Top 10: Most Runs by a Batter in Powerplay in an ODI Innings

If a team wants to set a huge total or chase a target quickly, they need daredevil batters in the squad. Such aggressive batters’ calculative risk-taking abilities to score runs at a faster pace put teams ahead of their opponents.

Even in the ODI format, batters set their eyes on providing a blistering start in the first 10 overs. The field restrictions further work in a batter’s favour to amass runs through boundaries in the powerplay.

On that note, here are the top 10 batters with the most runs in powerplay (first 10 overs) in an ODI innings.

Most Runs by a Batter in Powerplay in an ODI Innings

PlayerRuns in PPStrike RateAgainstVenueDate
Martin Guptill (NZ)93310.00Sri LankaChristchurch28 Dec 2015
Chris Gayle (WI)77285.18EnglandGros Islet2 Mar 2019
Brendon McCullum (NZ)77308.00EnglandWellington20 Feb 2015
Rohit Sharma (IND)76176.74AfghanistanDelhi11 Oct 2023
Kusal Mendis (SL)72205.71South AfricaDelhi7 Oct 2023
Kusal Perera (SL)68272.00PakistanPallekele15 Jul 2015
Alex Hales (ENG)66183.33New ZealandNottingham17 Jun 2015
Chris Gayle (WI)65196.96IndiaPort of Spain14 Aug 2019
Josh Inglis (AUS)65154.76West IndiesMelbourne2 Feb 2024
Upul Tharanga (SL)65185.71South AfricaCape Town7 Feb 2017

Key Insights

93: New Zealand’s Martin Guptill holds the record for smashing the most runs in the first powerplay in an ODI innings. The Kiwi opener scored an unbeaten 93 runs off 30 deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2015.

310: Guptill’s 93 came at a mind-blowing strike rate of 310, which is the highest by a batter with 60+ runs in the first 10 overs of an ODI. Brendon McCullum is the other batter who breached the 300+ strike rate in the first powerplay. The former Blackcaps captain went bonkers against England and hammered 77 off 25 balls at an astounding strike rate of 308.

118: Guptill’s swashbuckling resulted in New Zealand chasing the target of 117 runs in a mere 8.2 overs. With that, New Zealand scripted history by scoring the highest powerplay score in the 50-over format. New Zealand’s 118 runs are the joint-highest runs by a team in the first 10 overs.

9: During the 5th ODI against England in 2019, Chris Gayle’s power-hitting was on display while chasing the target of 114 runs. The Universe Boss made quick 77 runs in 27 balls, which included 9 towering sixes. This is the most sixes smashed by a batter in the first 10 overs in an ODI.

20: 4 batters on this list reached their fifties in less than 20 balls. Guptill and Kusal Perera achieved 50 of 17 balls, McCullum took 18 deliveries, and Gayle faced 19 balls.

2: Among the batters who scored 60+ runs in powerplay, 2 went on to convert their fiery starts into centuries. India’s captain Rohit Sharma hammered 131 against Afghanistan, and then Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga scored 119 runs against South Africa.

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