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Best ODI batting in 2012

  1. 1. Best ODI Batting in 2012
  2. 2. Given Indias poor outings with the bat in the CB series, one would haveexpected them to struggle to chase a target of 321 in 50 overs. Theyachieved it in 36.4 overs - needing to chase it in 40 to stay alive in theseries - and did so with Kohli finishing things off in a blaze of glory. Kohliwas in the zone; he dismissed anything that came his way with clinicalprecision, found the boundary at will whether the field was in or pushedback, ran swiftly between the wickets to catch the fielders off guard,and middled the ball with scarcely believable consistency.
  3. 3. Marlon Samuels’s 126 v Bangladesh third ODI, MirpurWith the series at stake, West Indies saved face with a four-wicketwin, set up by a calm century from Samuels, who stayed on tillnearly the end. Chasing a target of 228, he walked in when ChrisGayle departed for 4, and scored a patient 126 - his highest ODIscore - giving West Indies their first win of the series.
  4. 4. Marlon Samuels’s 126 vBangladesh third ODI, Mirpur
  5. 5. David Warner’s 163 v Sri Lankafirst final, CB Series, BrisbaneWarner batted through until the last ball of the innings as Australiamade 321, and his first ODI century set up a 15-run victory forAustralia in the first final of the CB Series. No Sri Lankan pace bowlerwent for less than six runs per over. Still, it was a more restrainedinnings than many of Warners other limited-overs efforts - his hundredcame off 111 deliveries.
  6. 6. David Warner’s 163 v Sri Lankafirst final, CB Series, Brisbane
  7. 7. Another huge target, another Kohli blizzard, barely three weeks afterhis spectacular hundred in Hobart. He came out in the first over of theinnings and stayed put till near the end, to complete Indias highestsuccessful ODI chase, against Pakistan, who are not exactly a weakbowling side. Kohli scored a career-best 183, his 11th hundred, and histhird in four innings.
  8. 8. Hashim Amla’s 150 v Englandsecond ODI, Rose BowlAmla followed up his 482 runs in the three Tests againstEngland with an ODI career-best 124-ball 150. During thecourse of the innings he became the fastest man to reach3000 ODI runs, in just his 57th innings (the previousrecord-holder, Viv Richards, took 69 innings). His highscores across formats are a testament to Amlas remarkablequality, consistency and adaptability.
  9. 9. Hashim Amla’s 150 v Englandsecond ODI, Rose Bowl
  10. 10. Kieron Pollard’s 102 v Australiafourth ODI, Gros IsletPollard blocks more balls than most, but when he hits them, he hitsso powerfully that the blocking becomes irrelevant. Coming in at 106for 4, Pollard produced a memorable display of power-hitting,slugging 102 from 70 balls to defeat an Australian side that WestIndies had come to regard as virtually unbeatable, and secure a 2-1series lead.
  11. 11. Kieron Pollard’s 102 v Australiafourth ODI, Gros Islet
  12. 12. Thisara Perera’s 69 not out v South Africa fourth ODI, KimberleyPerera stunned South Africa with sustained hitting to overhaul astiff target of 300. Playing his first game of the series, Perera waspromoted ahead of Angelo Mathews, with Sri Lanka on 196 for 4 atthe start of the batting Powerplay. He swung the game in SriLankas favour with consecutive blows over the midwicketboundary off Robin Peterson in the 43rd over, the second bringingup his maiden ODI fifty off only 30 deliveries.
  13. 13. Thisara Perera’s 69 not out vSouth Africa fourth ODI,Kimberley
  14. 14. Angelo Mathews’s 80 not out vPakistan fifth ODI, ColomboA target of 248 isnt daunting. Unless you are 97 for 4 after 25 oversand 138 for 6 after 35. Amid the wreckage surrounding him,Mathews was a figure of calm and assurance, and not for the firsttime, he rescued Sri Lanka from trouble and fashioned a thrillingvictory with the help of the tail in the series decider. He wasjudicious in picking the balls he wanted to dispatch, confident in histouch-play, and displayed confidence in his lower-order team-mates,reminding his opponents all the while that his was the decisivewicket.
  15. 15. Angelo Mathews’s 80 not out vPakistan fifth ODI, Colombo
  16. 16. Anamul Haque’s 120 v West Indies second ODI, KhulnaBangladesh thrashed West Indies in the second ODI, and they owedtheir early dominance in this match largely to Anamul, who becamethe third teenager from the country to score an ODI century. Heslowed as he got near his hundred, taking 23 balls in the 90s, butplayed on till the 49th over to set a competitive target of 293 forWest Indies, which they ended up falling short of by 160 runs.
  17. 17. Anamul Haque’s 120 v WestIndies second ODI, Khulna
  18. 18. Ian Bell’s 126 v West Indies first ODI, Rose BowlBell marked his return to Englands 50-overs side with hissecond ODI hundred (nearly five years after his first one),helping his team earn an early series advantage with a 114-runvictory. Playing as an opener after Kevin Pietersen retired fromlimited-overs cricket, and a day after getting ten stitches for aninjury in the nets, Bells determination made sure his inningstook the hosts to a competitive 288.
  19. 19. Ian Bell’s 126 v West Indies firstODI, Rose Bowl
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