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Statistics: Team India too good

November 13, 2005 23:05 IST
India won the seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in an emphatic fashion winning four matches on a trot and ending with a scoreline of 6-1. A summary of the two teams' performances in the seven matches:
Date Toss Batted 1st Batted 2nd Winner Man of the match
25 Oct 2005 Ind Ind 350-6 SL 198 Ind - 152 runs R Dravid
28 Oct 2005 Ind SL 122 Ind 123-2 Ind - 8 wickets IK Pathan
31 Oct 2005 SL SL 298-4 Ind 303-4 Ind - 6 wickets MS Dhoni
03 Nov 2005 Ind SL 261 Ind 262-6 Ind - 4 wickets AB Agarkar
06 Nov 2005 SL Ind 285-8 SL 286-5 SL - 5 wickets TM Dilshan
09 Nov 2005 Ind SL 196 Ind 197-3 Ind - 7 wickets RP Singh
12 Nov 2005 SL SL 244-9 Ind 245-5 Ind - 5 wickets IK Pathan
Man of the series - MS Dhoni

India have now equalled South Africa's world record of the biggest victory margin in a bilateral series. South Africa, in fact, have done so not just once but twice. The following table gives details of biggest margins of wins in a seven-match bilateral series where all matches produced results.

Score Winner Loser Venue Season
6-1 SA Eng SA 1995-96
6-1 SA WI SA 1998-99
6-1 Ind SL Ind 2005-06
5-2 SA Ind SA 1992-93
5-2 SA WI WI 2000-01
5-2 NZ Ind NZ 2002-03

Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit 17 sixes in the series (all of the Sri Lankan batsmen could hit only 11!). With this he established a new world record of most sixes in an ODI series/tournament. The previous record was jointly held by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya, India's Sourav Ganguly & Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

6s Batsman For Competition / Series Season Mts Runs
17 MS Dhoni Ind (v SL) 2005-06 7 346
16 ST Jayasuriya SL Singer Cup 1995-96 3 207
16 SC Ganguly Ind Standard Bank 2001-02 7 380
16 Shahid Afridi Pak VB Series 2004-05 8 231
15 Mohammad Yousuf + Pak (v Zim) 2002-03 5 405
15 SC Ganguly Ind World Cup 2002-03 11 465
+ formerly known as Yousuf Youhana

Both Dravid and Dhoni ended the series with an average of 100-plus. This provided only the third and fourth instances of Indian batsmen ending a series or tournament with an average of 100-plus while scoring atleast 300 runs. Dravid's average is now the second best by an Indian. The details:

Ave Batsman Competition / Series Season Mts Runs HS 100s 50s
354.00 AD Jadeja Pepsi Cup 1997-98 5 354 116* 2 1
156.00 R Dravid (v SL) 2005-06 6 312 103* 1 2
116.00 SC Ganguly ICC Champions Trophy 2000-01 4 348 141* 2 1
115.33 MS Dhoni (v SL) 2005-06 7 346 183* 1 1

Dhoni ended the series with 346 runs against his name. His tally is the highest by an Indian wicket-keeper in any series (or tournament). Interestingly the previous record was held by none other than current captain Rahul Dravid, who aggregated 318 runs as a make-shift keeper in 2002-03 World Cup.

...and this is how all players from either side performed with bat and ball in the series:

India - Batting & Fielding

Batsman Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Ave SR 100s 50s 0s Ct St
MS Dhoni 7 5 2 346 183* 115.33 119.31 1 1 1 6 3
R Dravid 6 6 4 312 103* 156.00 91.23 1 2 0 3 0
SR Tendulkar 6 6 1 231 93 46.20 87.17 0 2 0 3 0
V Sehwag 7 7 0 221 48 31.57 103.27 0 0 0 6 0
G Gambhir 2 2 0 131 103 65.50 105.65 1 0 0 0 0
Yuvraj Singh 7 6 2 124 79* 31.00 88.57 0 1 0 3 0
IK Pathan 6 3 0 118 83 39.33 122.92 0 1 1 0 0
Y Venugopal Rao 5 3 1 63 38 31.50 70.79 0 0 0 3 0
SK Raina 5 2 1 52 39* 52.00 130.00 0 0 0 0 0
M Kaif 2 2 1 51 38* 51.00 51.00 0 0 0 1 0
JP Yadav 5 2 1 12 9 12.00 54.55 0 0 0 0 0
RP Singh 3 1 1 9 9* - 128.57 0 0 0 0 0
M Kartik 6 1 0 8 8 8.00 57.14 0 0 0 3 0
AB Agarkar 6 2 0 5 4 2.50 55.56 0 0 0 1 0
S Santh 4 0 0 0 dnb - - 0 0 0 0 0
Harbhajan Singh 6 0 0 0 dnb - - 0 0 0 3 0
Centuries: (3)
183* (145 balls) - MS Dhoni at Jaipur on 31-Oct-2005 (third match)
103* (120 balls) - R Dravid at Ahmedabad on 06-Nov-2005 (fifth match)
103 ( 97 balls) - G Gambhir at Ahmedabad on 06-Nov-2005 (fifth match)

