New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI: New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham smashed five sixes in 34-run over to Sri Lanka’s medium-pacer Thisara Perera in the first ODI of three-match series on Thursday at the Bay Oval. Neesham went unbeaten on 47, off 13 deliveries and missed and narrowly missed out on the fastest ever one-day 50. Thus, he couldn’t break the record of South Africa’s AB de Villiers of hitting the fastest ODI fifty, which came in 16 balls. He took charge in the 49th over and helped Kiwis to break the World Record of highest strike-rate (minimum 13 balls), with figures of 361.53.
Heres’s the fiery cameo from Neesham:
Kiwis 371-run first innings also featured Martin Guptill’s 138-run knock including the partnership of 163 runs with the skipper Kane Williamson, who scored 76 off 74 and Ross Taylor’s 54 off 37-runs helped hosts past the 300-run mark. Moreover, Guptill became the 5th kiwi batsman to reach 6000 ODI runs.
This tally of 34-run in an over became the joint-third highest in the history of ODI cricket, which includes South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs’ 36-run in an over against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera with 35 against South Africa and AB de Villiers with 34 against West Indies in 2014/15.