Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, only Test, Colombo, 5th day July 18, 2017

Sri Lanka pull off highest successful chase in Asia

Stats highlights from the one-off Test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Colombo, where the hosts chased down 388

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By the Numbers: SL's highest successful chase in Tests

4 Number of higher targets successfully chased in Tests. The 388 that Sri Lanka chased down in this match is the highest any team has successfully chased in Asia. The previous highest in Asia was India's chase of 387 against England in Chennai in 2008. The previous highest in Sri Lanka was Pakistan's chase of 377 against the hosts in Pallekele in 2015.

352 The highest target successfully chased by Sri Lanka in Tests before this one. It had come against South Africa at the P Sara Oval in 2006. Overall, this is only the third instance of them chasing down a target in excess of 300 runs. The other instance had come against Zimbabwe at the SSC in January 1998.

188 Runs added by Sri Lanka for their last five wickets in the fourth innings - the second highest by them in any Test match. This was also the second highest added by the last five wickets in a successful chase and only the third time Sri Lanka had added more than 100 runs.

1 Number of fourth-innings totals in Tests in Sri Lanka higher than the home team's 391 for 6 in this match. New Zealand had made 397 in a losing cause at the SSC in 2009. This is also Sri Lanka's second-highest fourth-innings total in Tests.

653 Balls from spinners played out by Sri Lanka in the fourth innings - the third highest played out by any team in the fourth innings of a Test in Asia. This is also the second-highest number of balls a team has faced from spinners in a successful chase in Asia.

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3 Number of individual scores higher than Niroshan Dickwella's 81 in successful chases for Sri Lanka. Aravinda de Silva had made an unbeaten 143 against Zimbabwe at the SSC in 1997-98, which is the highest. Mahela Jayawardene's 123 against South Africa at the P Sara Oval in 2006 is the only other hundred in successful chases for Sri Lanka in Tests. Asela Gunaratne's unbeaten 80 slots in at No.5 in this list.

5 Number of times before this, teams had won scoring the highest total of the match in the fourth innings of a Test in Asia. The previous such instance too had come in Sri Lanka, in Pallekele in 2015, when Pakistan had made 382 - the highest total in the fourth innings chasing 377.

9/275 Match figures by Graeme Cremer - the best by a Zimbabwe captain in Tests. Overall, Cremer's effort ranks seventh in the list of best match figures by a Zimbabwe bowler in Tests.

87.3 Overs sent down by Cremer in this match - the most by any Zimbabwe bowler in Tests. The previous most were the 79 overs bowled by Ray Price in the Bulawayo Test against South Africa in 2001. Overall, Zimbabwe's spinners bowled 190.2 overs in this Test - the most they have bowled in any match.

317 The highest target successfully chased down without an individual hundred in the fourth innings before this match. New Zealand had achieved it against Bangladesh in a Test in Chittagong in 2008. Sri Lanka's highest individual score in the fourth innings chasing a target of 388 in this match was Dickwella's 81. Overall, Sri Lanka's 391 is the fourth-highest score in the fourth innings of a Test without an individual hundred. India's 445 in the Adelaide Test in 1977-78 is the highest such score.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo.com. @shiva_cricinfo

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  • Vinod on July 19, 2017, 2:14 GMT

    great test match, shows why Tests are the ultimate format...well done to zim and SL

  • Cricinfouser on July 18, 2017, 15:27 GMT

    test cricket at it's best.. well played both teams..

  • Kifayatullah AH on July 18, 2017, 15:24 GMT

    It was a great win... but ZIM lost to due to Chakabva's missed chances and Umpire's wrong decision. BTW A.Gunaratne proved SL deserved this historic victory.

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