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Most wickets in a 6-match bilateral ODI series

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The tight schedule of the international cricket calendar coupled with the meteoric rise in the following of the T20 format of the game has inclined cricket boards across the globe to squeeze in a T20 series as part of bilateral assignments. The T20 games often come at the expense of ODIs, thus making the occurrence of a six-match ODI series rare.

Six matches give bowlers enough time to find their rhythm and also work out the chinks in the batsmen's armour which they can use throughout the series.

Let's have a look at the five most successful bowling performances when it comes to an ODI bilateral series played across six matches. Interestingly, India have played a role in all five.


#5 Paul Jarvis vs India in 1992-93

Jarvis could not extend his ODI career beyond 16 matches
Jarvis could not extend his ODI career beyond 16 matches

England toured India for a 3-match Test series sandwiched between a 6-match ODI series in 1992/93. India thumped their opponents 3-0 in the Tests, but the visitors showed character to fight it out in the ODI leg, drawing it 3-3.

The major success for England came in the form of splendid bowling spells from frontline pacer Paul Jarvis who returned with figures of 2/49 in Jaipur in the series opener and 2/43 in Gwalior, both of which resulted in English wins.

His best performance though, also his career best, came in Bangalore as he picked up 5/35, scuttling out the Indians for 170 and winning the only Man of the Match award of his career. His 15 wickets in the series came at an average of 16.6 and an economy rate of just 4.63. Jarvis though could not establish himself in the England team as he went on to play just 10 more ODIs.

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