Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka poses for a photo after taking five wickets and winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier Zimbabwe 2023 match between the Sri Lanka and Ireland
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Hasaranga equals Pakistan great for most consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs

CWC23 Qualifier

By Martin Pegan

Hit For Six!

Wanindu Hasaranga has equalled the record for the most consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs in a stunning start to Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier campaign.

Spin sensation Hasaranga joined Pakistan great Waqar Younis as the only bowlers to claim five scalps in three consecutive ODIs when he took 5/79 from 10 overs against Ireland.

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Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga became just the second bowler to take three consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

The 25-year-old leg-spinner started the streak with 6/24 against the UAE then followed up with 5/13 against Oman, and now has an incredible 16 wickets from Sri Lanka’s opening three ODIs at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

Waqar, an ICC Hall of Fame inductee, set the benchmark with 5/52 against the West Indies in 1990, after kicking off his hot streak with 5/11 and 5/16 against New Zealand.

The Pakistan master of reverse swing also took back-to-back five-fors twice in ODIs, while only 11 other men have taken consecutive five-wicket hauls at least once. 

Waqar finished with 13 five-wicket hauls in ODIs - a record the speedster still holds outright - and 416 scalps from 262 ODIs, but missed Pakistan's 1992 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup triumph due to injury.

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Hasaranga currently has 61 wickets from 44 ODIs, with the latest run of five-wickets hauls the first three of his burgeoning career so far.

The spinner will have an opportunity to make the record his own when Sri Lanka take on Scotland in their last match of the group phase at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka and Scotland have already locked in their spots in the Super Six stage of the tournament, but their clash will carry extra significance with vital points up for grabs.

The winner will take two more valuable points into the Super Six stage, after both teams already secured two points with their victories over fellow Group B qualifiers Oman.

The top-two teams at the end of the Super Six stage will book their place in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India later this year.

Consecutive five-wicket hauls in men’s ODIs

Player / Team Consecutive five-wicket hauls Year
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) 3 2023
Waqar Younis (Pakistan) 3 1990
Naseem Shah (Pakistan) 2 2022-23
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan) 2 2019-20
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) 2 2019
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) 2 2015
Mitchell Starc (Australia) 2 2013
Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe) 2 2011
Ryan Harris (Australia) 2 2010
Waqar Younis (Pakistan) 2 2001
Azhar Mahmood (Pakistan) 2 1999
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) 2 1997
Aaqib Javed (Pakistan) 2 1997
Waqar Younis (Pakistan) 2 1990
Ashantha de Mel (Sri Lanka) 2 1983
Gary Gilmour (Australia) 2 1975



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