Statistical highlights of the World Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe here.

*Jeevan Mendis (43 not out off 30 balls) recorded his highest score in T20Is,

*Kumar Sangakkara and Mendis added 94 for the fourth-wicket partnership — Sri Lanka’s highest in the ICC World Twenty20. The said partnership is also their highest for the fourth wicket against Zimbabwe in T20Is.

*Jeevan Mendis (3/24) registered his best bowling figures in T20Is.

*Sangakkara’s 44 off 26 balls is his highest score against Zimbabwe in Twenty20 Internationals.

*Sangakkara has managed 464 (ave.27.29) in 19 games — the highest by a wicketkeeper in the ICC World Twenty20.

*Three run-outs is a Sri Lankan record in an ICC World Twenty20.

*Sri Lanka (182/4) posted their highest total against Zimbabwe in Twenty20 Internationals. Their previous highest was 173 for seven at Providence on May 3, 2010.

*Zimbabwe (100) registered their second lowest total in Twenty20Is — the lowest is 84 off 15.1 overs against New Zealand at Providence on May 4, 2010.

*Sri Lanka’s 82—run win is the joint fourth highest in terms of runs in the ICC World Twenty20.

*The margin is the biggest defeat in terms of runs suffered by Zimbabwe in the ICC World Twenty20.

*Zimbabwe earned a dubious distinction, losing 13 matches in a row in Twenty20 Internationals since May 2010, outstripping Bangladesh’s tally of losing 12 consecutive matches between September 2007 and May 2010.

*In Twenty20 Internationals, Zimbabwe have lost all three games to Sri Lanka. They have won only one and lost four out of five matches played in the ICC World Twenty20.

*Sri Lanka have won 13 (the most by a team in the ICC World Twenty20) and lost six out of 19 games played in the ICC World Twenty20 — winning % 68.42.

*Sri Lanka’s win is their second highest in Twenty20 Internationals. They had defeated Kenya by 172 runs at Johannesburg on September 14, 2007.

*Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda shared a stand of 37 — Zimbabwe’s highest for the first wicket against Sri Lanka in Twenty20Is.

*Ajantha Mendis set a Sri Lankan bowling record for most wickets 46 at 9.84 runs apiece in 22 matches in Twenty20Is, overtaking Lasith Malinga’s tally of 41 (ave.20.43) in 34 matches.

*Mendis was adjudged Man of the Match for the fifth time in T20Is — his second against Zimbabwe.

*Mendis (6/8) became the first Sri Lankan bowler to register a five—wicket haul in the ICC World Twenty20.

Pakistan’s Umar Gul was the first to record the feat in the ICC World Twenty20 — 5 for 6 against New Zealand at The Oval on June 13, 2009.

*Mendis’ figures are the best in the history of the Twenty20 Internationals, eclipsing his own figures of 6 for 16 against Australia at Pallekele on August 8, 2011.

*Mendis became the second Sri Lankan bowler to concede eight runs in a four—over spell in T20Is. Angelo Matthews had recorded figures of 4—1—8—2 against Pakistan at Hambantota on June 1, 2012.

*The only Sri Lankan bowler to concede less than ten runs in a four—over spell twice is Ajantha Mendis. He had first recorded the distinction against the West Indies — 4—0—9—2 at The Oval on June 19, 2009.

*Mendis became the first Sri Lankan bowler to bowl two maiden overs in a four—over spell in a T20I. Shaun Tait had delivered two maiden overs in the 2010 World Twenty20, registering the feat against Bangladesh.

*Mendis is the first and only bowler to capture six wickets in an innings and that too twice in Twenty20 Internationals.

(This article was published on September 19, 2012)
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