5 times opening bowlers bowled 10 overs on the trot
- When bowlers started - and continued to clean up matches.
Suranga Lakmal used the friendly conditions in Dharamsala to good effect and played a huge role in Sri Lanka's victory over in India in the first ODI of the three-match series.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field against the Indian team sans Virat Kohli. Lakmal opened the bowling for the visitors and from ball one he found the perfect rhythm and continued to trouble the Indian batsmen till the end of his spell.
Lakmal accounted for the wickets of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Lakmal extracted an ample amount of pace and movement from the pitch and didn't provide the chance of scoring any easy runs. He bowled his full quota of ten overs on the trot and when he finished his spell at the end of the 19th over, India were reeling at 29 for 7.
M.S. Dhoni fought a lone battle and got the hosts past 100 but it was not a score to challenge the Sri Lankan batting. They won by 7 wickets. Lakmal, deservingly, was adjudged the man of the match.
Let's look at some similar performances: opening the bowling and finishing the full quota on the trot.
Alderman is well-known for his heroics in the two Ashes series he played in England. He took more than 40 wickets on both occasions. But he was a more than effective bowler in the shorter format of the game as well.
In early 1982, Australia played a three-match ODI series against New Zealand. It was 1-1 going into the third match of the series at Wellington. Australia won the toss and elected to field.
Thomson and Alderman started proceedings and straightaway caused mayhem. Thomson was replaced by Lillee, but Alderman went on bowling from his end to finish his quota of 10 overs. Lillee took 3 for 14 in 10 overs but it was Alderman who broke the back of the Kiwi batting line-up by taking 5 for 17 in his 10 overs.
New Zealand were dismissed for 74 and Australia won the match easily by 8 wickets with plenty of balls to spare.
Alderman was given the man of the match award.