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Sixes for everyone, and strike-rates over 100

Innings in which every batsman hit it out of the park and scored at a run a ball or better

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

November 11, 2009

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Shaun Marsh keeps up the momentum, India v Australia, 5th ODI, Hyderabad, November 5, 2009
Shaun Marsh was one of five Australian batsmen to hit a six and have a strike-rate of over 100 in Hyderabad © Getty Images
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All that anyone, apart from the Australians perhaps, will remember from the recent Hyderabad one-dayer is Sachin Tendulkar's valiant 175 in defeat. But while India's chase of 351 relied on one man, Australia's innings was a collective effort with all their top five batsmen making fast and substantial contributions. Their innings was only the fourth time that every batsmen hit at least one six and had a strike-rate of 100 or more (provided at least four batted) in a one-day international.

During the 2003 World Cup, New Zealand were chasing 197 against Canada and their batsmen were in a tearing hurry. All seven batsmen used had strike rates of over 100, even Stephen Fleming, who scored only 5 off two balls, and New Zealand ran down the target in 23 overs. They were aiming to finish the game in 16 overs in order to ensure qualification for the Super Six but could not achieve that.

Only once after that have all seven batsmen in an innings scored at more than a run a ball, four years after the first occurrence, during the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. After being sent in by South Africa in St Kitts, Australia amassed 377 for 6. Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting had the lowest strike rates - exactly 100 - while Matthew Hayden cracked 101 off 68 balls, the fastest hundred in World Cups and the quickest by an Australian.

Highest proportion of batsmen with a strike rate over 100 in an ODI innings (qualification: min 4 batsmen)
Team Num Total % Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
New Zealand 7 7 100.0 197/5 23.0 2 won v Can Benoni Mar 3, 2003 ODI 1977
Australia 7 7 100.0 377/6 50.0 1 won v SA Basseterre Mar 24, 2007 ODI 2552
Sri Lanka 4 4 100.0 154/2 19.0 2 won v India Canberra Feb 12, 2008 ODI 2676
Australia 5 5 100.0 350/4 50.0 1 won v India Hyderabad (Decc) Nov 5, 2009 ODI 2923
New Zealand 6 7 85.7 304/5 50.0 1 won v SL Auckland Mar 20, 1983 ODI 190
Australia 6 7 85.7 346/5 50.0 1 lost v NZ Hamilton Feb 20, 2007 ODI 2527
India 5 6 83.3 299/4 40.0 1 won v SL Mumbai Jan 17, 1987 ODI 419
Australia 5 6 83.3 434/4 50.0 1 lost v SA Johannesburg Mar 12, 2006 ODI 2349
India 5 6 83.3 166/4 22.0 1 won v Eng Bangalore Nov 23, 2008 ODI 2781
Pakistan 4 5 80.0 315/3 50.0 1 won v SL Adelaide Feb 17, 1990 ODI 606
Pakistan 4 5 80.0 281/3 41.0 1 won v SL Sharjah Feb 4, 1993 ODI 799
South Africa 4 5 80.0 328/3 50.0 1 won v Neth Rawalpindi Mar 5, 1996 ODI 1073
Kenya 4 5 80.0 347/3 50.0 1 won v Bang Nairobi (Gym) Oct 10, 1997 ODI 1239
Australia 4 5 80.0 181/3 19.5 2 won v Bang Chester-le-Street May 27, 1999 ODI 1464
South Africa 4 5 80.0 363/3 50.0 1 won v Zim Bulawayo Sep 23, 2001 ODI 1748
India 4 5 80.0 351/3 50.0 1 won v Kenya Paarl Oct 24, 2001 ODI 1764
West Indies 4 5 80.0 300/3 45.0 2 won v SA Centurion Feb 1, 2004 ODI 2094
South Africa 4 5 80.0 141/3 19.1 2 won v WI Port of Spain May 15, 2005 ODI 2245
South Africa 4 5 80.0 353/3 40.0 1 won v Neth Basseterre Mar 16, 2007 ODI 2537
South Africa 4 5 80.0 233/3 37.4 2 won v Pak Multan Oct 26, 2007 ODI 2639
Pakistan 4 5 80.0 309/2 45.3 2 won v India Karachi Jul 2, 2008 ODI 2730
Zimbabwe 4 5 80.0 329/3 50.0 1 won v Kenya Harare Oct 18, 2009 ODI 2912

Amid the slew of matches from the 2000s in the table above, containing innings with the highest proportion of batsmen with a strike rate over 100, there are two entries from the 1980s. New Zealand went past 300 for the first time in ODIs against Sri Lanka at Eden Park in 1983, with six out of seven batsmen scoring at more than a run a ball. Bruce Edgar was the only slow coach, taking 99 balls to score 52, as New Zealand raced to 304. The Sri Lankan chase provided a stark contrast and only one of their eight batsmen - Yohan Goonasekera - had a strike rate over 100. They finished with 188 for 6 off their 50 overs.

Sri Lanka were involved in another match in 1983 which had a lot of batsmen - 12 in all - with strike rates over 100. In that game, in Bombay, five out of six Indians scored at more than a run a ball as India made 299 in a 40-over contest. Sri Lanka gave valiant chase this time, with seven batsmen having strike rates of over 100, but fell 10 runs short. This match also appears in the table below, which contains innings with the most 100-plus strike rates.

Eight Pakistan batsmen, the most in an ODI innings, including all four tailenders, had strike-rates over 100 during a match against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008. As a result, Pakistan posted 329; Bangladesh managed only 179 in reply.

