Recalled New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham struck five sixes in one over to attain the best ever One-Day International strike-rate in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at the Bay Oval.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Neesham struck five sixes, a two and a single in an over from Thisara Perera that included a no-ball as he made 47 not out from only 13 balls. This is most runs scored by any New Zealand cricketer in a single over as the southpaw overtakes Kane Williamson’s 31 in an over against Canada in 2010.

As a result, Jimmy Neesham joins AB de Villiers for the third most numbers of runs scored in an ODI. He is now behind Herschelle Gibbs’ 36 against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup and Perera’s 35 against South Africa at Pallekele in 2013. He also boasts the highest ever strike rate in an ODI innings of 361.53 as he overtook 338.63 of AB de Villiers in a game against Windies in 2015.

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Neesham and Martin Guptill’s (138) blistering hitting propelled New Zealand to post 371 runs on the board. Sri Lanka started the chase on a high; however, felt 45 runs short with Neesham picking three wickets with the ball.
Meanwhile, Neesham’s last international game was during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.  The southpaw forced his way back into the reckoning with a successful 2018-19 Ford Trophy followed by two games for New Zealand A versus India A last month. With his strong comeback, Jimmy Neesham has made a strong mark for the ICC World Cup squad.

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