Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe 2017: One-off Test, Day 3 – Statistical Highlights

Here we look at all the stats and records created during the day’s play.

Sikandar Raza Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe cricketer Sikandar Raza plays a shot.
(Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

From being down at 23/4 in the 2nd innings with a slender first innings lead of 10 runs at Lunch, Zimbabwe returned back to hold a commanding position in the game. A gritty unbeaten 97 from Sikandar Raza despite struggling with fitness, put on an unbeaten 107-run stand with Malcolm Waller for the 7th wicket and 86 for the 6th with Peter Moor to end the day at 252/6. Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 346 runs adding 57 runs to the overnight score which wasn’t possible without Asela Gunaratne’s fighting effort despite being injured.

Here we look at all the stats and records created during the day’s play.

1 – Graeme Cremer is the first Zimbabwe player to take a 5-wicket haul in Test cricket as captain. The previous best figures in Tests for a Zimbabwe captain were 4/38 by Heath Streak in 2001 against Bangladesh.

8 – Number of players including Graeme Cremer who have taken 5-wicket hauls in Tests and ODIs as captain. He is the only Zimbabwe player to take a 5-wicket haul in any International format as a captain.

11.62 – Average partnership of Zimbabwe for the top 4 wickets in this game; the 7th lowest by them in a Test match. They lost their 4th wicket for 70 runs in the first innings while on 23 in the second.

97* – Sikandar Raza is the 2nd Zimbabwe player after Grant Flower to be unbeaten in the 90s at the end of the day’s play in Test cricket. Flower remained unbeaten on 98 on day 1 against Pakistan in 1996 at Sheikupura. He resumed on the 2nd day and got out after scoring 110.

182 – Wickets Rangana Herath has taken in Test cricket after turning 35; the 2nd most by any player. Only Australian Clarrie Grimmett (192) has taken more Test wickets after turning 35.

296.57 – Average first innings lead Sri Lanka has taken in their previous 7 Test matches against Zimbabwe. They conceded 10-run first innings lead in this game.

515 – Runs Zimbabwe have scored in this Test so far after losing their 4th wicket; the most by them in a Test after the loss of the 4th wicket. Zimbabwe aggregated 505 runs against Windies in 2003.

2000 – Graeme Cremer is the first Zimbabwe leg-spinner since Paul Strang in 2000 to take a 5-wicket haul in Test cricket. Overall, he is the 6th spinner and the 3rd leg spinner from Zimbabwe to take a 5-fer in Tests.