Sri Lanka’s batting legend Kumar Sangakkara scored his 87th ODI half-century in the second match against India on Thursday, and is now only nine behind Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 96 ODI fifties.
While scoring 61 in the game that the Lankans in the end lost by six wickets, Sangakkara crossed South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis’ record of 86 half-centuries in one-day internationals, with only Tendulkar ahead of him now.
That piece of information leads the stats from the Motera ODI, which saw Amabti Rayudu winning the game for India with his maiden international hundred.
– Kumar Sangakkara (61 off 86 balls) has registered his 18th fifty vs India – his 87th in ODIs. His overall tally of 87 fifties is the second highest in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 96. Jacques Kallis, with 86 fifties, has the next best tally.
– Ambati Rayudu’s outstanding innings of 121 not out off 118 balls is his first century in ODIs, outstripping the 64 not out vs England at Nottingham on August 30, 2014.
– Rayudu (a hundred, a run-out and two catches) has got his first Man-of-the-Match award in ODIs.
– Shikhar Dhawan’s splendid 79 off 80 balls is his tenth fifty in ODIs – his third against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan’s tally of 192 (ave 96.00) is the highest in the current series.
– Rayudu and Dhawan were involved in a stand of 122 – India’s highest second wicket partnership against Sri Lanka atMotera.
– Rayudu and Kohli were associated in a stand of 116 – India’s highest third wicket partnership in ODIs at Motera.
– Century stands for the second and third wickets have been registered for India in the same innings for the fourth time in ODIs.
– Eight times, India have successfully chased a total of 275 or more vs Sri Lanka in ODIs – the most times by them against an opponent in ODIs.
– India have won two and lost one out of three ODIs played against Sri Lanka at Motera, Ahmedabad.
– India have contested 15 ODIs at Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, winning seven and losing eight.
– Angelo Matthews has recorded his 23rd fifty in ODIs – his fourth vs India. His superb unbeaten 92 off 101 balls is his second highest score in ODIs, next only to the 93 off 115 balls vs Pakistan at Hambantota on August 26, 2014.
– Matthews’ record, as captain, is superb in ODIs – his aggregate being 1357 at an average of 46.79, including ten fifties, in 46 matches.
– With 838 runs at an average of 64.46 in 22 matches, Matthews is the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2014.
– Dhammika Prasad’s 30 not out off 28 balls is his highest score vs India – his second highest in ODIs behind the 31 not out off 21 balls vs Australia at Brisbane on March 4, 2012.
– Prasad and Matthews were involved in a stand of 54 (unbroken) for the ninth wicket – Sri Lanka’s second highest for this wicket vs India in ODIs behind the 63 between Chaminda Vaas and Dilhara Lokuhettige at Nagpur on October 25, 2005.