Stats Analysis

England's second-biggest win over Sri Lanka

Stats highlights England's 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in Cardiff

Bharath Seervi
4 Number of bilateral ODI series of five or more matches in which England have not lost any game, including this series. The first such series was against Zimbabwe in 2001-02 when they won all the five matches. The second came against South Africa in 2008 when they won four of the five matches, with one game being washed out. The last such series came against India at home in 2011, which had similar result like this series - three wins, one tie and one no-result.
2 Number of bilateral ODI series of five or more matches in which Sri Lanka have not managed to win a single game, including this series. The first came against India in 2014-15 when they lost all the five matches.
324 England's total in this game, which is their second highest in ODIs against Sri Lanka. Their highest of 333 for 9 came in a 60-over match in the 1983 World Cup in Taunton. The previous-highest total for England in a 50-over ODI against Sri Lanka was 321 for 7 at Headingley in 2006, which Sri Lanka chased down in 37.3 overs. This was the first time England made more than 250 runs in ODIs in Cardiff and their total is the second highest by any team at this venue.
1 Number of higher victory margins, in terms of runs, for England against Sri Lanka, than the 122-run win in this ODI. They had won by 128 runs at the WACA in 1998-99, which is their biggest win against Sri Lanka.
109 Runs added by Joe Root and Jos Buttler for the fifth wicket, which is the most by a England pair against Sri Lanka in ODIs. Root was involved in the previous highest as well - 98 runs with James Taylor in Wellington in the 2015 World Cup.
225.00 Buttler's strike rate in his last 20 balls of the innings, in which he scored 45 runs. In the first 25 balls he faced, he managed only 25, including one four. In the last 20 balls, he hit six fours and a six.
93 Root's tally in this match - the highest by an England batsman in Cardiff. There have been four centuries at this venue, all by non-England players. The previous highest by an England batsman was 88 by Ian Bell against Pakistan in 2006. Buttler scored 70 on Saturday, which is the third-highest score at this venue. This was the first time Root was out in the nineties, having pressed on to make a century eight times.
7 Number of times the top-six England batsmen made 20 or more runs in an ODI. This was their second such instance in ODIs this year. They had achieved the feat against South Africa in Bloemfontein earlier this year when they posted 399.
83 Runs conceded by Chaminda Bandara, which is the most by a Sri Lanka player on ODI debut. This is also the most by a bowler from a Full-Member side in a 50-over ODI. The previous highest by bowler from a Full-Member team in a 50-over ODI was 78 by Steven Smith in 2009-10. Bandara, though, in his last first-class match, in March, had taken 9 for 68 in the first innings.
316 Runs scored by Jason Roy in this series, which is the most by an England opener against Sri Lanka. The previous highest was 298 by Alastair Cook in 2011. Root had scored 367 in the seven-match series in 2014-15, which is the only aggregate higher than Roy's 316 for England against Sri Lanka, considering players from any batting position.
4 Number of fifties by Dinesh Chandimal in this series, which is the most by a Sri Lanka batsman in a bilateral ODI series of five or fewer matches. Chandimal has scored five fifties and one century in eight ODI innings this year.
12 Number of fifties made by Sri Lanka players in this series without making a century - the most for them in a bilateral ODI series. Their previous highest was ten fifties in 2004 series against South Africa. Only two teams have made more fifties without a century in a bilateral series - 13 by India in the seven matches against England in 2007 and and an equal number by Zimbabwe in five matches against Kenya in 2008-09.
4 Number of run-out dismissals from Sri Lanka's top-four batsmen in this series, which is their joint most in a bilateral ODI series. Their total of seven run-outs, from all positions, in the series, stands joint second. Kusal Perera, the opener, and Dasun Shanaka, the allrounder, were run-out twice in the series.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo.