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Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020

Jayasuriya hits record number of sixes

The southpaw sent five deliveries beyond the fence during his 44 ball 70 to take his tally to 222 sixes, overtaking Shahid Afridi's figure of 217.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 00:18 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Seasoned Sri Lankan campaigner Sanath Jayasuriya on Saturday established a world record for most career sixes during his superb half century knock against New Zealand in their fourth one-day international cricket match.

The 37-year-old Jayasuriya sent five deliveries beyond the fence during his 44 ball 70 to take his tally to 222 sixes, overtaking Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi's figure of 217.

Jayasuriya also helped the visitors level the five-match series two-all with the decider to be played at Hamilton on Tuesday.

Another world record, which virtually went unnoticed was that six New Zealanders were dismissed leg before wicket (lbw) in a one-dayer.

Their abject batting display also saw the Kiwis register their second lowest ever score in the shorter version, their lowest being 64 against Pakistan at Sharjah.

New Zealand's paltry reply of 73 was their lowest in New Zealand - their previous lowest playing at home was 74 against arch-rivals Australia at Wellington in 1982.

Continuing on the lines of record being created, the emphatic 189-run triumph recorded by Sri Lanka is the biggest victory margin in terms of runs recorded in New Zealand.

It eclipsed New Zealand's 155-run win over England at Wellington five years back.

List of highest sixer hitters

Sanath Jayasuriya
222 sixes in 374 matches,
avg 0.60 per inning

Shahid Afridi
217 sixes in 234 matches,
avg 0.97 per inning

Sourav Ganguly
168 sixes in 279 matches,
avg 0.62 per inning
Sachin Tendulkar

154 sixes in 374 matches,
avg 0.42 per inning
Chris Cairns

153 sixes in 215 matches,
avg 0.79 per inning