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Abhimanyu Mithun took five wickets in the last over of an Indian T20 match the other day. Has anyone else taken five wickets in a single over across formats? asked Mit Chowdhury from India
That remarkable feat by Abhimanyu Mithun came in last week’s Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 match between Karnataka and Haryana in Surat: Haryana started their last over with 192 for 3, but finished it with 194 for 8, after Mithun claimed wickets with the first four balls then, after a wide and a single, took another wicket with the final delivery.

There has been one similar performance in T20 matches: for Bangladesh’s United Commerce Bank in Sylhet in 2013-14, Al-Amin Hossain took five wickets in the final over of Abahani’s innings (W2WWWW). “I wanted to make sure the batsmen didn’t know what was coming,” said Al-Amin. “I bowled different deliveries – and they kept hitting them to fielders.”

The only similar performance in first-class cricket was by the New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner, who took five wickets in an over – all of them bowled – for Otago against Wellington in Queenstown in 2010-11.

Clyde Walcott hit five centuries in the 1954-55 series against Australia, which I believe is the record, but he also made two fifties. Is seven 50-plus scores also a record for any Test series? asked Kevin Lashley from Barbados
Those five centuries by Clyde Walcott in West Indies’ 1954-55 home series against Australia is indeed still the record: as this table shows, there have been 19 instances of a player making four centuries in a Test series.

Walcott did make two additional half-centuries, on his way to 827 runs in the series – even so, Australia still won it 3-0! But there have been eight other instances of a batsman making seven scores of 50 or more in a series, including two from just four Tests, by Patsy Hendren for England against West Indies in 1929-30, and Sunil Gavaskar for India v West Indies in 1970-71.

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