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Heroic hundreds in wrecked innings

Batsmen who scored centuries amid collapses, like Brendan Taylor did against New Zealand

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

October 26, 2011

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Brendan Taylor reaches to get into his crease, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Harare, October 20, 2011
Brendan Taylor during his century in the first ODI against New Zealand, after Zimbabwe were 21 for 4 © AFP
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In the first one-day international between Zimbabwe and New Zealand in Harare, Brendan Taylor scored a century after his team had been reduced to 21 for 4. We decided to find out what the lowest scores were for the fall of each wicket in innings that contained a century.

The Sydney Cricket Ground, February 12, 2006. Sri Lanka were 1-0 up in the best-of-three finals of the triangular series in Australia, and they reduced the hosts to 10 for 3 in the second match.

Andrew Symonds joined Ricky Ponting in the fourth over and they set about orchestrating a marvellous turnaround. Ponting had scored 124 when he departed in the 41st over, with Australia on 247, and Symonds remained unbeaten on 151 off 127 balls after firing his team to 368 for 5. Muttiah Muralitharan was hammered for 99 without a wicket, the worst ten-over spell in ODIs at the time.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 3rd wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
VVS Laxman (India) 131 4/3 280/7 1 won v Zimbabwe Adelaide Jan 24, 2004 ODI 2087
Yuvraj Singh (India) 103 5/3 249/9 1 lost v South Africa Hyderabad (Deccan) Nov 16, 2005 ODI 2297
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 6/3 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
Abdul Razzaq (Pak) 107* 6/3 292/7 1 won v Zimbabwe Multan Sep 30, 2004 ODI 2183
RT Ponting (Aus) 124 10/3 368/5 1 won v Sri Lanka Sydney Feb 12, 2006 ODI 2328
A Symonds (Aus) 151 10/3 368/5 1 won v Sri Lanka Sydney Feb 12, 2006 ODI 2328
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 10/3 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
PA de Silva (SL) 104 12/3 226/7 2 lost v India Nagpur Dec 1, 1990 ODI 644
A Jadeja (India) 100* 12/3 205 2 lost v Australia The Oval Jun 4, 1999 ODI 1473
BRM Taylor (Zim) 128* 12/3 231/6 1 lost v New Zealand Harare Oct 20, 2011 ODI 3204

Tunbridge Wells, June 18, 1983. India were 9 for 4 and 17 for 5 against World Cup debutants Zimbabwe. Enter Kapil Dev, who played the greatest international innings not seen by anyone outside the venue, because the match wasn't televised. Kapil scored 175 off 138 balls, hitting 16 fours and six sixes, to lead India to 266 for 8. They eventually won by 31 runs. No century has been scored in an innings in which the fourth wicket has fallen at a lower score.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 4th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 9/4 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 13/4 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 16/4 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
A Jadeja (India) 100* 17/4 205 2 lost v Australia The Oval Jun 4, 1999 ODI 1473
BRM Taylor (Zim) 128* 21/4 231/6 1 lost v New Zealand Harare Oct 20, 2011 ODI 3204
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 116* 23/4 210/6 2 won v Zimbabwe Harare Feb 25, 1995 ODI 982
NFI McCallum (Scot) 121* 24/4 232/7 1 lost v Ireland Benoni Apr 1, 2009 ODI 2830
SM Pollock (Afr) 130 26/4 283 2 lost v Asia XI Bangalore Jun 6, 2007 ODI 2587
PA de Silva (SL) 122 27/4 289 2 lost v Pakistan Nairobi (Gym) Oct 4, 1996 ODI 1125
Shahid Afridi (Pak) 109 32/4 226 2 lost v Sri Lanka Dambulla Jun 15, 2010 ODI 2991

