Australia finally managed to register a win in the Sri Lanka tour, defeating the hosts by three wickets in the first of five One Day Internationals (ODIs) at R Premadassa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (August 21). After restricting Sri Lanka to 227 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs, Australia got off to a flying start thanks to Aaron Finch. However, the Sri Lankan spin battery proved a different proposition altogether as Australia lost the momentum in the middle overs before managing to get over the line with 19 balls to spare.
Statistical highlights of the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo:
3 Australian bowlers younger than Mitchell Starc (26y 204d) to reach the milestone of 100 ODI wickets. Steve Waugh (25y 285d) was the youngest Australian to the landmark followed by Craig McDermott (25y 334d) and Brett Lee (26y 79d).
52 Matches taken by Starc to take 100 wickets in ODIs – the fastest by any player, eclipsing the 19-year old record of Saqlain Mushtaq, who reached there in 53 ODIs. The previous fastest Australian to the landmark was Brett Lee (55 ODIs).
Fewest ODIs to 100 wickets
Player Team Match Date Debut Time Mat
Mitchell Starc Aus 21-Aug-16 20-Oct-10 5y 306d 52
Saqlain Mushtaq Pak 12-May-97 29-Sep-95 1y 225d 53
Shane Bond NZ 23-Jan-07 11-Jan-02 5y 12d 54
Brett Lee Aus 25-Jan-03 9-Jan-00 3y 16d 55
Imran Tahir SA 15-Jun-16 24-Feb-11 5y 112d 58
Waqar Younis Pak 1-Feb-93 14-Oct-89 3y 110d 59
Irfan Pathan Ind 19-Apr-06 9-Jan-04 2y 100d 59
Morn Morkel SA/ Afr XI 22-Jan-13 6-Jun-07 5y 230d 59
1017 Tillakaratne Dilshan became the fourth Sri Lankan to aggregate 1000-plus runs against Australia in ODIs. His 42 innings is the most among the four to reach 1000 runs. The Sri Lankans to reach the landmark before Dilshan were Aravinda de Silva (25 innings), Mahela Jayawardene (34) and Kumar Sangakkara (26).
4 Fifties scored by Kusal Mendis in his ODI career of nine matches so far. He became the first Sri Lankan to score a fifty in his first ODI at home as well as away from home. He scored 51 against Ireland at Malahide on his ODI debut earlier this year.
0 Partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews in this ODI. Their other stands this year in ODIs read 93, 88, 64, 82, 80, 87 and 22.
4 Dinesh Chandimal became the fourth player to score fifty or more in five consecutive innings for Sri Lanka in ODIs. The ones to do it before him were Sanath Jayasuriya (in 1997), Tillakaratne Dilshan (in 2013) and Kumar Sangakkara (in 2014). Chandimal’s score in last five ODIs read 52, 62, 63, 53 and 80*.
37-ball fifty by Aaron Finch is the fastest known fifty for Australia in ODIs in Sri Lanka. The previous fastest was off 44 balls by Shane Watson against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2011.
6 Finch became the sixth Australian to score a fifty in his debut innings in Sri Lanka. His score of 56 is the third-highest among the six, after Mark Taylor’s 94 and Shaun Marsh’s 70.
16 Steve Smith became the 16th visiting player to score a fifty in his maiden innings as captain in Sri Lanka. The only other Australian to do it was Michael Clarke, who scored an unbeaten 53 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2011.
85 balls taken by Smith to reach fifty is his slowest fifty in ODIs till date. The previous slowest fifty came off 73 balls – both against West Indies, in Bridgetown and Basseterre earlier this year.
1 Lakshan Sandakan became the first left-arm Chinaman bowler to play in ODIs for Sri Lanka. His figures of two for 33 is the best for a Sri Lankan left-arm spinner on ODI debut.
2.70 Economy rate of Amila Aponso for his spell of 10-1-27-1. It is the second-best economy rate for a Sri Lankan bowler on ODI debut having bowled all 10 overs. The only one with a better rate was Jayananda Warnaweera, who had economy rate of 2.40 on debut, against India in Margao in 1990.
5 Man-of-the-match awards for James Faulkner in ODIs. Since his debut in February 2013, only Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith (six each) have won more MoM awards than Faulkner for Australia. Glenn Maxwell also has won five such awards.