England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval

England's bowling woes, and 50s in defeats

Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's remarkable seven-wicket win against England at The Oval

S Rajesh

June 14, 2013

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Kumar Sangakkara plays a lofted shot, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013
Among batsmen who've scored at least 750 ODI runs in England, only Viv Richards averages more than Kumar Sangakkara's 60.07 © International Cricket Council

  • Sri Lanka's chase of their target of 294 is the highest successful run-chase in all Champions Trophy matches. The previous-best was South Africa's 282 against England way back in 1998, which means two of the highest run-chases - and three of the top four - have happened against England. Sri Lanka's previous-best in this tournament was only 201, against Pakistan in Colombo in 2002. This is also Sri Lanka's seventh-highest successful chase outside Asia.

  • England have a surprisingly poor record against Sri Lanka in home ODIs: since the beginning of 2006, they have lost eight out of 11, which is their worst home record against any team during this period.

  • Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 134 is his second-highest ODI score, and his highest outside the subcontinent. It's also his first ODI century against and in England, but his ODI stats in England are outstanding: in 18 games he has scored 781 runs at an average of 60.07 and a strike-rate of 82.21. Among batsmen who've scored at least 750 runs in England only Viv Richards has a better average - 64.04, in 31 games.

  • In five home ODIs this season, England's bowlers have leaked 5.65 runs per over, and conceded 45.36 runs per wicket, making this one of their worst home seasons so far in terms of bowling performances. The only year when they had a poorer economy rate was in 2002, when they conceded 5.71 runs per over. For only the second time ever, there have been two scores of 125 or more against them in a single home season - Martin Guptill had earlier scored an unbeaten 189 in Southampton. The only previous such year was 2006, when Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya both passed 125.

  • Stuart Broad's economy rate of 8.20 (67 runs in 8.1 overs) is his second-worst in an ODI in which he has bowled at least eight overs. Against India at Headingley in 2007, he had figures of 1 for 84 from ten overs, his most expensive ODI figures.

  • The last time Jonathan Trott was dismissed for a single-digit score was 20 innings ago, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi when Shahid Afridi bowled him for a first-ball duck in February 2012. Since then he has averaged 58.86 in 19 innings, with six fifties and a hundred. Over his entire career, Trott has been dismissed for single-digit scores only ten times in 59 innings, while he has gone past fifty 25 times.

  • England lost the game despite having three batsmen scoring 50 or more, the second time this has happened in the tournament - in the tournament opener between India and South Africa, there were fifties from Robin Peterson, AB de Villiers and Ryan McLaren. Out of 25 fifty-plus scores in the tournament so far, 14 have been in defeats and only nine in wins. There have been six 50-plus scores by captains in the tournament so far, but none of them in wins - five have been in defeats and one in the rained-out game between Australia and New Zealand.

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Posted by NUNA_1980 on (June 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Whenever Sri Lankans come to the ICC major Tournament they play really good cricket, It's consistently happening last few years. It's really a unbelievable stats.  Good luck SL Lions !!!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

@Praveen You may be correct but India is not far behind. India won Comm Bank Series in Australia few years ago. Unfortunately SL's domination in Asia has diminished. Any way good luck to SL in the last match to get through to Semis.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Sri Lanka have dominated Australia in Australia and England in England for the last 6-7 years. Best asian team in these conditions, atleast the record speaks for itself

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