a specific venue read
thus - DPMD Jayawardene at Col-SSC {10}, DG Bradman at Melbourne {09}, JH
Kallis at Cape Town {08}, KC Sangakkara at Col-SSC {07}, GA Gooch at Lord's
{06}, ML Hayden at Melbourne {06}, DPMD Jayawardene at Galle {06} and MP
Vaughan at Lord's {06}

 

Thus DPMD
Jayawardene's six hundreds at Galle
provide the eighth occasion of a batsman scoring six or more hundreds at a
specific venue

 

DPMD
Jayawardne's 105 in this test represent his 15th fifty at Galle. His feat provide
the third occasion of a batsman scoring 15 or more fifties at a specific venue
in the annals of test cricket. The other two occasions are - DPMD Jayawardene
at Col-SSC {17} and JH Kaliis at Cape
Town {16}

 

Thus DPMD
Jayawardene holds the unqiue record for scoring 15 or more fifties at two
specific venues - at Col-SSC {17} and at Galle {15}

 

DPMD
Jayawarden's 105 in this test represent the 197th hundred in the
fourth innings of a test match in the annals of test cricket. His knock also
represents the eleventh hundred by a Sri Lankan batsman in the fourth innings
of a test.

 

DPMD
Jaywardene's 105 in this test represent his third hundred in the fourth innings
of a test. The others are - 101* vs South Africa
at Col-SSC in Aug 2000 and 123 vs South Africa at Col-PSS n Aug 2006

 

DPMD
Jayawardene with his three hundreds owns the Sri Lankan record for most
hundreds in the fourth innings of a test. He went past ST Jayasuriya and KC
Sangakkara who had scored two hundreds.

 

DPMD
Jayawardne became the 12th batsman in the annals of test cricket to
score three or more hundreds in the fourth innings of a test. Others are - SM
Gavaskar {04}, RT Ponting {04}, RR Sarwan {04}, Younis Khan {04}, G Boycott
{03}, DG Bradman {03}, GA Gooch {03}, CG Greenidge {03}, GC Smith {03}, H
Sutclifee {03} and SR Tendulkar {03}

 

DPMD
Jayawardene's 105 in the fourth innings of this test was in a losing cause
providing the 59th occasion of a batsman's fourth innings hundred
going in vain.

 

DPMD
Jayawardene's 105 in the fourth innings of this test which went in vain provide
the fourth such occasion by Sri Lankan batsman. The other three are - 112 by ST
Jayasuriya vs Australia at Adelaide in Jan 1996, 131 by ST Jayasuriya at Kandy in Mar 2004 and 192 by KC Sangakkara at Hobart in Nov 2007

 

It is
interesting to note that all the four hundreds by Sri Lankan batsmen in the
fourth innings of a test which have gone in vain are against Australia

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