Centuries are always special when scored and when the team wins, it becomes even more special for the player. A ton in ODI in Test cricket for a batsman is as good as fifers for bowlers. In terms of contribution, it is almost equal to an effort in making your team wins. However, it is heartbreaking when a team loses a match despite scoring magnificent three-figure scores.
Over the years in cricket, there have been players who have scored valiant hundreds which ended up in a losing cause. Some of them have been scored in the biggest competitions of them all, the World Cup. In this article, we will take a look at five brilliant centuries scored in a losing cause.
5 Most Brilliant Centuries In A Losing Cause In ODI Cricket
5 ) David Warner 173 vs South Africa
The Aussie southpaw scored one of his best ODI centuries in a losing cause for his team. In the fifth match of an ODI series in 2016, Rilee Rossouw’s 122 off 118 balls powered South Africa to 327/8 in Cape Town.JP Duminy (73) and David Miller (39) came up with important contributions in the middle order to take the Proteas to that score.
In reply, Warner scored a brilliant 173 off 136 balls, his ninth century at that time of his career. It was decorated by24 boundaries yet his side fell short by 31 runs. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh scored a couple of 30s in the middle-order but it was not enough to see them home.