Rilee Rossouw hit 11 fours and two sixes during his 115-ball knock of 128 © Getty Images
Rilee Rossouw hit 11 fours and two sixes during his 115-ball knock of 128 © Getty Images

At Johannesburg for South Africa against West Indies, three centuries were scored for the same team in a One-Day International (ODI). Rilee Rossouw’s 128 was the highest third-highest score in an ODI innings. Bharath Seervi lists relevant numbers.

Hashim Amla scored 153 not out, AB de Villiers 149 and Rilee Rossouw 128 for South Africa against West Indies at New Wanderers on January 18, 2015. It is the first ever occasion when three men scored centuries for the same team in an ODI. The closest was Shikhar Dhawan’s 95 when Rohit Sharma (141 not out) and Virat Kohli (100 not out) scored centuries against Australia at Jaipur on October 16, 2013.

Rossouw’s 128 is therefore the highest ‘third-highest’ score in an ODI innings. There has been only one more instance of three batsmen scoring 90 or more runs for a team in an ODI innings: against South Africa at Basseterre in ICC World Cup 2007 Ricky Ponting was the third-highest scorer with 91 while the top two were Matthew Hayden (101) and Michael Clarke (92).

Highest ‘third highest’ score in an ODI innings (80 or more)

Runs Batsman Highest Second highest For Against Venue Date
128 Rilee Rossouw 153* – Hashim Amla 149 – AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-Jan-15
95 Shikhar Dhawan 141* – Rohit Sharma 100* – Virat Kohli India Australia Jaipur 16-Oct-13
91 Ricky Ponting 101 – Matthew Hayden 92 – Michael Clarke Australia South Africa Basseterre 24-Mar-07
87 Hashim Amla 104* – Jacques Kallis 102* – AB de Villiers South Africa India Motera 27-Feb-10
85 Marcus Trescothick 152 – Andrew Strauss 112* – Paul Collingwood England Bangladesh Trent Bridge 21-Jun-05
83 Yuvraj Singh 114 – Virender Sehwag 89 – Sourav Ganguly Inda Bermuda Port of Spain 19-Mar-07
83 Irfan Pathan 93 – Sachin Tendulkar 85* – Rahul Dravid India Sri Lanka Nagpur 25-Oct-05
80 Alviro Petersen 147* – Mark Boucher 88 – Loots Bosman South Africa Zimbabwe Potchefstroom 20-Sep-06
80 Arjuna Ranatunga 96 – Sanath Jayasuriya 90 – Aravinda de Silva Sri Lanka Pakistan Mohali 24-May-97

There are 11 more instances when the third-highest score was between 75 and 80.

If the entire match is considered, there have been 25 occasions when there were three centuries in the same ODI. However, Rossouw’s 128 is the highest third-highest score in an ODI. It is also the only occasion of three batsmen scoring more than 125 in the same ODI.

Highest ‘third-highest’ score in an ODI (105 or more)

Runs Batsman Highest Second highest Match Venue Date
128 Rilee Rossouw (SA) 153* – Hashim Amla (SA) 149 – AB de Villiers (SA) South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18-Jan-15
117 Ijaz Ahmed (Pak) 140 – Saeed Anwar (Pak) 124 – Sourav Ganguly (Ind) Pakistan v India Dhaka 18-Jan-98
111* Mohammad Azharuddin (Ind) 119 – Ajay Jadeja (Ind) 118 – Marvan Atapattu (SL) India v Sri Lanka Premadasa 17-Aug-97
110 Hashim Amla (SA) 145* – Brendan Taylor (Zim) 124 – Colin Ingram (SA) South Africa v Zimbabwe Bloemfontein 15-Oct-10
109 Upul Tharanga (SL) 152 – Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 121 – Marcus Trescothick (Eng) Sri Lanka v England Headingley 01-Jul-06
107 Virat Kohli (Ind) 150* – Gautam Gambhir (Ind) 118 – Upul Tharanga (SL) India v Sri Lanka Eden Gardens 24-Dec-09
106 Vikram Solanki (Eng) 114* – Marcus Trescothick (Eng) 107 – Jacques Kallis (SA) England v South Africa Kennington Oval 28-Jun-03
105 Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 183 – Virat Kohli (Ind) 112 – Nasir Jamshed (Pak) Pakistan v India Dhaka 18-Mar-12
105 Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 160* – Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 133* – Virat Kohli (Ind) Sri Lanka v India Hobart 28-Feb-12
105 Aravinda de Silva (SL) 128 – Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 109 – Sourav Ganguly (Ind) Sri Lanka v India Premadasa 07-Jul-98

Note:

The highest third-highest score in a Test innings is 169 by Joe Hardstaff jnr for England against Australia in the Ashes 1938 where the top two scores were 364 by Len Hutton and 187 by Maurice Leyland.

The highest third highest score in a Test is 231 by Thilan Samaraweera for Sri Lanka against Pakistan at Karachi; Younis Khan top-scored with 313 and while Mahela Jayawardene scored 240.

Highest ‘second highest’ score in an ODI innings

(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)