Tony Ura © Getty Images
Tony Ura © Getty Images

There was little interest over the Ireland-Papua New Guinea match in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers. However, Tony Ura made sure the contest turned out to be a statisticians’ delight. He took first strike and thrashed 151 in 142 balls, exactly a hundred of his runs coming in boundaries, when the next six batsmen did not reach double-figures. Nos. 7 to 9 contributed with 13, 25, and 12, which helped PNG reach 235 in 50 overs. It is not a great score, especially against the Irish batting strength, but PNG will take that after being 55 for 5, and later, 116 for 7.

Ura scored 64.3% of PNG’s total, the highest by any batsman out of an all-out ODI team total. He eclipsed a world record that stood for almost 28 years. Andrew Jones had scored 47 out of New Zealand’s against Pakistan 74 in 1990.

Highest % of runs by a single player in an all-out ODI innings
Player % R Total Team Against Venue Date
Tony Ura 64.3% 151 235 Papua New Guinea Ireland Harare March 6, 2018
Andrew Jones 63.5% 47 74 New Zealand Pakistan Sharjah May 1, 1990
Scott Styris 62.7% 141 225 New Zealand Sri Lanka Bloemfontein February 10, 2003
Damien Martyn 60.7% 116* 191 Australia New Zealand Auckland March 3, 2000
Upul Tharanga 59.9% 112* 187 Sri Lanka Pakistan Abu Dhabi October 16, 2017
Dave Houghton 59.4% 142 239 Zimbabwe New Zealand Hyderabad (India) October 10, 1987
Sean Williams 59.3% 102 172 Zimbabwe Afghanistan Bulawayo October 24, 2015
David Warner 58.4% 173 296 Australia South Africa Cape Town October 12, 2016
Herschelle Gibbs 58.4% 59* 101 South Africa Pakistan Sharjah March 28, 2000
MS Dhoni 58.0% 65 112 India Sri Lanka Dharamsala December 10, 2017

Interestingly, five of the ten entries — of Sean Williams, David Warner, Upul Tharanga, MS Dhoni, and now Ura — have come in the past thirty months.