NZ v SL, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 31, 2014

Williamson's 70%, and Herath's unbelieveable average

Stats highlight from Sri Lanka's win against New Zealand in Chittagong

  • Rangana Herath's magnificent figures of 5 for 3 are the third best in T20 internationals. The top two also belong to Sri Lanka - Ajantha Mendis took 6 for 8 against Zimbabwe in the last World T20 and 6 for 16 against Australia in 2011. Before this game, Herath had played only six T20Is and taken six wickets at an average of 20.16 and an economy of 6.72.

  • Herath's five wickets cost him only three runs, an average of 0.60 apiece - the fourth best average for a five-wicket haul in international cricket and the best in T20 internationals. Across formats, the best average for a five-wicket haul belongs to Courtney Walsh who gave away just one run against Sri Lanka.

  • Kane Williamson was the lone New Zealand batsman standing amid the mayhem, scoring 42 out the total of 60 - his 70% was the highest percentage contribution to a team's total in a T20I. The record was previously held by David Warner, who scored 90 out of Australia's 137 - 65.70% - also against Sri Lanka at the SCG in 2013. Charles Bannerman and Viv Richards hold the record for the highest percentage of runs in a completed innings in Tests and ODIs.

  • New Zealand's 60 is their lowest total in T20Is. Their previous lowest was 80 against Pakistan in 2010.

  • New Zealand's 59-run defeat is their third worst by margin of runs. For Sri Lanka, it is their fourth highest margin of victory. They hold the record for the biggest win in terms of runs - 172 against Kenya in the first World T20.

  • The 59-run win is the highest margin for a team that set a target of 120 or less. The previous highest margin was Scotland's 35 runs over Kenya in Aberdeen last year. Scotland had scored 113 and dismissed Kenya for 78 runs.

  • Three of New Zealand's top five batsmen - Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham - were dismissed for ducks. It was only the eighth time that three or more batsmen in the top five fell without scoring.

  • Sri Lanka's 119 is their third lowest total batting first in T20 internationals. It was also only the fifth time that they were dismissed in the first innings of a T20I.

  • Trent Boult's 3 for 20 are his best bowling figures in T20Is. He was playing only his fifth match. He had taken three wickets for 125 runs at an average of 41.66 in his previous-four matches.

  • Lasith Malinga - Sri Lanka's stand-in captain - and Brendon McCullum were dismissed for a duck, the second time both captains had fallen without scoring in a T20I. The first instance involved Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting in the in 2005.

  • New Zealand were 23 for 4 at the end of six overs - their third-worst Powerplay score in a T20 international. Their worst was also against Sri Lanka, in Lauderhill in 2010, when they were 17 for 5. New Zealand were on a similar score - 17 for 5 - against Pakistan too, in Christchurch in 2010.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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  • Kay on April 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    lippa007: absolutely. but you do also realize that australia and new zealand have far more money and resources to commit to the development of the game in their countries right? the sri lankan cricketers have to actually fight for their salaries. imagine that? true it's the mind-numbing corruption of the cricket administration in that country that's responsible for that pathetic plight but the reality is that SL keeps producing these results with little to no support from the incompetent administration at home.

  • ESPN on April 1, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Great stats !! SL the best :)

  • Kael on April 1, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Smallest country? Sri Lankas population is 20million, approx the same a Aussie. Netherlands 16million and NZ the opponent for the day is 4million.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Is Sri Lanka destined to write the record books?Wow,how great for the smallest country playing in the big league.

  • Chris on April 1, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Also, SL spinners took 7 wkts for 6, whilst the seamers 0 for 54. I wonder if such a divergence has happened before.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Wel Done LionS! We Are Proud To Be A SriLankan.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Wow.. the game where Warner scored 90, Maxwell didn't even come in to bat.. Adam Voges played out 29 balls for 25 runs without scoring a single boundary!! I wonder if IPL recognized Maxwell's talent first =) SL won that game quite comfortably for the aussies only posted 137.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    fantastic performance. SL needs to tidy up their batting for the semi finals. What a bowler Herath was and What a pity , such a talent had been kept warming the benches during the previous matches. Selectors must do the correct thing . forget big names if they do not perform the door must be showed. We have a good chance and must not look back. Good Luck Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    There is another record. Umpires are on a hat-trick to give Kuasl JP out on a leg side wide ball 3 times. this match was the second consecutive out for him in the same manner. There is previous umpires hat trick against Romesh Kaluwitharana in 1995/96 B&H world series in Austrailia. Umpires were always waiting for the ball touch onRK's leg. I can remember whether ev ball first touch bat

  • suresh on April 1, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Kiwis are poor players of spin as like eng, Sa and current oz team. It is expected. These teams are simply fast track bullies. Actually i was optimistic about newzealand team chances becz ind-sl final would be boring if it happens.

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