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Hambantota: Jul 25, 2012
Sri Lanka crushed India by nine wickets to level series.
# Gautam Gambhir (65 off 96 balls) registered his 32nd half-century in ODIs – his eighth against Sri Lanka.
# Gambhir is averaging just 22.53 in a losing cause – 879 runs in 39 innings, including two hundreds and five fifties.
# Gambhir has recorded three 50-plus scores in his last four outings against Sri Lanka – 63 off 64 balls at Hobart on February 28, 2012; 100 off 118 balls at Dhaka on March 13, 3 at Hambantota on July 21 and 65 off 96 balls at Hambantota on July 24.
# Thisara Perera has bowled superbly in his first three overs, his figures being 3-3-0-3. His figures of 3 for 19 are his third best against India – his only five-wicket haul against India being 5 for 28 at Dambulla on August 22, 2010.
# Perera received his second Man of the Match award against India – his sixth overall.
# Perera has received five MOM awards in 2012 – the most by a player this year.
# Perera’s bowling average of 15.37 and strike rate of 18.6 are simply superb while claiming 53 wickets in 24 matches in Sri Lankan wins.
# Perera has taken 28 wickets at 21.71 runs apiece in 16 matches in 2012. Only Lasith Malinga has captured more wickets than Perera – 38 at 32.26 in 25 matches.
# Tillakaratne Dilshan (50 off 49 balls) registered his 10th half-century against India – his 27th in ODIs.
# Dilshan’s strike rate of 102.04 is the fifth highest when he has recorded at least a fifty against India.
# Dilshan, playing in his 61st game against India, has completed his 2,000 runs – 2016 (ave.39.52) in 61 ODIs and became the fourth Sri Lankan and the seventh batsman to complete 2000 runs or more against India in this format
# Dilshan became the sixth Sri Lankan batsman to manage 4,000 runs or more in Sri Lankan victories – 4020 at an average of 44.17 in 134 ODIs.
# Upul Tharanga (59 not out off 60 balls) registered his 26th half-century in ODIs – his fourth against India.
# India’s massive defeat by 9 wickets with 181 balls remaining is their second worst in terms of balls remaining – their worst is also against Sri Lanka – with 209 balls remaining at Dambulla on August 22, 2010.
# Sri Lanka emulated their largest victory in terms of wickets against India in ODIs. They had defeated India by 9 wickets at Colombo (RPS) on August 28, 1996.
# Rohit Sharma has posted his fourth duck against Sri Lanka – his seventh in ODIs.
# Angelo Matthews (3/14) has registered his second best bowling figures in ODIs – the best is six for 20 against India at Colombo (RPS) on September 12, 2009.
# Kumar Sangakkara has become the third wicketkeeper to effect 150 dismissals or more at home – 122 catches plus 28 stumpings in 100 matches. He has joined Mark Boucher (204 in South Africa) and Adam Gilchrist (194 in Australia).
# Sangakkara, for the third time, has effected four dismissals against India – the first wicketkeeper to do so in India-Sri Lanka ODIs.
# Dilshan and Tharanga were associated in a stand of 119 – Sri Lanka’s second highest for the first wicket at Hambantota. They are the first Sri Lankan opening pair to register nine stands of 100 or more in 57 innings, surpassing the eight in 79 between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya.(PTI)
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