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The first one-day international was held between England and Australia at Melbourne in 1971. Actually the first four days of a test match had been rained out, so on the final day the first ever one-day international was organized. Australia won the match.

 

Geoff Boycott faced the first ball in one-day cricket - not exactly the most dashing of batsmen! Graham McKenzie was the bowler.

 

No one has ever scored 4 successive one-day centuries. Herschelle Gibbs scored 3 successive centuries, and was on 97* when South Africa needed 4 to win. Alok Kapali bowled a wide which went for 4, and Gibbs was denied the record by the tiniest of margins!

 

Anthony Stuart took 5 wickets including a hat trick in his third ODI for Australia. Strangely enough he was never picked for Australia again.

 

Sachin Tendulkar has won 50 Man of the Match awards in ODIs - 15 clear of anyone else! He has scored over 13,000 runs in ODIs and has 38 centuries (16 clear of Ganguly in second spot). He also holds the record for the maximum successive ODIs (185) and is 8 behind Wasim Akram's record of 356 appearances.

 

Sourav Ganguly  is the only cricketer to have won four successive Man of the Match awards in One-day Internationals.

 

Paul Collingwood of England is the only man to score a century and take 6 wickets in an ODI. Against Bangaldesh in 2005 he scored 112* and took 6/31 in 10 overs - truly amazing!

 

The Pakistan vs India ODI at Karachi in 2003-04 saw 693 runs being scored (a world record). India batting first scored 349/7 and Pakistan got within a whisker of pulling off an amazing run chase. They scored 344/8 with Inzamam scoring an inspirational 122.

 

At Capetown in 1992-93, the then world cup champions Pakistan were dismissed for 43 aganist the West Indies in an ODI - at that time the lowest ever. Their record was broken by Zimbabwe in 2001-02 when they scored 38 all out against Sri Lanka in 2001-02. This included the best bowling performance in ODIS - 8/19 by Chaminda Vaas. Sri Lanka then dismissed Canada for 36 in the 2002-03 world cup, but Zimbabwe wanted the record back. In 2004 they reclaimed their dubious distinction with a 35 all out, again against Sri Lanka.

 

In the early 1980s in an ODI between England and West Indies, the Windies needed 4 runs off the last ball and so England captain, Mike Brearley put all the fielders and the wicket-keeper on the fence to prevent a boundary from being scored. Fielding restrictions were then introduced in the Benson & Hedges Cup in Australia, and were adopted for all ODIs after the 1992 world cup. In 2005 these fielding restrictions have been changed in an attempt to make the game more interesting.

 

In the third match of a best of 5 finals in the Benson & Hedges cup in 1980-81 New Zealand needed 15 runs off the last over. In the first five balls Trevor Chappell dismissed Richard Hadlee and Ian Smith but conceding 8 runs. Off the last ball Brian McKechnie needed to hit a six to force a tie. Trevor's brother Greg instructed him to bowl the ball underarm. He did so, causing great furore and probably the greatest cricket controversy since the Bodyline series in 1932-33.



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