Two days before Kapil's 175 rescued India, Imran Khan had pulled Pakistan out of trouble against Sri Lanka at Headingley. Pakistan struggled against the moving ball after they were sent in, and were floundering at 43 for 5. Imran and Shahid Mahboob then added 144 for the sixth wicket and Imran remained unbeaten on 102 as Pakistan reached 235 for 7. Sri Lanka were on course for victory at 162 for 2 before they lost 4 for 4 and collapsed to 224.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 5th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 17/5 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
SM Pollock (Afr) 130 31/5 283 2 lost v Asia XI Bangalore Jun 6, 2007 ODI 2587
Yuvraj Singh (India) 103 35/5 249/9 1 lost v South Africa Hyderabad (Deccan) Nov 16, 2005 ODI 2297
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 36/5 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
Imran Khan (Pak) 102* 43/5 235/7 1 won v Sri Lanka Leeds Jun 16, 1983 ODI 211
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 45/5 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
T Taibu (Zim) 103* 48/5 250/6 2 lost v South Africa Benoni Nov 8, 2009 ODI 2926
TM Odoyo (Kenya) 111* 49/5 233/6 2 won v Canada Nairobi (Gym) Oct 18, 2007 ODI 2634
KP Pietersen (Eng) 116 54/5 240 1 lost v South Africa Centurion Feb 13, 2005 ODI 2226
RB Richardson (WI) 122 57/5 235 2 lost v Pakistan Sharjah Oct 21, 1991 ODI 682

Viv Richards' 189 not out, which stood for nearly 13 years as the highest individual score in ODIs, was made after West Indies were in strife at Old Trafford in May 1984. Richards walked out with West Indies on 11 for 2 and watched batsmen come and go as the innings collapsed to 98 for 6 and then 107 for 7. He then added 59 for the eighth wicket with Eldine Baptiste, who made 26, and 106 with the No. 11, Michael Holding, whose contribution was 12, as West Indies surged to 272 for 9. England were routed for 168 in their chase.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 6th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 41/6 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
KP Pietersen (Eng) 116 68/6 240 1 lost v South Africa Centurion Feb 13, 2005 ODI 2226
YK Pathan (India) 105 74/6 234 2 lost v South Africa Centurion Jan 23, 2011 ODI 3087
JM Kemp (SA) 100* 76/6 274/7 1 won v India Cape Town Nov 26, 2006 ODI 2449
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 77/6 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
SM Pollock (Afr) 130 77/6 283 2 lost v Asia XI Bangalore Jun 6, 2007 ODI 2587
MG Bevan (Aus) 102* 82/6 248/8 2 won v New Zealand Melbourne Jan 29, 2002 ODI 1799
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 82/6 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
DL Houghton (Zim) 142 94/6 239 2 lost v New Zealand Hyderabad (Deccan) Oct 10, 1987 ODI 454
IVA Richards (WI) 189* 98/6 272/9 1 won v England Manchester May 31, 1984 ODI 264

Russel Arnold made only one ODI century, but what an innings it was. Sri Lanka were reduced to 103 for 7 in the first ODI in Bulawayo in 1999 and Arnold was batting with Pramodya Wickramasinghe. They added 57 for the eighth wicket after which Wickramasinghe and Muttiah Muralitharan fell quickly. Arnold put on 51 more with Sajeewa de Silva to lead Sri Lanka to 213. His first 50 had come off 86 balls and his second off 34, and he finished on 103. Zimbabwe were dismissed for 200 in their chase.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 7th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 78/7 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 84/7 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
SM Pollock (Afr) 130 87/7 283 2 lost v Asia XI Bangalore Jun 6, 2007 ODI 2587
YK Pathan (India) 105 98/7 234 2 lost v South Africa Centurion Jan 23, 2011 ODI 3087
IVA Richards (WI) 189* 102/7 272/9 1 won v England Manchester May 31, 1984 ODI 264
RP Arnold (SL) 103 103/7 213 1 won v Zimbabwe Bulawayo Dec 12, 1999 ODI 1528
DL Houghton (Zim) 142 104/7 239 2 lost v New Zealand Hyderabad (Deccan) Oct 10, 1987 ODI 454
BRM Taylor (Zim) 118* 113/7 221/9 1 lost v Bangladesh Chittagong Nov 5, 2009 ODI 2922
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 123/7 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
AB de Villiers (SA) 114* 134/7 248 2 lost v India Gwalior Feb 24, 2010 ODI 2962

