England vs Sri Lanka ODI series 2016 – Let’s talk Numbers

England vs Sri Lanka
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After a 2-0 win during the Test series, England will be hosting Sri Lanka in a 5 match ODI series starting on the 21st of June 2016. In this segment let’s take a closer look at the ODI numbers between the two sides.

Since 1982

The first ever ODI between Sri Lanka and England was played a few days prior to Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match. It was played on the 13th of February, 1982 at the SSC. In a close encounter, the experienced England side won by 5 runs. Keith Fletcher’s outfit batted first and were dismissed for 211 in a 45 over game. England were sitting pretty on 191/3 when Ashantha de Mel unleashed some terrific swing bowling resulting in an eventual England collapse. Sri Lanka, on the other hand were grappling at 92/5 during pursuit and a subsequent Anura Ranasinghe – Ranjan Madugalle partnership was not enough to complete the task as Sri Lanka fell short by 5 runs.

Sri Lanka came back strong and recorded their first win over England on the following day during the 2nd ODI at SSC as Bandula Warnapura’s side edged out England by 3 runs.

Sri Lanka vs England Overall ODI record Head to Head –

  • Played – 64
  • Sri Lanka – 34
  • England – 30

Recap of the last decade

During the 2006 summer Sri Lanka traveled to England and during the ODI series, Sri Lanka trounced the home team with a 5-0 whitewash. A year later, Sri Lanka hosted England and during this occasion the visitors emerged victorious in the 5 match series beating the hosts 3-2.

In 2011, England sealed the ODI series 3-2 when they hosted the Sri Lankans during summe, however three years later, the visitors reversed the record by winning the ODI series 3-2 in England.

The last time these two sides met in a bilateral ODI affair, Sri Lanka, the hosts, won 5-2 in the 7 match ODI series.

Sri Lankan tales in England

Sri Lanka played their first ever ODI on English soil in 1983 during a two match series. England won both games, played at Taunton and Leeds. Sri Lanka’s first win against England in England came at Lord’s in 1998 during the final of the Emirates Triangular Series when Arjuna Ranatunga’s side defeated England by 5 wickets to claim the trophy.

Sri Lanka vs England Head to Head ODI tally in England –

  • Played – 26
  • Sri Lanka – 13
  • England – 13

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

England have played 28 ODIs at the venue, winning 14 and losing 13 with a solitary tie.

Sri Lanka has played 5 times at Nottingham, winning one game. They have lost both games played against England at the venue.

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sri Lanka has played just 2 ODIs at Edgbaston, winning one of them. They are yet to win against England at Birmingham.

England’s ODI tally at Edgbaston –

  • Played – 36
  • Won – 20
  • Lost – 13
  • No result – 3

Bristol County Ground

At Bristol, England have played 8 ODIs and they have won 3 and lost 5. Sri Lanka have played two ODIs losing both but they are yet to face England at the venue.

The Oval, London

England have played 42 times at The Oval winning 24 and losing 17. Sri Lanka have featured in 9 games at the venue, winning 4 and losing 5. The two sides have met at the venue in 5 ODIs with England bettering Sri Lanka with a 3-2 tally.

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Sri Lanka and England are yet to face each other at this venue. However, Sri Lanka have played 2 ODIs at the venue and are yet to record a victory.

England have played 8 games at Sophia Gardens, winning 4 and losing 1 while 3 have ended without a result.

Batting records

Most runs – Kuamr Sangakkara (1625 runs in 41 innings) (Avg. 47.79)
Most runs for England – Alistair Cook (809 runs in 23 innings) (Avg. 38.52)
Most runs in England – Mahela Jayawardene (807 runs in 20 innings) (Avg. 44.83)
Highest individual score – Sanath Jayasuriya (152 at Leeds, 2006)

Bowling records

Most wickets – Lasith Malinga (39 wickets in 25 innings)
Most wickets for England – James Anderson (34 wickets in 24 innings)
Most wickets in England – Lasith Malinga (28 wickets in 16 innings)
Best bowling – Dilhara Fernando (6 for 27 at RPS, 2007)
Best bowling for England – Chris Woakes (6 for 47 at Pallekele, 2014)