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Cricket: Sri Lankan Records 1975 – 2009

Well, the stats speak for itself. Sri Lanka has done well for a small cricketing Nation!


Please Note these are all National Records. All World Records in this list will be BOLD!

Batting records

Test Matches

Highest team total952/6 against India in 1997.

Highest aggregate of runs- Mahela Jayawardene (8221) in 101 matches at an Average of 53.38
Most number of matches played – Muttiah Muralitharan (126).
Most number of matches as captain – Arjuna Ranatunga (56) from 1989 to 1999.
Highest individual score – 374 by Mahela Jayawardene against South Africa in July 2006.

Highest partnership – 624 for the third wicket by Kumar Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.

Most number of centuries – Mahela Jayawardene (25) in 101 matches.
Most number of half centuries – Arjuna Ranatunga (38) in 93 matches.
Most number of dismissals(includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara (173 dismissals) in 79 matches.
Most number of catches – Mahela Jayawardene (142) in 101 matches.
Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) – Kumar Sangakkara (54.59)

ODI Matches

Highest team total- 443/9 against Netherlands in July 2006.

Highest aggregate of runs – Sanath Jayasuriya (13,151) in 432 matches at an average of 32.71.

Most number of matches played – Sanath Jayasuriya (432).

Most number of matches as captain – Arjuna Ranatunga (193) from 1988 to 1999.
Highest individual score – 189 by Sanath Jayasuriya against India in October, 2000.

Highest partnership – 286 for the first wicket by Sanath Jayasuriya (152) & Upul Tharanga (109) against England in July 2006.

Most number of centuries
– Sanath Jayasuriya (28) in 432 matches.
Most number of half centuries – Sanath Jayasuriya (67) in 432 matches.
Most number of dismissals(includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara(291 dismissals) in 246 matches.

Most number of catches – Mahela Jayawardene (159) in 299 matches.

Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) – Marvan Atapattu (37.57).
Highest number of sixes in a match – Sanath Jayasuriya (11).

Highest number of sixes in a career – Sanath Jayasuriya (268).

Twenty20 Matches

Highest team total – 260/6 against Kenya on 14 September 2007.
Highest winning margin – 172 runs against Kenya in 14 September 2007.

Bowling records

Test Matches

Most number of wickets – 746 by Muttiah Muralitharan at 21.77 in 121 matches.

Best individual bowling – 9-51 by Muttiah Muralitharan against Zimbabwe in January 2002.
Best bowling in a match – 16-220 by Muttiah Muralitharan against England in August 1998.

Most number of 10 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (20).
Most number of 5 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (62).


Best average – 18.94 by Ajantha Mendis.

Most number of wickets taken bowled – Muttiah Muralitharan (157).
Most number of wickets taken stumped – Muttiah Muralitharan (41).

ODI Matches

Most number of wickets – 505 by Muttiah Muralitharan at 22.74 in 329 matches.
Best individual bowling – 8-19 by Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in December 2001.

Most number of 5 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (8).
Best Average – 10.25 by Ajantha Mendis.
Most Test Wickets – Muttiah Muralitharan ( broken in 2007 against England at home)

Only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls – Lasith Malinga against South Africa in March 2007.

Only Sri Lankan bowler to have taken two ODI Hat-tricks in a career – Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in 2001 and Bangladesh in 2003.

Only bowler to have taken 8 wickets in a ODI –
Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in 2001.

World Cup Records by Sri Lanka

Highest team total – 398/5 against Kenya in 1996.
Highest partnership(runs) – 183 for the third wicket by Sanath Jayasuriya(115) and Mahela Jayawardene (82) against West Indies in 2007.
– 183 for the third wicket by Asanka Gurusinha (84) and Aravinda de Silva (145) against Kenya in 1996.
Most number of runs – Sanath Jayasuriya (1165) in 38 matches.
Highest individual score – Aravinda de Silva (145) against Kenya in 1996.
Most number of matches played – Sanath Jayasuriya (38).
Best individual bowling – 6-25 by Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.
Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara (32) in 21 matches.
Most number of wickets – Muttiah Muralitharan (53) in 31 matches.

World’s only bowler to take four wickets in four consecutive balls – Lasith Malinga against South Africa in 2007.

First Sri Lankan bowler to take a World Cup Hatrick – Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.

World’s only bowler to have taken a World Cup Hat-trick in the first three balls of a match – Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.

Other Records

The world’s Highest total in a Test match: 952-6 vs India
The world’s Highest score in a ODI match: 443-9 vs The Netherlands on the 4th of July 2006
The world’s Highest score in a 20-20 match: 260-6 vs Kenya on the 14th of September 2007.
The world’s Fastest ODI half-century was scored by Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).

Please note that this information is from Wikipedia. Over time, the information may be outdated.

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