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March 21, 2011

Most runs in n consecutive overs in ODIs

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:13 am

After New Zealand’s amazing win against Pakistan in the group stages of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, I thought that surely no team had ever scored that quickly at the end of a one day international (ODI) innings. New Zealand in the last four overs scored 92 runs: 28, 15, 19 then a last over of 30! I did a little digging and found that while the Taylor-Oram partnership of 85 off 22 balls was easily the fastest 50+ partnership (thanks to this blog entry by Andy Zaltzman for the link), it was not quite the fastest end to an ODI innings, only just being outdone by the blitz by Astle and McMillan against the USA in 2004.

Below is an attempt at a list of the most runs scored in n consecutive overs of a one day international innings, for n ranging from 1 to 50. In the right column the team achieving the feat is mentioned first. I only have access to the ESPN Cricinfo scorecards along with their over-by-over comparisons, so corrections to this are most welcome. Hopefully over time the accuracy of this list will improve as I am made aware either of errors or other matches.

I found the following three matches have dominated the list so far:

SA vs Netherlands, ODI #2537:  This is to date the only one day international in which 6 sixes in an over were scored. In this 2007 World Cup match, heavy rain the previous night at St Kitts meant that the game was reduced to 40 overs per side. South Africa started slowly being just 4 runs for the loss of one wicket after 5 overs! After 29 overs the score was 2/178, before Herschelle Gibbs scored 36 off a Daan van Bunge over. An amazing 175 were scored off the last 11 overs, leading to a total of 4/353 from 40 overs.

New Zealand vs USA, ODI #2169: In this game at the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, when McMillan joined Astle at the wicket the score was 4/211 after 42.2 overs with Astle on 87 off 130 balls. The pair then smashed 13 sixes and 6 fours in the last 46 balls, adding 136 in the process. Astle ended with 145*(151), McMillan 64*(27). The final six overs produced 12, 14, 27, 27, 16 and 26!

Australia vs South Africa, ODI #2349: Prior to this game no team had scored 400 in an ODI and it was achieved twice in this game! Australia batting first were 1/168 after 28 overs and scored 10 or more in 14 of the remaining 22 overs to finish at 4/434. South Africa paced the run chase remarkably well, with 111 from overs 20 to 30 to be at 2/279 after 30 overs. Then wickets fell at regular intervals while the lower order just managed to see off the target with one ball and one wicket to spare.

In addition there are matches for which I could not find over-by-over data, such as the world record effort by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands (more likely a steady run flow rather than a major burst at the end given the scorecard), or the 2008 game between New Zealand vs Ireland in which both openers scored 160+. I have checked the other 400+ innings games here. What other games may I have missed?

Edit (1/1/14): This game (ODI #3451) between New Zealand and West Indies on 1/1/14 has set new records for overs 7 through to 21 as shown below (game of previous record still shown).

Second edit (19/1/15): This game (ODI #3583) between South Africa and the West Indies on 18/1/15 set or equalled records for overs 8 to 17, 22 to 47 and 49 (game of earlier record still shown).

Third edit (6/9/16): ODI #3773 between England and Pakistan set records for overs 48-50.

n Most runs in n consecutive overs Game
1 36 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
2 54 ODI #2169 New Zealand vs USA, 2004
3 78 ODI #3616 South Africa vs WI, 2015
4 96 ODI #2169 New Zealand vs USA, 2004
5 110 ODI #2169 New Zealand vs USA, 2004
6 122 ODI #2169 New Zealand vs USA, 2004
7 128 134 ODI #2169 New Zealand vs USA, 2004
8 148 ODI #3451, ODI #3583 New Zealand vs WI, 2004 and South Africa vs WI, 2015
9 160 ODI #3451, ODI #3583 New Zealand vs WI, 2014 and South Africa vs WI, 2015
10 151 171 182 ODI #3428 India vs Australia, 2013
11 175 179 197 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
12 187 189 207 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
13 198 200 220 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
14 202 211 227 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
15 203 219 236 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
16 209 237 241 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
17 251 ODI #3451, ODI #3583 New Zealand vs WI, 2014 and South Africa vs WI, 2015
18 225 262 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
19 234 270 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
20 237 278 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
21 239 283 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
22 243 280 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
23 252 287 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
24 266 294 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
25 270 306 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
26 278 311 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
27 284 315 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
28 292 323 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
29 304 335 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
30 311 341 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
31 322 344 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
32 327 350 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
33 333 355 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
34 342 364 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
35 349 368 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
36 350 371 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
37 350 378 ODI #2537 South Africa vs Netherlands, 2007
38 354 381 ODI #2272 New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, 2005
39 365 385 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
40 368 395 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
41 375 398 ODI #2349 South Africa vs Australia, 2006
42 385 401 ODI #2349 South Africa vs Australia, 2006
43 392 408 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
44 402 411 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
45 411 418 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
46 421 422 ODI #2349 Australia vs South Africa, 2006
47 428 ODI #2349, ODI #3583 Australia vs South Africa, 2006; South Africa vs WI 2015
48 433 434 ODI #3773 England vs Pakistan, 2016
49  436 440 ODI #3773 England vs Pakistan, 2016
50 443 444
ODI #3773 England vs Pakistan, 2016
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3 Comments »

  1. In the SA-Neth game,SA were 2/178 after 29 overs and then 36 runs in the 30th over meant the score was2/214 after 30 overs.That means 353-314=139 runs were scored in the last 10 overs,not 148.But SA scored 146 runs in the last 10 overs v Pak at Centurion in 2007.From 4/246 in 40 overs,they scored 392 in 50 overs.Also in the mentioned NZ-Ire game,NZ were 0/256 after 40 overs and reached 2/402 in 50 overs.

    Comment by Prateek — March 24, 2012 @ 8:55 am | Reply

    • Sorry.You are right.It is n consecutive overs and not n last overs.

      Comment by Prateek — March 24, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  2. […] Recently we witnessed the fastest century in one-day cricket history, with AB de Villiers coming in during the 39th over at the fall of South Africa’s first wicket (1/247) and proceeding to blast an incredible 149 off 44 balls in just 59 minutes propelling the team to 2/439 (Amla also made 153* and Rossouw 128). The match produced all types of records including many instances of most runs in n consecutive overs, documented in other blog post here. […]

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