SA vs SL, 2020-21: 1st Test, Day 4 – South Africa’s innings victory, Hasaranga’s record-breaking debut and more stats

SA vs SL, 2020-21: 1st Test, Day 4 – South Africa’s innings victory, Hasaranga’s record-breaking debut and more stats

Here are all the statistical highlights from South Africa’s innings victory in the Centurion Test match.

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South Africa needed a little more than a session on 4th day’s play at the SuperSport Park to complete their first Test win of 2020. Sri Lanka, resuming the batting on 65/2, got bowled out for only 180 as they lost the remaining seven available wickets for 115 runs in 34.1 overs. Kusal Perera was the top-scorer with 64 off 87 balls which came by striking 10 fours. Wanindu Hasaranga, who batted while limping, scored 59 from only 53 balls with help of 12 fours and six before South Africa sealed an innings and 45-run victory.

Here are all the statistical highlights from South Africa’s innings victory in the Centurion Test match:

Losing the Test despite a solid start:

1 – Sri Lanka’s 396 in the first innings is now the first instance of a team losing despite posting 350+ in the first innings of a Test match hosted by Centurion. None of the previous nine occasions of a team making 350+ in the first innings at the SuperSport Park resulted in a defeat (Won – 7, Draw – 2).

396 – Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 396 is now the 2nd highest by any team in the first innings of a Test match hosted by South Africa for any team that ended on the losing side. India lost to the home team in the 2007 Cape Town Test despite making 414 in the first innings while batting first.

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Innings win after conceding a big total:

7 – Sri Lanka’s total of 396 in the first essay is the 7th highest first-innings total while batting first for any team where they ended up losing by an innings margin. This is also the 2nd highest such total for Sri Lanka who made exactly 400 in the 2011 Cardiff Test against England before losing by an innings and 14 runs.

385 – The total of 385 by England in the 2012 Oval Test was the previous highest total which South Africa conceded in the opposition’s first-innings while bowling first where they ended up winning by an innings margin.


A fast-paced Test for the batters:

4.20 – The run rate of 4.20 during the 1st SA vs SL Test is now the 5th highest in any Test match where a minimum of 1500 balls was bowled. The 1902 Johannesburg Test between South Africa and Australia had a run rate of 4.77 while the 2005 Ashes Test in Birmingham came second with a run rate of 4.32.

The Karachi Test in 2006 between Pakistan and India, which began with a hat-trick from Irfan Pathan, ended with a run rate of 4.30 while the last year’s Hamilton Test featuring New Zealand and Bangladesh saw a team run rate of 4.23.


Aggressive batting from Hasaranga:

91.53 – As much as 91.53% of Wanindu Hasaranga’s 2nd innings came through the boundaries. This is the 4th highest % of boundary runs coming during a 50+ score in Test cricket.

Madan Lal accounted for 96.15% of runs through boundaries (50 boundary runs in 52*) during the 1982 Karachi Test against Pakistan while Romesh Kaluwitharana (48 out of 51) had 94.12% of his runs coming through the boundaries in the 1998 Colombo Test against Zimbabwe.

Dale Steyn occupies 3rd place in this list with 93.10% as he scored 54 runs in boundaries during his 58-run knock in the 2014 Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa.

46 – Hasaranga’s 46-ball fifty in the 2nd innings is now the fastest fifty in Test cricket for Sri Lanka on debut. The previous fastest known fifty on Test debut for Sri Lanka was recorded by Kusal Perera off 49 balls against India in 2015 Colombo Test.


A rare all-round effort by Hasaranga:

1 – Wanindu Hasaranga became the first Sri Lankan player and also the first cricketer from Asia to score a fifty and bag a 4-wicket haul on Test debut. Hasaranga is also the 15th player to score a fifty and claim a 4-wicket haul on Test debut. The last of the previous 14 players with this feat was Tim Southee in the 2008 Napier Test against England.


A long batted duck for Rajitha:

27 – Kasun Rajitha batted out 27 balls before getting out for a duck in the second innings. It is the 2nd most balls faced duck in Test cricket for any Sri Lankan player behind only Lasith Malinga’s 28-ball duck in the 2nd innings of the 2006 Christchurch Test against New Zealand.