From Deepak Chahar’s gritty 69 * to Sam Curran’s solo fight in Pune: here are the 10 best ODI moves of 2021 | Locust

In a year dominated by test cricket and T20Is, the ODI format has taken a back seat, but in the limited number of games over 50, fans have witnessed some of the most exciting contests. Ireland defeated South Africa for the first time in ODI, Fakhar Zaman almost became the first Pakistani hitter to reach the double cent in the 50-over format.

In this article, we take a look at the top 10 ODI shots of the year:

Shikhar Dhawan 98 vs. ANG

Indian Shikhar Dhawan (AP)

It was the first Indian ODI of the year in Pune and the Men In Blue claimed an impressive 66 point victory over England, thanks to the efforts of Shikhar Dhawan. The left-handed batter scored 98 of 106 balls, including 11 fours and 2 sixes. His effort saw India stack a 317/5 on the board and in response England were regrouped for 251.

Jonny Bairstow 94 vs. India

The same game featured carnage from England wicket hitter Jonny Bairstow, but it was a losing cause. With a hit rate of over 140, Bairstow smoked 94 in just 66 balls, including six 4’s and seven 6. His first stand of 135 in less than 15 overs with Jason Roy made everyone believe England would chase. comfortably the target before the beginner Prasidh Krishna provides the hosts with the first breakthrough. The average playmaker sent Roy back on 46 (35), after which the remaining nine wickets could only muster 116 points.

KL Rahul 108 v England

KL Rahul celebrates his century during the 2nd ODI between India and England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune. (Photo BCCI)

Game 2 of the series was a high scoring contest and several hitters put on a solid show. From the Indian camp, it was KL Rahul, who established himself as the most outstanding performer as his 108 out of 114 balls helped the hosts stack a gigantic 336/6 on the board.

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes go crazy

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. (PTI)

The English first order continued their impressive run in the second meeting as the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 110 runs in 16.3 overs for the first wicket this time around. Roy was running out of 55 and just when India thought they would bounce back in the contest they were greeted with an attack by Bairstow and Ben Stokes. Both hitters mocked the 337-point target as they added 175 points for the second wicket. Bairstow topped his ton, scoring 124 of 114 balls, while Stokes missed a point to reach the triple-figure mark. However, his 52-ball 99, which he dedicated to his late father, was enough to guide England to a six-wicket victory as the tourists finished the massive chase with more than six overs to spare.

Sam Curran 95 * vs. India

Englishman Sam Curran. (Twitter)

With the streak squared at 1-1, the stage was set for a streak decider and it turned out to be exactly the same, with India winning it by winning the third ODI by seven innings. It was another high scoring contest, but this time neither hitter broke the 100-point mark, but Sam Curran grabbed all the limelight after showing great resilience on the court. The image of Curran sitting in his lap went viral as the all-round youngster pulled England out of a tight spot and temptingly brought them closer to victory. Curran went on to score 95 unbeaten on 83 balls, but his efforts saw England go from 168/6 in 25.4 overs to 322/9 in 50 overs.

Fakhar Zaman – 193 against 155 against South Africa

Pakistan have had a strong 2021 campaign and much of the credit goes to their star hitting pair Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. However, in this particular incident, Zaman’s first-rate move, which also set him a record for scoring the most points while beating the runner-up, came in a losing case. In the 2nd ODI against South Africa in Johannesburg, Zaman scored 193 points on 155 balls before being eliminated in the final. His efforts saw him overtake Shane Watson, whose 185 was the previous individual top scorer as he chased the ODI.

Deepak Chahar 69 * vs. Sri Lanka

Indian Deepak Chahar celebrates after guiding the team to a thrilling victory (REUTERS)

Yes, you read that right. Deepak Chahar’s gritty 69 against Sri Lanka is also on the ODI’s top 10 list. Middle Pace entered the bat in a sticky situation as India was six at 160 and needed another 115 to win with 23 overs remaining in the contest. He started off slow at first adding 33 points with Krunal Pandya over the next eight overs. However, the better hitter of the two, Krunal was sidelined in the 36th’s first delivery over, leaving India hanging at the mouth of defeat, with 82 still required and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chahar in the middle. However, what followed was nothing short of a heist, as the pair added 84 points for the 8th wicket as India chased the hard target of 276 points with five balls in reserve. Chahar was named player of the match for his efforts to win the game, as he contributed 69 with the bat and scalped two wickets in the contest.

Babar Azam 158 v England

One of Pakistan’s top hitters and currently number one in the T20Is, Babar Azam scored his best individual score earlier this year against England. The right-handed hitter smashed 158 of 139 balls, which was also the most Pakistani player count against England in the ODI. However, his efforts also ended in defeat as England pursued the 332-point goal, straddling James Vince’s 102 balls out of 95.

Andy Balbirnie – 102 of 117 vs South Africa

It was Andy Balbirine who knocked down 102 of 117 balls, which saw Ireland register their first-ever ODI victory over South Africa. After inviting Ireland to strike first, Balbirine helped his side display 290/5 in 50 overs and in response South Africa could only manage 247.

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