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5 Cricketers who scored a century and took a four-wicket haul in the same ODI game

The rigours of international cricket is a different ball game altogether. Players might perform exceptionally well for their states in the domestic competition, but when it comes to the international arena, they need to apply their skills better and be ahead of their opposition all the time. Even a slight mistake from the player operating at the highest level can not only affect his future but also cost the team severely who might lose an all-important series.

Consistency is indeed the key to success in international cricket and those who manage to inculcate the aspect in their game are bound to play for their country over longer durations. Some of these players have left their all-round impact on the game, contributing to both the major departments. This includes scoring a century and then running riot with the ball in hand or vice versa. The eventual result of the same stands in the team’s favour, who were able to win the contest comprehensively and stamp authority going further. In the below piece, we look at 5 such players who scored a century and took a four-wicket haul in the same ODI fixture:

1. Paul Collingwood

This was during the 4th match of the Tri-nation series held at Trent Bridge in 2005. England who batted first against Bangladesh posted a mammoth total of 391-4 on the back of two great centuries compiled by Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood, who scored 152 and 112 runs respectively.

The target as expected proved too significant in front of a slowly-rising Bangladesh, who were skittled out for 223, owing to an impressive bowling performance from the same man, Collingwood, who finished with figures of 6-31 and helped his team in clinching the contest by a hefty margin of 168 runs.

2. Tillakaratne Dilshan

This rare feat was achieved by the man during a group stage match against Zimbabwe at the coveted 2011 ODI World Cup. Batting first on their home turf i.e. Pallekele, Sri Lanka posted a commanding total of 327-6 on the board, predominantly owing to century efforts from openers, Tharanga and Dilshan, who mustered 133 and 144 runs respectively.

Given the familiarity with home conditions and inspiring crowd support, the Lankans were able to dismantle the Zimbabwe line-up for a paltry score of 188 and walk away with a thrashing victory by 139 runs. Yet again, Dilshan stole the limelight with his mind-boggling figures of 3-1-4-4, continuing the good work initiated while batting in the first innings.

3. Sourav Ganguly

The former captain of India is not new to achievements and thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone to see Ganguly featuring in the list and working his own magic while being a part of the gentleman’s game.

It was during the 2nd game against a touring Sri Lankan team, playing for the Pepsi Cup in 1999. India, who batted first on the turning track of Nagpur, posted a competitive 287-4 on the board, courtesy centuries from Ganguly and India’s unbreakable wall, Dravid, who blasted 130 and 116 runs respectively.

In reply, Sri Lanka were castled out for 207, handing the hosts a victory by 80 runs. It was Ganguly, who led the way with the ball in hand, finishing with figures of 4-21, and was beautifully supported by India’s premier quick, Agarkar, who scalped 3 for 14 runs.

4. Chris Gayle

The ‘Universe Boss’ is quite accustomed to destroying bowling attacks and single-handedly running away with the games. This time around he did the same but as an all-rounder, contributing in both aspects of the game.

The champion batsman achieved the landmark during the 5th ODI against Zimbabwe held at Harare in 2003. The hosts who batted first could only conjure 196 on the board, being dismissed in 47.5 overs, owing to Gayle’s off-spin magic, who finished with figures of 10-1-24-4.

The visitors in return, chased it down with more than 24 overs to go and keeping 8 wickets in hand courtesy of Gayle’s blitzkrieg knock of 112 runs off just 75 balls at an incredible strike rate of 149.23.

5. Sanath Jayasuriya

A free-flowing Jayasuriya was a delight to watch during his playing days, who didn’t give away even an inch for the illustrious bowlers of those times to bounce back. The great Lankan batsman achieved the landmark playing against the then world-champions, Australia at Sydney in a Tri-nation series contested in 2002-03.

Put into bat first on a traditionally spin-friendly Sydney track, Sri Lanka piled up a massive 343 runs on the board, owing to brilliant knocks from Atapattu and Jayasuriya, who chronicled 101 and 122 runs respectively.

The Kangaroos, known for their fighting spirit were unexpectedly restricted to 264 and bestowed the gritty Lankans a win by a convincing margin of 79 runs, where Jayasuriya shined with the ball with figures of 10-1-39-4.

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