On This Day: Michael Bevan scored maiden ODI century vs South Africa in Centurion

Michael Bevan scored maiden ODI century: The Australian batsman gave early signs of him being an apt finisher in ODIs.

On this day in 1997, former Australia batsman Michael Bevan registered his maiden ODI century to propel Australia to a 5-wicket victory during the sixth ODI of Australia’s tour of South Africa in Centurion.

Bevan, who was playing his 55th ODI, had batted at No. 6 on 28 out of 48 ODI innings. Promoted up the order to bat at No. 5 in a 285-run chase, Bevan top-scored for Australia with a strike rate of 108.42 as the visitors won the match with an over to go.

Bevan began his assault by first pulling South Africa captain Hansie Cronje for a six. In Cronje’s following over, the southpaw played a drive down the ground for his first four of the match.

With Australia’s required run rate going past 6, it was important for Steve Waugh and Bevan to keep finding the boundaries in addition to saving their wicket.

On the third delivery of the 30th over, Bevan ran two runs to complete his 12th ODI half-century. Australia, who had just crossed the halfway mark with respect to the target, needed Bevan till the end who, in return, didn’t let his team down.

A 189-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Waugh (89) and Bevan had made things easier for Australia who were able to seal the chase despite South Africa dismissing both the batsmen.

Bevan, who completed his century in the 42nd over, ended up scoring 103 (95) with the help of eight fours and a six. After Bevan and Waugh’s dismissal, Australia batsman Adam Gilchrist (20) and captain Ian Healy (9) guided Australia to victory.

Earlier, the hosts scored a competitive 284/7 in 50 overs after Cronje won the toss and chose to bat. A 149-run partnership between Cronje (80) and Daryll Cullinan (89) had played a vital role in their innings. With bowling figures of 10-1-52-2, Australia spinner Shane Warne was the pick of their bowlers.

Michael Bevan scored maiden ODI century

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