Teams with most number of centuries in the Champions Trophy
#6. Zimbabwe and New Zealand - 2
Both Zimbabwe and New Zealand have two centuries in the history of the Champions Trophy and all of their centuries have a significance of their own. It is quite surprising that New Zealand, a former winner of the Champions Trophy, only have two centuries.
However, one of them is arguably the most significant century in their cricketing history. It was their first ever Champions Trophy hundred, scored by all-rounder Chris Cairns in the 2000 Champions Trophy final, against India in Nairobi.
Cairns scored an unbeaten 102 off 113 deliveries to help New Zealand win the match by four wickets with only two balls to spare. This is, till date, their only cricketing silverware. It was the third century in a Champions Trophy final and the first one which had come in a winning cause.
New Zealand’s second ton in the Champions Trophy was a majestic 145, scored by opener Nathan Astle against United States in the 2004 Champions Trophy. Astle also levelled the highest individual score in Champions Trophy history during that innings.
The first player who scored 145 in the Champions Trophy was Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower, against India in Colombo during the 2002 edition. It is perhaps the best Champions Trophy knock in a losing cause, as Zimbabwe lost the match by 14 runs.
Zimbabwe’s other century in the Champions Trophy is actually the first century in Champions Trophy history, scored by their former captain Alistair Campbell against New Zealand in Dhaka during the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1998.Published 25 May 2017, 21:40 IST