South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019, 1st Test – Statistical Highlights
Sri Lanka, on Saturday, claimed a stunning one wicket thrilling victory over hosts South Africa in the first Test of two-match Test series at Kingsmead, Durban. With this victory, Sri Lanka has taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series.
Sri Lanka decided to field first after winning the toss. After Sri Lanka bowled out the host side for 235 runs in the first innings, they replied with just 191 runs. Leading by 44 runs, South Africa managed to score 259 runs in their second innings.
Chasing down the 304-run target, Sri Lanka was once struggling on 226/9. However, Sri Lanka’s last-wicket partnership did the incredible thing as they snatched an impressive one-wicket victory.
Brief Score: South Africa – 235 (Quinton de Kock 80, Temba Bavuma 47; Vishwa Fernando 4/62) & 259 (Faf du Plessis 90, Quinton de Kock 55; Lasith Embuldeniya 5/66)
Sri Lanka – 191 (Kusal Perera 51, Dimuth Karunaratne 30; Dale Steyn 4/48) & 304/9 (Kusal Perera 153*, Dhananjaya de Silva 48; Keshav Maharaj 3/71)
Result – Sri Lanka won by one wicket
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
Quinton de Kock
i) South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock played two 50+ innings in this Test match.
- It was the sixth time when a South African wicketkeeper-batsman played 50+ innings in both innings of a Test match. Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock has played his third twin 50+ innings in a Test match.
Faf du Plessis
ii) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored 90 runs during South Africa’s second innings.
- Third highest knock in an innings by a South African captain against Sri Lanka in home Test. The top two in this list are 111 and 99* both by Shaun Pollock at Centurion (in 2001 and 2002).
iii) Making his international debut, the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed a five-wicket haul during South Africa’s second innings. In that innings, he had the bowling figures of 26-3-66-5.
- Third best bowling figure in an innings by a Test debutant spinner on the South African soil.
- Fourth best bowling figure in an innings by a Sri Lankan bowler in Test debut.
iv) South Africa was bundled out for 235 and 259 runs in this Test match.
- It was the third time when Sri Lanka picked up all 20 wickets in a Test match against the host side South Africa.
- South Africa’s 235 was their third-lowest home Test innings total against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the 259 was their fifth-lowest home Test innings total against Sri Lanka.
South Africa’s five lowest home Test innings totals against Sri Lanka
v) In the fourth innings of the match, the Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera played the unbeaten 153-run knock.
- It is the highest Test innings knock by a Sri Lankan batsman on the South African soil. Their previous record was 115* by Thilan Samaraweera at Cape Town in 2012.
- It was the second-best knock by a Sri Lanka batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match. The record is 192 by Kumar Sangakkara against Australia at Hobart in 2007.
- It was the fourth-best knock by a batsman in the fourth innings of a Test match in South Africa.
10th wicket partnership
vi) Sri Lankan batsmen Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando provided a 78-run partnership for the unbroken 10th wicket during the fourth innings of the Test match.
- It was the highest 10th wicket partnership in the fourth innings of a Test match for an away side. The previous record was 65 runs partnership between Brad Haddin and James Pattinson (Australia) against England at Nottingham in July 2013.
- It was Sri Lanka’s highest 10th wicket partnership against South Africa in Test innings. Their previous best was 74 runs partnership between Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath at Colombo (SSC) in July 2018.
- It was Sri Lanka’s second highest 10th wicket partnership in Test innings. Their record is 79 runs partnership between Chaminda Vass and Muttiah Muralitharan against Australia at Kandy in March 2004.
Fourth innings chase
vii) In the fourth innings of the Test match, Sri Lanka successfully chased the 304-run target (304/9).
- Second highest successful chase for an Asian side in the fourth innings of a Test match outside the Asian soil. The record was chasing the 403-run target by India (406/4) against West Indies at Port of Spain in April 1976.
- It was Sri Lanka’s fourth highest successful chase in the fourth innings of a Test match.
- It was the fifth highest successful chase for any side in the fourth innings of a Test match against South Africa. Out of those, four were in South Africa.
Sri Lanka’s victory
viii) Sri Lanka won this match by just one wicket.
- It was only Sri Lanka’s second Test victory against South Africa on the South African soil. Their first victory was in December 2011 at Durban by 208 runs.
ix) By the end of the Test match, South African pacer Dale Steyn has picked up 439 Test wickets.
- Dale Steyn is now the seventh most wicket-taker in Test cricket history.
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