On Monday (1st July), Sri Lanka claimed a 23-run victory in the high-scoring match against Windies at Chester-le-Street. It was the 39th match of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
After losing the toss, Sri Lanka scored 338/6 (50 overs) in the first innings. Chasing down that target, Windies replied with 315/9 (50 overs).
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 338/6 in 50 overs (Avishka Fernando 104, Kusal Perera 64; Jason Holder 2/59)
Windies – 315/9 in 50 overs (Nicholas Pooran 118, Fabian Allen 51; Lasith Malinga 3/55)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 23 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) In the first innings of this match, Sri Lanka scored 338/6 (50 overs) which is their highest ODI total against Windies. The 330/7 (50 overs) was the previous record ODI total for Sri Lanka against Windies (at Bulawayo on 23rd November 2016). Also, after the 398/5 (50 overs) and 363/9 (50 overs), this 338/6 is the third highest CWC total for Sri Lanka against any team.
i) Windies scored 315/9 (50 overs) in the second innings which is their highest second innings total in CWC history. Their previous record was 289/9 in 50 overs against South Africa (at St George’s on 10th April 2007). Meanwhile, Windies’ 315/9 is also their second-highest CWC total against Sri Lanka. Their record is 360/4 in 50 overs (at Karachi on 13th October 1987).
ii) It was the sixth defeat for Windies in the ongoing 2019 CWC. Windies have never suffered more than five defeats in any of their previous CWC editions while they suffered five defeats in 2007 CWC.
i) Chris Gayle becomes the most-capped player for Windies in international cricket history as it was his 455th international match for Windies. Previous record holder Shivnarine Chanderpaul is now in the second position with 454 international matches for Windies.
ii) Windies captain Jason Holder becomes the first Windies ODI captain and fourth overall ODI captain to take at least 100 wickets. By the end of this match, Holder has taken 100 wickets as a Windies ODI captain. Before him, Wasim Akram (Pakistan; 158 wickets), Shaun Pollock (South Africa/Africa XI/ICC World XI; 134 wickets) and Imran Khan (Pakistan; 131 wickets) achieved this special feat.
iii) Nicholas Pooran becomes the second youngest Windies batsman to slam a CWC century. He scored this incredible CWC century at the age of just 23 years and 272 days. Chris Gayle is the record holder who achieved this feat at the age of only 23 years and 164 days.
iv) Nicholas Pooran’s 118-run knock is the second highest individual score by a Windies batsman against Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup history. The record holder is Sir Viv Richards with 181 runs (at Karachi on 13th October 1987). Also, Pooran’s 118-run knock is the highest individual score by a Windies batsman in the second innings of a Cricket World Cup match (Gordon Greenidge was the previous record holder with 106* against India at Birmingham on 9th June 1979).
i) Avishka Fernando becomes the third youngest player to score a CWC century. At the age of 21 years and 87 days, Fernando scored a brilliant century in this match. Ireland’s Paul Stirling (20 years and 196 days) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (21 years and 76 days) are the top two record holders in this list. Meanwhile, Avishka Fernando is also the third youngest Sri Lankan batsmen to score the maiden ODI century. Dinesh Chandimal (20 years and 199 days) and Upul Tharanga (20 years and 212 days) are the top two record holders in this list.
ii) Avishka Fernando scored 104 runs in this match which was the second century by a Sri Lankan batsman against Windies in CWC history. Sanath Jayasuriya was the first Sri Lankan to achieve this feat as he scored 115 runs against Windies at Providence on 1st April 2007.
iii) By the end of this match, the Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has bagged 55 wickets in his Cricket World Cup career. After this match, Malinga has equalled the record of the former Pakistan left-arm pacer Wasim Akram who also picked up 55 wickets in CWC career. Only two bowlers picked up more CWC wickets than Malinga and Akram, and these bowlers are the former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath (71 wickets) and the former Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (68 wickets).