To score a fifty and claim a five-wicket haul in an ODI is considered to be an exceptional achievement for any cricketer. Till date, only 22 cricketers have registered a fifty and five wickets in an ODI

West Indies cricket legend Viv Richards was the first cricketer to achieve the rare feat. During the first ODI of the West Indies tour of New Zealand in 1987, Richards smashed 119 off just 113 balls to help the visitors post 237/9 in their allotted 50 overs. The West Indies captain followed it up by picking five wickets for just 41 runs in his quota of 10 overs to bundle out New Zealand for 142 in Dunedin. West Indies won the match by 95 runs.

Kris Srikkanth was the first Indian cricketer and second overall to register a fifty and five wickets in an ODI. 

Electing to field, India rode on Srikkanth’s 5/27 to restrict New Zealand to 196/9 in their 50 overs. In reply, the swashbuckling Indian opening batter scored 70 off 87 balls to guide India to a four-wicket win in Visakhapatnam.

Former Australia all-rounder Mark Waugh was the third player to achieve the accomplishment of scoring a fifty and bagging a five-wicket haul in an ODI.

After Australia captain Mark Taylor won the toss and opted to bat, Waugh played an impressive knock of 57 off 70 balls to help the hosts post 198/8 in their 50 overs in Melbourne. Defending a below-par total, Waugh claimed five wickets for just 24 runs to bowl out West Indies for 194.

Apart from Kris Srikkanth, former captain Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh are the other two Indians to accomplish the unique record.

During the fourth ODI of Zimbabwe’s tour of India in 2000, Ganguly bagged five wickets for 34 runs in his 10 overs to bowl out the visitors for 165 in Kanpur. In reply, the India captain scored an unbeaten 71 to power India to a nine-wicket victory.

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh scored a fifty and picked five wickets against Ireland during an ICC Cricket World Cup match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in 2011.

After the left-arm spinner recorded figures of 10-0-31-5 to bowl Ireland out for 207, the southpaw followed it up with an unbeaten half-century (50) to help the hosts claim a five-wicket win.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has achieved the feat three times - the most by any player in international cricket. Afridi recorded the incredible milestone against England, Sri Lanka and West Indies in his ODI career.

Namibia’s JJ Smit is the latest entrant to the elile list of players that have scored a fifty and got a five-wicket haul in the same ODI. The Namibia captain scored 56 and later claimed 5/26 to help his team beat Oman by 40 runs during an ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 encounter in Windhoek in 2021.

A fifty and five wickets in an ODI

Player Bat Bowl Opposition Ground Year
Viv Richards (West Indies) 119 5/41 New Zealand Dunedin 1987
Kris Srikkanth (India) 70 5/27 New Zealand Visakhapatnam 1988
Mark Waugh (Australia) 57 5/24 West Indies Melbourne 1992
Lance Klusener (South Africa) 54 6/49 Sri Lanka Lahore 1997
Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) 70* 5/48 India Hobart 2000
Graeme Hick (England) 80 5/33 Zimbabwe Harare 2000
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 61 5/40 England Lahore 2000
Sourav Ganguly (India) 71* 5/34 Zimbabwe  Kanpur 2000
Scott Styris (New Zealand) 63* 6/25 West Indies Port of Spain 2002
Ronnie Irani (England) 53 5/26 India The Oval 2002
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 60 5/46 Australia St George's 2003
Paul Collingwood (England) 112* 6/31 Bangladesh Nottingham 2005
Sunil Dhaniram (Canada) 79 5/32 Bermuda King City (NW) 2008
Yuvraj Singh (India) 50* 5/31 Ireland Bengaluru 2011
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 75 5/35 Sri Lanka Sharjah 2011
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 76 7/12 West Indies Providence 2013
Josh Davey (Scotland) 53* 6/28 Afghanistan Abu Dhabi 2015
Paul Stirling (Ireland) 95 6/55 Afghanistan Greater Noida 2017
Rohan Mustafa (UAE) 109 5/25 PNG Abu Dhabi 2017
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 51 5/29 Afghanistan Southampton 2019
Simi Singh (Ireland) 54* 5/10 UAE Abu Dhabi 2021
JJ Smit (Namibia) 56 5/26 Oman Windhoek 2021

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