Pallekele: Aug 5, 2012
Statistical highlights of the fifth one-dayer between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekele.
# Manoj Tiwary's brilliant innings of 65 is his second highest in ODIs, next only to the 104 retired not out against the West Indies at Chennai on December 11, 2011.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the second Indian player and the fourth overall to aggregate 2000 runs or more against Sri Lanka in ODIs. The top run-getters against Sri Lanka are Sachin Tendulkar (3113), Inzamam-ul-Haq (2265), Saeed Anwar (2198) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2041).
# Dhoni (58 off 38 balls) has posted his 16th fifty against Sri Lanka - his 46th in ODIs.
# Dhoni batted with a strike rate of 152.63 - his highest against Sri Lanka when he has scored 50 or more.
# Dhoni has averaged 60.02 against Sri Lanka - 2041 runs in 55 ODIs. His tally includes two hundreds.
# Pathan and Dhoni were associated in a seventh-wicket partnership of 77 - India's highest against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, outstripping the 63 between Robin Singh and Ajit Agarkar at Colombo, SSC on July 1, 1998.
# Lahiru Thirimanne has posted his fourth half-century in ODIs - his second against India.
# Thirimanne's superb 77 off 96 balls is his career-best in ODIs, eclipsing the 69 off 63 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg on January 22, 2012.
# Thirimanne's fifty is his first in a losing cause.
# Irfan Pathan's average of 76.00 - 76 runs in four innings, three times not out - is his best in an ODI series.
# Irfan Pathan (5 for 61) has registered his second instance of five wickets in an innings in ODIs - his best ever figures are 5 for 27 against Zimbabwe at Harare on August 29, 2005.
# Pathan is the first Indian bowler to concede 60 or more while claiming five wickets in an innings in an ODI.
# Pathan has become the third Indian bowler to take five wickets or more against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in ODIs. Ashish Nehra had claimed 6 for 59 on August 9, 2005 and Harbhajan Singh - 5 for 56 on September 14, 2009. Both performed the feats at Colombo (RPS).
# Pathan (29 not out + 5/61) has been adjudged the Man of the Match for the seventh time in ODIs - his third against Sri Lanka.
# Lasith Malinga became the fourth Sri Lankan to complete 200 wickets or more in ODIs, joining Muralitharan (534), Chaminda Vaas (400) and Sanath Jayasuriya (323).
# Malinga's marvellous feat of completing 200 wickets in 127 ODIs is the fastest by a Sri Lankan bowler and the seventh quickest in ODIs.
# Tillakaratne Dilshan has registered his ninth duck in ODIs - his fourth against India.
# Three bowlers have captured eight wickets each in the just concluded series - Pathan (ave.26.37), Perera (ave.31.25) and Malinga (35.50).
# Jeevan Mendis (72 off 88 balls) has posted his maiden fifty in ODIs.
# Thirimanne and Mendis were involved in a stand of 102 for the sixth wicket - Sri Lanka's sixth century stand against India.
# Gautam Gambhir has posted his ninth fifty against Sri Lanka - his 33rd in ODIs.
# In the course of his above half-century, Gambhir has completed his 5,000 runs in ODIs, aggregating 5077 at an average of 40.94 in 135 innings.
# Gambhir (5077) has become the ninth Indian batsman to make 5,000 runs or more in ODIs. He has joined Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,363), Rahul Dravid (10,889), Mohammad Azharuddin (9378), Virender Sehwag (8238), Yuvraj Singh (8051), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6908), and Ajay Jadeja (5359).
# Gambhir took 135 innings to reach 5,000 runs - the joint second quickest by an Indian batsman in ODIs. Sourav Ganguly had achieved the distinction in 126 innings and Mahendra Singh Dhoni 135.
# Virat Kohli, with 296 runs (ave.74.00), including two centuries, is the leading run-getter in the just concluded series - a record in a bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, obliterating the 284 (ave.56.80) by Yuvraj Singh in 2008-09.
# Kohli has received his second Player of the Series award.
# Gambhir and Tiwary have added 110 - India's third highest for the fourth wicket against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
# Suresh Raina has registered his fourth duck against Sri Lanka - his ninth in Limited-Overs Internationals.
# India's superb series victory by 4-1 is their second by such a margin in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka. India had won by a similar margin against Sri Lanka in the 2008-09 series in Sri Lanka.
# Rohit Sharma could manage just 13 runs in five innings at an average of 2.60 - the least number of runs scored by a recognised batsman (No.1 to 7) in five innings for India.
Only three batsmen have scored less than Rohit in five innings in a series/competition - the dubious distinction for recording least number of runs in five innings was achieved by Romesh Kaluwitharana - 7 runs in five innings (ave.1.40) in the Asia Cup 1996-97. (PTI)