Stats, facts and figures — New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Test series, 2012

By Ryan Francis | November 14, 2012

PhotoSince the first Test match between the two sides in March 1983 at Christchurch, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have played 26 Test matches against each other.

The final two Tests of New Zealand's 1987 tour to Sri Lanka were cancelled due to security concerns.

New Zealand lead in the overall head to head by 9–7, with 10 matches drawn. They have played 13 of those Tests in Sri Lanka.

At home, Sri Lanka have won five Tests and lost three against New Zealand.

The two sides have played 12 Test series in total and have won four series apiece, with four drawn.

Both teams have won one Test series each when playing against the other away from home.

New Zealand's 671/4 at Wellington in 1991 is the highest Test total in matches between the two sides.

New Zealand's 515/7 (declared) at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo in 2003 is their highest Test total in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's 498 (all out), made back in 2005 in Napier, is their highest Test total against New Zealand.

Sri Lanka's 93 (all out) is the lowest Test score in matches between the two teams.

By a margin of runs, Sri Lanka's 241-run victory over the Kiwis in Napier in 1995 is the biggest defeat inflicted in a Test between the two.

New Zealand's victory by an innings and 61 runs at the CCC ground in Colombo in 1984 is the biggest victory margin in terms of innings victories.

Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by nine wickets at the SSC in Colombo in 1992, which is the largest margin of victory in terms of wickets.

Sri Lanka's 96-run victory against New Zealand at the SSC in 2009 is the smallest victory margin and one of the closest finishes in Tests between the two sides.

With 1166 runs, former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming has made the most runs in all Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test encounters. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene (928) is next on the list and is nearing 1000 Test runs against New Zealand.

Martin Crowe's 299 at Wellington in 1991 is the highest score by a batsman in a Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Test.

Fleming's 274 (not out) is the highest Test score made by any batsman from either side when playing in Sri Lanka.

If he scores a century in this series, Jayawardene will become the highest century-maker in Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test encounters. Four batsmen have three centuries apiece currently — Andrew Jones, Asanka Gurusinha, Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

No batsman has made more runs in a Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test series than Jones who made 513 runs at an average of over 100 in a three-match series in New Zealand in 1991.

Muttiah Muralitharan has 82 Test wickets against the kiwis, making him the highest wicket-taker in all Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Tests.

Daniel Vettori's 7/130 in Wellington in 2006 is the best bowling figures in a series involving Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

With a match bag of 10 wickets for 90 runs at Napier in 1995, Chaminda Vaas holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Test match between the Kiwis and Sri Lanka.

Sir Richard Hadlee took 23 wickets in a three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in 1984 — no other bowler has taken more wickets in a series involving the two teams.

The first Test in the two-match Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka starts on November 17 at Galle.

© Island Cricket

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