Yusuf Pathan is presently out of India's one-day set-up, after poor performances in the 2011 World Cup and in the West Indies, but in January this year he produced the sort of innings only he can. Chasing 268 in 46 overs, India were finished at 119 for 8 at SuperSport Park, or so everyone thought. Yusuf began to swing and cleared the boundary eight times during a 70-ball 105. While he was doing his thing, India had an outside chance, but Yusuf fell with the score on 219 in the 36th over. India were all out for 234.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 8th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 109/8 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702
YK Pathan (India) 105 119/8 234 2 lost v South Africa Centurion Jan 23, 2011 ODI 3087
N Kapil Dev (India) 175* 140/8 266/8 1 won v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells Jun 18, 1983 ODI 216
SE Marsh (Aus) 110 142/8 230 1 won v England Hobart Jan 21, 2011 ODI 3083
BRM Taylor (Zim) 118* 145/8 221/9 1 lost v Bangladesh Chittagong Nov 5, 2009 ODI 2922
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 149/8 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
SM Pollock (Afr) 130 154/8 283 2 lost v Asia XI Bangalore Jun 6, 2007 ODI 2587
DR Martyn (Aus) 116* 155/8 191 1 lost v New Zealand Auckland Mar 3, 2000 ODI 1571
RB Richardson (WI) 106* 158/8 217/9 2 won v Pakistan Sharjah Oct 17, 1991 ODI 679
RP Arnold (SL) 103 160/8 213 1 won v Zimbabwe Bulawayo Dec 12, 1999 ODI 1528

Eden Park, January 11, 2003. New Zealand had made 199 for 9 and India were cruising during the chase, having reached 142 for 1 in the 33rd over, when wickets began to fall. Virender Sehwag had scored 112 out of 182 when he was dismissed in the 42nd over, with only 18 needed to win. India then went into a spectacular freefall, losing 6 for 16 before Ashish Nehra hit the winning runs off the penultimate delivery.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 9th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
DR Martyn (Aus) 116* 160/9 191 1 lost v New Zealand Auckland Mar 3, 2000 ODI 1571
RP Arnold (SL) 103 162/9 213 1 won v Zimbabwe Bulawayo Dec 12, 1999 ODI 1528
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 164/9 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
IVA Richards (WI) 189* 166/9 272/9 1 won v England Manchester May 31, 1984 ODI 264
GM Wood (Aus) 104* 184/9 200/9 1 lost v West Indies Adelaide Jan 27, 1985 ODI 297
KC Sangakkara (SL) 101 190/9 193 2 lost v Australia Colombo (RPS) Feb 27, 2004 ODI 2106
GS Chappell (Aus) 108 192/9 194 2 lost v New Zealand Auckland Feb 13, 1982 ODI 144
AJ Stewart (Eng) 100* 192/9 192 2 lost v West Indies Nottingham Jul 20, 2000 ODI 1618
BRM Taylor (Zim) 106 196/9 199 1 lost v Bangladesh Bulawayo Aug 19, 2011 ODI 3181
V Sehwag (India) 112 198/9 200/9 2 won v New Zealand Auckland Jan 11, 2003 ODI 1933

The lowest total (where a team has been dismissed) to contain a century is Australia's 191 at Eden Park in March 2000. Damien Martyn opened the innings and scored his maiden ODI century, making 116 off 135 balls. He remained unbeaten, too, as his team-mates collapsed around him. Adam Gilchrist's 22 was the next best score, as Australia were dismissed in 46.2 overs. New Zealand won by seven wickets and with nine overs to spare.

