64% of Niroshan Dickwella   s serene 106-ball performance came in singles    AFP
64% of Niroshan Dickwella s serene 106-ball performance came in singles AFP

Sri Lanka posted a massive 330 for 7 in fifth ODI of the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series against West Indies at Bulawayo. Opener Dhananjaya de Silva gave them a good start, while captain Upul Tharanga and Sachith Pathirana played brisk cameos down the order. The bulk of the scoring, however, was done by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis, both of whom scored 94 each. While 64% of Dickwella s serene 106-ball performance came in singles, Mendis smashed 7 fours and 5 sixes during his 73-ball carnage. Unfortunately, both men missed out on well-deserved hundreds: Dickwella reviewed a tight LBW decision that went against him, while Mendis exposed all three stumps and edged one while trying to guide it towards third-man. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, 5th ODI at Bulawayo

Between then, Dickwella and Mendis registered the second instance of two batsmen from a team getting out for identical scores in their nineties in an ODI.

Highest identical scores by two batsmen in an ODI innings

Score

Batsman

Score

Batsman

Team

Against

Venue

Season

125

Graeme Smith

125*

AB de Villiers

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Johannesburg

2011-12

103

Gautam Gambhir

103*

Rahul Dravid

India

Sri Lanka

Ahmedabad

2005-06

102

Hashim Amla

102

AB de Villiers

South Africa

West Indies

North Sound

2010

94

Niroshan Dickwella

94

Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka

West Indies

Bulawayo

2016-17

93

John Wright

93

Andrew Jones

New Zealand

Bangladesh

Sharjah

1990

Note:

– The highest identical score by two batsmen from opposing sides is 139, by Angelo Mathews and Virat Kohli at Ranchi in 2014-15. It is also the highest identical score by two captains in an ODI.

– The highest identical score in the same Test innings is 234, by Don Bradman and Sid Barnes against England at Sydney in 1946-47.

– The highest identical score in the same T20I innings is 73, by Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt against Bangladesh at Gros Islet in May 2010.