Stats Analysis

Buttler's career-best, Dawson's England record on T20I debut

Stats highlights from the one-off T20I in Southampton which was also won by the hosts and Sri Lanka end the tour win-less

Bharath Seervi
Sri Lanka's tours of England in 2014 and 2016 had vastly different results  •  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Sri Lanka's tours of England in 2014 and 2016 had vastly different results  •  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

0 Number of matches won by Sri Lanka on this tour of England. They lost the three-match Test series by 2-0, lost the five-match ODI series 3-0 before losing the one-off T20I. The last instance of a visiting side not winning any match against England in a season, containing series of at least two formats, was West Indies in 2012. Incidentally, Sri Lanka had won all the three series against England on their last tour, in 2014.
73* Jos Buttler's score in this match - his highest in T20Is as well as the highest in his overall T20 career. He beat his previous best T20I score of 67 which came against West Indies in Bridgetown in 2013-14 and his previous best T20 score of 72 not out which was for Somerset against Gloucestershire in Taunton in 2011. His unbeaten knock of 73 is the second-highest for England against Sri Lanka. Alex Hales made 116 not out in Chittagong in the 2014 World T20.
0 Number of higher targets successfully chased by England losing two or fewer wickets, than the target of 141 in this T20I. They had chased down 140 without losing any wickets against New Zealand in Wellington in 2012-13. This was only their fourth win by eight or more wickets in T20Is.
3/27 Liam Dawson's figures in this match - the best for an England spinner on T20I debut. The previous highest was Chris Schofield's 2 for 15 against Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2007 World T20. Dawson's figures are overall the fifth-best by an England bowler on T20I debut.
61 - Runs scored by Sri Lanka in their last ten overs of the innings losing seven wickets after being 79 for 3 at the end of the tenth over. England scored only 66 in their first ten and then made 78 runs in the next 7.3 overs to chase down the target comfortably. For Sri Lanka, there were six overs in the first ten where they scored eight or more runs compared to just two such overs in the last ten.
114* Runs added by Eoin Morgan and Buttler for the third-wicket, which is the second-highest partnership for England in T20Is against Sri Lanka. The highest of 152 was also for the third-wicket involving Morgan and Hales in Chittagong in the 2014 World T20.
0 Number of England players who had scored 50 or more in their first innings as an opener in T20Is, before Buttler. This was the first time Buttler had opened in his 49-match T20I career and he made 73 not out. The previous highest by an England player in his first innings as an opener was 46 by James Vince against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2015-16. The highest by any player in his maiden innings as an opener is 96 by Damien Martyn against South Africa at the Gabba in 2005-06 - the only time he opened in his four-match T20I career. This was only the second time Buttler opened in his entire T20 career of 140 innings. The first time he opened was for Somerset against Jamaica in Bridgetown in the 2011 Caribbean T20 where he was out without scoring.
5 - Number of instances of a team's top five all scoring more than 10 runs but none of them going past 30 in a T20I innings. In this match, Sri Lanka's top five all went onto double figures but the highest was 26 by Danushka Gunathilaka. This was the first such instance for Sri Lanka. The last such instance for any team was for West Indies against Ireland in Kingston in 2013-14.
18.85 Kusal Perera's average on this England tour - 132 runs in seven innings. His highest score on this tour was 43 and he was out three times for single digits. He, though, made 32 and 135 in two ODI innings against Ireland in Dublin between the Test and ODI series against England.
72 Number of T20Is missed by Farveez Maharoof for Sri Lanka, before appearing in this match. His last T20I, before this, was in October 2008. Only Liam Plunkett (74 matches) has missed more consecutive T20Is for a team. Among Sri Lanka players, the next highest is 37 T20Is missed by Dilhara Fernando who made a comeback in February earlier this year after having not played a T20I since November 2011.

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