Scoring a century in an innings with a low team score at the fall of the 10th wicket - ODIs
Player Runs FoW Score Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date Scorecard
DR Martyn (Aus) 116* 191/10 191 1 lost v New Zealand Auckland Mar 3, 2000 ODI 1571
AJ Stewart (Eng) 100* 192/10 192 2 lost v West Indies Nottingham Jul 20, 2000 ODI 1618
KC Sangakkara (SL) 101 193/10 193 2 lost v Australia Colombo (RPS) Feb 27, 2004 ODI 2106
GS Chappell (Aus) 108 194/10 194 2 lost v New Zealand Auckland Feb 13, 1982 ODI 144
BRM Taylor (Zim) 106 199/10 199 1 lost v Bangladesh Bulawayo Aug 19, 2011 ODI 3181
JM Davison (Can) 111 202/10 202 1 lost v West Indies Centurion Feb 23, 2003 ODI 1963
A Jadeja (India) 100* 205/10 205 2 lost v Australia The Oval Jun 4, 1999 ODI 1473
S Chanderpaul (WI) 107* 208/10 208 2 lost v Pakistan Abu Dhabi Nov 14, 2008 ODI 2775
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 210/10 210 1 lost v Pakistan Harare Nov 30, 2002 ODI 1906
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 108 210/10 210 1 lost v Pakistan Multan Apr 16, 2008 ODI 2702

Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for ESPNcricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

@Sonal Dey , there are several top order batters Matyn , Sangakkara, Ponting et al.

@Antriksh Saal , yes it was Dhoni and to a lesser extent Gambhir who won the world cup final and not Tendulkar who when it mattered most , failed.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

@ Rizwan Moulana Note that ''INDIA COLLAPSES WHEN TENDULKAR IS DISMISSED'',check world cup games. Infact,Indians don't collapse when he is batting. Ponting only made it once , and Tendulkar has many innings before (90s) where he scored with wickets faling at the other end.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

Brendon Taylor is so so talented but his teammates always let him down except for d last tym wher dey chased 330 odd....had he been in a better team dat team wud hav certainly done much better...dan wat zim are doing ryt nw...feel for him.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

@ Rizwan Moulana : Neither did Saeed Anwar....have you pondered why ?...Well...he also use to open the innings like Sachin...As a matter of fact, check how many openers fare on that list.....

Posted by   on (October 26, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

Notable omission is the guy with the most number of one day centuries ever. Just shows when the going gets tough , Tendulkar is not quite as effective as when the match situation is tough . Even Lara has not covered himself in glory. But Kapil Dev , Aravinda De Silva and Ponting have performed in crunch situations.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

razzaq's quickfire hundred against south africa in UAE also came after a collapse, if i'm not wrong, he scored nearly 85 out of the last 100 runs pak scored to win the match. would love to see a list that shows highest runs scored AFTER the collapse, not the whole innings

Posted by motiur_rahman on (October 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

I am surprised to see Shakib in so many list ; couldn't make head or tail out of it .

Posted by drinks.break on (October 26, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

I well remember the Bevan innings in the 6th wicket list above. I was watching with a European friend, who had never seen cricket before. When the 6th wicket fell, I said to him, "Australia's lost. If anyone in the world could chase this down, that'd be Bevan, but this is too much even for him." In the end Australia did it comfortably. The second last over was the epitome of Bevan's cool under pressure - and of why you don't need to clear the boundary to chase big targets ... although you do need to be able to run like a hare! Needing 16 to win off 12 balls, Bevan scored 2 2 2 2 2 0, leaving Bichel to score a run a ball in the final over to win. Bichel only needed 3 balls, but it was the 10 runs in 2s the over before that had finally beaten the kiwis.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

It doesn't quite fit the criteria, but the 3rd ODI of the 2007 Chappell-Hadlee series, where Craig McMillan came in at 4-41 and hit 117 from 96, as New Zealand chased down Australia's 346, feels like it belongs to this list in spirit.

You could have a look at successful chasing teams losing wickets at percentages of the target - in the above scenario, New Zealand was less than 12% of their way to their target, and were 4 wickets down, and were almost out of the contest when McMillan came in.

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