After getting whitewashed in India, Sri Lanka came out strongly and hammered England (5-2) in the ODI series at home. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardne got a fitting farewell as this was their last ODI series at home.
On the other hand, a lot of questions got raised regarding England’s ODI line-up. Clearly, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have become a liability to this team and England selectors are in talks to change the captain for the World Cup.
During the series, some major stats came into notice. Let’s take a look at them one by one:
1. Out of 70, England lost a total of 60 wickets in the series, in which 38 fell to spin, 20 to pace and 2 were run-outs.
2. England batsmen scored a total of 9 fifties and 2 hundreds in the series. The batsmen to score hundreds were Moeen Ali and Joe Root. Ali scored it in the first ODI and Root scored it in the 5th ODI.
3. Out of 70, Sri Lanka lost a total of 43 wickets in the series, in which only 10 fell to spin, 31 to pace and 2 were run-outs.
4. Sri Lanka batsmen scored a total of 13 fifties and 2 hundreds in the series. The batsmen to score hundreds were Kumar Sangakkara, who scored it in the 6th ODI and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored it in the 7th and the last ODI.
5. Joe Root was England’s best batsmen in the series. In the 7 matches, Root scored 367 runs at an average of 61.67 with 2 fifties and a hundred.
Joe Root’s scores: 2, 42, 48, 36, 104*, 55, 80
Joe Root was England’s batting mainstay in this series
6. Kumar Sangakkara was Sri Lanka’s best batsmen in the series. In the 7 matches, he scored 454 runs at an average of 75.67 with 4 fifties and a hundred. In this series, Sangakkara also surpassed Ricky Ponting’s record of scoring the most runs in a calendar year across all formats.
Kumar Sangakkara’s scores: 2, 67*, 63, 86, 91, 112, 33
Kumar Sangakkara continued his dream run in ODIs this year
7. Chris Woakes was England’s best bowler throughout the series. In the 7 matches, he took 14 wickets with a 6-fer in the 5th ODI.
Woakes’s bowling figures: 2/68, 0/23, 3/41, 1/53, 6/47, 2/51, 0/71
Chris Woakes has more or less cemented his place for the World Cup
8. Surprisingly, part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan was Sri Lanka’s best bowler throughout the series. In the 7 matches, he took 12 wickets out of which, he got out Moeen Ali 4 times.
Dilshan’s bowling figures: 1/33, 2/32, 0/31, 3/64, 1/45, 2/55, 3/37
Dilshan became the man of the series; but this time because of his bowling
9. Throughout the 7 matches, England got Sri Lanka all-out only one time. (A very shocking stat!)
10. On the other hand, Sri Lanka ruthlessly got England all-out five times throughout the series.