Statistical highlights of 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka has completed a clinical win over Zimbabwe in the second Test in Harare by 257 runs to clinch the two-match series 2-0. Zimbabwe folded for 233 in their second innings with Rangana Herath taking all three wickets to fall in the morning session on the final day. Herath was adjudicated Man of the Match for his tally of 13 wickets in the match while 280 runs in four innings fetched Dimuth Karunaratne the Player of the Series award. Statistical highlights from the second Test in Harare: 257 – Winning margin of 257 runs in the second Test is the highest in terms of runs for Sri Lanka in a Test outside Asia. The previous most was 241 runs against New Zealand in Napier in 1995. 3 – Bowlers taking five wicket hauls against all nine oppositions in Tests. Herath became the third to the join the exclusive club, which also has Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn. 13 for 152 by Herath is the best figures for any bowler in Zimbabwe, eclipsing 12 for 126 by Irfan Pathan against the home side in 2005. It was also the left-arm spinner's first ten wicket haul outside Sri Lanka. 8 for 63 by Herath in the second innings is the best innings figures for anyone in Zimbabwe, bettering 8 for 71 by Allan Donald at the same venue in 1995. It was also the first time he took more than five wickets in a match away from home. 2 – Match figures better than Herath's 13 for 152 for a bowler while leading the side. The ones with better figures are Courtney Walsh (13 for 55 vs New Zealand, Wellington, 1995) and Waqar Younis (13 for 135 vs Zimbabwe, Karachi, 1993). 54 – Herath's wickets tally in Tests in 2016. He became the first to cross the 50-wicket mark this year. This is the third time he has achieved this feat in a calendar year after 2012 (60 wickets) and 2014 (56 wickets). 31 – Years since a captain took eight wickets in an innings in Tests before Herath's 8 for 63 in the second innings. The last to do it was Kapil Dev, who took 8 for 106 against Australia in Adelaide in 1985. 75 – Test matches taken by Herath to reach 350 Test wickets, the second fewest by a spinner after Muttiah Muralitharan's 66 matches. He is the oldest to the landmark at 38 years & 236 days, and has taken the second most time from debut (17 years & 49 days) after Imran Khan (18 years & 190 days). 2 – Match figures better than 13 for 152 by Herath for a spinner opening the bowling in both innings of a Test. Both the previous instances came more than 100 years ago – 15 for 99 by Colin Blythe against South Africa in Leeds in 1907 and 15 for 124 by Wilfred Rhodes against Australia in Melbourne in 1904. 4 – Instances of two players batting at six or below scoring hundreds in the same innings for Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya de Silva (127) and Asela Gunaratne (116) being the latest pair. The three earlier instances all in Colombo (SSC). 2 – Instances of Sri Lanka scoring 500-plus twice in a series outside Asia. They scored 537 in the first Test and 504 in this Test. The first instance also came in Zimbabwe, way back in 2004 when they scored 541 and 713 for 3 decl. 64 – Innings taken by Dimuth Karunaratne to reach 2000 runs in Test cricket. Among the specialist batsmen for Sri Lanka, only Roshan Mahanama took more innings to reach the landmark – 70. 24 – Craig Ervine became the 24th player to score fifty or more in both innings of a Test for Zimbabwe. He became the second to do it against Sri Lanka after Andy Flower (74 & 129) in Harare in 1999. 7 – Wins for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in the last seven Tests between the two sides. Sri Lanka had a longer run of wins in consecutive Tests, winning 14 in a row against Bangladesh between 2001 and 2009. 491 is highest fourth innings target set by a team against Zimbabwe. The previous highest was 449 by Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2014. The highest fourth innings target set in the final innings of a Test in Zimbabwe was 483 by the home team against Bangladesh in Harare in 2013.

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