David Warner scored an excellent century to guide Australia to an easy win in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka © AFP
David Warner scored an excellent century to guide Australia to an easy win in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka © AFP

The fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the series between Sri Lanka and Australia was played at Pallekele International Stadium. Batting first, this time Sri Lanka got a decent start but once they lost their first wicket after 73 runs, the fall of wickets didn’t stop and in the end they were all out for mere 195. In return, Australia lost their first two wickets in first six overs but captain David Warner and George Bailey stuck to the crease and added 132 runs between them. Bailey got out after scoring 44, while Warner ended up scoring a magnificent hundred and eventually Australia won the match by five wickets with 42-balls remaining. With this match and series victory, records were once again re-written and Abhishek Kumar presents such stats. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 5th ODI at Pallekele

1. George Bailey scored 270 runs in this series and broke the previous record of Ricky Ponting of 257 runs in an ODI series against Sri Lanka at their home. Bailey scored 44 in this match and 90 not out and 70 in last two matches.

2. After this successful ODI series, Bailey now averages 60.93 in Asia, which is the best among all Australian batsman who have played at least 15 matches in this continent. SL vs AUS, 5th ODI Full updates

3. Sri Lanka’s total of 195 is their third lowest total at Pallekele. Other two lowest totals of Sri Lankan side at this venue are 167 vs South Africa in 2013 and 191 vs Australia in 2011.

4. John Hastings and Adam Zampa scalped 9 wickets each in this series and both are now joint leading wicket-takers  this year with 22 wickets each. Hastings has played in 10 ODIs, while Zampa took all his wickets in 12 ODIs.

5. Mitchell Starc took 12 wickets in this series, which is the most number of wickets by any bowler in this series. Also, this is the most number of wickets taken by an Australian bowler in an ODI series in Sri Lanka, going past Mitchell Johnson’s 11 wickets in 2011. Match report: David Warner’s century seals victory for Australia by 5 wickets

6. David Warner became first Australian to score a hundred on Sri Lankan soil in an ODI. Before him, four Australian batsman went into 90s but couldn’t that to a hundred. These were Mark Taylor (94 in 1992), Matthew Hayden (93 in 2004), Ricky Ponting (90 not out in 2011) and Bailey (90 not out in 2016).

7. Sri Lankan side won the toss in four out of five matches in this series. This is second such instance in an ODI series when Sri Lanka have won four out of five tosses after 1992 against Pakistan. England is the only team to have won all five tosses in a five match ODI series, which was in 2011 against India.

8. Australia became third team to beat Sri Lanka by 4-1 in an ODI series at their home after Pakistan and India. Overall, this is the fourth instance of  Sri Lanka being defeated by 4-1 in an ODI series at home.

9. Chandimal scored 236 runs in this series, which is the second most number of runs by a Sri Lankan batsman in a home ODI series against Australia. Kumar Sangakkara holds the record for scoring most runs in a home ODI series against Australia with 250 runs in 2004.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)