Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

James Faulkner

100

Mitchell Starc

93

Dilruwan Perera

91

Dinesh Chandimal

85

Aaron Finch

85

Steven Smith

81

Kusal Mendis

71

Thisara Perera

53

George Bailey

49

Amila Aponso

47

Lakshan Sandakan

46

Matthew Wade

41

Moises Henriques

26

Tillakaratne Dilshan

20

Travis Head

17

Milinda Siriwardana

11

Kusal Perera

10

Angelo Mathews

3

David Warner

2

Adam Zampa

0

Dhananjaya de Silva

-1

Josh Hazlewood

-3

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

Coming off a lopsided Test series, Australia drew first blood in the format where they are reigning world champions – the visitors clinched a nervous three-wicket win over hosts Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Colombo.

James Faulkner was the highest impact player, and bowler, of the match. Three of his four dismissals were that of the top/middle-order and his dismissal of Kusal Mendis broke a partnership. Faulkner’s effort was also restrictive (four for 38 off ten overs) and he was rightly adjusted man of the match.

Mitchell Starc – who became the fastest to 100 ODI wickets – finished as the second-highest impact player for his three top/middle-order wickets (three for 32 off ten overs). He had the second-highest Economy Impact in the match (behind Amila Aponso).

Aaron Finch was the highest impact batsman for his 46-ball-56 which gave the visitors’ chase a brisk start (high Strike Rate Impact ). His knock also had Partnership Building Impact and Chasing Impact .

Dilruwan Perera was Sri Lanka’s highest impact player for his three top/middle-order wickets (three for 48 off ten overs).

Interestingly, both teams had four players each that failed in the match. The combined high impact efforts of Faulkner, Starc, Finch and captain Steven Smith proved to be the difference.

 

Karthik Swaminathan