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List of records Thisara Perera created with his blistering 140-run knock against New Zealand

All the stats and numbers that Perera recorded during his sensational innings against New Zealand.

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Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Thisara Perera produced a blinder of a knock in the second ODI game against New Zealand at the Bay Oval which couldn’t stop his side from losing once again. The all-rounder walked out to be at 121/5 when his team was chasing 320. Soon the Sri Lankans were reduced to 128/7 but Perera carried on his fight. The left-hander batted with the tail-enders to score his maiden International century. Thisara hit 13 maximums and eight fours during his 74-ball 140 which could have been the greatest ODI knock ever had he taken his team over the line.

All the stats and numbers that Perera recorded during his sensational innings against New Zealand:

2 – Thisara Perera became only the second player from Sri Lanka to score a century while batting at No.7 and a lower position in the ODI format. Hasan Tillakaratne scored exactly 100 batting at No.7 in the 1995 Sharjah ODI against Windies. It was also the first ever ODI hundred at this batting position.

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13 – Number of sixes Perera hit during his 140-run knock; the most by any Sri Lankan in an ODI inning. Sanath Jayasuriya’s 11 sixes during the 1996 Singapore ODI against Pakistan are the previous highest for the Lankans.


13 – The 13 sixes he hit are the 6th most in an ODI inning. These are the most by any player in a losing cause as well. The previous most sixes hit by a player in ODI innings in a losing cause were 11 by Marcus Stoinis also during a chase against New Zealand in the 2017 Auckland ODI.


57 – Perera’s 57-ball hundred is the joint 2nd fastest in the ODI format on losing side. Jonny Bairstow scored a 54-ball century in the last year’s one-off ODI against Scotland while James Faulkner also needed 57 balls for his ton against India in the 2013 Bangalore ODI.

Had Perera completed his 150, he could have recorded the second fastest 150 in the ODI format. AB de Villiers has the record as he produced his 150 in only 64 balls during the 2015 CWC game against Windies.


57 – Perera’s 57-ball century is the 3rd fastest ODI century for Sri Lanka. The top two fastest ODI hundreds for Sri Lanka are recorded by Sanath Jayasuriya who scored a 48-ball ton against Pakistan in the 1996 Singapore ODI and off 55 balls against Bangladesh in the 2008 Asia Cup game.

This is also the fastest by any player in an ODI against New Zealand bettering Jonny Bairstow’s 58-ball effort in the last year’s Christchurch ODI.


114 – Number of innings Thisara Perera needed to score his maiden century in ODI cricket. These are the 7th most number of innings any player batted in the ODI format before scoring their maiden ton.

Among Sri Lankans, only Arjuna Ranatunga (in 145th innings) and Angelo Mathews (in 116th innings) had to wait for longer.


140 – Thisara Perera’s 140 is the 3rd highest individual score while batting at No.7 and a lower position in ODI cricket. Luke Ronchi scored 170* against Sri Lanka in the 2015 Dunedin ODI while Marcus Stoinis made 146* in a chase against New Zealand in the 2017 Auckland ODI.

Among the players from Asia, this is the highest score while batting at No.7 and lower surpassing MS Dhoni’s 139* for Asia XI against Africa XI in the 2007 Chennai ODI.


140 – The 140 by Thisara Perera is the joint highest individual ODI score for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Sanath Jayasuriya also scored 140 against the Kiwis during the 1994 Bloemfontein ODI.

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