Most batsmen with a strike rate over 100 in an ODI innings
Team Num Total % Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
Pakistan 8 11 72.7 329/9 50.0 1 won v Bang Karachi Apr 19, 2008 ODI 2703
Sri Lanka 7 9 77.7 289/7 40.0 2 lost v India Mumbai Jan 17, 1987 ODI 419
England 7 10 70.0 236/8 45.0 1 won v Pak Peshawar Nov 22, 1987 ODI 480
Sri Lanka 7 11 63.6 349/9 50.0 1 won v Pak Singapore Apr 2, 1996 ODI 1088
New Zealand 7 7 100.0 197/5 23.0 2 won v Can Benoni Mar 3, 2003 ODI 1977
South Africa 7 11 63.6 438/9 49.5 2 won v Aus Johannesburg Mar 12, 2006 ODI 2349
Sri Lanka 7 11 63.6 443/9 50.0 1 won v Neth Amstelveen Jul 4, 2006 ODI 2390
Canada 7 10 70.0 162/8 21.0 1 won v Ber Nairobi (Gym) Feb 2, 2007 ODI 2498
Australia 7 7 100.0 377/6 50.0 1 won v SA Basseterre Mar 24, 2007 ODI 2552
West Indies 7 11 63.6 270 49.4 2 lost v Eng Birmingham May 26, 2009 ODI 2851
West Indies 7 11 63.6 319 48.1 2 lost v India Kingston Jun 26, 2009 ODI 2852

The Hyderabad ODI between India and Australia is also one of four matches in which all batsmen in an innings (minimum of four batsmen) hit a six. India was also involved when this happened for the first time, against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 1998. Chasing 236 for 45 overs, all four batsmen hit a six each and India reached 236 for 2 in the 42nd over.

Highest proportion of batsmen hitting a six in an ODI innings (qualification: min four batsmen)
Team Num Total % Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
India 4 4 100.0 236/2 41.5 2 won v Zim Bulawayo Sep 27, 1998 ODI 1355
South Africa 4 4 100.0 217/1 35.0 2 won v Zim Nairobi (Gym) Sep 28, 1999 ODI 1505
New Zealand 5 5 100.0 199/3 33.3 2 won v Bang Kimberley Feb 26, 2003 ODI 1968
Australia 5 5 100.0 350/4 50.0 1 won v India Hyderabad (Decc) Nov 5, 2009 ODI 2923
Australia 6 7 85.7 346/5 50.0 1 lost v NZ Hamilton Feb 20, 2007 ODI 2527
India 6 7 85.7 413/5 50.0 1 won v Ber Port of Spain Mar 19, 2007 ODI 2542
Australia 5 6 83.3 258/4 50.0 1 won v NZ Dunedin Mar 19, 1993 ODI 816
South Africa 5 6 83.3 358/4 50.0 1 won v Bang Benoni Nov 9, 2008 ODI 2772
West Indies 4 5 80.0 272/3 40.1 2 won v Pak Port of Spain Mar 20, 1988 ODI 511
Australia 4 5 80.0 332/3 50.0 1 won v SL Sharjah May 2, 1990 ODI 630
Pakistan 4 5 80.0 320/3 50.0 1 won v Bang Dhaka Jun 2, 2000 ODI 1599
South Africa 4 5 80.0 354/3 50.0 1 won v Kenya Cape Town Oct 22, 2001 ODI 1763
West Indies 4 5 80.0 256/3 45.0 1 won v Zim Harare Nov 29, 2003 ODI 2069
India 4 5 80.0 341/3 50.0 1 won v WI Vadodara Jan 31, 2007 ODI 2493
South Africa 4 5 80.0 353/3 40.0 1 won v Neth Basseterre Mar 16, 2007 ODI 2537
India 4 5 80.0 223/3 35.1 2 won v Bang Dhaka (SBNS) Jun 12, 2008 ODI 2706

There have been several ODIs with more than six batsmen in an innings clearing the boundary, but only one with seven. West Indies were chasing 283 against India at Albion in Guyana in 1983 and seven batsmen - Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Faoud Bacchus, Larry Gomes, Jeff Dujon and Andy Roberts - hit one six each. It didn't help much, though, for West Indies managed only 255 for 9. The victory was India's first against West Indies in ODIs.

Most batsmen hitting a six in an ODI innings
Team Num Total % Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
West Indies 7 11 63.6 255/9 47.0 2 lost v India Albion Mar 29, 1983 ODI 191
Pakistan 6 10 60.0 286/8 50.0 1 won v Kenya Sharjah Apr 8, 2003 ODI 1999
Asia XI 6 9 66.6 267/7 50.0 1 won v Afr Durban Aug 20, 2005 ODI 2270
New Zealand 6 10 60.0 332/8 49.0 2 won v Aus Christchurch Dec 10, 2005 ODI 2303
Bermuda 6 10 60.0 275/8 50.0 1 lost v Ire Nairobi (Jaff) Jan 31, 2007 ODI 2494
Australia 6 7 85.7 346/5 50.0 1 lost v NZ Hamilton Feb 20, 2007 ODI 2527
India 6 7 85.7 413/5 50.0 1 won v Ber Port of Spain Mar 19, 2007 ODI 2542
Pakistan 6 11 54.5 349 49.5 1 won v Zim Kingston Mar 21, 2007 ODI 2547
Asia XI 6 9 66.6 337/7 50.0 1 won v Afr Chennai Jun 9, 2007 ODI 2588
India 6 11 54.5 222 47.3 2 lost v Aus Kochi Oct 2, 2007 ODI 2623
India 6 8 75.0 339/6 50.0 1 won v WI Kingston Jun 26, 2009 ODI 2852

If there's a particular List you would like to see, email us with your comments and suggestions.

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