Tony Ura    Getty Images
Tony Ura Getty Images

There was little interest over the IrelandPapua 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.