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Who would have predicted that: Viv Richards becomes first player to score century and take 5 wickets in an ODI

Viv Richards - West Indies

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

Apart from being the most dominating batsman to set foot on the cricket field and scoring at an average of over 50 in Tests and 47 in ODIs, do you know that Viv Richards also has 32 Test wickets and 118 ODI wickets against his name. Not too bad, is it?

Match Summary

West Indies 237/9 (50 overs) Sir Viv Richards119 (113), Carl Hooper 48 (79); Jeremy Coney 2/34(9), Martin Snedden 2/38(10)

New Zealand 142 (42.1 overs) - John Wright 34 (68), Phil Horne 17 (40); Sir Viv Richards 5/41 (10), Tony Gray 2/26 (10)

Result - West Indies won by 95 runs

West Indies faced New Zealand on their tour of the island nation in 1986-87. New Zealand won the toss and elected to field in the 1st ODI.

The visitors were down at 50-3 when skipper Vivian Richards came to the crease. He stitched together a 120-run partnership with Carl Hooper to take the team to a position of stability. However, once Hooper was dismissed, the team suffered another collapse and was reduced to 233/9 from 201/5.

Richards scored almost half of the team's runs and ensured that West Indies could impart some respectability to their total. Jeremy Coney, Sir Richard Hadlee and Martin Snedden picked up two wickets each for the Kiwis.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Desmond Haynes), 2-34 (Sir Richie Richardson), 3-50 (Sir Gordon Greenidge), 4-170 (Carl Hooper), 5-201 (Gus Logie), 6-205 (Jeff Dujon), 7-215 (Joel Garner), 8-227 (Sir Viv Richards), 9-233 (Tony Gray)

In reply, New Zealand were going well at 72/2 before Richards took the ball. He dismissed Kiwi opener John Wright, who was looking good, for 34. Richards also went on to bag the wickets of Dipak Patel, Jeff Crowe, Jeremy Coney and Sir Richard Hadlee.

And before you knew, from a place of comfort, New Zealand were bowled out for 142 with half of the damage done by skipper Richards. West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series and Sir Viv Richards became the first player to score a century and take 5 wickets in the same ODI.

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Ervin McSweeney), 2-44 (Martin Crowe), 3-72 (John Wright), 4-78 (Phil Horne), 5-100 (Dipak Patel), 6-105 (Jeff Crowe), 7-118 (Jeremy Coney), 8-130 (John Bracewell), 9-134 (Sir Richard Hadlee), 10-142 (Martin Snedden)




New Zealand - John Wright, Ervin McSweeney (wk), Martin Crowe, Phil Horne, Jeff Crowe, Dipak Patel, Jeremy Coney (c), John Bracewell, Sir Richard Hadlee, Martin Snedden, Ewen Chatfield

West Indies - Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Carl Hooper, Sir Viv Richards (c), Gus Logie, Jeff Dujon (wk), Joel Garner, Tony Gray, Courtney Walsh, Patrick Patterson

Match Details

Match: New Zealand v West Indies, West Indies in New Zealand ODI Series, 1987

Date: Wednesday, Mar 18, 1987

Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl

Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin

Umpires: Fred Goodall (NZ), George Morris (NZ)


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