One-day international (ODIs) cricket has transformed drastically over the years. With the advent of T20 cricket, while certain teams have managed to get themselves off to a blazing start, it has also resulted in their downfalls. Nevertheless, it has to be a remarkable transition from the times when sides used to play cautiously from the outset.
And there’s one other facet to this. As much as batsmen have blazed away in the first 20 overs, in those final 20 overs too, the batters have ramped up the scoring rate significantly. In a handful of instances, lower-order batsmen have smashed centuries, coming to bat after the 30th over. Perhaps, they did precisely what their team needed at that point.
We take a look at six instances in ODIs when batsmen clubbed a hundred after coming to bat in the 30th over:
Ab de Villiers – 32.6, 102*:
The 2010 ODI series between India and South Africa was one of the most entertaining ones. In the first ODI, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell’s partnership of 65 brought them to the doorstep of a stunning win before losing it by one run. In the second ODI, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsmen to score a double-hundred as India won by 153 runs.
The Proteas comfortably won the dead rubber in Ahmedabad. Led by the stand-in-captain Jacques Kallis, South Africa already set the tone. Loots Bosman and Hashim Amla put 113 for the first wicket before Kallis blazed away. As Amla fell in 33rd over for 87, it was a perfect time for Ab de Villiers to step in.
The Pretoria-born did not spare the Indian bowling attack. De Villiers catapulted the tourists to an imposing 365 in 50 overs. He finished with an unbeaten 102 off 59 deliveries while the captain ended with 104 as they lost only two wickets. Their winning margin was a whopping 90 runs.