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Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene have batted together in a total of 149 innings, piling up a mammoth 5,969 runs in the process. Photo: AFP
Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene have batted together in a total of 149 innings, piling up a mammoth 5,969 runs in the process. Photo: AFP

Sangakkara and Jayawardene : Two giants down for Sri Lanka

They will leave behind two pairs of shoes that will be too big to fill

Between them, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have more than 26,000 runs and have played for Sri Lanka more than 400 times in One-Day Internationals apiece. And they finally decided to call it a day together on Wednesday in Sydney after Sri Lanka exited the World Cup in a quarterfinal loss to South Africa.

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will leave behind two pairs of shoes that will be too big to fill. Consider this: They have batted together in a total of 149 innings, piling up a mammoth 5,969 runs in the process. That’s the second highest partnership record for any wicket in ODIs (although still a far cry from the Tendulkar-Ganguly collection of 8,227).

Here’s a look at how they hunted for runs together across their joint ODI careers:

Top 5 Jayawardene/Sangakkara ODI partnerships

They were involved in a total of six unbroken stands in all. And their last one was anything but magical, ending with a tally of 12 and ranking a lowly 106th place in the partnership table.

Favourite enemies

Against which country have the duo successfully amassed most of their runs? Who else but next-door neighbour India.

Top 5 Happy hunting grounds

Here’s where Kumar and Mahela have tormented the bowling attack the most number of times.

All statistics sourced from ESPNCricinfo.com

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