Sikandar Raza completed 1,000 runs in the second ODI vs New Zealand © AFP
Sikandar Raza completed 1,000 runs in the second ODI vs New Zealand © AFP

Playing for Zimbabwe against New Zealand in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Harare Sports Club, Sikandar Raza smashed a 95-ball 100 not out to lift his side from 68 for 5, and later 146 for 8, to 235 for 9. It was a perfectly timed innings: Raza stood tall amidst the ruins, reaching his 50 in 59 balls. He reached 71 from 82 balls before he exploded, hitting three sixes in six balls. The hundred came off the sixth ball of the 50th over (which was also a no-ball by Mitchell McClenaghan. Barring Chamu Chibhabha (42) and Tinashe Panyangara (33) nobody else put up a fight as Ish Sodhi (10-0-38-3) tried his best to hold the hosts back. LIVE SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2015, 2nd ODI at Harare

Not only was Raza’s innings an outstanding one, it was also the highest ODI score by a Zimbabwe No. 7 batsman. He went past the 86 scored by Stuart Matsikenyeri against South Africa at Benoni in 2009.

Highest ODI scores by No. 7 batsmen for Zimbabwe

Runs

Batsman

Against

Venue

Year

100*

Sikandar Raza

New Zealand

Harare

2015

86

Stuart Matsikenyeri

South Africa

Benoni

2009

77

Elton Chigumbura

Australia

Harare

2004

73

Kevin Curran

India

Tunbridge Wells

1983

70*

Elton Chigumbura

Bangladesh

Harare

2006

Raza has also registered the first ODI hundred by any No. 7 batsman against New Zealand. The previous highest score by a No. 7 batsman against New Zealand was 89 by Abdul Razzaq at Wellington in 2004. LIVE UPDATES: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at Harare

Highest ODI scores by No. 7 batsmen for Zimbabwe

Runs

Batsman

Team

Venue

Year

100*

Sikandar Raza

Zimbabwe

Harare

2015

89

Abdul Razzaq

Pakistan

Wellington

2004

88*

Michael Hussey

Australia

Christchurch

2005

75

Kapil Dev

India

The Gabba

1980

73

Justin Kemp

South Africa

Bloemfontein

2005

Interestingly, not a single No. 7 batsman had scored an hundred till Hashan Tillakaratne’s 100 in 1995. The second came in 2002 (Mohammad Kaif) and the third in 2006 (Justin Kemp). The last eight years have seen 10 of these. The highest score by any No. 7 batsman is 170*, by Luke Ronchi.