SL Vs Eng: What the stats say

Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 12:49 [IST]
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Colombo, March 26: Facts and figures relating to the World Cup quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and England at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday (Scorecard), (Ball by Ball), (Commentary).

SL Vs Eng: What the stats say

Head-to-head record: England lead 23-21

In the World Cups: England lead 6-2

In the sub-continent: Sri Lanka lead 10-7

* Sri Lanka lost their first five World Cup encounters against England but have won two of the last three, including a two-run victory in the 2007 event.

* The two teams have faced each other at the Premadasa four times and Sri Lanka has emerged victorious on three occasions.

* Sri Lanka (WW, NR, WLW) recorded convincing wins in all their games, except when they slipped up against Pakistan and had a washout against Australia.

* They have looked the most complete side so far - strokeplayers like Tillakaratne Dilshan (286 runs) and Upul Tharanga (261 runs) have scored heavily while their skipper, Kumar Sangakkara (363 runs) was the leading run scorer at the end of the group stages.

* They have a good combination of fast and spin bowling - led by Muttiah Muralitharan (11 wickets) and Lasith Malinga (seven wickets from four matches)

* England (WLWLTW) deserve a share of the television revenues given the excitement they have generated this World Cup. While they beat fellow quarterfinalists South Africa and West Indies and tied with India, they slipped up against Bangladesh and Ireland.

* Jonathan Trott (336 runs) and Andrew Strauss (329 runs) have been among the runs but the middle and lower middle order have struggled to get going.

* England's bowling is also a concern with fitness and form deserting their frontline fast bowlers. Other than off-spinner Graeme Swann (12 wickets), and to some extent, Tim Bresnan (nine wickets), none of the other bowlers have created much of an impact.

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