Friday, June 02, 2006

Test Records - Week Ending 28th May 2006

Test #1803 Sri Lanka in England 2006 (2nd Test) at Edgbaston, Birmingham

A breathtaking century by Kevin Pietersen ,and a superb bowling display by Muralitharan were the highlights of the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and England, which ended in a 6-wicket victory for the home team.

Pietersen's 142 of just 157 balls, his 4 th century in 13 tests, took him into the elite league of cricketers who have scored 1000 or more runs with a test batting average of 50+. At the end of the test Pietersen's Test Career record reads as 13 Tests, 25 Innings, 1203 runs @50.12. He is jut one of the 32 players to have such an average after aggregating 1000 or more runs.

Sri Lanka's Michael Vandort too hit a century , but in a totally contrasting style from Pieteresen to save an innings defeat. He was the last batsman out in Sri Lanka's 2nd innings and very narrowly missed achieving the distinction of carrying his bat throughout innings. Vandort , at the end of this test has scored 455 runs in 5 tests at an average of 65.00 with the help of two centuries.

Geraint Jones, who completed 100 dismissals as a wicket keeper in the previous test added 5 more catches to complete 100 catches. By the end of the test he took his dismissals tally to 103 catches and 4 stumpings.

Muralitharan with an outstanding bowling display took 6/86 and 4/29 to aggregate 10 wickets in a match for the 15th time in his career. He now has 624 wickets in 105 tests at average of 22.28 and have 52 five wkt hauls in an innings and 15 ten wkt hauls in a match.

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