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Stats: Most runs conceded by a bowler in ODI Cricket

The most runs conceded by a bowler in ODI cricket is 113 runs. If we include 60 over matches, then Martin Snedden of New Zealand would come in next. But since it’s been more than 25 years since the format was reduced to 50 overs per side, we will take only the 50 over matches in to account to present the top 5 list of most runs conceded in a one day game.

most runs conceded by a bowler in ODI
Mick Lewis might be celebrating here, but he wasn’t on that day against the Proteas

Player Overs Runs Opposition Year
Mick Lewis (AUS) 10 113 South Africa 2006
Tim Southee (NZ) 10 105 India 2009
Brian Vitori (ZIM) 9 105 New Zealand 2012
Vinay Kumar (IND) 9 102 Australia 2013
M Muralitharan (SL) 10 99 Australia 2006

​1. Mick Lewis (113 runs)

He might have played just seven matches in his entire career for Australia, but Mick is part of history. Not for a reason he would have wished for though, because that performance put a huge dent in his career and he never played for Australia again. Ponting repeatedly put his trust on Lewis despite the mauling he received from Gibbs and co during that world-record run chase. Anyway, considering the rate at which 350 plus scores are being scored these days, Lewis might eventually be dethroned.

2. Tim Southee (105 runs)

The then 20-year-old Southee made a promising start to his one day career and having not conceded even 70 runs once in his career until then, he was in for some harsh treatment at the hands of the little master Sachin Tendulkar. In the end, Raina too took a heavy toll on him by smashing four sixes. In the end it was a comfortable 58 run win for India.

3. Brian Vitori (105 runs)

Brian had a dream start to his one day career. He became the first ever player to take five wickets in each of his first two matches. But this game came in at the right time to introduce him to the harsh reality of the limited overs format. It was Guptill in the beginning, then the Mccullum brothers in the end. They all ripped him apart and he hadn’t even bowled his full quota of overs but had conceded 105 runs.

4. Vinay Kumar (102 runs)

Victim of one of the most batting friendly one day tournaments ever in the game, Vinay conceded 102 runs and he still had an over left to bowl. This was the match, where Rohit Sharma helped himself to a double century, and James Faulkner went on to register the fastest one day hundred by an Australian. India won by 57 runs in the end.

5. Muttiah Muralitharan (99 runs)

Yes you read it right, it is the lankan spin wizard who is at number 5 on this list. In fact, until the world record run chase, it was Murali who was topping the list. How embarassing it would have been for him to top this list, so surely he should be thanking Mick. Coming back to this game, it was the second finals of the VB series, and Australia posted a mammoth 368 for 5 with Symonds and Punter scoring hundreds. It was a lopsided final as the lankan batsmen surrendered meekly to lose by 167 runs.

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