Luke Ronchi (right) and Grant Elliott forged a record-breaking 267-run partnership © Getty Images
Luke Ronchi (right) and Grant Elliott forged a record-breaking 267-run partnership © Getty Images

Ronchi scored unbeaten 170 and Elliott scored unbeaten 107 and shared a record 267-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Bharath Seervi lists some more records on them.

Luke Ronchi smashed 170 not out runs off 99 balls batting at No. 7 against Sri Lanka at Dunedin on January 23, 2015. Ronchi arrived on the crease in the 21st over to join Grant Elliott, who had arrived in the 13th over. The scoreboard read 93 for five in 20 overs, and the Kiwis were on the verge of a collapse. But Ronchi and Elliott steadied the inning.

Ronchi was in the attacking mode from the beginning as he reached his half-century in 38 balls though the situation demanded defensive approach. Elliott reached his fifty in 59 balls. Ronchi continued his assaults and beat Elliott to the hundred and even reached 150 before Elliott got his ton. He took 74 balls to get to his maiden ODI century and completed his 150 in 92 balls. Elliott took 93 balls to score his hundred.

Ronchi and Elliott shared an unbeaten stand of 267 runs for the sixth wicket — the second-highest One-Day International (ODI) stand for New Zealand and the highest for sixth wicket in the history of ODIs. This was only the third 200+ partnership for Kiwis in ODIs.

Highest partnerships for New Zealand in ODIs

Runs Partner 1 Partner 2 Arrival End Against Venue Date
274 Brendon McCullum James Marshall 1/274 Ireland Aberdeen 01-Jul-08
267* Luke Ronchi Grant Elliott 5/93 Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15
204 Lou Vincent Stephen Fleming 1/204 Zimbabwe Bulawayo 24-Aug-05
195 Ross Taylor Kane Williamson 4/124 5/319 Zimbabwe Bulawayo 25-Oct-11
193 Nathan Astle Stephen Fleming 1/193 Pakistan Dunedin 28-Feb-01

 

Highest partnerships for each wicket in ODIs

Wicket Runs Partner 1 Partner 2 For Against Venue Date
1st 286 Upul Tharanga Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka England Headingley 01-Jul-06
2nd 331 Sachin Tendulkar Rahul Dravid India New Zealand Hyderabad 08-Nov-99
3rd 258 Darren Bravo Denesh Ramdin West Indies Bangladesh Basseterre 25-Aug-14
4th 275* Mohammad Azharuddin Ajay Jadeja India Zimbabwe Cuttack 09-Apr-98
5th 226* Eoin Morgan Ravi Bopara England Ireland Dublin 03-Sep-13
6th 267* Grant Elliott Luke Ronchi New Zealand Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15
7th 130 Andy Flower Heath Streak Zimbabwe England Harare 07-Oct-01
8th 138* Justin Kemp Andrew Hall South Africa India Newlands 26-Nov-06
9th 132 Angelo Mathews Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka Australia MCG 03-Nov-10
10th 106* Viv Richards Michael Holding West Indies England Old Trafford 31-May-84

 

Highest maiden ODI centuries

Ronchi’s 170 not out is the seventh highest maiden ODI century for a batsman, the highest being 194 not out by Charles Coventry.

Batsman Runs For Against Venue Date
Charles Coventry 194* (156) Zimbabwe Bangladesh Bulawayo 16-Aug-09
Paul Stirling 177 (134) Ireland Canada Toronto 07-Sep-10
Kapil Dev 175* (138) India Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells 18-Jun-83
Calum MacLeod 175 (141) Scotland Canada Christchurch 23-Jan-14
Lou Vincent 172 (120) New Zealand Zimbabwe Bulawayo 24-Aug-05
Glenn Turner 171* (201) New Zealand East Africa Edgbaston 07-Jun-75
Luke Ronchi 170* (99) New Zealand Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15

 

Fastest ODI 150s

Luke Ronchi got to his 150 in 92 balls, which is the second-fastest in ODI history. He is bettered only by Shane Watson who reached his 150 off just 82 balls against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011. It is to be noted that AB de Villiers had scored 149 off 44 balls.

Balls Batsman Score For Against Venue Date
83 Shane Watson 185* (96) Australia Bangladesh Mirpur 11-Apr-11
92 Luke Ronchi 170* (99) New Zealand Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15
95 Sanath Jayasuriya 152* (99) Sri Lanka England Headingley 01-Jul-06
99 Ricky Ponting 164 (105) Australia South Africa New Wanderers 12-Mar-06
100 Herschelle Gibbs 175 (111) South Africa Australia New Wanderers 13-Mar-06
100 Sanath Jayasuriya 157 (104) Sri Lanka Netherlands Amstelveen 04-Jul-06

 

Highest individual scores at each batting position in ODIs

No. Batsman Runs (Balls) Fours Sixes Team Against Venue Date
1 Rohit Sharma 209 (158) 12 16 India Australia Chinnaswamy 02-Nov-13
2 Rohit Sharma 264 (173) 33 9 India Sri Lanka Eden Gardens 13-Nov-14
3 Charles Coventry 194* (156) 16 7 Zimbabwe Bangladesh Bulawayo 16-Aug-09
4 Viv Richards 189* (170) 21 5 West Indies England Old Trafford 31-May-84
5 Andrew Symonds 156 (127) 12 8 Australia New Zealand Wellington 07-Dec-05
6 Kapil Dev 175* (138) 16 6 India Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells 18-Jun-83
7 Luke Ronchi 170* (99) 14 9 New Zealand Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15
8 Thomas Odoyo 84 (97) 7 4 Kenya Bangladesh Nairobi (Gym) 13-Aug-06
9 Andre Russell 92* (64) 8 5 West Indies India North Sound 11-Jun-11
10 Ravi Rampaul 86* (66) 6 6 West Indies India Visakhapatnam 02-Dec-11
11 Shoaib Akhtar 43 (16) 5 3 Pakistan England Newlands 22-Feb-03

 

Two batsmen scoring 100s batting at No.5 or lower in an ODI inning

Grant Elliott scored his century batting at No.5 while Luke Ronchi did it at No.7. It is only the fourth time that two batsmen scored centuries in an ODI inning batting at No.5 or lower.

Batsman 1 Batsman 2 For Against Venue Date
Mohammad Azharuddin (111*) Ajay Jadeja (119) India Sri Lanka Premadasa 17-Aug-97
Mahela Jayawardene (107) MS Dhoni (139*) Asia XI Africa XI MA Chidambaram 10-Jun-07
Eoin Morgan (124*) Ravi Bopara (101*) England Ireland Dublin 03-Sep-13
Grant Elliott (104*) Luke Ronchi (170*) New Zealand Sri Lanka Dunedin 23-Jan-15

 

In the first three occasions, the batsmen involved were from No.5 and No.6.  There has been only one occasion when two batsmen batting at No.5 or lower scored centuries in same match from both sides — Shakib Al Hasan (106) and Kane Williamson (108) at Dhaka in 2010-11.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)