Sean Williams of Zimbabwe celebrates after scoring a century during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier Zimbabwe 2023 match between Zimbabwe and USA
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Record breakers: Hot streak places sizzling Zimbabwe batter among the stars

CWC23 Qualifier

By Martin Pegan

Hit For Six!

Zimbabwe veteran Sean Williams is enjoying one of the greatest runs of form in ODI history as records have tumbled at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Williams extended his stunning scoring streak to three centuries in five innings with 142 in the Super Six opener against Oman, to amass 532 runs in Zimbabwe's first five matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

With previous scores of 174, 102*, 91 and 23 at the tournament, Williams compiled the third-most runs in five consecutive ODI innings and a total that only sits behind some of the biggest names in the game.

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Zimbabwe batter compiled a century against Oman to make it three tons in five innings at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

Virat Kohli holds the record with 596 ODI runs for India in a five-innings stretch, with Pakistan’s Babar Azam next best on 537.

Williams’ incredible form continued with a fighting 56 in the loss to Sri Lanka, while he has helped propel the hosts to the brink of qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India as one of several standouts at the tournament in Zimbabwe.

Teammate Sikandar Raza, Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, and Netherlands surprise-packet Logan van Beek have also broken or equalled benchmarks to put their teams in the frame for a spot at the showcase event later this year.

Here are some of the men’s ODIs records that have tumbled and milestones that have been met at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier:


532: Sean Williams has the third most runs ever in five consecutive ODI innings

54: Sikandar Raza’s quick-fire century off 54 balls against Netherlands is now the fastest century by a Zimbabwean batter in ODIs. Raza claimed the record from Sean Williams who reached a ton off 70 balls against Nepal earlier in tournament.

8: Raza hit eight sixes in his 102* against Netherlands for the joint-most maximums in a Zimbabwe innings along with Brendan Taylor against Afghanistan in 2018

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Raza slams Zimbabwe's fastest-ever ODI ton | CWC23 Qualifier
Sikandar Raza slammed Zimbabwe's fastest ODI ton in the match against Netherlands.

174: Sean Williams smashed his highest score in ODIs, and the third-highest individual score for Zimbabwe with his ton against the USA

26: Sean Williams five sixes and 21 fours against the USA are the most boundaries by a Zimbabwe batter in an ODI innings

8: Sean Williams has scored three tons at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 and now has the second-most ODI centuries for Zimbabwe, only behind Brendan Taylor on 11

7: Sikandar Raza is now equal third with Alistair Campbell for ODI centuries for Zimbabwe

4500: Sean Williams has become the sixth Zimbabwe player to bring up 4,500 ODI runs

4000: Sikandar Raza has become the eighth Zimbabwe batter to reach 4,000 ODI runs

304: Zimbabwe defeated the USA by 304 runs for the second-largest ODI victory margin in terms of runs, only behind India’s 317-run triumph over Sri Lanka earlier this year

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Zimbabwe hold off brave Oman as Williams stars again in Super Six opener | CWC23 Qualifier
Match highlights as Zimbabwe batter Sean Williams powered the hosts to a victory over Oman at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

408: Zimbabwe’s total against the USA is their highest ever in ODIs and their first time past the 400 mark

319: Zimbabwe’s successful run chase against Netherlands was their third-highest ever

Sri Lanka

3: Wanindu Hasaranga equalled the record held by Pakistan great Waqar Younis for the most consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs during his sparking start to the Cricket World Cup Qualifier

6: Wanindu Hasaranga claimed his career-best ODI figures of 6/24 in the match against UAE, and the third-best figures by a Sri Lanka spinner in ODIs

4: Maheesh Theekshana took his career-best figures in ODIs with 4/25 against Zimbabwe

18: Wanindu Hasaranga has been the most damaging bowler at the tournament so far with 18 wickets at an average of 8.8

10: Sri Lanka’s 10-wicket win over Oman was the seventh time they have chased down a total with all wickets intact, and their third-best also in terms of balls remaining with 210

355: Sri Lanka’s total against the UAE was the ninth time they have posted 350 or more runs in an ODI


100: Safyaan Sharif has become the first Scotland bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets

7: Scotland's seven-wicket triumph over the West Indies was their first against the Caribbean side in ODIs

289: Scotland’s total against Ireland was their fourth-highest successful run chase in ODIs

320: Scotland total against Oman was their seventh-highest ever in ODIs

127: Richard Berrington amassed his career-best score of 127 runs during a class innings against the UAE

5: Chris Greaves claimed his career-best figures of 5/53 in the match against Oman

