Statistical highlights on the third day of the second cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.
# Ajinkya Rahane has become the first Indian fielder to take 10 catches in a Test series in Sri Lanka.
# Rahane is now the second Indian fielder to take 10 catches in a Test series vs Sri Lanka. In the three-Test series vs Sri Lanka in India in 1993-94, Mohammad Azharuddin had taken exactly 10 catches.
# For the third time, Amit Mishra has bagged four wickets or more in an innings — once each against Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
# Mishra’s excellent figures of 4 for 43 are his best away from home — his second best next only to the 5 for 71 vs Australia at Mohali in October 2008.
# Playing in his 15th Test, Mishra has completed his 50 wickets — his tally being 52 at an average of 38.19.
# Lahiru Thirimanne (62) has posted his first fifty vs India — his fourth in Tests.
# Thirimanne’s 142-ball fifty is his slowest in Test Cricket. His previous slowest was a 128-ball fifty vs New Zealand at Wellington in January this year.
# Angelo Mathews (102) has posted his fifth Test century as captain.
# Mathews’ first century vs India is his sixth in Tests. His previous highest score against India was 99 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in December 2009.
# Mathews enjoys an outstanding record as captain in Tests — his aggregate being 1999 in 20 Tests at an average of 71.39. He needs just one run to become the fourth Sri Lankan captain to complete 2,000 runs or more — the top three being Mahela Jayawardene (3665), Arjuna Ranatunga (3118) and Sanath Jayasuriya (2177).
# Only Alastair Cook has scored more runs as captain than Mathews since March 8, 2013 — the date of Mathews’ becoming captain in Tests.
# Only two Sri Lankan captains have scored more hundreds than Mathews’ five — Jayawardene (14) and Sangakkara (7).
# During the course of his above century, Mathews has completed his 2,000 runs in Tests in Sri Lanka — his tally being 2037 (ave.58.20) in 30 Tests. His tally includes three hundreds and 12 fifties.
# Mathews is the tenth Sri Lankan batsman to accomplish the aforesaid feat in Tests in Sri Lanka.
# Mathews and Thirimanne were involved in a stand of 127 — Sri Lanka’s highest fourth wicket partnership vs India at P.Sara Oval, surpassing the 99 between Duleep Mendis and Roy Dias in September 1985.
# The aforesaid stand is Sri Lanka’s third highest fourth-wicket partnership at P Sara Oval. Their highest fourth wicket partnership at this venue in Tests is 240 (unbroken) between Arjuna Ranatunga and Asanka Gurusinha vs Pakistan in March 1986.