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Sri Lankan juggernaut stopped rolling, finally!

It was for the first time in six matches (in which they got a chance to bat) Sri Lanka failed to score 300, writes Rajneesh Gupta.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 13:33 IST
Rajneesh Gupta
Rajneesh Gupta

Sri Lanka managed to score 285 for seven against Zimbabwe in the third qualifying match of ICC Champions Trophy – not a small total by any means. But surely a total less than what everyone had thought Sri Lanka would end up with. Can you believe that it was for the first time in six matches (in which they got a chance to bat) Sri Lanka failed to score 300! Pakistan and Australia have also been quite successful in scoring 300-plus totals in consecutive matches. But they are nowhere near what Sri Lanka has achieved. Leave aside the question of putting on a total of 300 or more in five consecutive matches, no other side has managed to do so in four games in a row. The best sequence for either of these sides lasted for just three consecutive games.

The sequence for Sri Lanka started with the match against England at Old Trafford in June this year, when Sri Lanka after posting 318-7 restricted England to 285 to earn a 33-run victory. In the following match at Headingley England made a healthy total of 321-7, but Sri Lanka chased it down in less than 40 overs taking the series 5-0. This was followed by a two-match series against Netherlands and hapless Dutch bowlers were unable to contain Sri Lankan batsmen. In the first match Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 443-9 and followed it up with 313-8. The opening encounter of ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh gave Sri Lanka fifth such instance.

The details of Sri Lanka’s five consecutive totals of 300-plus:

After first 10 matches
WoolmerSouth Africa3422120064.71
WhatmoreSri Lanka3422111064.71
MoodySri Lanka3415181044.12

Note: In between Sri Lanka played a match against India without getting a chance to bat

Teams posting 300-plus totals in most consecutive games:

5Sri Lankaas per the details given above
3Pakistan302-4 (50 overs)ZimbabweBulawayo23 Nov 2002
344-5 (50 overs)ZimbabweBulawayo24 Nov 2002
323-3 (50 overs)ZimbabweHarare27 Nov 2002
3Pakistan303 (49.3 overs)New ZealandWellington17 Jan 2004
344-8 (50 overs)IndiaKarachi13 Mar 2004
 329-6 (50 overs)IndiaRawalpindi16 Mar 2004
3Australia322-5 (50 overs)New ZealandWellington07 Dec 2005
331-7 (50 overs)New ZealandChristchurch10 Dec 2005
318-5 (50 overs)Sri LankaMelbourne13 Jan 2006

First Published: Oct 11, 2006 12:44 IST