Sri Lanka’s biggest win over Australia in ODIs & 11 other interesting stats from SL vs AUS 2nd ODI

The second One-Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and Australia was played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Batting first, Sri Lanka had a poor start as they lost their first two wickets under 12 runs. From there on, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal did the rescue job for the side by putting up a decent partnership. Further, captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera took over the job of scoring runs and their half-centuries helped the side post a strong total of 288 on board.

In reply, Australian batsman never looked in the hunt for chase as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Matthew Wade managed to stick to the crease as he went on to score 88-ball 76 but yet could not stop his side from losing this game. Sri Lanka eventually won the match by 82 runs and with his emphatic victory, once again many stats entered the record books and Abhishek Kumar presents such stats.

1. Surprisingly, Australia opened their bowling with spinner Nathan Lyon and this is the sixth instance of an Australian spinner opening the bowling in ODIs. Out of those six instances, Lyon opened twice as previously he did it against India on January 20, 2016. There have been four spinners who have opened bowling for Australia in ODIs. Except Lyon, other three are Glenn Maxwell (on September 6, 2014 vs South Africa and on September 2, 2014 vs South Africa), Xavier Doherty (on March 8, 2012 vs Sri Lanka) and Shane Warne (on January 25, 1994 vs South Africa). Also, this was the first time an Australian spinner opened bowling in Sri Lanka.


2. Kusal Perera and Mathews added 103 runs for the sixth wicket. This was the second time when a Sri Lankan pair bagged a century stand between them for sixth wicket and co-incidentally both came at the same venue. The first century stand for sixth wicket by a Sri Lankan pair against Australia was between Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama for 115 runs on August 30, 1996. Overall, this was the 14th century stand for sixth wicket by a Sri Lankan pair in ODIs.


3. First instance of three Sri Lankan batsmen scoring fifties in an ODI against Australia at home — Kusal Mendis (69), Mathews (57) and Kusal Perera (54). This is also the sixth time when three Lankan batsmen scored fifties in an ODI against Australia. Had Chandimal scored two more runs before getting out, this would have became the first instance of four Lankan batsmen making fifties against Australia in an ODI.


4. Travis Head conceded 41 runs from his spell of four overs. This is third joint most expensive spell of four overs by an Australian bowler in ODIs. This is also the second most expensive spell of four overs by an Australian bowler in ODIs in Sri Lanka as Paul Reiffel conceded 43 runs from four overs at the same venue on September 7, 1996.


5. James Faulkner became sixth Australian bowler to take hat-trick in an ODI. Other five are Bruce Reid (on January 29, 1986 against New Zealand), Anthony Stuart (on January 16, 1997 against Pakistan), Brett Lee (on March 03, 2003 against Kenya), Dan Christian (on March 02, 2012 against Sri Lanka) and Clint McKay (on September 14, 2013 against England).


6. Faulkner also became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs without getting any batsman out for duck. This was the third occasion in ODIs when all three wickets in a hat-trick contained different type of dismissals.


7. Faulkner became the eighth bowler in ODIs to claim a hat-trick in a losing cause. Out of eight, three have been Australian bowlers, which is the most as other five are from all different teams.


8. Kusal Perera’s half-century was the second by a Sri Lankan batsman at seventh position against Australia at home.


9. Sri Lanka’s total of 288 is their best at home against Australia. Their previous best total against Australia at home was 286. Overall, their biggest total at home is 398 which came against Kenya on March 6, 1996 at Kandy.


10. After promising batting by Sri Lanka’s middle order batsmen, they collapsed at a crucial situation. Their last four wickets fell within last 12 balls with only nine runs being scored.


11. Amila Aponso conceded only 18 runs from his 9.2 over spell and took four wickets. This is second most economical spell of nine or more overs bowled by any Lankan bowler at home against Australia. Aravinda de Silva holds the record of most economical spell of nine or more overs at home against Australia by conceding only 16 runs from 10 overs with a wicket at the same venue on September 27, 2002.


12. This was the biggest win by Sri Lanka against Australia in ODIs in terms of runs as they won by 82 runs and beat their previous biggest margin victory of 79 runs which came at Sydney on January 9, 2003.

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