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Final-over thriller: Scotland leave it late against Ireland | CWC23 Qualifier
Scotland needed eight runs from the final over in their dramatic chase against Ireland at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023


30: Runs amassed by Logan van Beek for Netherlands against West Indies is the most scored by a team in a Super Over in international cricket

374: Netherlands total against the West Indies is the fourth-highest in the second innings of an ODI, and Netherlands highest overall in ODIs

362: Netherlands total against Oman is their second-highest in ODIs, and their highest when batting first

110: Vikramjit Singh’s 110 off 109 balls against Oman is now his highest individual score in ODIs

68:Teja Nidamanuru brought up his hundred off just 68 balls in the fastest ODI ton for the Netherlands 

13: Scott Edwards' half-century against Sri Lanka means he has more ODI fifties for Netherlands than any other player 

1115: Scott Edwards has become the third-highest run-scorer in ODIs for Netherlands

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Netherlands matched the West Indies huge total then dominated the Super Over to seal an incredible victory at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

West Indies

374: West Indies’ total against Netherlands is now their third-highest in ODIs and second-highest when batting first

63: Nicholas Pooran brought up his century in just 63 balls which is now the third-fastest hundred for the West Indies in ODIs

60: Alzarri Joseph became the fastest West Indian player to take 100 wickets in ODIs when reaching three figures in 60 matches

15: Shai Hope has become only the fourth West Indies batter to score 15 or more ODI centuries

158: Jason Holder now has the sixth-most wickets for the West Indies in ODIs

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Nicholas Pooran smashes second ton for West Indies | CWC23 Qualifier
Highlights of Nicholas Pooran of West Indies century innings against Nepal in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023


285: Oman’s total against Ireland is now their highest-ever successful chase in ODIs, and their third-highest total across all ODIs

2: Kashyap Prajapati became only the fourth Oman batter to score multiple ODI centuries with a ton against Zimbabwe 

318: Oman’s total against Zimbabwe is now their highest in the second innings of an ODI

4: Bilal Khan took his fourth five-wicket haul in ODIs in the match against Scotland and remains the only Oman bowler to have taken multiple five-fors in the format

1000: Aqib Ilyas became the third Oman batter and their quickest to reach 1000 ODI runs when they faced Netherlands

105: Ayaan Khan struck his maiden ODI century against Netherlands with his 105* now the joint sixth-highest score by an Oman batter in the format

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Bilal Khan fires for Oman with five-wicket haul | CWC23 Qualifier
Oman pacer Bilal Khan claimed five wickets against Scotland at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023


349: Ireland’s total against the UAE is their second-highest in ODIs, and their highest when batting first

138: Ireland’s winning margin over the UAE is now their second-largest victory margin in ODIs by runs, behind a 226-run triumph also against the UAE

162: Paul Stirling’s score against the UAE is now the second-highest individual total in ODIs for Ireland, behind his own record of 177 against Canada

94: Ireland's six wicket victory over the USA in the play-off semi-final was also their joint third-largest victory in ODIs in terms of balls remaining (94) in the second innings

153: Paul Stirling has gone level with Kevin O’Brien on the list of most ODIs played for Ireland

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Match highlights as Ireland claimed their first win of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 with Paul Stirling scoring a huge century

5: Brandon McMullen’s 5/34 against Scotland is his career-best performance and the sixth-best figures for a Scotland bowler in ODIs

103: George Dockrell has become only the second Ireland men’s cricketer after Kevin O’Brien to reach and pass 100 wickets in ODIs

91: George Dockrell’s 91* off 89 balls against Oman is now his career-best ODI score

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Ireland all-rounder George Dockrell bags 100 ODI wickets | CWC23 Qualifier
Ireland all-rounder George Dockrell reached 100 ODI scalps during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023


50: Rohit Paudel is the first Nepal player to appear in 50 ODIs, reaching the milestone at just 20 years’ of age

23: Aasif Sheikh has become the leading wicketkeeper for Nepal in terms of ODI dismissals with 20 catches and three stumpings

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Nepal beat USA by six wickets to seal first win in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.

United States of America

101: Gajanand Singh is the seventh USA batter to score an ODI century after his unbeaten ton against West Indies

100: Shayan Jahangir is the eighth USA batter to score an ODI century with his unbeaten ton coming against Nepal

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USA batter Shayan Jahangir smashes maiden ODI ton against Nepal | CWC23 Qualifier
Shayan Jahangir plundered an unbeaten century off 79 balls to lead the USA to a competitive total against Nepal at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

United Arab Emirates

57: Junaid Siddique has now taken the fourth-most wickets by a UAE bowler in ODIs

53: Vriitya Aravind has played in the fourth-most ODIs for the UAE

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