That Ground-Breaking Scotland-England Match: Implications

ONE: The Statistical Story

371 – Scotland’s total, the highest by any Associate team in ODIs.The previous highest was Kenya’s 347 for 3 against Bangladesh in 1997. Scotland’s previous best was 341, against Canada in 2014. In matches between an Associate and a Full Member team, the next highest is Ireland’s 331 for 8 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. (Afghanistan made 333 for 3 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah, but that was after they gained official Test status.)

3 – Wins for Scotland against Full-Member nations in ODIs. All three have come in last year. They beat Zimbabwe in June 2017 and Afghanistan earlier this year. For England, this is the second defeat against an Associate nation. They were beaten by Ireland in 2011 World Cup. Incidentally, England are currently the No. 1 ranked side in ODIs.

2 – Number of ODIs that have ended by a closer margin than this one after a team batting first scored more than 350 runs.

4 – Scores of 140 or more for Calum McLeod in ODIs. Among his seven hundreds are scores of 175, 154 and 157 not out. His last three hundreds have all touched 140.

7 – Batsmen who have more than four 140-plus scores in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 12, Rohit Sharma has seven, while five batsmen have five each. Among the batsmen with four 140-plus scores are ODI legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and AB de Villiers.

54 – Number of balls taken by Jonny Bairstow to complete his century – the third fastest by an England batsman in ODIs. Jos Buttler in 46 balls and Moeen Ali in 53 balls are the players to score quicker hundreds for England.

3 – Consecutive centuries for Bairstow in ODIs. He became the first England  batsman and ninth overall to score three or more hundreds in a row. He had hit tons in the last two matches of the last series against New Zealand in March. Since opening the innings, he has hit five centuries in 17 games and averages 64.92.

3 – The number of ODI totals higher than 371 scored in against England. New Zealand’s 398 at The Oval in 2015 is the highest, followed by India’s 387 and 381.

4 – England bowlers who conceded 70 or more runs in the innings, the first time this has ever happened for England in an ODI. They have had four previous instances of three bowlers leaking 70-plus.


TWO:  Record-breaking Scotland defeat No. 1 ranked England

Scotland pulled off one of the great cricketing upsets by knocking over No.1-ranked England by six runs in the Edinburgh ODI to spark wild celebrations, and reignite the debate over the format of the World Cup.

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