Century partnerships : (3)
164 (2nd wkt) - SR Tendulkar & IK Pathan at Nagpur on 25-Oct-2005 (first match)
128 (4th wkt) - G Gambhir & R Dravid at Ahmedabad on 06-Nov-2005 (fifth match)
105* (4th wkt) - M Kaif & Yuvraj Singh at Rajkot on 09-Nov-2005 (sixth match)

India - Bowling

Bowler Mts Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Best 5W 4W Ave SR RpO
AB Agarkar 6 297 4 259 12 5-44 1 1 21.58 24.75 5.23
IK Pathan 6 294 1 256 10 4-37 0 1 25.60 29.40 5.22
RP Singh 3 167 5 122 8 4-35 0 1 15.25 20.88 4.38
M Kartik 6 276 2 242 7 3-48 0 0 34.57 39.43 5.26
Harbhajan Singh 6 334 3 202 6 3-35 0 0 33.67 55.67 3.63
S Santh 4 190 2 195 4 2-39 0 0 48.75 47.50 6.16
V Sehwag 7 114 1 126 3 1-20 0 0 42.00 38.00 6.63
JP Yadav 5 180 1 152 3 2-32 0 0 50.67 60.00 5.07
SR Tendulkar 6 6 0 10 0 0-10 0 0 - - 10.00
Yuvraj Singh 7 12 0 14 0 0-14 0 0 - - 7.00

Four wickets in a match: (3)
5-44 (9.5 overs) AB Agarkar at Pune on 03-Nov-2005 (fourth match)
4-35 (8.5 overs) RP Singh at Rajkot on 09-Nov-2005 (sixth match)
4-37 (8 overs) IK Pathan at Mohali on 28-Oct-2005 (second match)

Sri Lanka - Batting & Fielding

Batsman Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Ave SR 100s 50s 0s Ct St
KC Sangakkara 7 7 1 296 138* 49.33 81.10 1 0 0 6 0
TM Dilshan 7 7 1 222 81* 37.00 95.28 0 3 1 2 0
MS Atapattu 7 7 0 216 87 30.86 75.26 0 2 0 2 0
RP Arnold 7 6 1 172 68 34.40 75.44 0 1 1 2 0
DPM Jayawardene 6 6 0 166 71 27.67 80.98 0 1 0 4 0
ST Jayasuriya 6 6 0 85 27 14.17 97.70 0 0 1 0 0
WPUJC Vaas 7 5 1 75 37* 18.75 75.76 0 0 0 1 0
WU Tharanga 4 4 0 69 28 17.25 75.82 0 0 0 1 0
MF Maharoof 6 5 1 60 33* 15.00 56.60 0 0 0 2 0
UDU Chandana 5 4 2 56 30 28.00 64.37 0 0 0 0 0
LHD Dilhara 2 2 0 34 29 17.00 130.77 0 0 0 0 0
M Muralitharan 5 3 0 30 15 10.00 111.11 0 0 0 1 0
TT Samaraweera 2 1 0 6 6 6.00 24.00 0 0 0 1 0
CRD Fernando 7 2 2 4 4* - 44.44 0 0 0 0 0
DNT Zoysa 5 2 0 2 2 1.00 33.33 0 0 1 1 0

Centuries: (1)
138* (147 balls) - KC Sangakkara at Jaipur on 31-Oct-2005 (third match)

Century partnerships : (3)
151 (3rd wkt) - KC Sangkkara & DPM J'wardene at Jaipur on 31-Oct-2005 (third match)
133 (6th wkt) - MS Atapattu & RP Arnold at Baroda on 12-Nov-2005 (seventh match)
131* (6th wkt) - TM Dilshan & RP Arnold at Ahmedabad on 06-Nov-2005 (fifth match)

Sri Lanka - Bowling

Bowler Mts Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Best 5W 4W Ave SR RpO
M Muralitharan 5 278 3 199 6 3-35 0 0 33.17 46.33 4.29
MF Maharoof 6 198 0 236 6 4-20 0 1 39.33 33.00 7.15
CRD Fernando 7 342 3 354 6 2-58 0 0 59.00 57.00 6.21
DNT Zoysa 5 144 0 160 5 2-29 0 0 32.00 28.80 6.67
WPUJC Vaas 7 303 3 305 4 1-28 0 0 76.25 75.75 6.04
TM Dilshan 7 175 0 166 3 2-40 0 0 55.33 58.33 5.69
UDU Chandana 5 156 0 188 2 1-32 0 0 94.00 78.00 7.23
LHD Dilhara 2 30 0 29 1 1-29 0 0 29.00 30.00 5.80
RP Arnold 7 16 0 28 0 0-8 0 0 - - 10.50
ST Jayasuriya 6 77 0 75 0 0-18 0 0 - - 5.84
Four wickets in a match: (1)
4-20 (5 overs) - MF Maharoof at Ahmedabad on 06-Nov-2005 (fifth match)

Rajneesh Gupta