Thursday, November 26, 2009

Comeback kid Sreesanth beats Kapil

Kanpur: Following are the statistical highlights of the third day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka:

S Sreesanth (5-75), after being out of the Indian side for more than 18 months, took a five-for in his comeback Test. Only two other pacers have taken a five-for in their comeback Tests for India after being out for a year or more- Madan Lal and Manoj Prabhakar.

Sreesanth’s figures are the best by an Indian pacer against Sri Lanka at home, beating Kapil Dev’s 5 for 110 in the very first Test between the two sides at Madras in 1982-83. Incidentally these two are the only pacers to take a five-for against Sri Lanka in India.

Sreesanth’s figures are the second best by an Indian pacer against Sri Lanka – at home or away – after Venkatesh Prasad’s 5 for 72 at Kandy in 2001-02.

This was the second five-wicket haul for Sreesanth in Test cricket, after 5-40 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006-07.

Sreesanth also became first pacer and only the fifth Indian bowler to capture a five-wicket haul on his first appearance against Sri Lanka, after Venkatapathy Raju (6-12 at Chandigarh in 1990-91), Shivlal Yadav (5-76 at Nagpur in 1986-87), Dilip Doshi (5-85 at Madras in 1982-83) and Anil Kumble (5-87 at Colombo SSC in 1993-94). Incidentally the previous best figures for an Indian pacer on his first appearance against Sri Lanka was 4-78 by Debabis Mohanty at Colombo SSC in 1997-98.

When MS Dhoni asked his counterpart to bat again, it provided the 27th occasion of India enforcing the follow-on on the opponents. Of them 19 have been at home soil, with India winning 12 and drawing 6 before today.

This was the fifth instance for India to enforce the follow-on on Sri Lanka- all at home soil. The details: at Cuttack in 1986-87, at Chandigarh in 1990-91, at Lucknow and Bangalore in 1993-94 and in this Test. India won on all previous four occasions.

This was the first time MS Dhoni enforced the follow-on in a Test. Dhoni was entitled to enforce the follow-on on Australia at Mohali in October 2008, but decided against it.

India gained a first-innings lead over Sri Lanka- their second biggest in all Tests after 492-run first innings lead against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2007.

Three Sri Lankan batsmen - Paranavitana, Sangakkara and Jayawardene - suffered the ignominy of getting dismissed twice in a day. Paranavitana made 38 in the first innings and 20 in the second; Sangakkara managed 44 and 11; while Jayawardene made 47 and 10. This provided only the seventh instance of three opposition batsmen getting out twice on the same day against India. This was the third such instance against India in India.

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