Special Correspondent

London: When Dimitri Mascarenhas clouted Yuvraj Singh for 30 runs in England’s final over of the sixth NatWest ODI at The Oval on Wednesday, it was the first time five sixes had been scored in an ODI over against a Test-playing nation.

Of course, Herschelle Gibbs had struck six sixes from a van Bunge over in the ICC World Cup game at St. Kitts this year, but the feat was achieved against the Netherlands. The South African’s 36 in that over is still the most number of runs in an ODI over.

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi made 32 runs, the second highest number of runs in an ODI over, against Sri Lankan leg-spinner C.M. Bandara in Abu Dhabi this year.

Then there are four instances of 30 runs rattled up in an ODI over. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayaruiya has achieved it twice — in Singapore and Sharjah — with Pakistan’s Aamir Sohail and New Zealand’s Chris Harris being the bowlers to suffer.

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