Three quickest five-wicket hauls in ODIs as Pakistan's Usman Khan enters record books

Ashish Peter 23/10/2017
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Usman Khan completed his five wickets in just 21 deliveries.

Pakistan pacer Usman Khan Shinwari etched himself into the record books after completing his maiden five-wicket haul to destroy Sri Lanka’s batting line-up in the final ODI between the two sides on Monday.

Khan’s 5-34 was one of the quickest five-wickets hauls in ODI history, his spell being the third shortest taken to complete five wickets.

We take a look at the two bowlers who have achieved the feat in a shorten span of deliveries as we analyze the three quickest five-wicket bursts in the one-day game.

Usman Khan (Pakistan)  – 21 deliveries against Sri Lanka, 2017

The left-arm pacer was playing only his second 50-over match for Pakistan after making his debut for the side in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka where he picked up a lone wicket.

After Sri Lanka were put in to bat first on Monday, Khan rocked them with a sensational opening spell which included four wickets in his first 10 deliveries.

Khan’s first victim was Sadeera Samarawickrama before he sent Dinesh Chandimal packing for a golden duck. Niroshan Dickewella followed soon after for a second-ball nought.

The fourth batsman to succumb to Khan’s left-arm pace was Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga and by his fourth over, the Pakistan bowler had completed his maiden five-wicket haul after dismissing Milinda Siriwardana.

The pacer’s spell helped bundle Sri Lanka out for just 103 as Pakistan thrashed the islander by nine wickets.

Khan’s five wickets took a total of 21 deliveries, making him the third fastest to do so.

Timm Van Der Gugten (Netherlands) – 20 deliveries against Canada, 2013

The Australian-born Dutchman is the second quickest to the feat. His five-wicket haul came in an ICC World Cricket League Championship match between the Netherlands and Canada in August, 2013.

After Canada were put into bat first, Van Gugten tore into the top order as he claimed the wickets of the top five batsmen in the lineup.

Claiming two wickets in his first over itself, the Dutch pacer claimed another couple in his second over.

His fifth wicket came in the second delivery of his fourth over, meaning Van Gugten had completed his five-wicket haul in just 20 deliveries.

Canada were all out for just 67 runs leaving the Dutch with an easy chase which they completed with the loss of only one wicket.

Van der Gugten took just 20 deliveries to complete his five wickets.

Van der Gugten took just 20 deliveries to complete his five wickets.

Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) – 16 deliveries against Bangladesh, 2003

Vaas remains the greatest pacer to come out of Sri Lanka and he showed why during an ICC World Cup 2003 clash between the islanders and Bangladesh in Pietermaritzburg.

Bangladesh batted first after losing the toss and Vaas tore into their batting line up with the first three deliveries of the match itself picking up a sensational hat-trick.

The hat-trick is the only one to date to have come in the first three deliveries of an international match.

Vaas wasn’t just done yet as with the fifth delivery of the over he removed Sanwar Hossain to reduce Bangladesh to 4-5. The Sri Lankan would have to wait 11 deliveries for his fifth victim when Al Sahariar fell in the fifth over of the innings to complete his five-wicket haul.

It would take only a span of 16 deliveries for the Sri Lanka spearhead to complete the feat, making him the fastest in the history of ODI cricket to do so.

Bangladesh’s innings would be wrapped up for 126 as Vaas finished with figures of 6-25 in Sri Lanka’s huge win.

Vaas claimed a hat-trick with the first three deliveries of the match.

Vaas claimed a hat-trick with the first three deliveries of the match.

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India skipper Virat Kohli seeks December break from cricket citing personal reasons

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Kohli has asked not be considered for India's December commitments.

India skipper Virat Kohli has requested the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to not consider him for selection in the December leg of the bilateral series against Sri Lanka citing personal reasons.

If Kohli’s request is granted, it could see him miss the final Test against the islanders along with the limited-over matches.

India are scheduled to play three Tests followed by as many ODIs and T20Is against the visiting Sri Lankans with the tour ranging from November 16 to December 24.

The BCCI Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad announced India’s squad for the first two Tests on Monday with Kohli continuing to lead the line.

The batting sensation had spoken about the need to rotate players consistently in the wake of India playing non-stop cricket in the last few months after his side’s loss to New Zealand in the first ODI on Sunday.

India has only recently embarked on a successful tour of Sri Lanka.

India had only recently embarked on a successful tour of Sri Lanka.

With overseas tours of South Africa and England lined up soon in the coming months, Kohli emphasized on the need of not burning out key players.

Yes, we have spoken about the schedule, it’s become quite hectic. That’s something we will definitely have to sit and discuss in future. If you look at New Zealand, they haven’t played any cricket after Champions Trophy. There has been such a good lay off. It can be the difference in doing well in a big tournament and performing poorly,” the skipper said.

The full series against Sri Lanka was squeezed in at the last minute by the BCCI with the tour of South Africa being curtailed by one Test.

India have had a hectic schedule since the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this summer. Since then they have toured the West Indies and Sri Lanka along with hosting Australia and now New Zealand.

In comparison Kane Williamson’s New Zealand were playing their first match since their Champions Trophy exit in England.

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Vijay returns to the Test squad after an injury lay-off.

Selectors recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to India’s Test squad on Monday for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month.

The right-hander has recovered from a wrist injury that forced him to miss India’s recent tour of its island neighbour, when Virat Kohli’s side crushed the Sri Lankans 3-0.

Left-handed Abhinav Mukund makes way for the 33-year-old Vijay in what is the only change to India’s Test squad from the one fielded against Sri Lanka.

Ace spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are joined by India’s new spin king, 22-year-old Kuldeep Yadav, who has impressed since taking four wickets in his Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala in March.

Ashwin and Jadeja have been rested from India’s limited-overs side after selectors decided to give younger bowlers a chance in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup.

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will lead the hosts’ speed attack.

The squad for the third and final Test will be named later, with Indian media reporting that Kohli could be rested for the game and the subsequent limited-overs series before India embark on a gruelling tour of South Africa.

India and South Africa are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s from early January to late February.

The first India-Sri Lanka Test takes place in Kolkata from November 16-20.

The sides travel to Nagpur for the second match, which starts on November 24. The final Test will be played in Delhi between December 2-6.

India squad

Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

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