Who would have predicted that: Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry's 194* against Bangladesh in 2009
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.
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh played three ODI series in 2009, so much so that the competition had lost some of its sheen. On a lazy afternoon during the 4th ODI of the Bangladesh tour, when Charles Coventry came out to bat at one drop, there was not much expectation riding on him. Coventry, who had just one half-century behind him, went on to equal the then world record for the highest individual score in an ODI. If you were betting on this website you would have got good odds on him making a 100+ score, let alone nearly reaching the 200 run mark!
Zimbabwe 312/8 (50 overs) - Charles Coventry 194* (156), Stuart Matsikenyeri 37 (55); Enamul Haque jnr 2/51 (9), Mahbubul Alam 2/63 (8)
Bangladesh 313/6 (47.5 overs) - Tamim Iqbal 154 (138), Junaid Siddique 38 (27); Ray Price 3/60 (10), Hamilton Masakadza 2/52 (7)
Result - Bangladesh won by 4 wickets
The reason why the knock has not gained as much traction as some of the other iconic ones in international cricket have is because of the mediocrity of Bangladesh bowling attack. Apart from Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh had Naeem Islam, Mahbubul Alam, Syed Rasel and Enamul Haque jnr in their ranks and understandably found it tough to pose questions in front of the Zimbabwe batting line-up on an innocuous pitch.
Coventry looked in good touch and brought up his half-century off just 43 deliveries. The helmet was out and with the cap on, he looked determined to make it big. The century came in due course off 110 deliveries.
With the milestone reached, Coventry played with freedom, scoring his next 50 runs off just 27 deliveries. In the 46th over, Coventry scored 16 runs including a couple of sixes and a four. With him on 192, Coventry got the strike on the last ball which he punched for a couple to become the joint-highest run-scorer in an ODI alongside Saeed Anwar.
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Mark Vermeulen, 1.3 ov), 2-87 (Hamilton Masakadza, 15.2 ov), 3-102 (Brendan Taylor, 20.4 ov), 4-111 (Sean Williams, 23.5 ov), 5-218 (Stuart Matsikenyeri, 41.2 ov), 6-282 (Elton Chigumbura, 46.4 ov), 7-302 (Malcolm Waller, 48.6 ov), 8-303 (Tawanda Mupariwa, 49.2 ov)
However, another record came Coventry's way. He became the batsman with the highest score in a losing cause as Tamim Iqbal's 154 helped Bangladesh chase down the 313-run target.
Coventry did not have a very successful international career and averaged under 25 both in ODIs and Tests but he owned Bulawayo's Queens Sports Club that day. The Zimbabwe batsman remains one of the few non-openers to find a place in the ODI top scorer's list.
Fall of wickets: 1-68 (Junaid Siddique, 9.4 ov), 2-94 (Mohammad Ashraful, 16.5 ov), 3-213 (Raqibul Hasan, 36.2 ov), 4-246 (Shakib Al Hasan, 39.6 ov), 5-279 (Tamim Iqbal, 44.3 ov), 6-300 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 46.4 ov)
Zimbabwe - Mark Vermeulen, Hamilton Masakadza, Charles Coventry, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Tawanda Mupariwa, Prosper Utseya (c), Ray Price
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Mahbubul Alam, Syed Rasel, Enamul Haque jnr
Match: ZIM v BAN, 4th ODI, Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2009
Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Umpires: Kevan Barbour, Amiesh Saheba
Third Umpire: Owen Chirombe
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath
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