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Soumya Sarkar Breaks Sachin's ODI Record

Last updated on: December 20, 2023 11:55 IST

IMAGE: Soumya Sarkar hit 169 to go past Sachin Tendulkar for the highest score by a subcontinental batter in New Zealand. Photograph: Bangladesh Cricket/X

Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar broke Sachin Tendulkar's 14-year-old record during the second ODI match against New Zealand in Nelson on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

Soumya scored 169 off 151 balls at a strike rate of 111.92, to go past Tendulkar for the highest runs in ODIs by a player from the sub-continent in New Zealand.

Tendulkar had scored an unbeaten 163 against the Kiwis in Christchurch in 2009.

Sarkar's 169 is also the highest ODI score by a Bangladesh cricketer overseas and the second-highest ODI score by a Bangladesh batter.

IMAGE: Soumya Sarkar pumps the air on reaching his century. Photograph: ICC/X

The 30-year-old southpaw's superb innings was decorated with 22 fours and 2 sixes.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first at the Saxton Oval.

Soumya Sarkar (169 runs from 151 balls) was the lone standout batter among his team-mates as no other players could cross the 50-run mark. Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (45 runs from 57 balls) played a pivotal role in the middle order to help his team to 291.

New Zealand successfully chased down 292 with Will Young (89 runs from 94 balls) and Henry Nicholls (95 runs from 99 balls) putting on the big runs after Rachin Ravindra (45 runs from 33 balls) gave them a good start upfront as the Kiwis romped to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second One-Day International.

New Zealand now lead the three-match series 2-0.