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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2019: 3rd ODI – Statistical Highlights

From NZ beating India's record to Sri Lanka's new achievement, here are all the major stats and numbers recorded during the final ODI of the 3-match series.

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New Zealand team. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

New Zealand completed a series whitewash against Sri Lanka with a huge 115-run win in the last game of the 3-match ODI series. Ross Taylor continued his great ODI form scoring 137 while Henry Nicholls struck an unbeaten 80-ball 124 to see the hosts through to 364/4. The Lankans collapsed from 107/1 in the 15th over to 143/5. Thisara Perera once again tried to rescue his side with a 63-ball 80 but Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for eight runs to be bowled out 249.

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the final ODI of the 3-match series:

A record-breaking series:

873 – Sri Lanka’s 873 runs are the most for them in a 3-match ODI series surpassing 840 runs in the 1994 home ODI series against Zimbabwe. Their tally is the 2nd highest in a 3-match ODI series whitewash behind Africa XI’s 907 runs against Asia XI in 2007.

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1054 – New Zealand’s series aggregate of 1054 runs are the most for any team in a 3-match ODI series. They surpassed India’s total of 1053 runs in the 3-match home series against England in 2017. In the same series, England aggregated 1037 runs which are the 3rd most in a 3-match ODI series.


Thisara shines with the bat:

16 – Thisara Perera’s 16 sixes in this series are the joint most by a Sri Lankan in an ODI series/tournament. Sanath Jayasuriya also hit 16 sixes across three innings during the 1995/96 Singer Cup Tri-Series.

The 16 sixes are 2nd most by any player in a 3-match ODI series behind Shane Watson’s 20 sixes during the 2011 series in Bangladesh.


224 – Perera’s 224 runs in this series are the 2nd most by any player in a 3-match ODI series while batting at No.6 or lower position. Kedar Jadhav aggregated 232 runs while batting at No.6 for India during the 2017 home ODI series against England.


A dream run for Ross Taylor:

6 – Ross Taylor has a fifty-plus score in each of his previous six ODI innings. He is only the 3rd player from New Zealand with six consecutive 50+ scores in the ODI format. Andrew Jones in 1988/89 and Kane Williamson in 2015 are the other two New Zealand players with this feat.


281 – Ross Taylor’s 281 runs in this series are the 2nd most in a 3-match ODI series for New Zealand behind Martin Guptill’s 330 runs in the 2013 series in England. Taylor had 304 runs from the three matches he played during the last year’s 5-match ODI series at home against England.


618 – Runs Ross Taylor has aggregated in his previous six ODI innings where he scored 50+. These are the most number of runs scored by any player across any six ODI innings. Virat Kohli has 617 runs across his six innings in 2012 and also across six innings in 2018.


Malinga’s worst:

3 – In the four matches as the ODI captain, Lasith Malinga conceded 75+ runs on three occasions. Among captains, only Jason Holder (6) has conceded over 75 runs in an ODI on more instances than Malinga.


93 – Runs Malinga conceded in this game; the second most he ever conceded in an ODI. Malinga conceded 96 runs in 7.4 overs during the 2012 Hobart ODI against India.

These 93 runs are also the 2nd most conceded by any captain in an ODI game behind Jason Holder’s 104 during the 2015 CWC game against South Africa.

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