Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya on Wednesday won an unprecedented sixth Man of the Match award in Twenty20 internationals, three more than any other player.
The southpaw, who scored a blazing 81, became the second batsman to score two scores of 80 or more in T20 internationals after West Indies’ Chris Gayle. Jayasuriya had also made 88 against Kenya at Johannesburg in 2007-08.
The match between West Indies and Sri Lanka was the 100th Twenty20 international and the Lankan openers gave enough reason to cheer.
The first-wicket partnership of 124 runs between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jayasuriya was Sri Lanka's best for any wicket in T20 internationals, bettering the 87-run partnership for the third wicket between Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene against Kenya at Johannesburg in 2007-08.
Jayasuriya also became first Sri Lankan batsman to aggregate 400 runs in T20 Internationals.
While the batsmen made merry, it wasn't so easy for the bowlers.
Kieron Pollard's figures of 3-0-45-0 (RpO 15.00) are the most expensive by any bowler in Twenty20 internationals in a spell of three overs. South Africa’s Mkhaya Ntini had conceded 44 runs in his 3 overs against Australia at Johannesburg in 2005-06.
The 17 wides conceded by Sri Lanka is the second most by any side in Twenty20 Internationals. West Indies had conceded 23 wides against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2007-08.
Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis though became the highest Sri Lankan wicket-taker in this format of the game. The two wickets in the match took his tally of wickets to 16, one head of Dilhara Fernando’s tally of 15 wickets. Interestingly, Mendis needed only five matches to do so as against Fernando's 13.