Stats: Top 10 highest score in losing cause

Shashi / 12 June 2014



1st 2nd Runs   Team Opposition Ground Match Date Test Number
Brian Lara 221 130 351   West Indies v Sri Lanka Colombo 29 Nov 2001 1572
Andy Flower 142 199* 341   Zimbabwe v South Africa Harare 7 Sep 2001 1562
H Sutcliffer 176 127 303   England Australia Melbourne 1 Jan 1925 159
CL Walcott 155 110 265   West Indies v Australia Kingston 11 Jun 1955 408
Vijay Hazare 116 145 261   India v Australia Adelaide 23 Jan 1948 294
H Gibbs 161 98 259   South Africa v England Johannesburg 13 Jan 2005 1734
MH Mankad 72 184 256   India v England Lord’s 19 Jun 1952 352
Andy Flower 183* 70 253   Zimbabwe v India Delhi 18 Nov 2000 1515
Kumar Sangakkara 57 192 249   Sri Lanka v Australia Hobart 16 Nov 2007 1847

There have been occasions where an individual has stood out in a particular cricket match but unfortunately in a losing cause. The above table shows the list of top run scorer in a losing cause. Brian Charles Lara stands out on the top of it and it’s not surprising . He made his debut when West Indies were losing charm in International cricket and as time went by, he seemed to be the flag bearer in the batting line up which failed more than they rose. On November 2001, he scored a 351 runs in total in the match against Sri Lanka but still ended up being in a losing cause.

2nd on the table is Andy Flower, a gem in the history of Zimbabwe cricket. He scored a total of 341 runs against South Aftrica at Harare on 7th September .

3rd on this list is Sutcliffe from England , who scored a match total of 303 runs against Australia on 1st January 1925 at Melbourne.

Among the modern cricketers , the list features Herschelle Gibbs , Andy Flower and Kumar Sangakkara. Andy Flower is the only cricketer to feature twice in this list.

Kumar Sangakkara’s knock was a memorable one and almost took Sri Lanka to victory , but did not get enough support from the top order but the lower order did try their best.

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