New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Christchurch December 26, 2015

Sri Lanka's collapse, and McCullum's quick fifties

Stats highlights of the first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch

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174 The margin of victory for New Zealand in terms of balls remaining. It is their highest against Sri Lanka in ODIs. The previous highest was 129, in Christchurch in 2007. Overall, it is New Zealand's ninth-best margin of victory, and Sri Lanka's sixth-heaviest margin of defeat in terms of balls remaining in an ODI.

5 Wickets lost by Sri Lanka in the first ten overs of their innings, the most they have lost when batting first in an ODI since 2002. They lost four wickets in the first 10 overs four times during this period, the last of which was also against New Zealand in Cardiff in the 2013 Champions Trophy.

27 Runs added by first five wickets for Sri Lanka, their lowest in ODIs when batting first and their fourth-lowest across both innings.

10 Instances of 50-plus scores for Brendon McCullum at a strike rate of 200 or more in ODIs. Only Shahid Afridi, with 12, has achieved this more often. Afridi and McCullum share 22 of the 88 such instances in ODIs.

108 Runs added by New Zealand in the first 10 overs in this match, which is the fourth-highest in all ODIs since January 2002. The highest is 133 by Sri Lanka against England in Leeds in 2006. New Zealand's highest during this period is 116 against England in Wellington in the 2015 World Cup. All these instances have come in run-chases.

4 Instances of a team successfully chasing a 150-plus target at run rate of nine or more. New Zealand scored at 9.09 an over in this chase. This was the second such instance for New Zealand. They chased 159 at 9.08 an over against England in Hamilton in 2008.

1 Number of instances of both New Zealand openers scoring more than 50 at a strike rate of 125 or more in the same innings, before this match: in Hamilton in 2008 Jesse Ryder scored 79 at 127.41 and McCullum 80 at 170.21, with both remaining not out. In today's game Martin Guptill scored at 141.07 and McCullum at 220.00.

123 Runs added by Sri Lanka's last four wickets, which is their second-highest when batting first in an ODI. They added 129 against India in Dhaka in 2010, recovering from 84 for 6 to 213 all out. In this match, they went from 65 for 6 to 188.

3 Instances of Sri Lanka's top five batsmen all getting out for single-digit scores in an ODI innings. The first instance was in 1985 against Australia, while the second was in 2012 against South Africa.

3 Number of ducks for Angelo Mathews as Sri Lankan captain in ODIs. All three have been golden ducks, against New Zealand. Only Arjuna Ranatunga has been dismissed for first-ball ducks more often among Sri Lankan captains, while Mahela Jayawardene also has three.

1 Number of previous instances of a Sri Lankan batsman hitting five or more sixes when batting at No. 8 or lower. Both those instances were by Thisara Perera. In today's game, Nuwan Kulasekara hit five sixes in his 58.

27 Sixes hit by Kulasekara when batting at No. 8 or lower in his ODI career, which is now the highest by any Sri Lankan batsman at No. 8 or lower. Perera has 24.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • udendra on December 27, 2015, 16:55 GMT

    That Angelo Mathews' 3-duck record!

  • Andrew on December 26, 2015, 20:45 GMT

    There should be a limit to this humiliations. SL will become next WI if this continues like this, since SLcricket fans will naturally get fed-up with this circus & give up watching it.

    Obvious Nepotism prevailing in selections ruining it. Thirimanne, Vithanage, Kapugedara, Kusal Perera are all proven failures rewarded with ample chances. But nothing to show in their career stats significant enough to outweigh the number of utter failures they brought to SL. Odi No1 & Test No-3 are extremely vital spots to a side, that you cannot compromise with slotting utter failures & inexperienced rookies.

    As rightly pointed out by some posters with statistical analysis, SL's most experienced man 30 yr old front-order battter Upul Tharanga should be given his right spots in Odi No1 (Av 34 Av ) & Test No3 (Av 47), if Selectors are thinking of the country. It is suprising to learn how he was not given more than a single chance to Open odis since 2013 & to bat @ No3 in Tests despite 47 Av. Why?

  • Kepili on December 26, 2015, 17:51 GMT

    Why do they let the Side down, prefering all sorts of rookies like Wijesundera, Gunathilake & repeated failures like Thirimanne, Kithruwan, Kusal Perera etc, etc,.. in top order vital spots (No3 in Tests & No-1 in Odis) for over 2 years now, despite obvious collapses? Is it worthwile to keep going on like this forever?

    Just look back to see how all these problems started at opening spot after July 2013, when No-1 opener Tharanga was axed despite having excellent batting record in previos 3 yrs (2011-2013: 58 in-1,865 runs- 35.18 Av - 75.59 SR- 174*HS -with 5 x Hundred-plus scores & 10 x Fifty-plus scores including THREE Double-hundred plus partnerships for the 1st wicket),

    Would any other country drop such an experienced NO-1 batter for longer than 30 months, to persist with a failure like Kusal Perera? KJP's failure record: odi av 27 from 49 odis- his 19 ings ended under 10 balls in single digits, becoming the world's worst failure among all openers since his debut! Bring UT @ No1

  • anesh babu yerramaneni on December 26, 2015, 17:37 GMT

    bring back tharanga please do this

  • Jackwin on December 26, 2015, 14:15 GMT

    Am waiting for the Afridi fans...:-D Mccullum is a genius though!

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