Herath: Most wickets by a left-arm spinner

Saturday, 11 March 2017

366 Wickets for Rangana Herath in Tests, now the most by a left-arm spinner. He bettered Daniel Vettori’s tally of 362 wickets. Herath has taken those wickets in only 79 Tests compared to Vettori’s 113. Among all left-arm bowlers, only Wasim Akram is ahead of Herath with 414 scalps.

9 Five-wicket hauls for Herath in Galle – the most by any bowler other than Muttiah Muralitharan at any venue. Muralitharan has 14 at SSC and 11 each in Kandy and Galle. The previous most by a bowler at any venue was Ian Botham’s eight five-fors at Lord’s. Herath has eight at SSC.

3 Five-fors by Herath in fourth innings’ in Galle. No other bowler has taken more than two such hauls in the fourth innings at any venue. Herath has four at SSC in Colombo. Overall, this was his tenth five-for when defending a target, three more than any other bowler.

3 Wins for Herath as captain in his first three Tests as captain – first Sri Lanka captain to achieve this. Sri Lanka had won both the Tests in Harare last year before this win in Galle under Herath.

21.68 Difference between the average runs per wicket for Bangladesh in their first and second innings in Tests this year. In their four Tests this year, their average runs per wicket in first innings has been 41.68 but in the second innings, it is only 20. Their lowest score in the first innings is 289 whereas their highest in the second innings is 250.

15 Wins for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh, in 17 Tests – their most against any team. They had won 14 Tests against Pakistan, the previous most. Bangladesh’s 15 losses to Sri Lanka are also their most against any team.

6 Consecutive wins for Sri Lanka in home Tests – their joint second-longest streak. They had won 10 successive home Tests between 2001 and 2002 and six in a row between 2006 and 2007. Since losing the series 2-1 to India in 2015, Sri Lanka has won all their six Tests – two against West Indies, three against Australia and one against Bangladesh.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath