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Statistical highlights

Mohandas Menon | February 25, 2003 14:44 IST

Sri Lanka vs Kenya, Nairobi

  • The catch of Brijal Patel was Kumar Sangakkara's 50th in 49 matches while keeping wickets. He becomes the only second Sri Lankan keeper to reach this landmark after Romesh Kaluwitharana (127 catches).
  • Steve Tikolo became the first batsman from a non-Test playing nation to aggregate 1500 runs in LOIs. Playing in his 54th match he now has 1503 runs.
  • Kennedy Obuya's 60 was the fourth highest score by a wicket-keeper against Sri Lanka in the World Cup. India's Rahul Dravid (145 in 1999), Zimbabwean Andy Flower (115* in 1992) and England's Alec Stewart (88 in 1999) have the top three individual scores as a keeper in the World Cup against Sri Lanka.
  • K Obuya's score was the second highest by a Kenyan keeper in the World Cup. Obuya himself holds the record -- when he had made 85 against Australia at Viskhapatnam on 23-2-1996.
  • The partnership of 45 runs between K Obuya and Brijal Patel was the best for 2nd wicket for Kenya against Sri Lanka. The pair betters the previous best of a paltry 10 runs between Dipak Chudasama and Ravindu Shah at Southampton on 30-5-1999.
  • The partnership of 29 runs between K Obuya and Steve Tikolo was the best for 3rd wicket for Kenya against Sri Lanka bettering the previous best of 23 runs between Ravindu Shah & S Tikolo at Southampton on 30-5-1999.
  • The partnership of 40 runs between Hitesh Modi and Maurice Odumbe was the best for 5th wicket for Kenya against Sri Lanka bettering the previous best of 34 runs between Modi and Sandeep Gupta at this same venue on 28-9-1996.
  • The three wickets by Chaminda Vaas takes his tally in the World Cup to 25. He becomes the first Sri Lankan and the 18th bowler in World Cup history to reach this landmark.
  • Meanwhile, these three wickets also takes Vaas's tally of wickets to 12 in four matches which makes him the highest wicket-taker so far in the 2003 World Cup.
  • Muttiah Muralitharan's 4-28 was the best performance by a Sri Lankan spinner in the World Cup, bettering the previous best figures of 3-12 by Sanath Jayasuriya against India at Calcutta on 13-3-1996. Incidentally, Murali's previous best performance in the World Cup was the 3-25 achieved twice - against South Africa at Northampton on 19-5-1999 and Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg on 14-2-2003.
  • Muralitharan's 4-28 was the second best performance by a Sri Lankan against Kenya after the 4-18 by Murali himself at this same venue way back on 28-9-1996.
  • The wicket of Atapattu was Thomas Odoyo is 50th in 54 matches. He becomes the first Kenyan and the first bowler from a non-Test playing nation to reach this landmark. Meanwhile he also becomes the 139th bowler in LOIs to take 50-or-more wickets.  
  • Right arm leg-break bowler Collins Obuya (5-24) has now recorded the best bowling figures for Kenya in LOIs and World Cup. He betters the previous best figures of 5-33 by left-arm spinner Aasif Karim against Bangladesh also at this venue on 10-10-1997.  He also eclipses the previous best bowling performance by a Kenyan bowler in the World Cup. Thomas Odoyo had figures of 4-28 against Canada at Cape Town on 15-2-2003.
  • C Obuya's performance was the best by any spin bowler against Sri Lanka in LOIs. England's off-spinner Vic Marks had figures of 5-39 at Taunton on 11-6-1983, while another right arm leg-spinner Pakistani Abdul Qadir had claimed 5-44 at Leeds on 16-6-1983.
  • C Obuya's performance was also the best in the World Cup by any bowler against Sri Lanka. New Zealand's paceman Richard Hadlee had figures of 5-25 at Bristol in the 1983 World Cup on 13-6-1983.
  • Though C Obuya's figures are the ninth best by a bowler in World Cup history, it was the second best performance by a spinner in the competition. Another leg-spinner Zimbabwean Paul Strang has the best figures of 5-21, which came against the Kenyans at Patna on 27-2-1996.
  • This was the seventh defeat of a Test nation by a non-Test playing country in the World Cup.
  • The full list: Sri Lanka beat India in 1979, Zimbabwe beat Australia in 1992, Zimbabwe beat England in 1992, Kenya beat West Indies in 1996, Bangladesh beat Pakistan in 1999, Canada beat Bangladesh in 2003 and Kenya beat Sri Lanka in 2003.
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